Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11379903 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Speaker & Members of the House of Representatives
Filing Date:1799-December-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:Henry Martin explains that he was "compelled by the disasters of St. Domingo to repair to the United States of America" in 1793. He further represents that "by his constant exertions to procure a Living for himself & family, he had so far succeeded in his undertakings as to enable him to purchase in the Month of March last a Negroe Man named Figaro," whom he hired "to work at the public works on Sullivan Island." Martin laments, however, that Figaro “was unfortunately hurt by the fall of one of the wheels [of a gun carriage] against his back” and that he died shortly thereafter. The petitioner declares that "by the Loss of the said Slave the only one he possessed, he remains destitute, at the age of 64 Years of the means to provide for the Subsistance of himself, his wife & three small Children." He therefore prays that he be granted "Suitable Compensation for his Loss of said Slave Figaro whose death was occasioned by a wound received whilst employed in the public work."
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Affidavit, Dr. Funty, 27 June 1799; see PARs #1379905
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11379903

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number 1799 #17
  • Page: frames 0108-111
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 0108-111

Processing Information

Record Created:10/20/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/16/2008 4:23:00 PM