Ezekiel and Patsy

The funny thing about that whole episode was that there was never any evidence that they sold Amanda. Furthermore, as far as one can tell, the Glens never owned a slave named Amanda. And by not knowing, or being able to locate any other documentation on her, or on that event. The thought is, that their petition was just a means to defend and explain away what they had previously done with Susannah. The evidence, that would seem to support that thought was that, on May 5, 1845 the same man who received a judgement against Henry Cheek, had him, along with some of the Glens back in court. Going forward, keep in mind , item #7 of Thompson Glen’s Will. The law suit that was filed against them was in Jackson County, Tennessee. It was James T. Hughs vs Henry Cheek & wife Mary, Mark Holliman, Robert Sweat and Jemima Gen:

Be it remembered that on this 5th day of may 1845, the above cause came on to be heard before the Honorable Chancellor Ridley “”‘ It appears that complainant, for use of Richard McConnell in October 1841 recovered judgement against defendant Henry Cheek for $85.50, and that execution on the same was returned by the proper offices, “Nothing found.” That Thompson Glen departed this life, having first made and published his Last Will and Testament, in which he devised all his estate both real and personal to his wife Patsy during her life or widowhood. And then the increase of his Negroes to be equally divided among his six children. The defendant Mary being one. Said Patsy has also departed this life. Said testator also devised to his daughter Jemima Glen a Negro girl Sukey and her first child. Sukey at testator’s death had no child. After his death she had a child which died shortly after its birth. She then had another child named Amanda, and then Sukey died. It also appears that the executors have paid to defendants Henry and his wife Mary their portion of the estate. Unless said Mary has an interest in the Negro Amanda, which is contested by said Jemima. It also appears that said Henry is a improvident man and will probably waste his wife’s estate, should it come to his hands. And she ask the interposition of the court etc. The court is of the opinion that the Negro girl Amanda is included in the property directed in said Will, to be divided among his children. And that defendant Mary is entitled to a distribution share of said Negro. But, that the same on the hands of said executors is not subject to debt of complainant. It is therefore decreed that said executors sell the Negro Amanda at a public sale for cash, after giving 20 days notice of time and place of sale at 3 more public places in this County and distribute the proceeds as said Will directs. And that they pay the costs of this suit out of the share of said Mary, and pay the residue of her distributive share to James Holliman, who is hereby appointed trustee to hold the same for herself.”

(James T. Hughs vs Henry Cheek & wife Mary, Mark Holliman, Robert Sweat and Jemima Glen) Jackson County, Tennessee Chancery Court minutes May 5, 1845 pages 193 -194
(James T. Hughs vs Henry Cheek & wife Mary, Mark Holliman, Robert Sweat and Jemima Glen)
Jackson County, Tennessee Chancery Court minutes
May 5, 1845 pages 193 -194

 

(James T. Hughs' law suit continued)
(James T. Hughs’ lawsuit continued)
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