Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20681910 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honerable Christopher B. Strong on of the Judges of the Superior Court of this State, presiding in the Ocmulgee Circuit and holding Jurisdiction in Equity (STRONG, Christopher B.)
Filing Date:1819-January-18
Ending Date:1819-August-18

General Petition Information

Abstract:John Humphries, acting as the guardian of Jinny, Milly, Sucky and Sally, instituted a suit against one John McKenzie "for the recovery of the freedom of the said Negroes." McKenzie was required by the court to execute a $4,500 bond to ensure that the four appeared in court; he did so, they appeared, and the court concurred that they were free. However, they were subsequently enticed or taken away from the sheriff's custody by one Jeremiah McKenzie, John McKenzie's son. Humphries sued for penalty, claiming violation of the bond. Now John McKenzie has died and his guarantors on the bond are insolvent. Aaron McKenzie has become entirely responsible for payment of the penalty. He sues for a dismissal of the penalty on several grounds. First, he claims that Humphries's wards disappeared after the verdict on their freedom not during the trial. Second, two of them have been recovered from Jeremiah McKenzie. Third, he claims that the deed of emancipation, which was the basis for the freedom verdict, was "condemned" in the state of Virginia. McKenzie asks for an injunction to hold proceedings on the payment of the penalty until the chancery court has met.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PARS #20681108, #20681113; Order, 14 January 1819; Subpoena, John Humphries, 22 January 1819; Demurrer, John Humphries, August Term 1819; Bill for Discovery and Injunction, August 1819; Order and Decree, 18 August 1819
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20681910

Free Persons of Color:4
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: Jones County Courthouse, Gray, Georgia

  • Records of the Superior Court, Minute Book 1819
  • Page: 277-284

Processing Information

Record Created:2/14/1996
Record Final Edited:4/25/2000
Record Last Updated on:3/22/2006 3:16:00 PM