Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11479902 Details

State:Tennessee
Location:Sullivan
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Tennessee, in General Assembly met
Filing Date:1798-December-19

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Evans requests compensation for his slave, Tom, who was tried, convicted, and executed in Washington County in 1786 ("acting under the authority of the Government of Franklin") for poisoning John Fuller Lain, a white man. Evans avers that the "Court absolutely refused to hear Council" in Tom's behalf, which rendered said proceedings "not legal." Of the opinion that Tom was worth "one hundred pounds Virginia currency, in as much as he was a faithful, industrious, healthy slave, and in the prime of Life," the petitioner seeks "such relief in the premises, as may seem meet."
Result:referred to committee: propositions and grievances
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11479902

People Associated with Petition 11479902

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee

  • Legislative Petitions
  • Document Number 5-2-1799
  • Microfilm: Reel #1,

Processing Information

Record Created:11/1/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/18/2008 9:46:00 AM