Thomas Jefferson Papers

Albemarle County Court Order in Jefferson v. Gilmore, 4 September 1821

Albemarle County Court Order in Jefferson v. Gilmore

Thomas Jefferson           Plaintiff
against    } Upon an Attachment
Joseph Gilmer Defendant

The Plaintiff having obtained an attachment against the Defendant for the sum of Ten pounds and the Sheriff haveing returned the attachment executed on one negro girl Cornelia of the estate of the said Defendant; the Defendant was solemnly called, but came not; Therefore it is considered by the Court that the Plaintiff recover against the said Defendant the said sum of Ten pounds & five dollars & twenty five Cents the Costs by him in this behalf expended. And it is ordered that the Sheriff make sale of said attached effects according to Law, and out of the money arrising from such sale, pay and Satisfy this Judgment to the Plaintiff and restore the overplus (if any) to the Defendant, and return an account of the sale to the Court.

MS (Albemarle Co. Order Book [1821–22], 119); in an unidentified hand; dated 4 Sept. 1821 at head of day’s proceedings; in left margin: “Plts Costs $5:25”; at foot of day’s proceedings: “Ordered that the Court be adjourned until Court in course. Signed John Watson.”

TJ was en route from Poplar Forest to Monticello on this date and was apparently represented in court by attorney Valentine W. Southall, to whom TJ paid $5 for his work on the case. On 16 Sept. 1821 Albemarle County deputy sheriff William Wertenbaker paid TJ £10 for “1.y.’s rent” and $4.67 in costs, for a total of $38. On 2 Oct. 1821 he paid TJ an additional $68.20, the remaining rent he was due from the estate of the recently deceased Gilmore, most of whose property had previously been conveyed to other creditors by deeds of trust. Following the payments to TJ, Wertenbaker returned the $6.97 overplus from the sale of Cornelia to Gilmore’s estate (MB description begins James A. Bear Jr. and Lucia C. Stanton, eds., Jefferson’s Memorandum Books: Accounts, with Legal Records and Miscellany, 1767–1826, 1997, The Papers of Thomas Jefferson, Second Series description ends , 2:1378–9; Albemarle Co. Will Book, 7:172–3).

Index Entries

  • Cornelia (J. Gilmore’s slave); sale of search
  • Gilmore, Joseph; andJefferson v. Gilmore search
  • Gilmore, Joseph; slave of search
  • Jefferson, Thomas; Business & Financial Affairs; rent due TJ search
  • Jefferson v. Gilmore search
  • Poplar Forest (TJ’s Bedford Co. estate); TJ returns from search
  • slaves; sales of search
  • Southall, Valentine Wood; as attorney search
  • Watson, John (1760–1841); as Albemarle Co. justice search
  • Wertenbaker, William; as deputy sheriff search