Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11685801 Details

Location:James City
Salutation:The undersigned citizens of James City and York and the surrounding Country respectfully represent to the General Assembly of the Commonwealth of Virginia
Filing Date:1858-January-11

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twenty-nine "citizens of James City and York and the surrounding County" represent that John, a slave held by Francis M. Jones, "was condemned to the punishment of death for burning the jail of Middlesex County" and that said slave was later sold "and transported beyond the limits of the United States." The petitioners state that "the County Court of Middlesex valued said slave above, at the sum of Two Hundred and Fifty Dollars." Believing "said slave was worth at least Six Hundred Dollars," the petitioners pray "the General Assembly ... pay the said Francis M. Jones an additional sum of Three Hundred and Fifty Dollars which we regard as just and proper." They contend that said John "did not burn the Jail from malice, nor from any other motive than to escape from confinement therein to which he had been subjected as a Runaway."
Result:referred to Claims Committee
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Copy of Record of the Middlesex County Court, State v. Slave John, 22 May 1854
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 11685801

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia

  • Legislative Petitions

Processing Information

Record Created:2/9/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/1/2009 3:36:00 PM