Appraisement of Annual Hire of Negroes Belonging to the Estate of Wm. Killingsworth
Transcribed by Linda Durr Rudd
Joseph Dunbar (Seal)
A. K. Vause (Seal)
A. W. Sutphin (Seal)
Total - $960
Deduct $200 for taking care of little children for the year 1861.
Total - $760
Two slaves of William's were accused of murdering him 19 July 1854. Per the Susan Sillers Darden Diary - 1854, the names of the two slaves were Jesse and Albert. Two more slaves, Bill and Charles, were accused of torching the house. Unnamed slaves retrieved William's body and his three children from the burning house. The slaves' trial was in the fall of 1854. Jesse and Albert was hung 21 November 1854. Jesse confessed that he alone committed the murder.
Since both parents were deceased, the Killingsworth children were the wards of their grandmother Mary Shaw and uncle William Shaw. On the 1860 Jefferson County Slave Schedule, William Shaw was named as the guardian of the children and their 18 slaves. The children lived with their grandmother Mary Shaw per the 1860 Federal Jefferson County Census and they were named as Mary's wards in William Killingsworth's probate records.
Thursday July 20, 1854 - This morning 2 oclk or before Billy Killingsworth murdered by his negroes and his house burned down. Great many people collect. His runaway Jesse suspected.
Friday July 21, 1854 - People all collect again. Negro boy Albert confess to have seen Jesse murder his master & that he was with him. Caugh two of his runaways today, Moses & Lucy. Call at Frank Jones; took tea.
Saturday July 22, 1854 - In pursuit of Jesse this morning.
Sunday July 23, 1854 - Caught Jesse at the bridge between Grand Gulf & Port Gibson.
Monday July 24, 1854 - Jesse bought back. Acknowledges killing his master and setting the house on fire, and says Albert, Charles and old Bill assisted.
Tuesday July 25, 1854 - The above negroes sent to jail to await their trial for murder & arson. Many people present and many were for administering punishment in a summary way.
Receipt for Jesse's Jail Fees ~ Courtesy of Anthony Miller
William A. Killingsworth's Jefferson County Probate Records - Case Number: D61
Microfilm Number: 12192
The Fayette Chronicle - Fayette, MS - Friday April 18, 1884
Microfilm Number: 31179
Diary of Dr. Walter Wade of Rosswood Plantation, Jefferson County, MS - 1834-1854
Microfilm Number: 36015
Microfilms found at Mississippi Department of Archives and History.
Susan Sillers Darden's Diary - 1854
1860 Jefferson County Federal Census
1860 Jefferson County Slave Schedule
RootsWeb WordConnect Project
Remembering Their Names