Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11681809 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Amelia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the hnble the Speakers and members of the General Assembly
Filing Date:1818-December-17
Ending Date:1819-January-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:On 24 March 1816, the slave Hannibal absconded from his owner, William Cassels, in Amelia County, and several weeks later, on 16 April 1816, he was captured and jailed in Chesterfield County. Hannibal lied about his name, place of residence, and the name of his owner. When his owner could not be located, he was sold in September 1817 for $506 "according to law to pay prison fees" to a slave trader named G. G. Washington. Later Cassels discovered the fate of his slave, who finally confessed to one Anderson P. Miller what his real name was and the name of his owner. In fact Hannibal, a "yellow complected" man, made the observation that although "he was veary well pleased with his master … his Mistress was blacker than himself and he had determined on not gowing to that plantation again." Cassels seeks to be reimbursed the amount paid into the state treasury from the sale of his slave.
Result:bill drawn
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:See PAR #11681711; Copy of Record of Court, Chesterfield County, John, a Runaway, 24 June 1816, 13 October 1817; Certificate, H. Walthall Jr., Jailer, 15 October 1817; Certificate, Anderson P. Miller, 21 November 1817; Certificate, Charles H. Featherston, 26 November 1817; Affidavit, Martin Baugh, 28 November 1817; Certificate, Samuel Cary, 16 December 1817
Pages of Related Documents:12

People Associated with Petition 11681809

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

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Processing Information

Record Created:11/29/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:3/17/2009 6:19:00 PM