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Catalog Number 2016.1.11
Title Deposition of William Cooper describing a fugitive slave of Mary Wills
Credit line Courtesy of Dr. Jean Marshall von Schilling and Martha Booker, in memory of Hunter Russell Booker & Martha Chisman Booker.
Collection Booker Collection
Object Type Manuscript
Date 1822-11-28
Description/Scope & Content Deposition given by William Cooper, November 28th, 1822, "in Testimony in behalf of Miss Mary Wills for the recovery of either the Slave herein after mentioned or alternated Value there of", attesting that "on the Night of the 28th of July in the year 1813. one Slave bel-onging to Mary Wills of Elizabeth City County...made here escape from her owner and were then supposed to have gone over to the British fleet at that time laying in the waters of the Chesapeake Bay. which said Negro Slave were of the following age & Value":
-Hannah, woman aged "about Eighteen", worth $400
and attesting that "afterwards to wit on the fifth day of August 1813 Mrs Anna Cooper widow & admx of John Cooper decd applyed for & obtained a flag from Majr Stapleton Crutchfield at that time the Commanding Officer of the American forces Stationed at Hampton", that on August 6th William Cooper "by Virtue of Said per-mission & flag went on Board the British Ship called the Plantagenet at that time commanded by Captain Loyd. the said ship at that time lying & being with in Cape Henry" and "did See on Board of said shop the above named slave who is satisfied he has not put a higher value on her then could with certainty have been obtained at the time she left her owner & joined the British at that time enimees of & at Open War with this Country."
Extent of Description 1 leaf
Related units of description See National Archives: Record Group 76 (Records of Boundary and Claims Commissions and Arbitrations, 1716-1994), PI 177 190 / NAID 1174160. This deposition relates to testimony in claims files 125 and 132.
People Cooper, William
Cooper, John
Cooper, Anne
Crutchfield, Stapleton
Wills, Mary
Hannah
Loyd, Capt.
Topics War of 1812
Slavery/Slaves