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PAR Number 20882310

State: Louisiana Year: 1823
Location: Pointe Coupee Location Type: Parish

Abstract: Benjamin Jewell presents to the court that John Nichols's slave, named Ben, shot and wounded his slave, named Linder, with a gun "loaded with powder & hundred bullets." Linder has subsequently died of his wound. According to Jewell, Linder was a slave of many "talents," not only in tending to the cultivation of his plantation but as an excellent carpenter. Jewell sets Linder’s value at $1,000, for which he believes that Nichols is liable. He contends that he has asked payment from Nichols, but to no avail. He claims that indications are that Nichols has sold his plantation and is about to "depart from" the state, leaving him without judicial recourse. He therefore seeks the court's help in recovering the value of his slave from Nichols.

PAR Number 20884135

State: Louisiana Year: 1841
Location: Orleans Location Type: Parish

Abstract: Thomas McCargo of Halifax County, Virginia, sues the Merchants Insurance Company of New Orleans for the loss of his slaves. McCargo represents that, on November 17, 1841, he took a $15,200 policy with the Norfolk branch of the Merchants Insurance Company to cover the transportation of his nineteen slaves from Norfolk to New Orleans, aboard a vessel named The Créole. McCargo contends that, during the voyage, a slave insurrection erupted on The Créole, causing it to be diverted to the port of Nassau on the Island of New Providence, where his slaves were seized by the authorities of “her Majesty the Queen of England and Ireland.” McCargo claims that he has already informed the Merchants Insurance Company of his loss, which was squarely under the list of covered risks, made a “full and entire abandonment” of his slaves to the company, and demanded payment. He prays that the court will order the Merchants Insurance Company to pay him $15,200 with interest, at 5% per annum from judicial demand, to compensate him for the loss of his slaves.

PAR Number 20884749

State: Louisiana Year: 1847
Location: Lafourche Interior Location Type: Parish

Abstract: Thomas Bibb, petitioning in his own right and as agent and attorney-in-fact for other members of his family residing in other states, seeks to be compensated for the wrongful death of a family slave named Wilson. According to Bibb, Wilson was shot to death on the night of July 10, 1846 while on the plantation of Vincent Hebert. He claims that one of Hebert’s slaves, a man named Paul, ambushed Wilson and killed him on Hebert’s orders. He complains that Hebert made no attempt to have Wilson apprehended or arrested before he was killed. Furthermore, charges Bibb, Hebert has rejected offers to make amicable adjustment. Bibb therefore prays to be compensated for the loss of Wilson and his services on behalf of his family. He asks for $600, Wilson's estimated value, to be paid at the rate of $10 per month for the loss of his services until the debt has been fully settled.

PAR Number 20885683

State: Louisiana Year: 1856
Location: East Baton Rouge Location Type: Parish

Abstract: Robert T. Davis seeks compensation for the murder of his slave named Sandy. Davis charges that, in July 1856, James C. Knox pursued his slave with arms and dogs, “without any legal authority, cause or provocation,” and killed him. Davis therefore seeks compensation for the value of his slave, which he assesses at $2,500. Davis estimates Sandy to be forty years of age at the time of his death; related documents however reveal that Sandy may have been fifty or sixty years of age.

PAR Number 21282706

State: North Carolina Year: 1827
Location: Northampton Location Type: County

Abstract: William B. Lockhart requests permission for his slave Reuben to carry and use a gun on the plantation "whereon said negro man slave resides."

PAR Number 21282903

State: North Carolina Year: 1829
Location: Northampton Location Type: County

Abstract: Robert H. Wilson asks that his slave Peter be permitted to carry a gun on his plantation "agreeably to an act of assembly in such case made & provided."

PAR Number 21283009

State: North Carolina Year: 1830
Location: Chowan Location Type: County

Abstract: William Wright seeks permission to allow his slave Davy to carry a gun on his farm in Green Hall. Davy, Wright explains, is a foreman working under the direction of John Blount, and he needs a gun to keep crows from destroying the crops.

PAR Number 21283010

State: North Carolina Year: 1830
Location: Chowan Location Type: County

Abstract: Elisha Copeland asks permission to allow his slave Limbrick to carry a gun, a quarter pound of powder, and a pound of shot on the "farm whereon said negro resides."

PAR Number 21284605

State: North Carolina Year: 1846
Location: Orange Location Type: County

Abstract: William Lipscomb petitions for a writ of habeas corpus after his slave Anderson was arrested for stabbing another slave named Daniel. Related documents provide slave testimony about the source of the argument that arose between the two slaves involved, while walking from the meeting house back to their respective plantations, and give a description of the confrontation that led to the "affray" and the stabbing of one of the slaves.

PAR Number 21284804

State: North Carolina Year: 1848
Location: Robeson Location Type: County

Abstract: John O. Daniel seeks a writ of habeas corpus for his slave Robert who is accused of murdering a free man of color named Henry Pink Humphreys and is now imprisoned.