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Ten pages of original court documents from the State v. Sansing case dating 1863. The case was heard in the State of Mississippi Lowndes County Circuit Court.


W. H. Sansing and W. E. Rainey were sureties for John Thompson, principal, in a case the State of Mississippi, Lowndes County, brought against Thompson for treating slaves with inhumanity in 1860. Thompson was called to the Court in 1863, but made default or did not appear. Since Thompson defaulted, Sansing and Rainey were ordered to pay five hundred dollars on his behalf. Sansing and Rainey were then ordered to the Court again in March 1864 to show cause why said judgement should not be made absolute against them. In May 1864, two more writs, specifically alias scire facias, were issued for Sansing and Rainey, one for Lowndes County and one for Oktibehha County, to appear in court in September 1864. The reply from Oktibehha County was that neither Sansing nor Rainey were found in said county.

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


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

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

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


Columus-Lowndes Public Library System


Columbus-Lowndes Public Library System

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Mississippi State University Libraries


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The State of Mississippi v. Sansing, 2450 (Lowndes County Circuit Court. 1863)



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