Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20681112 Details

State:Georgia
Location:Wilkes
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Superior Court of Said County
Filing Date:circa 1811
Ending Date:1817-August-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:William M. Kain sues Samuel Kerrison for slander and $2,000 in damages. Kain claims to be a citizen of good standing in his community. However, in July 1811, Kerrison announced that Kain was seen by one of Kerrison's slaves "with one of the said Samuel's Negro Women beyond a Certain fence ... In the act of embracing." Kerrison also accused Kain of having "made Overturs for a Criminal Intercourse" with another of his female slaves, and even to have tried to offer money to several women slaves for such purpose. According to Kain, these accusations have severely damaged his reputation and his relationship with his friends and family.
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Oath, William M. Kain, 22 October 1811; Court Ruling, ca. 1811; Summons, Samuel Kerrison, 25 October 1811; Sheriff's Return, 9 November 1811; Jury Verdict and Court Ruling, 1 August 1817
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20681112

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

Citation Information

Repository: Wilkes County Courthouse, Washington, Georgia

  • Records of the Superior Court, Record of Suits 1817-1819
  • Page: 91-94

Processing Information

Record Created:2/12/1996
Record Final Edited:4/3/2000
Record Last Updated on:1/17/2006 11:16:00 AM