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PAR Number 11378703

State: South Carolina Year: 1787

Abstract: John Dorsius and William Bellamy seek compensation for their slave, Anthony, who was convicted and executed for highway robbery in February 1784. The Court of Justices and Freeholders appraised Anthony's value at fifty pounds sterling.

PAR Number 11379103

State: South Carolina Year: 1791

Abstract: John Jordan states that "in November 1778 the only slave that your Petitioner possessed was executed pursuant to a Sentence of Two Magistrates and five Freeholders for Poisoning." He further asserts that "said Slave was valued according to Law at ₤1200 -- Old Currency for which he received a Certificate." Jordan claims that he presented said certificate for payment when "the Town was invested by the British Army under General Clinton which induces your Petitioner to believe was the reason that his demand was not paid." Jacob therefore prays that "the Commissioners of the Treasury may be directed to Pay" him for his loss.

PAR Number 11379106

State: South Carolina Year: 1791
Location: St. Thomas Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Dr. John Syme, a St. Thomas Parish resident, represents that he "obtained a Certificate in his favor for a Negro executed ... valued at six hundred Pounds Old Currency." He further states that he presented said certificate to the South Carolina House of Representatives; it was then referred to the Committee on Certificates. He asserts that on 3 March 1775, the report of the committee favoring Syme's claim was read and debated; two motions to defeat the question failed, and the House passed the report. The petitioner declares, however, that "he has never received Payment for the said executed Negro & therefore prays that such Relief be granted to him in the Premises."

PAR Number 11379201

State: South Carolina Year: 1792
Location: St. Thomas Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Dr. John Syme, a St. Thomas Parish resident, represents that he "obtained A Certificate for a negro man of his property which was executed ... and Valued at Six hundred Pounds." He further states that he presented said certificate to the South Carolina House of Representatives; it was then referred to the Committee on Certificates. He asserts that on 3 March 1775, the report of the committee favoring Syme's claim was read and debated; two motions to defeat the question failed, and the House passed the report. The petitioner declares, however, that "he has never received Payment for the said Executed Negro, and therefore Prays, that such relief be Granted to him in the Premises."

PAR Number 11379205

State: South Carolina Year: 1792

Abstract: Josiah Culbertson seeks compensation for a slave convicted and executed for murder "some time in March Last." He prays "your Houners to take the matter into your Consideration and allow me Pay for sd Negro as I am not of surcumstance sufficient to Loose him altogether."

PAR Number 11379301

State: South Carolina Year: 1793
Location: Charleston Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Susanna St. John of St. James Parish seeks compensation for the slave Titus. She recounts that her husband, Dr. Stephen St. John, purchased Titus in 1785, “for which he gave his Bond for ₤67 ... with Interest.” Susanna laments, however, that Stephen was "killed by runaway Negroes in April last" and that the said Titus "has since, been convicted of being accessory to his Death, and executed agreeable to Sentence passed the 1st of May." St. John further reveals that Titus was valued at "the Sum of Seventy Pounds" and that a certificate has been delivered to the State Treasurer directing that said sum be paid. The petitioner therefore prays "the valuation of the said Negro may be received by the Treasurer as a payment of the Bond and Interest."

PAR Number 11379302

State: South Carolina Year: 1793
Location: St. Thomas Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Dr. John Syme, a St. Thomas Parish resident, represents that he "obtained A Certificate for a negro man of his property who was executed & valued at Six Hundred pounds." He further states that he presented said certificate to the South Carolina House of Representatives; it was then referred to the Committee on Certificates. He asserts that on 3 March 1775, the report of the committee favoring Syme's claim was read and debated; two motions to defeat the question failed, and the House passed the report. The petitioner declares, however, that "he has never received payment for the said Executed Negro. He therefore Prays such relief in the premises."

PAR Number 11379310

State: South Carolina Year: 1793
Location: Charleston Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Susanna St. John of St. James Parish seeks compensation for the slave Titus. She recounts that her husband, Dr. Stephen St. John, purchased Titus in 1785, “for which he gave his Bond for ₤67 ... with Interest.” Susanna laments, however, that Stephen was "killed by runaway Negroes in April last" and that the said Titus "has since, been convicted of being accessory to his Death, and executed agreeable to Sentence passed the 1st of May." St. John further reveals that Titus was valued at "the Sum of Seventy Pounds" and that a certificate has been delivered to the State Treasurer directing that said sum be paid. The petitioner therefore prays "the valuation of the said Negro may be received by the Treasurer as a payment of the Bond and Interest."

