Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11081502 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Legislative counsil [sic] and house of Representative of the Mississippi Territory in general Assembly conviened [sic]
Filing Date:1815-November-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:In June 1812, Solomon Whitley traded with Isaac Waters for a female house servant named Hannah. A few months later, Whitley accused Waters of stealing Hannah, and Waters was jailed in Franklin County. Because of an "insufficient" jail, the accused was transferred to Jefferson County, where he posted a $500 bond using two slaves as security. This, according to Whitley, gave him a chance "to make his escape with your petitioners Negro," while the two slaves were turned over to the territorial government. Whitley complained that he was the only one hurt by the theft and that his wife was weak and unable to do "domestic labor which she has been oblidge to do since Walters have deprived her of her help." He asks for relief.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Statement of James Folkes, et al., ca. 1815; Transcript of Jefferson County Superior Court, 20 September 1813; Act of Relief for Solomon Whitley, ca. 1815
Pages of Related Documents:9

People Associated with Petition 11081502

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

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

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

Processing Information

Record Created:2/28/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:9/5/2007 3:21:00 PM