The State vs. the Dead Body of Tom

Date: 
May 5, 1805

Deceased

Description: 
slave
Sex: 
Male
Cause of Death: 
Accident
Cause of Death Method: 
drowning
Inquest Finding: 

do say upon their oaths … that the said negro in escaping from him [the overseer] attempted to swim the river, and was drowned

Slave Status: 
Slave
Owner: 
John Chesnut

Coroner

Coroner: 
Coroner Title: 
Justice of the Peace

Location

Inquest Location: 
at plantation of John Chesnut, Esquire
County: 

Source

South Carolina Department of Archives & History
Columbia, SC
Keywords: 
master-slave violence
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