Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11385009 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Hounorable the President and Senators of the Senate of South Carolina
Filing Date:circa 1850

General Petition Information

Abstract:Fifty-four residents of Fairfield District ask that the guardianship law be revised to require white guardians to be responsible not only for free adults of color and but for children of color as well. They propose that, when free children of color reach age twelve, the guardian should "have full and ample power to appoint a guardian to such children"; under the authority of said guardian and with approval of a Justice of the Peace, the children should be bound out to a useful trade until they reach age twenty-one. The petitioners charge that it is problematic when "a free colored person may be raising a family; and notwithstanding he may be under the safety and direction of a guardianship, his family may be let run unbound and unguardianed among our slave population to their damage and of consequence to the serious injury of the master." The petitioners, "making this representation of what seems to our apprehensions a deficiency in the existing laws, and presuming to suggest a remedy, pray that the same may be taken into consideration."
Result:referred to Judiciary Committee
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Sponsor: John Buchanan Jr., Senate, Fairfield District (1840-1855)
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 11385009

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 #2924
  • Page: 223-24
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, 223-24

Processing Information

Record Created:10/16/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/6/2008 1:02:00 PM