Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11680803 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Frederick
Location Type:County
Salutation:To The Honble The General Assembly of Virginia
Filing Date:1808-December-9
Ending Date:1808-December-16

General Petition Information

Abstract:Samuel Kerfott's slave, Joseph, was tried for attempted rape "on the body of Nancy Mitchell a free white Woman." He was convicted and sentenced to be castrated. A short time after the castration was performed, Joseph died of tetanus. Kerfott seeks compensation for his once healthy, twenty-six year old slave, for whom he claims to have paid 110 pounds "about one week before his Commitment." Contending that he "was obedient to the law" and immediately gave up his slave to meet the court's "fullest inquiry," he turns to the legislature for remedy because there is "no existing law embracing his case." Further elaborating on his reasons for asking for compensation, he avers that "a man whose slave is executed should be paid his value is founded on principles of Justice & sound policy."
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Copy of Record, Court of Oyer and Terminer, 1 December 1807; Affidavit, Robert Mackey, 25 November 1808
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 11680803

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:3/11/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:12/15/2008 11:50:00 AM