Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11385002 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:The State of South Carolina Barnwell District} To the Honorable the Members of the House of Representatives of the State of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1850

General Petition Information

Abstract:Samuel Page seeks compensation for a slave, John, who was convicted and hanged "for having committed an assault and battery on a white female with intent to commit a rape"; the Court of Magistrates and Freeholders valued the slave at two hundred dollars. At the trial, Margaret Myer testified that a man stepped behind her about dusk, pulled her bonnet over her face, and "tried to smother me with his hand." Margaret's sister, R. J. Myer, yelled for their father and kicked the assailant with her thick shoes. She testified that the said John "then struck me and called me a devil." R. J. further states that the man "did not interfere with her [sister’s] dress, have no ideas from his motions what were his intentions -- I saw no attempt either by word or action to commit the deed of which he is accused."
Result:granted, awarded $200
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Certificate of Value, 8 November 1850; Copy of Proceedings of Trial, State v. John, a slave, 28 February 1849; Sponsor: William Aiken Owens, House, Barnwell District (1848-1853)
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 11385002

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 1850 #34
  • Page: frames 1320-28
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 1320-28

Processing Information

Record Created:10/16/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/5/2008 7:11:00 PM