The State vs. the Dead Body of Sylvia

The Negro woman then said to him, My God don't do that again and pushed in between him and the boy

Date: 
May 21, 1822

Deceased

Description: 
slave
Sex: 
Female
Cause of Death: 
Homicide
Cause of Death Method: 
large switch
Inquest Finding: 

do say upon their oaths that the said Negro woman Sylvia came to her death by two strokes which she received with a large switch, one across her arm and the other over her breast and shoulder from the hand of Gabiel Coats on the 14th Instant which seems to have been done without intention to kill or maim ... and what most men would have done in such a case and not otherwise

Slave Status: 
Slave
Owner: 
John Brown

Coroner

Coroner: 
Coroner Title: 
coroner

Location

Inquest Location: 
at John Brown plantation
County: 

Source

South Carolina Department of Archives & History
Columbia, SC

Perpetrator

Perpetrator: 
Gabriel Coats
Images: 

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