Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20783512 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judge of the Harrison circuit court in chancery Sitting
Filing Date:1835-October-10
Ending Date:1836-February-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Newton, a twelve-year-old slave, who sues by his next friend Archibald Duncan, claims that in 1833 Duncan sold him for $200 to Daniel Musser "to Serve Said Daniel Musser until he arrived at 31 years of age at which time Said Musser was to Set your orator free." Musser, however, has sold Newton as a slave for life to Joseph Thompson, "a negro trader," and Newton believes Thompson will transport him to the lower country "and put it out of the power of your Orator when he may arrive at 31 years of age to assert his right to freedom." He asks that the defendants be restrained from removing him or "from disposing of your orator in any manner prejudicial to his rights."
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Order, 10 October 1835; Writ of Ne Exeat, 12 October 1835; Sheriff's Return, 13 October 1835; Bond, Archibald Duncan and James R. Curry to Daniel Musser and Joseph Thompson, 10 October 1835; Certificate, 10 October 1835; Summons, Daniel Musser and Joseph Thompson, 10 October 1835; Agreement to Dismiss, Archibald Duncan and Daniel Mercer, 8 February 1836
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 20783512

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Harrison County Courthouse, Cynthiana, Kentucky

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Case Files
  • Document Number 6509
  • Box: 235-237

Processing Information

Record Created:6/11/1996
Record Final Edited:9/5/2000
Record Last Updated on:5/5/2006 1:15:00 PM