Lot 10: 1850 Kentucky legal documents about ownership of a female slave and her baby
15th December 2016
Author: N/A; Title: Kentucky legal documents in a suit over ownership of a young female slave and her infant daughter; Place Published: N/A; Publisher: N/A; Date Published: 1850; Description: James. C Knox vs. William Knight. Manuscript Documents Signed by the Plaintiff Knox, three Constables deposed as witnesses, and a Justice of the Peace, in a complicated legal case over conflicting claims of ownership of a young female slave, Maria, and her infant daughter (who was born while the mother was in the custody of a sheriff) Madisonville, Kentucky, July 13, 1850.11pp.+docketing note, 8x12". Testament to the value of a slave in the antebellum south, which was apparently worth the legal costs. The Constables testified that the defendant who claimed to own Maria and her 2 year-old daughter (and had taken them away with him to Tennessee) was "destitute of veracity and honesty...a bad man...who would take all advantages and not to be relied on as...truthful or honourable..." The most chilling statement in the papers was that a Constable, the minute the judge made a decision as to ownership, immediately sold the slaves "at the court house door".
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