Sometimes that which we find is not pleasant. Inhumane is an understatement in this case.
I first learned of the 1811 slave murder when searching for references to my Sledd family on Genealogybank. The vast majority of Sledd references before 1850 in Genealogybank refer to this murder–which was not what I was actually looking for. A search of GoogleBooks located the reference below. Unfortunately none of the online references provides the first name of Mr. Sledd and “new” (at least to me) newspaper references to the incident fail to provide a first name for Mr. Sledd. The newspaper accounts all seem to be copying from an original account. The practice was not uncommon during the time period, but makes it more difficult to locate Sledd’s first name in a contemporary account.
This is not the first time I’ve written about the 1811 slave murder. But now I’ve given up on locating an online newspaper reference to his complete name.
A London publication provides a summary of the incident which parallels the contemporary newspaper accounts. Note: the details are somewhat graphic.
We’ve written about the murder before. Many of the Sledds in Bedford County during this time period were children of John and Amy/Ann Sledd. It is believed that John was dead by 1811, so the article is probably not referring to him.
The woman may be named in the probate records of the owner as other references indicate that she was “rented from an estate.”
Hopefully this time I will have better luck determining just which Bedford County Sledd the articles are referring to.