Thomas Humes Lawsuit Summary
This document constitutes a summary of a lawsuit that Thomas Humes brought against William Smith, John Gore, and James Roddy of Jefferson County, Tennessee. On September 13, 1797 Humes appeared before the Hamilton District Superior Court and stated that Smith, Gore, and Roddy had signed a promissory note (which he produced) on January 17, 1797 guaranteeing that they would pay Humes $658 by September 1 of the same year. Humes went on to claim that he had suffered an additional $500 in damages as a result of their nonpayment. The case was continued until the September term of 1798, when a jury found in Humes' favor and awarded him a total of $700.77 and court costs. The court issued a warrant to the Sheriff of Greene County instructing him to obtain the money from the defendants' belongings. The Sheriff sold three enslaved people for $500, but claimed he could find no further property. Additional notes signed by Frances Alexander Ramsey and Archibald Roane dated April 5, 1799 indicate that Roddy had paid the balance of the judgment and certify that the document is an accurate copy of the Court's records.
- 1797 September 13-1799 April 5
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This document constitutes a summary of a lawsuit that Thomas Humes brought against William Smith, John Gore, and James Roddy of Jefferson County, Tennessee. Additional notes signed by Frances Alexander Ramsey and Archibald Roane dated April 5, 1799 certify that the document is an accurate copy of the Court's records.
Thomas Humes was born in Armagh, Ulster County, Ireland in about 1767. He emigrated to the United States as a child and lived with his brother in Pennsylvania before moving to Knoxville in 1795 to start a mercantile business. Humes married Margaret Christian (Russell) Cowan in about 1802, and the couple had five children who survived to adulthood: John N., Mary (died 1826), Elizabeth (born 1809), Thomas William (1815-1892) and Andrew Russell (1817-1847). Three others, Thomas Scott, Sarah, and Leah died as children. Thomas William was particularly prominent in East Tennessee, and served as the President of East Tennessee University from 1865 to 1883. Thomas Humes died in Knoxville on September 23, 1816. His widow married Colonel Francis Alexander Ramsey on April 13, 1820 and died in 1854.
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