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Greenberry Nichols
Posted by: R.J.Dandridge (ID *****2879) Date: November 26, 2002 at 08:14:25
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If someone knows anythng more about the following, I would appreciate hearing it:

In the section on the "Dandridge" family, Judith Park America Hill's book on Henry County geneology makes a reference to Sarah Nicholds as being the sister of Greenberry Nicholds. Thought this was a strange thing to do since she says no more about Greenberry. I poked around and found that Greenberry Nichols/Nicholds was the center of what must have been a highly publicized crime/trial involving slaves who attempted to kill their master. The following is what I found:

On January 30, 1859, Greenberry was poisoned (perhaps fatally) by strictnine administered by a 19 year old slave belonging to Greenberry named Daw. Daw and two accomplices, Richard and Harry, were subseqently tried in February and March, found guilty and hanged in April and May 1859.

According Death records of Henry Co., Va., Vol. 1, 1853-1874, compiled by Anne Miller; in May 1859 Green B. [sic] Nichols reported the death by hanging of 3 of his slaves: Richard, 32 yrs old; Harry, 22 yrs old; and Dow [sic], 19 yrs old. There seems to have been a significant legal effort to estabish the value of the slaves - either to compensate Greenberry or to reduce his tax liability.

Again, if anyone knows anything more, I would really like to hear from you. Thanks

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