Suspected of being involved in the "late insurrection of the slaves," Jacob was taken up by a magistrate in Gloucester County. As he was being transported in a boat, he stabbed and killed himself. He was, according to his owner, William Wilson, "an honest and inoffensive negro" and "a valuable waterman." William Wilson contends that because Jacob was "in the custody of the law when he Killed himself, " compensation is in order.
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