Daniel

Born: unknown
Died: unknown
Family relationship: unknown
Role: unknown

Daniel was physically assaulted while rented out by Monroe to Albemarle County planters Joseph Brand and Thomas Jefferson Jr. (nephew of Thomas Jefferson through his brother Randolph Jefferson), causing James Monroe to sue for property damage.


Bill of Complaint

“[31 October 1810]

Albemarle County to wit

James Monroe complains of Joseph Brand, & Thomas Jefferson jr in custody of &c. For this that they the said Joseph & Thomas on [blank] day of [blank] in the year [blank] at the parish of [blank] & county aforesd with sticks and arms, to wit with sticks switches, & cowhides s[et] on Daniel a negroe slave, the property of the plt: an assault did make & him the said Daniel did then & there beat, wound, & maltreat, so that his life was despaired of, whereby the plt:, the whole service of the said Daniel, his slave, as aforesd , then & for the space of [blank] from thence ensuing, entirely lost & was deprived of, against the peace and dignity of the commonwealth. Whereby the said plt: says that he is prejudiced, & hath sustained damage, to the value of [blank] & therefore he produces his suit &c.”

Courtesy of the Papers of James Monroe, Volume 5


Joseph Brand was found guilty and mutual acquaintance Charles Everett settled between Monroe and Brand. Monroe had sued for five thousand dollars but would only awarded twenty dollars by the jury on July 3, 1812.

See James Monroe to Charles Everett, 23 March 1812: http://monroepapers.com/items/show/2267