Petition to A.B. Moore to pardon Godrey, an enslaved boy





Petition to A.B. Moore to pardon Godrey, an enslaved boy


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Lewis, Reuben A., citizens of Mobile County


1858 April 28


Petition for the pardon of Godfrey, an enslaved boy who was convicted of murdering another child and sentenced to death. Moore suspended the pardon but Godfrey was hung on July 30, 1858 (see attached newspaper clipping from the Independent American [Troy, Ala.], August 4, 1858; see also case summary from Alabama Reports, vol. 31, accessed via Harvard's Case Law Access Project).






Mobile County (Ala.)


Alabama Department of Archives and History. (electronic version)


Julia Brock, Darin Federspill




The State of Alabama}

Mobile County}

I, Reuben A. Lewis Clerk of the City Council of Mobile for the county and State aforesaid do hereby certify that the following named eleven persons who have signed the foregoing petition, were members of the Jury that sat upon the trial of the State of Alabama against Godfrey convicted of the crime of murder [?] Alfred Bull Patrick Quinlan Elias M Edwards Charles A. Gilbert Lewis Mc-Queen James W Turner Daniel B Crane Caleb E White G. W Barnaby Otis Monroe and D. [Pelebar?]

In testimony whereof I have hereunto let my hand and affixed the seal of the Court this 28th day of April AD 1858

Attest Reuben A. Lewis


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To His Excellency A. B. Moore.

Governor of the State of Alabama.

Your petitioner citizens of the city & county of Mobile respectfully ask that the slave boy Godfrey, who is under sentence of death, for the murder of a child, be pardoned on account of His Extreme youth at the time that he com-mitted the offence.

Jno T. Taylor U. T. Cleveland Sheriff of MC

Jno. Hall W. [B?]. Cleveland

Percy Walker J. J. Wilson Clk Circuit Ct.

[?] J H Daughvill

George N. Stewart Jno M Taylor

[?] T. Sanford

Jno A. Hitchcock H. Munroe

James L. Deas E M Godbold

E S Dargan T. L. [?]

L. R. Langley [Jacob Meags?]

James Bruce

J W Mann R. S. Watkins

C J McRae S H Eason

Gom Rac Lewis McQueen

M. R. Hallett M. Portier

William A. Dawson R. Hackett

[I.F. Winn?] Daniel B. [Crane?]

Chas Walsh M. WaringChas P. Gage John Slaughter

Thos. Strang Jr. P. Quinlan

Nelson W. Perry Alfred Bull

Jacob Reese D. D. Lahan

Alphonce Hurtel E. M. Edwards

John C. Buford C A Gilbert

A G. Reguier G. W. Barnaby

Otis Munroe

J W Turner

C. E. White

B B Cox

John Hurtel

R. D. [Poole?]

J Parham

L Merchant

Thos McConnellf

George N. [Donaway?]

F. Hurtel

R M. Sands

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Executive Department 4. May/58

The slave Godfy who was convicted and sentenced to be hung at the last turn of the city court of Mobile is further reprieved for [?] & the execution of said sentence suspended until [?] the 16th day of July next.

A. B. Moore


Slavery--Alabama--History--19th century, Alabama--History--19th Century, Moore, Andrew B. (Andrew Barry), 1807-1873.