PAR Number 11379311

State: South Carolina Year: 1793
Location: St. Thomas Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Dr. John Syme, a St. Thomas Parish resident, represents that he "obtained a certificate for a negro man his property who was executed and valued at six hundred pounds." He further states that he presented said certificate to the South Carolina House of Representatives; it was then referred to the Committee on Certificates. He asserts that on 3 March 1775, the report of the committee favoring Syme's claim was read and debated; two motions to defeat the question failed, and the House passed the report. The petitioner declares, however, that "he never received payment for the said executed negro. He therefore prays such relief in the premises."

PAR Number 11379403

State: South Carolina Year: 1794
Location: Marlborough Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Thomas Bingham represents that in 1776 "a negro man slave named Toney the property of your petitioner was tried and executed agreeable to Law for Commiting a rape on the body of a white woman." Bingham further asserts that "a certificate of his appraisment and Execution were placed in the hands of Gen Tristram Thomas to return to the Auditors office but he unfortunately lost the Same." The petitioner therefore prays that his case be considered and that he be granted "such relief as in your Wisdom shall seem meet."

PAR Number 11379404

State: South Carolina Year: 1794
Location: Marlborough Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Thomas Bingham represents that in 1776 "a negroe fellow slave named Toney the property of your petitioner was tried & Executed agreable to Law for Commiting a rape on the body of a white woman." Bingham further asserts that "a Certificate of his Appraisment and Execution were placed in the hands of Genl Tristram Thomas to return to the auditors office but He unfortunately lost the Same." The petitioner therefore prays that his case be considered and that he be granted "such relief as in your Wisdom shall seem meet."

PAR Number 11379503

State: South Carolina Year: 1795

Abstract: John Green laments that "the only Slave he could Place any Confidence in" was "apprehended for an offence, and was brought to trial, and condemned to be hanged." Green, as "the manager of his Plantation," reveals that this "Event has been greatly to your Petitioners disadvantage." Noting that the slave was valued at seventy pounds sterling, the petitioner "humbly conceives your Honorable Body possesses too much Justice to Reject his Petition."

PAR Number 11379505

State: South Carolina Year: 1795

Abstract: John Bellamee represents that he "made application to your Honorable house two years past for payment of a Negroe Executed which was his property but for want of necessary Vouchers was not paid." Noting that he is "now able to produce Vouchers," the petitioner "humbly begs his case may be taken into Consideration and such Relief granted him as has been to others in the Same Situation."

PAR Number 11379507

State: South Carolina Year: 1795

Abstract: John Bellamee represents that he "made application to your Honorable house two years past for payment of a Negroe Executed which was his property but for want of necessary Vouchers was not paid." Noting that he is "now able to produce Vouchers," the petitioner "humbly begs his case may be taken into Consideration and such Relief granted him as has been to others in the Same Situation."

PAR Number 11379702

State: South Carolina Year: 1797
Location: Charleston Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Susanna St. John of St. James Parish seeks compensation for the slave Titus. She recounts that her husband, Dr. Stephen St. John, purchased Titus in 1785 and “gave his Bond for ₤67.” Susanna further states that "the said Negro Titus was found Guilty of being accessory (or principal) to the Death of your Petitioners Husband, and was Executed accordingly." Revealing that Titus was valued at £70 Sterling, the petitioner "(as the Estate of the Deceased is insolvent) prays a remission of the Debt."

PAR Number 11379703

State: South Carolina Year: 1797
Location: Charleston Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Nine "Inhabitants of St. James Parish Goose Creek" submit that, on the night of 6 March 1797, "a Certain Negro man slave Named Beny" set fire to the house and barn of George Keckely; the said slave was "the Property of Conrad Keckely, the Father of the said George." They further declare that, on 6 April 1797, the "Offender was duly Convicted and Hung But not before being valued and Appraised at one Hundred Pounds." The petitioners, "Neighbours of the Said George Keckely," state that they "are moved with Humanity and Pity" for the said George Keckely. They therefore pray that the said George be paid "the full amt of One Hundred pounds being the appraisement and value thereof [which] will encourage the Bringing Such wanton Criminallity to Examplary punishment."

PAR Number 11379705

State: South Carolina Year: 1797
Location: Williamsburgh Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Robert Gamble seeks compensation for a thirty-six-year-old slave, by trade a blacksmith, convicted "of Houseburning" and sentenced to death. Reporting that the slave "broke custody before he was executed," Gamble considers "the fellow as officially lost to him as if the execution had really taken place." The petitioner, "in an advanced period of Life," therefore "submits his case to your Honorable Body not doubting but that you will do him justice." Gamble asserts that he relied on "the income arising from" the slave's trade, which he cites as providing a "considerable support."

