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1865 Court of Common Pleas voting case

I found that two of my great-great-granduncles, Newman Day and Soloman Day Jr., sued Logan Co., OH election officials in 1865-66 for refusing to accept their ballots. William Newman won his case by efectively proving that he had a "preponderance" of anglo-saxon blood in him (i.e. greter than 50%). It is interesting to note that he sued for $1000 in dmamages but was eventually awarded $66. I have yet to find the results of his brother's case, Soloman Jr. It is sad that the only way they could claim a right to vote was to minimize their African heritage.

I would like to know if Court of Common Pleas records saved transcripts and testimony entered as evidence. I am interested in the possible genealogical gems that may be contained in the details of such a case. Would more detailed information than the complaint, answer and verict be contained in other court records?


18 Dec 2002 :: 14 Nov 2008
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