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Depositions of Peyton and Jane Graves, 1853, 21 August

 File — Box: SC1850-1899.005, Folder: 4234.01

Content Description

From the Collection: These depositions contain the 1853 testimony of plantation owner Peyton Graves and his wife, Jane Graves, regarding the case of their neighbor Elva Jenkins against her husband, doctor and plantation owner Edwin Jenkins. The documents consist of a series of answers to "Interrogatories" or "Interrogations" posed separately to Peyton and Jane Graves regarding how they knew the Jenkins family and the goings-on they witnessed in the Jenkins household--in particular, a violent incident in which Elva Jenkins was attacked by dogs and left crying, her clothes torn, while Edwin stood over her brandishing a hoe and shouting, “You God damn old bitch, I’ll kill you and go to hell at once.” Other parts of the depositions describe Elva's resentment over Edwin's favorable treatment toward his slaves, particularly his attachment to his slave Becky. There is also mention of a slave named Louisa. The depositions were signed by Commissioner William P. Carter of the Chancery Court of the State of Alabama for Wilcox County.

The materials total fourteen handwritten pages.


  • 1853, 21 August

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