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Catalog Number 2016.1.1
Title Deposition of Henry Robinson describing fugitive slaves of James Shelton
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 1823-01-23
Description/Scope & Content Draft of deposition given by Henry Robinson, January 23, 1823. Robinson was "taken prisoner near the Town of Hampton" by British troops, held on board the British war ship "St. Domingo" commanded by Sir John B. Warren and then in Hampton Roads, in late June or early July 1813. On board the ship, he saw slaves "the property of James Shelton of Elizabeth City County": "a Negro man named Tom, a common labourer, aged about 45 or 50 years worth as he supposes at that time $350.00 a woman slave named [Crinner?]. supposed to be 40 or 45 years of age & supposed to be worth $225 a good cook & house servant - a child, [name not recollected,] aged 6 or 7 years & as this deponent thinks worth about $100".
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 found in claims file 124.
People Robinson, Henry
Warren, John B., Sir
Shelton, James
Tom
Crinner
Topics War of 1812
Slavery/Slaves
Place Names Waterway--Hampton Roads
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