The State vs. the Dead Body of Lizzy, Riller, Rose

their sculls [were broken] with an axe ... by the hands of their own Mother

Date: 
October 2, 1846

Deceased

Description: 
three negro children
Sex: 
Female
Race: 
Black
Age Descriptor: 
three years
Child: 
child
Parent(s): 
Clarisy
Owner: 
COD Category: 
Homicide
COD Method/Implement: 
axe
COD Inquest Finding: 

upon their oaths do say the said Riller Lizzy and Rose were feloniously Killed and Murdered in the negro house of said Philip Brogden on the night of the 1st inst by breaking their sculls with an axe and cutting the throats of Riller & Lizza by the hands of their own Mother named Clarisy the property of said Brogden

Description: 
three negro children
Race: 
Black
Age Descriptor: 
ten years
Child: 
child
Parent(s): 
Clarisy
Owner: 
COD Category: 
Homicide
COD Inquest Finding: 

upon their oaths do say the said Riller Lizzy and Rose were feloniously Killed and Murdered in the negro house of said Philip Brogden on the night of the 1st inst by breaking their sculls with an axe and cutting the throats of Riller & Lizza by the hands of their own Mother named Clarisy the property of said Brogden

Description: 
three negro children
Sex: 
Female
Race: 
Black
Age Descriptor: 
four months
Child: 
infant
Parent(s): 
Clarisy
Owner: 
COD Category: 
Homicide
COD Inquest Finding: 

upon their oaths do say the said Riller Lizzy and Rose were feloniously Killed and Murdered in the negro house of said Philip Brogden on the night of the 1st inst by breaking their sculls with an axe and cutting the throats of Riller & Lizza by the hands of their own Mother named Clarisy the property of said Brogden

Coroner

Coroner: 
Coroner Title: 
coroner

Location

Inquest Location: 
at the house of Philip Brogden

Source

South Carolina Department of Archives & History
Columbia, SC

Perpetrator

Perpetrator: 
Clarisy
Perpetrator Description: 
slave
Perpetrator Slave Status: 
Enslaved
Inquest Images: 
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