Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11379308 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honble the President & Members of the Senate of the State of So. Carolina
Filing Date:1793-December-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:Joannah Boylstone and her son, George Boylstone, administrators of the estate of William Boylstone, seek compensation for a "Negro Wench" named Rachel worth about seventy-five pounds. Rachel, the petitioners contend, was "forcibly taken & carried off by an armed party of Troops under the command of Genl. Sumter"; William Boylstone "supposed her to have run away or been stolen." In 1790, learning she was held by Major John Davidson in North Carolina, Boylstone brought suit. At the trial in September 1791, the evidence revealed that Rachel had been taken up by troops under the command of Colonel Henry Hampton of Sumter's Brigade and then turned over to Thomas Williams, a soldier in the brigade, as payment for his services (eighty-six pounds sterling) during the war. It was ruled that according to the laws of North and South Carolina owners of slaves taken up as payment to Revolutionary soldiers should apply to their respective legislatures for relief, whereby Boylstone lost his case after considerable expense. The petitioner further lament that, by the time this occurred, the South Carolina Auditor's Office no longer accepted claims for such property. The petitioners, as the widow and orphan of said deceased, confide that they are both "in very indigent circumstances" and that "they are without Remedy except from the Justice of the General Assemblyā€¯ as they have not recovered "any satisfaction for his said Negro taken and appropriated as aforesaid in payment of one of the just Debts of this State."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Sworn Oath, George Boylstone, Columbia, South Carolina, ca. 1791; Copy of Transcript of the Records of the Superior Court, Salisbury District, North Carolina, William Boylstone v. John Davidson, March and September 1792; see PAR #11379304
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 11379308

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number 1793 #134
  • Page: frames 0052-62
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 0052-62

Processing Information

Record Created:10/19/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/28/2008 11:15:00 AM