American History and Genealogy Project

Civil War

Mississippi Slaves and Criminal Executions 1822-1859

NAME			RACE	SEX	STATUS	CRIME	METHOD			MONTH	DAY	YEAR	COUNTY
?				BLACK 	MALE 	SLAVE 	ATTEMPTED RAPE 	HANGING June	29	1822	JACKSON
STEP 				BLACK 	MALE 	SLAVE 	? 	HANGING 	January	23	1824	ADAMS
?				BLACK 	FEMALE 	SLAVE 	? 	HANGING 	March	2	1833	PIKE
CICILY 				BLACK 	FEMALE 	SLAVE 	MURDER 	HANGING 	May	22	1850	TIPPAH
(CUNNINGHAM) 			BLACK 	? 	SLAVE 	? 	HANGING 	? 		1856	JASPER
?				BLACK 	? 	SLAVE 	? 	HANGING 	? 		1856	LAWRENCE
BILL, (CATCHINGS) 		BLACK 	MALE 	SLAVE 	MURDER 	HANGING 	? 	1856	NESHOBA
ALECK, (PRICHARD) 		BLACK 	MALE 	SLAVE 	MURDER 	HANGING 	June	27	1856	PIKE
DICK, (PRICHARD) 		BLACK 	MALE 	SLAVE 	MURDER 	HANGING 	June	27	1856	YAZOO
HENRY, (PRICHARD) 		BLACK 	MALE 	SLAVE 	MURDER 	HANGING 	June	27	1856	YAZOO
CLAIBORNE 			BLACK 	MALE 	SLAVE 	MURDER 	HANGING 	December3	1856	YAZOO
HAMPTON 			BLACK 	MALE 	SLAVE 	MURDER 	HANGING 	? 		1857	PIKE
WINGO, GREEN 			BLACK 	MALE 	SLAVE 	MURDER 	HANGING 	? 		1859	PERRY

Source

Before the Needles, http://users.bestweb.net/%7Erg/execution.htm, Accessed November 5, 2009.

*See also

Afrigeneas - Slave Data, Accessed may 6, 2010.

Slavery in America - Slave Population Map in Mississippi, Accessed May 6, 2010.

Slaveholders and African American 1860-1870 - Accessed May 6, 2010.

Mississippi Counties -LARGE SLAVEHOLDERS OF 1860 and AFRICAN AMERICAN SURNAME MATCHES FROM 1870

ADAMS

AMITE

BOLIVAR

CARROLL Added 11-16-2001

CHICKASAW Added 11-16-2001

CLAIBORNE Added 11-16-2001

CLARKE Added 11-16-2001

COAHOMA Added 11-16-2001

COPIAH Added 11-16-2001 (Includes link to Linda Durr Rudd's page with full list of names of holders and number of slaves)

DESOTO Added 11-16-2001

HINDS Added 11-16-2001

HOLMES Added May 10, 2003

ISSAQUENA

JEFFERSON Added May 10, 2003

JEFFERSON (Linda Durr Rudd's page with full list of names of holders and number of slaves)

LOWNDES Added 11-16-2001

MADISON Added 11-16-2001

MARSHALL Added May 12, 2002

MONROE Added May 12, 2002

NOXUBEE Added 11-16-2001

OKTIBBEHA Added 11-16-2001

PANOLA Added 11-16-2001

SIMPSON (Linda Durr Rudd's page with full list of names of holders and number of slaves)

TALLAHATCHIE Added May 12, 2002

TUNICA Added May 12, 2002

WARREN Added May 12, 2002

WAYNE

WILKINSON

YALOBUSHA Added May 10, 2003

YAZOO

An Interesting Slave Case in Lowell, Mass--We learn by the Lowell Vox Populi that
a slave case of much interest has been pending in that city for several days, the
particulars of which are thus given:

Jesse Cornwell, a rich planter in Mississippi, had a smart, favorite slave named Betsey,
who was employed in the confidential relation of housekeeper, and with whom he
cohabited. The result of this cohabitation was a daughter, who is now twenty-four
years old, smart, capable, intelligent and good looking. Her name is Caroline Cornwell.
On his death-bed, six years since, requested his friend, Dr. Lewis Keyes, to take
charge of his effects, including a considerable sum of money: and especially charged
him, as soon as he could arrange so to do, to take the woman Betsey and his and 
her child Caroline to a free State, and there see them comfortably located. For this
special service Keyes was directed to take $5000 cash, $4000 of which was to be
equally divided between mother and daughter, and $1000 to be retained for his
own services.

Instead of performing faithfully his last dying request, it is alleged, Keyes, immediately
on the death of Cornwell, took the mother and daughter and hired them out at $100
a year each for a period of six years, when he finally brought them with him north, 
arriving in Lowell in the latter part of May last. They have been here with Keye's family,
under strict surveilance, since that time.

On Saturday last the mother and daughter appeared before Isaac S. Morse, Esq.,
to whom they made a complaint and told their story. Mr. Morse, in their behalf,
instituted a suit against Keyes for the recovery of the money given by Cornwell,
and also for their six years' labor. Keyes was arrested by deputy sheriff E. L. Shed,
and held to bail in the sum of $6000. He claims that these women were given to
him by Cornwell, but this is questioned. The case will be tried in December.
Source:
Ancestry Message Board Cornwell, June 2007, mccachern@sbcglobal.net

The Sun (VA) Newspaper, October 18, 1858




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