Porter on steamship sentenced to death in South Carolina for helping escaped slave stow away
Francis Mitchell was a porter on the steamship Marion who was convicted of attempting to aid the escape of a slave by helping him to stow away on board before the vessel left Charleston Harbor in South Carolina. He was sentenced to hang but was pardoned by Governor William H. Gist the following week. (By John Osborne)
Francis Vincent, Vincent's Semi-Annual United States Register.... 1st of January and 1st of July, 1860 (Philadelphia: Francis Vincent, 1860), 69.