Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20380040 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honourable the Justices of the Court of Common Pleas of the State of Delaware
Filing Date:circa 1800

General Petition Information

Abstract:Henry Rees, Betsey Rees, and Sally Hurt, people of color, seek to amend their petition filed "on the fifteenth day of February instant." They explain that they mistakenly named one Lambert Sappington as a defendant to their said petition. They now assert "that the real name of the person in said Petition named and called Lambert Sappington is not Lambert Sappington, but Lemuel Sappington." They ask that the correct name be inserted. The petitioners reiterate their contention that Lemuel Sappington, as agent and attorney of Thomas Sappington, holds and claims them as slaves. They still maintain that "your Petitioners have always been considered as free, have so always hitherto been treated, and they do apprehend that they are entitled to their freedom." They therefore pray that the Sappingtons be summoned and that the court "may adjudge and decree, that your Petitioners are and shall be free." [The Race and Slavery Petitions Project does not have the earlier suit referenced by the petitioners.]
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:PARs #20380027, #20381708; Depositions of Margaret Miller, William Leatherbury, Ebenezer Blackiston, James Morris, Lambert Sappington, Samuel Cahoon, Benjamin Farrow, Abraham Short, William Leatherbury, Gary Longfellow, ca. 1800
Pages of Related Documents:18

People Associated with Petition 20380040

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Delaware State Archives, Dover, Delaware

  • Records of the Court of Common Pleas
  • Page: 336-59
  • Microfilm: Reel 1

Processing Information

Record Created:6/17/1997
Record Final Edited:1/14/2000
Record Last Updated on:10/27/2005 11:36:00 AM