Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20682115 Details

State:Georgia
Location:Screven
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Superior Court of the county and state aforesaid (, )
Filing Date:circa 1821
Ending Date:circa 1822-April

General Petition Information

Abstract:Luke H. Smith sues Doughlass Black for $2,000 in damages. Smith claims to have maintained a solid reputation in the community and enjoyed the esteem of his neighbors until Black, within "the presence and hearing of" others, accused him of being a "damned negro." Smith claims that this accusation has severely damaged his reputation and standing in the community, and in his business affairs. He sues for damages. In his answer, a related document, Black contends that "the words if spoken" by him were "at a time when he was an infant and under the age of twenty one, and not liable to be sued in this Court in his own name."
Result:nonsuit
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PAR #20682112; Subpoena, Doughlass Black, 30 January 1821; Sheriff's Return, 23 March 1821; Answer, Doughlass Black, April Term 1821; Court Record and Order, April Term 1822
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20682115

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

Citation Information

Repository: Screven County Courthouse, Sylvania, Georgia

  • Records of the Superior Court, Minutes of the Superior Court 1816-1822
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  • Page: 391-392
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Processing Information

Record Created:2/27/1996
Record Final Edited:4/12/2000
Record Last Updated on:3/28/2006 9:04:00 AM