Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20482207 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia sitting in Washington County as a Court of Chancery
Filing Date:1822-September-21
Ending Date:1822-September-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:John Lyons seeks the settlement of a slave title dispute with Zedekiah Lovejoy, Robert Kirby and William W. Clagett concerning Tom, a male slave. In 1820, Lovejoy mortgaged his slave Tom to the petitioner as collateral for a $400-note. When Lovejoy failed to repay the note, "the said Deed of Morgage became & was forfeited & the said negro Tom liable to be sold for the indemnification of your orator." However, Lovejoy, being in debt to Kirby and Clagett, "did by Deed of Indenture convey the same negro man Tom . . . in trust to pay them the said Debt & delivered the said negro Tom, in to the possession of the said Kirby & Clagett who hold the said negro & refuse to deliver him up to your Orator." Lyons requests that the "Defendants may be decreed to pay your orator the amount of the said note" as well as be enjoined from removing Tom from the District of Columbia until a ruling is reached.
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 20482207

People Associated with Petition 20482207

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:0

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 194
  • Box: 29
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #1

Processing Information

Record Created:11/14/1995
Record Final Edited:10/1/1999
Record Last Updated on:12/14/2005 12:07:00 PM