Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11381509 Details

State:South Carolina
Salutation:To the Honble the President and Members of the Senate State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1815

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sixty-four citizens residing along the Ashepoo and Pon Pon rivers seek the repeal of a 1779 law that established a thirty-foot "cut" between the two rivers and required all males between the ages of sixteen and sixty to maintain the cut or pay an assessment or fine. They reveal that the cut "is now about two feet wide and in places not so deep and is seldom if ever used but by Runaways and Negroes unlawfully trading from River to River." Surrounded by "an immense swamp of impregnable and uninhabited marsh and Ti Ti," they report this "Harbour for Runaways" fed, during the War of 1812, a great number of "depredations on Plantations and Rivers [by] Runaways and Outlaws," forcing Governor D. R. Williams to call out the militia. They state that said militiamen captured and executed two of the leaders, Mowby and Dunmore, and hanged several of their associates. The petitioners complain that the cut "prevents the irrigation of a large extent of Land which must ever remain a loss to the State ... as it can never be reclaimed by Fresh water Irrigation and consequently becomes then the Residence of a white Population." They therefore pray that this law, "haveing become obsolete and a nuisance," be repealed.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:See PAR #11381508
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11381509

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 ND #2849
  • Page: frames 0040-43
  • Microfilm: Reel #2, frames 0040-43

Processing Information

Record Created:10/22/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/6/2008 4:17:00 PM