Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11385702 Details

State:South Carolina
Location Type:District/Parish
Salutation:To the Honorable the Senate and House of Representatives of the General Assembly of South Carolina
Filing Date:1857-November-19

General Petition Information

Abstract:William F. Ervin, son of the late Robert Ervin, represents that his father manumitted a slave named Sye "in consideration of his fidelity and good conduct." He further reports that the said Sye, who assumed the name Sye Ervin after his manumission, "accumulated a small property; and with a part of it purchased a female slave with whom he had previously lived as a wife and a female grandchild named Clarissa." Ervin states that Sye died intestate in 1836 or 1837, leaving a small farm in St. John's Parish, where his said wife lived until her death. He notes that when Sye's granddaughter Clarissa died in 1851, she left six slave children, the eldest age eleven, the youngest an infant. The petitioner declares that he was called upon by his neighbors to attend to the family, who "were left wholly destitute and were in danger of starvation." Averring that he "has taken charge of and supported the said slaves ever since, and has been subjected to considerable expense," the petitioner prays "that all right and Title of the State to the said Property, real and personal, may be released to your petitioner."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:See PAR #11385705; Clipping, Charleston DAILY STANDARD, 16 August 1857; Affidavit, Robert Smith, 28 November 1857; Affidavit, Robert Tutle, 28 November 1857; Affidavit, Samuel Foxworth, 30 November 1857
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 11385702

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the General Assembly
  • Document Number 1857 #14
  • Page: frames 429-39
  • Microfilm: Reel #1, frames 429-439

Processing Information

Record Created:10/17/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/6/2008 6:39:00 PM