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Harriett Hooper - freed in AL - sues in Ohio

Found this interesting court case:

John Hooper died in Dallas County in 1848. His brother, Zachariah, served as executor of the estate. In the will, Hooper directed that his executor take "a yellow woman" named Harriet and her six children—Ellen, William, Mary Jane, Zachariah, Eliza Ann, and Joseph—to Ohio and liberate them. The will further provided that the executor "settle them comfortably in the country, (not a city)," and "place in some solvent bank…the sum of ten thousand dollars," the interest on which would be used to support Harriet and her family.

Hooper’s heirs, who included the executor, agreed to the liberation of Harriet and her children, but offered an alternative to the $10,000 bequest. Instead, they proposed to give Harriet $300 from each of their shares. Harriet accepted this prior to leaving Alabama, but once in Ohio sued to recover the full amount. Judge James B. Clark in Dallas County Chancery Court ruled in her favor, but the heirs appealed the decision.

Here is Harriet, and her children in 1850 census:

Name: Harriett Hooper
Age: 30
Estimated birth year: abt 1820
Birth place: Alabama
Race: Mulatto
Gender: Female
Home in 1850
(City,County,State): Ripley, Brown, Ohio
Page: 39
Roll: M432_662

18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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