Transcribed by Jan Johnson Barnes
TSL&A Microfilm #51
Sumner County Clerk Minutes
January 1853 - April 1866
January Term, 1853
William West, James W. West, Abner J. West, Daniel West, Alexander Neely and his wife Elizabeth, Neely and Sarah B. West Vs. Thomas A. West, Emily J. West, and Jonathan L. West - Interlocutory Decree
Be it remembered that the above cause came on to be heard on this the 4th day of January 1853 before the worshipful County Court of Sumner County upon the petition and the answer of William Parker guardian ad litum for the defendants Thos. A. West, Emily J. West and Jonathan L. West who are minors. And it appearing to the satisfaction of the court that it is manifestly to the interest of defendants as well as petitioners that all slaves mentioned in the petition be divided between the petitioners and defendants, they bring jointly and equally interested in the same. It is therefore ordered adjudged and decreed by the court that said slaves be divided between the petitioners and defendants in equal shares as they by law are entitled. It is further ordered that Lewis M. Woodson, Jno. H. Henry, Benjamin S. Harper and Benjamin Mills or any three of them be appointed commissioners, who will proceed to value said slaves and allot them to petitioners and defendants, giving such an equal share of the same - They will make report to the next term of the court.