Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11585501 Details

State:Texas
Location:Harrison
Location Type:County
Salutation:To The Honable the Senate and house of Representatives of the State of Texas
Filing Date:1855-November-22

General Petition Information

Abstract:Ann Matilda Mason joins her husband Joseph in seeking compensation for her twenty-two-year-old slave named Jim, who "was shot in ... jail while in the custody of [the] sheriff." The Masons recount that the sheriff seized Jim "on a charge of Rape" and that he was "indicted for said crime of Rape." They further represent, however, that "before said negro Jim was tried on the charge in the indictment and proceedings mentioned said negro Jim was shot" and died immediately thereafter. The petitioners "insist that the property of the citizens should be protected while in the hands of the officers and agents of the State on a charge of having committed crime and if by neglect or otherwise the property is destroyed before the guilt is proved the Justice of the State may be addressed to obtain remuneration for the loss." They therefore "hope and believe that you will pass an act giving to said Ann Matilda the value of said negro Jim."
Result:committee recommends rejection
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Copy of County Court Record, State v. Jim, a Negro, 27 December 1847; Report of Committee on Claims and Accounts, 27 November 1855
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 11585501

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:0
Petitioners:2
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Texas State Library-Archives Division, Austin, Texas

  • Records of the Legislature, Memorials and Petitions
  • Record Group: 100

Processing Information

Record Created:1/26/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/23/2007 7:39:00 PM