Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11379110 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Senat and House of Representatives in general Assembly met
Filing Date:1791-December-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:Hugh Knox represents that in 1781 "a party of General Sumter's Brigade of Militia then acting under General Sumters Orders, surprized and Captured several British Officers" and "in the possession of said Officers was a Negroe Boy which the Captors considered as a Lawfull Capture, and as such was Disposed of at publick Sale" and that "your Petitioner purchased said Negroe under the strongest belief that the sale was legal." The petitioner reveals, however, that he was sued "for detaining said Negroe, in which a Judgement hath been given against him for damages and cost of Suit." Knox complains that, by the Judges' construction of said law, the officers "are Justifiable in makeing such Sales, but that the purchasers are not Justifiable in holding the property so sold, By which construction of the Law your petitioner hath suffered great loss and damage." Knox therefore prays for relief for himself and others in "like circumstances likely to share the same fate."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Hugh Knox to the Commissioners on Unliquidated Accounts, 4 June 1792; Committee Reports, ca. 1792, and 10 December 1801; see PARs #11379210, #11382216
Pages of Related Documents:22

People Associated with Petition 11379110

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina

  • Comptroller General Accounts Audited for Revolutionary Services
  • Document Number AA #4366-B
  • Page: frames 0001-06, 0009-10
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, Note: frames 0001-6, 0009-10, are at end of Reel 1; frames 810-813 are duplicates , frames 0001-6, 9-10

Processing Information

Record Created:11/9/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/7/2008 9:42:00 AM