Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20986503 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Madison Nelson Judge of the Circuit Court for Frederick County (NELSON, Madison)
Filing Date:1865-February-4

General Petition Information

Abstract:William and Samuel Joyce petition that prior to "the adoption of the present Constitution of the State of Maryland," they were held as slaves by Mary Whalen. But, "by the 24th Art. of the declaration of rights annexed to said Constitution," they were released from their "former obligations as slaves." However, the petitioners claim that they are still detained in slavery by Mary Whalen. They ask the court to issue a writ of habeas corpus so that their case can be heard in court and Whalen "can show cause if any she may have, why your petitioners are thus deprived of their freedom."
# of Petition Pages:1
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People Associated with Petition 20986503

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Schweninger Collection
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  • Volume: 4239-33
  • Page: 5
  • Microfilm: M 11020

Processing Information

Record Created:11/17/1999
Record Final Edited:5/5/2002
Record Last Updated on:5/30/2007 10:54:00 AM