Nathan Neely, in error v. John H. Wood

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Supreme Court Case Name: 
Nathan Neely, in error v. John H. Wood
Case Date: 
1838
Court Origin: 
Circuit - Civil
Cause/Crime: 
Slaves, Selling of

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Division: 
Middle
Number of Pages: 
55
Notes / Description: 

John H. Wood claimed that Nathan Neely illegally detained an enslaved boy of 5 years old named Samson, "Sam," worth $700. Wood had purchased Samson from his father (Wood Sr.) along with his mother Mary and 5 siblings: Nelly, Albert, Henry, Emily, and Joe. Neely claimed he had purchased Sam. The court first awarded Wood damages of $800.