Aaron

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Aaron was an enslaved inhabitant of Albemarle County in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries who was executed on charges of forcible entry and theft.

Biography

Aaron was a slave of Hugh Rice Morris (a local reverend).[1] At one point in his life, Aaron was convicted and punished for breaking into the lumber room of Andrew Hart.

Around the turn of the nineteenth century, Aaron was accused of breaking into the store of Philip Moore and stealing seven sides of leather. In his trial, the Court appointed James Brooks as his criminal defense lawyer. Aaron was ultimately condemned to be hanged on February 13, 1801 due to the forcible entering of any building on the curtilage by an enslaved individual (especially at night) being viewed as a serious offense. His execution marks the first instance of capital punishment in the county records.[2]

References

  1. Web. Rev. Hugh Rice Morris, Geni, 11/07/2023
  2. Web. Albemarle County in Virginia, C.J. Carrier Company, 1901