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Description

Twenty pages of original court documents from the State v. Melson case dating 1861. The case was heard in the State of Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Court.

Transcription

The State of Mississippi, Lowndes County, charged Peter Melson, with unlawfully treating a slave named John with inhumanity in 1861. According to the charge, Melson failed to provide John with the necessary clothing against the peace and dignity of the State of Mississippi. In addition, Melson inflicted unusual punishment upon said enslaved person by whipping, beating, and wounding said enslaved person. Melson is listed and the "hirer" of John.

Approximate Creation Date

1861

Time Period

1860-1869

Subjects

Slaveholders.; Slavery -- Mississippi.; Slavery -- Mississippi -- History -- Sources.; Slaveholders.; Slaves -- Social Conditions.; Crime and race.; Legal documents.; Negotiable instruments.; Crime--History.

Keywords

Slavery, Slaves, Circuit Court, State Court, Criminal Files, Enslaved persons, Lowndes County, Mississippi, Legal Instrument

Geographic Location

Columbus--Mississippi; Lowndes County (Miss.).

Object Type

Text

Physical Format

Document

Digital Format

TIFF

Digital ID

CLP_CircuitCourtCriminal_2129_StateVsMelson_1861

Source

State of Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Court State Criminal Case Files Collection. Billups-Garth Archives, Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System (Miss.).

Repository

Columus-Lowndes Public Library System

Publisher

Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System

Digital Publisher

Mississippi State University Libraries

Rights

Images, texts, transcriptions, and/or recordings reproduced in this document may be protected by copyright. Users who contemplate reproducing materials should determine ownership and, if restricted, seek permission before reproducing them. Whenever possible, the Local History Department (LHD) at the Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System will provide information about copyright owners and restrictions. The LHD provides this information as a service to aid researchers in determining the appropriate use of an item, but that determination ultimately rests with the researcher.

The State of Mississippi v. Melson, 2129 (Lowndes County Circuit Court. 1861)

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