Petition #21380304


Daniel Watson Turner, a deputy sheriff of the district of Charleston, "was desirous of purchasing a wench Sally and her children with the Intention of giving them their freedom." Turner claims that John Clark (now deceased) was a clerk in the sheriff's office at that time and "possessed a Friendship for your Orator." John Clark agreed to purchase Sally and her children for Turner, with the understanding that the slaves would stay with Turner and that Turner would, in turn, pay Clark £70 plus interest for the "Redemption of the said negroes." Shortly after the agreement, John Clark died, and his son and administrator, David Clark pressed suit against Turner in August 1794. The verdict returned in his favor, Clark then took out an execution on the judgment, and now Sally and her children are advertised for sale. Turner, who claims he can produce a receipt of payment, seeks an injunction to stop the sale.

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Repository: South Carolina Department of Archives and History, Columbia, South Carolina