First Case Tried in Madison Co. Court

(June 1832) The rights of slaves in early Madison County were stringently limited by law. A slave named Pegg was the central figure in the first case tried in Madison County court. Pegg was charged with assault and battery with intent to kill Phillip Jackson Briscoe, a white man. Pegg was sentenced to hang on August 3, 1832, but that sentence was postponed because the case was ordered to be transmitted to circuit court in September. Circuit court sent the case back to county court, where it was retired in December of 1832 with the same result. The defense motioned for a change of venue, but that motion was denied. Pegg was again sentenced to hang, with her execution scheduled for the first Friday in January 1833.

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