April 13, 1844, Carson v White Not Guilty Plea

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Title

April 13, 1844, Carson v White Not Guilty Plea

Description

In 1844, prior to migrating to Oregon Territory, David Carson was accused of mistreating an enslaved girl named Ann Eliza, who was only 16 at the time. Though we only have limited evidence and understanding of this case and its history, it shows us that David Carson had the potential for violence and debauchery - the accusations of this legal battle - and that this behavior could have continued into his relationship with Letitia Carson.

While there is no evidence whether David ever owned Letitia, and the state of their relationship still remains unclear - the details of the Ann Eliza case prove that David did own an enslaved woman, and mistreated her in both sexual and violent ways, suggesting that he could have possibly continued this behavior into his time with Letitia. Additionally, this abhorrent mistreatment of a young Black girl provides insight into how David may have considered Letitia and suggests that their partnership was not as equal as one may think.

This brief first page reads, "David Carson Vs Replevin Susann White and John A. White - not guilty " followed by the date, April 13th, 1844, and some unintelligible words concerning the case.

The second page details the not-guilty plea given by the defendants.

Creator

Platte County Circuit Court

Source

Platte County Historical Society

Publisher

LCLP

Date

1844-04-13

Contributor

Bob Zybach

Rights

Copyright: Platte County Historical Society

Format

JPEG

Language

English

Type

Legal Document

Identifier

Missouri-39

Coverage

Platte County, Missouri

Citation

Platte County Circuit Court, “April 13, 1844, Carson v White Not Guilty Plea,” Letitia Carson Digital History Collection , accessed March 3, 2024, https://letitiacarson.omeka.net/items/show/361.

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