PAR Number 11379708

State: South Carolina Year: 1797
Location: Abbeville Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Georgia residents James Hughlin and Elijah Clark seek compensation for their slaves, who were executed in Abbeville District, South Carolina, for burglary. The petitioners report that "said Negroes were appraised by the Justices and Jury who tried them, as follows: Negro Jim, the property of James Hughlin, at Three Hundred Dollars; and Negro Summer, the property of Elijah Clark, at One Hundred & fifty Dollars." Noting that they have "never received any compensation," they pray that their petition will be taken "into consideration" and that they will be granted relief.

PAR Number 11379709

State: South Carolina Year: 1797
Location: Charleston Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Nine "Inhabitants of St. James Parish Goose Creek" submit that, on the night of 6 March 1797, "a Certain Negro man Slave Named Beny" set fire to the house and barn of George Keckely; the said slave was "the property of Conrad Keckely, the Father of the Said George." They further declare that, on 6 April 1797, the "offender was duly Convicted, and Hung but not before being valued and Appraised at one Hundred pounds." The petitioners, "Neighbours of the Said George Keckely," state that they "are moved with Humanity and Pity" for the said George Keckely. They therefore pray that the said George be paid "the full Sum of one Hundred pounds being the appraisement and value thereof which will encurage the Bringing Such wanton Criminallity to Exemplary punishment."

PAR Number 11379801

State: South Carolina Year: 1798
Location: Charleston Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: John Desbeaux seeks compensation for his slave Figaro. Figaro, along with two other slaves, was convicted of treason. Figaro and John Louis were sentenced to be "hanged by the neck until their bodies be dead"; the third slave, Chappelle, was to be "confined in some proper secure place untill an opportunity offers to ship him out of the State to any place out of the United States."

PAR Number 11379805

State: South Carolina Year: 1798

Abstract: George Keckeley seeks compensation for the slave Ben, who "in the dead of Night Sett fire to his Dwelling house and Barn." He further asserts that, "from motives of making a public Example of so great a Crime," he delivered Ben to the authorities, whereupon Ben "was brought to his tryal, found Guilty, Convicted and Hung, but not untill he was valued, and agreed upon to be worth one hundred Pounds." The petitioner, in view of his "great loss of his Dwelling & other property," prays that the Treasurer pay to him "the full amount of the sd. appraisement."

PAR Number 11379806

State: South Carolina Year: 1798

Abstract: George Keckeley seeks compensation for the slave Ben, who "in the dead of Night Sett fire to his Dwelling house and Barn." He further asserts that, "from motives of making a public Example of so great a Crime," he delivered Ben to the authorities, whereupon Ben "was brought to his tryal, found Guilty, Convicted and Hung, but not untill he was valued, and agreed upon to be worth one hundred Pounds." The petitioner, in view of his "great loss of his Dwelling & other property," prays that the Treasurer pay to him "the full amount of the sd. appraisement."

PAR Number 11379901

State: South Carolina Year: 1799
Location: Charleston Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: George Keckeley seeks compensation for the slave Ben, who was charged, convicted, and hanged for setting fire to the petitioner's house and barn. In a joint resolution, Keckeley explains, the legislature awarded him $120.25. However, when he applied to the "Treasurer of Charleston," he found that no provision had been made for him to collect the money. He therefore prays that such provisions be made as “shall be Deemd Just & proper.”

PAR Number 11379906

State: South Carolina Year: 1799
Location: Charleston Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: Joshua Canter represents that he purchased a slave named Cain from Thomas Coveney "some short time ago" for seventy-six pounds. He further discloses that "a court of Justices and freeholders passed Sentence of death upon the Said Negroe for committing burglary and larceny which Sentence was accordingly executed on the fifteenth day of November instant." Canter reports that "before passing the Said Sentence" Cain was appraised and valued at seventy pounds. The petitioner therefore prays that his circumstances be considered and that the treasurer of the state be directed "to pay unto him the value of the Said Slave."

PAR Number 11380001

State: South Carolina Year: 1800
Location: Marion Location Type: District/Parish

Abstract: John Jordan represents that he “hath in his possession an indent against the said state being for a negro man Executed” on 1 January 1779. Jordan prays “that your honorable house would take my case into consideration and grant me such relief in the premises as your wisdom may deem most proper.”

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