Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20681014 Details

State:Georgia
Location:Oglethorpe
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable the Judges of the Superior Courts of Said State
Filing Date:circa 1810
Ending Date:1813-March-12

General Petition Information

Abstract:John Billups presents that he paid Richard Goolsby $325 for a slave named Jim. Goolsby "did covenant to warrant the said man to be Sound & well free all disasters whatever." However, Jim had previously committed the crime of "breaking open the Brandy house of Charles Hardman & taking there out brandy." After the sale, he was "arraigned before the tribunal appointed by the laws of this state for the trial of Negroe Slaves for offenses of a capital nature," and he was sentenced to hang. Billups argues that, by committing the crime, "said negroe had forfeited his life to the State and destroyed the right & power of the said Richard to convey a good & valid right & title to the said negro." Billups claims $1,000 in damages.
Result:partially granted; appealed; partially reversed
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Summons, Richard Goolsby, 15 August 1810; Sheriff's Return, 17 August 1810; Jury Verdict and Court Ruling, 15 March 1811; Appeal, Richard Goolsby, 14 March 1811; Jury Verdict and Court Ruling, 12 March 1813
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20681014

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Oglethorpe County Courthouse, Lexington, Georgia

  • Records of the Superior Court, Minutes 1810-1813
  • Page: 463-466

Processing Information

Record Created:1/26/1996
Record Final Edited:3/29/2000
Record Last Updated on:1/13/2006 12:54:00 PM