Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 11279604 Details

State:North Carolina
Location:Chatham
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina
Filing Date:1796-December-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:James Massey states that he "had the misfortune ... to have an only Negroe fellow by the name of Hardy, through the persuation of a company of thieves to commit a robery & breaking open a bar room." Massey recounts that Hardy "was tried and found guilty of the offence aforesaid ... and sentenced by three Justices of the peace to be hanged." The petitioner further reports that "a number of respectable inhabitants, as well as a number of the Jurors who tried said negroe slave, petitioned His Excellency the Governor to extend his Mercy towards the said Slave." Massey laments that the Governor did send a reprieve said sentence, "but unfortunately for your petitioner the messenger sent for that purpose had the misfortune of loosing his Horse whereby the reprieve came too late." Massey therefore prays that he granted "such relief as the justice of the case may require."
Result:committee recommends rejection
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Report of Committee on Propositions and Grievances, 6 December 1796
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 11279604

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

Citation Information

Repository: North Carolina Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, North Carolina

  • General Assembly, Session Records, Joint Committee Reports, Propositions and Grievances, November--December 1796

Processing Information

Record Created:8/29/1997
Record Final Edited:4/1/1998
Record Last Updated on:2/28/2008 8:27:00 AM