Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11683007 Details

State:Virginia
Location:Henry
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Legislature of Virginia
Filing Date:1830-December-14
Ending Date:1830-December-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Potter and his wife seek relief from paying jail fees. They inform the legislature that their slave Martin was arrested and jailed on suspicion of planning to poison the family of John C. Taylor, his wife's owner. According to the petitioners, Martin became jealous when he suspected his wife to be too intimate with a slave owned by Taylor. When Taylor took sides with his own slave and forbade Martin to come near his house, Martin, while drunk, supposedly threatened Taylor. A warrant for Martin was issued and he was thrown in jail. The Potters are poor and can not afford to pay the fees required to get their slave out of jail.
Result:rejected
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11683007

People Associated with Petition 11683007

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

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:12/6/1994
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:5/1/2009 5:11:00 PM