The State vs. the Dead Body of Mary

Date: 
October 31, 1838

Deceased

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

do say upon their oaths that the negro woman named Clarisy … not having God before her Eyes but being moved and seduced by the instigations of the Devil … with force and arms … and upon the said Mary then and there being in the peace of God and of the said State, feloniously voluntarily and of his own malice ... did then and there with a certain axe did then and there violently feloniously and with malice aforethough struck and pierced[?] and gave to the said Mary with the said axe in and upon the forehead of the said Mary one mortal wound

Slave Status: 
Slave
Owner: 
Samuel L. Martin

Coroner

Coroner: 
Coroner Title: 
coroner

Location

Inquest Location: 
at the house of Saml L Martin
County: 

Source

South Carolina Department of Archives & History
Columbia, SC

Perpetrator

Perpetrator: 
Clarisy
Perpetrator Description: 
slave
Perpetrator Slave Status: 
Slave
Perpetrator Owner: 
Keywords: 
slave-slave violence
Images: 

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