Duplin County, NC - Court Records
PETITION CONCERNING SLAVES-14 Dec. 1830
Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of New Hanover, Sampson, Bladen & Duplin
14 Dec. 1830
Presented, to motion of Mr. WEAVER? Ordered to be referred to the Select
Committee on the subject of slaves & the situation of free persons of colour.
By Order: S. T. PATTERSON
To the Honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina now in
Session. The Petition of Sundry inhabitants of the Counties of Sampson, Bladen,
New Hanover and Duplin humbly Sheweth, that our own Slaves are become almost
uncontroulable they go and come when and where they pleas, and if an attempt is
made to correct them they Immediately fly to the woods and there Continue for
months and years commiting grievous depredations on Our cattle hogs and sheep
and many other things and as patrols are of no
use on account of the danger they subject themselves to and their property. Not
long since three patrols two fo which for executing their duty had their
dweling house and other houses burnt down and the other his fodder starks
Your Petitioners prays that an act of the General Assembly may be passed during
the present Session of your honourable body compelling each Captain in the
aforenamed Counties to divide their companies into four Equal divisions which
shall be numbered 1,2,3, & 4 and one man shall
be chosen out of each Company as a Captain or Commander of that Company the
Rest to be Submissive to his orders under penalty of fifty cent and the Captain
or Commander on neglect or refusal to comply with the duties named in said law
shall pay the sum of Ten dollars and the first company shall be compelled so
soon as appointed to search their respective districts for Runaway Slaves in
all the suspected places houses or thicks where they may suppose any runaway or
runaways are concealed with the priviledge of
shooting and destroying all runaway slaves who may refuse to Submit to said
Authority and said company shall continue to make such search at all times when
necessary for the space of three months and shall during the time perform all
the duties required by law for patrols to perform and at the expiration of
three months the Company no. 2 shall take place and perform in like manner as
the first and so continue until the whole have served, and for compensation to
said Companies the Rewards already offered by Owners
of Slaves for Apprehending Runaway and on all others those that have been
Runaway under Six months fifteen dollars and from six months to one year;
twenty five dollars and for more than one year fifty dollars which shall be
paid by the Owner of said runaway slave to the use of said Company before they
give him up and all property they ay find in the possession of Runaways where
the Owner of said property cannot be found.
Whereas many Negro slaves are allowed by their owners to raise and keep dogs
and follow them at large that do great injury to our Stocks an if we kill there
dogs they will then kill our dog our horse or our cow. For Remedy whereof your
Petitioners humbly prays that an act be passed compelling all persons owning
slaves at the time of giving in their list of Taxable property to give in on
oath all the dogs their Negroes are allowed to raise, keep, or follow them on
the first day of April preceding the time of giving
in their lists or any time since and pay a tax of five dollars on each dog so
given in and your petitioners as in duty bound shall every pray. Stephen
HERRING, Hiram BIRDSONG?, James A. McGEE, Gabriel HERRING, Needham BRIAN, A.
WARD, Michel JOHNSON, Taylor JOHNSON, Martin FOSTER?, Daniel ALDERMAN, Enoch
ALDERMAN, Amos NEWTON, Isaac N. BLAND?, Daniel BLAND, Reuben ROGERS,
Brannon SUTTON, Bailey SUTTON, Hardy HERRING, John HERRING, John SMITH, Fredric
Isaac C. WRIGHT, David S. MATHIS, Robert WARD,
Archd. MURPHY, Owen HERRING, G. W. HERRING, Daniel HERRING, Richd. ROYAL,
Howard PARKER, Joseph HERRING.
Your Petitions further request your Honorable Body if the method Above
proposed?, does not meet your approbation, that you will take our case into
consideration, and pass such a law or grant as such relief as you in your
wisdom shall think best.
(The identical petition was again circulated and signed by the following
P. CROMARTIE, Hinson W. HERRING, Silas HERRING, R. W. CROMARTIE, John
CROMARTIE, A. CROMARTIE, Jas. CROMARTIE, E. HERRING, Rogers LEE, J. H.
SPEARMAN, William SPEARMAN, G. W. KINNERY?, John WRIGHT, Senr., Allen D.?
EVERSON, Starkey? ANSLEY?, James CARR?, Amos HERRING, George DYER, Richard
ROGERS, Wriley HERRING, Phillip HERRINGTON, Wiley HALL, Love?/Dave MCDANIEL,
John BEDSOE?, Eli LEACHMAN?, John CASHWILL, Owen JONES, S. CAIN, H. YOUNG, M.
MONROE, James O. AMOUS?, G. DOWNING, D. MELVIN, Senr., T. PATTERSON,
John MONROE, Daniel MELVIN, Jr., David CAIN, Wm. SMITH, Sr., Fran HORN?, G.
MELVIN?, J. SMITH, Richard MCGEE, Robert FURMEDGE?, J. Melvin, Jr., Caleb?
LAIN?, George W. HUFFMAN, Jno. TREADWELL, Owen FENNELL, Wm. K.? DEVANE, Richard
PARISH, Wilson VALSTRAM?, Daniel HERRING, Nathan HERRING, Stephen HERRING, Jr.,
Enoch ANDERS, Raiford CARROLL, James NEWTON, Geo. FENNELL, Lewis
HIGHSMITH, Isaac NEWTON, Reuben ROGERS, James MARSHBORN, Charles PAGE,
John HENNESEY, Amariah BLAND, David WALLS, James MCCALEBB,
Wm. J. COGELL, James MEREDITH, Joseph STRINGFIELD, Amos JOHNSON, James COOP?,
William W. VIRRAH?, J. D. BEATTY, MURIS?, Bright JOHNSON