SLAVERY AND ABOLITION.) To the Sheriff of Warren County. A Warrant to Arrest "Jesse Mason, (a man of Colour) for deserting his Wife & Children and for cohabiting with a slave." Partially Printed Document, accomplished by hand. Single sheet, 6-1/4 x 8-1/4 inches, printed on both sides with docketing on the reverse. Warren County, N.C., 4 August, 1809
An interesting case wherein it appears that Jesse Mason, a free black was cheating on his wife with a slave woman. The law of North Carolina, and indeed all of the states was hard on men who abandoned their wives--- not entirely for moralistic reasons. The fear was that the wife and children would then become wards of the state and cost the taxpayers money for their support.
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