Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20979703 Details

State:Maryland
Location:Montgomery
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable Alexander Contee Hanson Chancellor of Maryland (HANSON, Alexander Contee)
Filing Date:1797-May-9
Ending Date:1799-October-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:In December 1787, Richard Weaver Johns executed a deed, mortgaging three slave children to Ephraim Gaither as security "for the payment of the sum of ninety one pounds Current money on or before the first day of August Seventeen hundred and ninety." Johns alleges that in 1788, before the debt was due, Gaither issued a writ of replevin against the slaves and that Gaither has "ever since retained the possession, and converted the profits arising from their labour to his own use and benefit." Since the deed was executed, one of the slaves, Pricilla, has had two children, both of whom are retained by Gaither. Johns claims that "he has frequently in a friendly way requested the said defendant to account for and settle." Johns asks that Gaither appear and answer questions regarding the case and that he return the slaves and all the profits thereby earned since the deed was executed.
Result:settled
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:PAR #20979402, #20982310; Request, Richard Weaver Johns, 21 October 1799
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20979703

Slaves:3
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Schweninger Collection
  • Document Number 2128
  • Volume: 4239-5
  • Page: 36
  • Microfilm: M 11081

Processing Information

Record Created:9/3/1999
Record Final Edited:10/2/2001
Record Last Updated on:10/3/2006 2:33:00 PM