Black Texans in the Texas Supreme Court, 1840-1907 Page: 1
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Table 1: Slave Cases Ordered Printed in Dallum's Digest & Texas Reports, by Texas State Supreme Court (sorted by alpha)
Case & Justice Year Type of case *Slaves/Names County & judge Facts and opinion
Able v. Chandler 1854 7. Warranty *male slave, Able, Cherokee Reverse and remanded for new trial. Negro was warranted as
12 TX 88 character Chandler honest and trustworthy, but had vices.
Ables v. Donley 1852 4. Property debt *Negro woman died Cherokee Affirmed, Note not paid by Ables because Negro died, Donley
8 TX 331 7. Warranty health typhoid? sued for amount due and awarded partial
Alexander v. Kennedy 1857 4. Property inherit *Six Slaves, Lamar Reverse and remanded. Husband abandoned slaves of spouse,
19 TX 488 Lorin C. Alexander, W. S. Todd her parents paid taxes and used labor, now, both to share slaves
Hemphill Thomas Kennedy of deceased.
Alexander v. State 1854 5. Rights of owners *Negro male, Harrison Affirmed. Alexander had attempted to entice a slave away from
12 TX 540 enticement John Coleman, his owner, hard labor in penitentiary.
Alexander v. Thompson 1873 4. Property inherit *Favorite slave, Rusk Reverse and remanded. Cherokee Alexander was a minor child
38 TX 534 Cherokee Caroline J.B. Williamson of BF Thompson who in his will provided for her education and
Walker Alexander, welfare during her minority. Jury says comes from her share.
Ben F. Thompson Walker reversed, education expense should come from estate
W.W. Thompson before division.
Alford's Adm v. 1852 8. Hire debt *Flora, Austin Affirmed. Cochrane sued estate of Alford for hire of Flora and
Cochrane John Alford, her value $800. Family claimed Flora, but she goes back to
7 TX 485; Cochrame Cochrane
Algier v. Black 1869 7. Warranty title *slaves, Algier, Black Red River Reversed and Dismissed. Slaves had been traded for land. No
32 TX 166 W Bank warranty, not slaves for life when emancipated. Slavery ended
Morrill June, 19, 1865. See Hall v Keese (1868).
Allen v. Russell 1857 4. Property debt *Mariah, *Sam, Lamar Affirmed. Slaves were loan from her father RC, and for use of
19 TX 88 *Crockett, Ann & WS Todd Allen and so subject to Crowder's debts.
Hemphill Jesse Allen, Richard
Crowder, James W.
Allen v. State 1855 10. Regulation of *slave, Allen Jasper Reverse and remanded. Allen charged with selling liquor to a
14 TX 633 slaves, freemen W. W. Morris slave. A gift of liquor to slave not against law. Hart's Digest,
Allen v. Urquhart 1857 7. Warranty title *3 women slaves, Cass Affirmed. Wife claimed that husband sold her slaves without her
19 TX 481 Hugh & Caroline knowledge to Urquhart, but she had tried to sell them herself
Wheeler Allen, Allen repeatedly.
Frazier, Joseph Reed
Hudson database TX Sup Ct slave case decisions
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