Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20978302 Details

Location:Prince George's
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honourable the General Court of the State of Maryland
Filing Date:circa 1783-October
Ending Date:1787-November-10

General Petition Information

Abstract:Mary Butler states that she "is descended from a free white woman and is entitled to Liberty," but that Adam Craig holds her in bondage "and will not suffer her to go free." Butler asks that Craig be required to answer these charges. In 1770, the petitioner's parents filed the following petition: "The Humble Petition of William Butler and Mary Butler sheweth that they are justly entitled to Freedom but are detained in a State of Perpetual Slavery by Richard Boarman of St. Mary's County planter your petitioners thereof desire your Honours to consider their case and set them at liberty and otherwise releive them in the premises~ And as in duty bound they will ever pray &c."
Result:granted; appealed; affirmed
# of Petition Pages:1
Related Documents:Transcript of Court Records, 1767-1770, ca.1784-1789; Deposition, Ann Hedskin, 27 May 1786; Depositions, John Hooper Broom and Joseph Thompson, 29 May 1786; Deposition, Jane Howard, 21 September 1767; Depositions, Ann Whitehorn, Samuel Abell Jr., Nathaniel Suit, William McPherson, Edward Edelen, Benjamin Jameson, Thomas Bowling, William Simpson, Joseph Jameson and Mary Crosen, 27 May 1767; Deposition, Elizabeth Warren, 17 September 1765; Deposition, Samuel Love Sr., 18 September; Deposition, John Barneson, 10 September 1765; Court Record, 16 October 1770; Court of Appeals Record, October Term 1787
Pages of Related Documents:77

People Associated with Petition 20978302

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:12

Citation Information

Repository: Maryland State Archives, Annapolis, Maryland

  • Schweninger Collection
  • Document Number 3
  • Volume: 4239-2
  • Page: 6
  • Microfilm: M 11015

Processing Information

Record Created:3/8/2000
Record Final Edited:9/21/2001
Record Last Updated on:9/11/2006 8:15:00 AM