Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11383803 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable The Speaker & members of the House of Representatives of South Carolina
Filing Date:1838-December-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:Richard Johnson represents that, on 19 August 1838, his slave named Jim killed another one of his slaves, "who was in the act of committing depredations on the property of your Petitioner" and that Jim was arrested for murder and confined in jail for five days. En route to the trial, Johnson reports that Jim "exhibited in his language & conduct, strong Evidence of bodily indisposition & severe mental agitation, which increased upon him as the Constables were conveying him to the Court, & which led to his sudden death." Describing his slave as a person of "fidelity & usefulness & the general correctness of his deportment," the petitioner "has reason to believe that the said negro Jim lost his life on account of his arrest & confinement in gaol, under the authority of the state." Johnson therefore seeks compensation for his loss.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Certificate, Ed Richardson, Orangeburgh District, 10 December 1838; Certificate, W. E. Haskell, 10 December 1838; Certificate, D. C. McClure, Sheriff, Orangeburgh District, 4 December 1838; Certificate, Joseph F. Johnson, 8 December 1838
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 11383803

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 1838 #29
  • Page: frames 1039-50
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames1039-50

Processing Information

Record Created:1/26/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/17/2008 10:56:00 AM