Petition #21084513


Martha Sappington owns property separate from her husband, Samuel Sappington, and with her own funds she purchased a slave named Rebecca from Sarah E. Pool. Although Rebecca was warranted to be sound, she began displaying signs of mental illness soon after the Sappingtons took possession of her. After a few months, Rebecca "in a frantic mode ... wandered to the river fell or jumped in and was drowned." The Sappingtons charge that Pool knew the slave was unsound when she sold her. They request a refund of the purchase price and an injunction stopping Pool from removing any of her slaves from the state.

Result: Partially granted; dismissed.

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Repository: Noxubee County Courthouse, Macon, Mississippi