Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11085703 Details

State:Mississippi
Location:Oktibbeha
Location Type:County
Salutation:To The Legislature of the State of Mississippi
Filing Date:1857-November-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:William Bell requests compensation for expenses incurred during the prosecution of J. J. Rainwater, convicted of "trafficing & bartering with slaves." Rainwater was "a dangerous man in a slave community," inducing slaves to steal from their owners. One of Bell's slaves, for example, stole $260 from him and took the money to Rainwater, who "appropriated it to his own use." Bell retained attorneys and paid their fees. When a criminal indictment was handed down, Rainwater fled to parts unknown, forfeiting $500 in securities. Bell seeks a portion of the forfeiture.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Affidavit of John Thornton, Justice of the Peace, Oktibbeha County, 29 October 1857; Affidavit of Andrew J. Maxwell, Clerk of Circuit Court, Oktibbeha County, 29 October 1857
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 11085703

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

Citation Information

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

  • Legislative Papers, Petitions and Memorials
  • Record Group: 47
  • Volume: 28

Processing Information

Record Created:3/7/1995
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:11/14/2007 11:21:00 AM