Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20681917 Details

State:Georgia
Location:Liberty
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Superior Court of Liberty County
Filing Date:circa 1819

General Petition Information

Abstract:Paul H. Wilkins sues William Ward for slander. Wilkins claims that he was an esteemed member of his community and "a humane master in the treatment to his slaves." Ward, however, publicly accused Wilkins of half-clothing and half-starving his slaves, as well as beating them severely and maiming them. Ward claims that one of Wilkins's slaves was so exposed to inclement weather that his feet were frost-bitten and that he was deprived of the use of one of his toes. Wilkins contends that he has been "greatly injured in his said good name, fame and credit, and brought into public scandal" by Ward's allegations. He claims that he "has sustained damage to the value of five thousand dollars." He asks that Ward appear in the next Superior Court to answer the allegations.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Subpoena, William Ward, 10 February 1819; Answer [Incomplete], William Ward, April Term 1819
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20681917

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

Citation Information

Repository: Liberty County Courthouse, Hinesville, Georgia

  • Records of the Superior Court, Minutes 1804-1820
  • Page: 775-77

Processing Information

Record Created:2/21/1996
Record Final Edited:4/25/2000
Record Last Updated on:3/23/2006 2:31:00 PM