Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20482210 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judges of Washington County Circuit Court, as a Court of Chancery
Filing Date:1822-April-2
Ending Date:1822-April-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:Hercules Dowery seeks to settle a dispute with Benjamin Johnson regarding Maria, a female slave. Dowery contends that Johnson made an agreement with Cemas Dowery, Dowery's wife, to allow her to raise and nuture the then three-year-old Maria during Cemas's lifetime. Now, sixteen years later, Maria has an infant and Dowery charges that Johnson is attempting to violate the contract "by withdrawing Maria & her infant from your orator & selling them to the South or parts unknown." He seeks a subpoena and an injunction to prevent Johnson from removing Maria and her child "from the possession and care of your Orator, during the life time of your Orator's wife."
Result:partially granted
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Affidavit, Cemas Dowery, 2 April 1822; Affidavit, Benjamin Johnson, 15 October 1822
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20482210

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:2
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
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 158
  • Box: 29
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #1

Processing Information

Record Created:11/15/1995
Record Final Edited:10/4/1999
Record Last Updated on:12/14/2005 3:01:00 PM