Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20481404 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for the County of Washington, in Chancery sitting (, )
Filing Date:1814-February-22
Ending Date:1816-October-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Sarah Burford seeks to settle an estate issue with her husband, John Burford, regarding ownership of five slaves and other personal property, left to her by her father, John Selby. She claims that Burford, "untill he could have an opportunity of getting her property into his possession as aforesaid, treated her with apparent kindness and affection; but as soon as he supposed he had secured her property to himself, he commenced a course of brutal & inhuman abuse of her." Sarah Burford asks that she "may be separated from bed & board during life, and your oratrix permitted to live as a feme sole, free and forever exonerated from the power, control & restraint of the said Burford."
# of Petition Pages:9
Related Documents:Decree, 8 October 1816; Answer, John A. Burford, 10 June 1814
Pages of Related Documents:9

People Associated with Petition 20481404

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.

  • Records of the United States Circuit Court, Chancery Dockets and Rule Case Files
  • Record Group: 21
  • Document Number 179
  • Box: 11
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/27/1995
Record Final Edited:10/8/1999
Record Last Updated on:12/5/2005 3:23:00 PM