Mitchell v. Lewis & Westall (TSTD)
4 items, 15 pages, Brazoria, Cherokee, Harris, Matagorda, Nacogdoches, Nueces Counties, Texas, 1838-1855. Mitchell v. Lewis & Westall. Regarding slave ownership, value. Item 1: District Court of Brazoria County, Texas, fall term, November 3, 1853. Answers to Interrogatory to Solomon Haskell and B. Churchill Jones. Haskell appeared November 15, 1853 in Matagorda County. Stated he had know Mitchell and Lewis since 1838, Westall since 1851. Knew Mitchell in Nacogdoches and Nueces Counties in 1847, Lewis in Nacogdoches and other counties, Westall in Matagorda only. Plaintiff Mitchell residing in Cherokee Co., TX. Stated Martha was of black complexion age about 34, with 2 children, Jim about age 13 and Toby about age 10. Item 2: Matagorda, Nacogdoches Counties, Texas. November 15, 1853. Interrogatories propounded to John Duncan & Robert H. Williams, residents of Matagorda County, Texas. Stated Haskell was overseer for J.R. Lewis and Daniel Rawls in Nacogdoches from 1838 to December 1841. Knew slave Martha well, since 1839. Martha was stout, chunky built woman who had two children. The family had been on the plantation on November 26, 1844 when he last saw her. Rawls represented to him that Martha, her family and certain other Negroes belonged to Robt. F. Mitchell who had put them with Rawls to secure him against a bond in a suit in Nacogdoches County with Mitchell brought by John Dunst. Rawls was to give up Negroes when he was released from the $30,000 bond. Martha was about 30 in 1839, if now still sound she would be worth $600, did not know value of the boys. Sworn A. Wadsworth, Notary. Item 3: Harris Co., Texas, September 1856. Execution of Hanson G. Westall, deceased, and Ira R. Lewis. Interrogatory to B. Churchill Jones of Brazoria County, Texas, regarding suit brought by Mitchell against Westall & Lewis since January 1851. Signed Harris & Jones, Attorneys for defendant, Francis Whitlock, Clerk of Harris County, Texas. Permission from Harris County Texas to Brazoria County, Texas to take evidence in case of Mitchell, plaintiff and William G. Hill executor for Hanson G. Westall. Item 4: Brazoria County, Texas, 1855. William B. Ochitree, George McRiley, Jacob Humphrey and Columbus Brown, residents of Cherokee County, Texas. Interrogatory propounded ot John Duncan and Robert H. Williams of Matagorda.