Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11080601 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable Legislative Council and House of Representatives of the Mississippi Territory
Filing Date:circa 1806

General Petition Information

Abstract:In 1804 Israel Leonard purchased a slave named Samuel for $600. A few months later, however, Samuel sued for his freedom. The sheriff took the slave into custody, but Samuel escaped. Leonard sued the sheriff but the jury rendered a verdict in favor of the sheriff, alleging that the poor conditions of the jail for safekeeping were not the responsibility of the sheriff but the county. They advised that Leonard should seek compensation from the county. Leonard asks the legislature to force the county to pay him for the loss of his slave.
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 11080601

People Associated with Petition 11080601

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Mississippi Department of Archives and History, Jackson, Mississippi

  • Territorial Legislature, Series 524
  • Record Group: 5
  • Box: 27

Processing Information

Record Created:7/9/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:9/5/2007 2:09:00 PM