STATE OF MARYLAND VS. JOEL FALLOWFIELD. CONCERNING THE MURDER OF A SLAVE. "Based on Forfeited Recog. $200., Costs $1.25...A. A. Duhamel. Sheriff". Signed by John Palmer, Clerk.

STATE OF MARYLAND VS. JOEL FALLOWFIELD. CONCERNING THE MURDER OF A SLAVE. "Based on Forfeited Recog. $200., Costs $1.25...A. A. Duhamel. Sheriff". Signed by John Palmer, Clerk.

June 16, 1857. Manuscript document. Single sheet, 17 x 21 cm. Docketed on verso. Browned, legible ink. Legal paper from an interesting case involving the attempted murder of a slave. The original case is referred to as being from the 1856 November term of the Circuit Court of Queen Anne's County in Maryland. This hand written legal document authorizes the Sheriff of Queen Ann's (sic) County to take Joel Fallowfield into custody for conspiracy to "... enter the jail of Queen Ann's County and take there from negro Saul Brown slave of Chas. McCollister a prisoner there confined with the intention to hang or otherwise kill and murder said negro which the said court lately tried at the May term of 1857." Charles McCollister (1805-1881) was a farmer and slave owner who lived in Church Hill, Maryland. We have been unable to discover much about the incident or incidents that prompted Joel Fallowfield to attempt to kill Saul Brown. Another similar document involving another slave and Fallowfield issued at the same time appeared at auction at PBA on August 14, 2014. Their catalog description states that Fallowfield (ca.1832-1910) appears to have been a 25 year old illiterate shoemaker, born in Maryland, who had moved to Terre Haute, Indiana by 1860 and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. Item #66183

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