Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 10383501 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable; The Senate and House of Representatives of the State of Delaware in General Assembly met
Filing Date:1835-January-31

General Petition Information

Abstract:Elijah Gordy states that he purchased Isaac Tyre, "an Excellent Black Smith," for $331 in 1832. He cites that the said Tyre had been convicted of kidnapping and had been sentenced "to be publickly whipped with sixty lashes on his bare back well laid on" after which he was then to be committed to three years solitary confinement in the public jail of Sussex County; "at the expiration of the time of his imprisonment he [was to] be disposed of as a Servant for the term of seven years." Gordy notes that the governor "remitted the imprisonment of three years." The petitioner charges the "said Isaac Tyre, made his escape from the Public Jail of this County of Sussex, within a few days after your petitioner purchased him and he has not been heard of since." Contending that "the weakness and insecurity of the Public Jail gave afforded the said Isaac the opportunity to escape,” Gordy prays "the passing a Law for his relief."
Result:House: presented, read, referred; unfavorable
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Records of the Sussex County Court, State v. Isaac Tyre, Copy of Proceedings, Spring Session, 1832
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 10383501

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • General Assembly, Legislative Papers
  • Record Group: 1111
  • Page: 243-246
  • Microfilm: 243-246

Processing Information

Record Created:10/5/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:1/5/2008 2:11:00 PM