Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20482211 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the honorable the judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia sitting as a Court of Equity for the County of Washington
Filing Date:1822-September-6
Ending Date:1822-September-7

General Petition Information

Abstract:Amelia Sewell and family seek a subpoena and an injunction against Lewis Booth who "wrongfully obtained possession of" a thirteen- or fourteen-year-old mulatto slave girl, Maria O'Neall. Booth promptly sold her to John Alford, reputed to be "one of the regular Traders . . . who was making arrangements to convey her away to the South." The Sewells were issued a writ of replevin and paid $600 security to prosecute the matter. Maria is now back with the Sewells, and they seek an injunction to bar the defendants from receiving a writ of replevin against them and to protect their possession of Maria until the court rules on their case.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Decree, 7 September 1822
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20482211

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:2
Petitioners:4
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 189
  • 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 3:16:00 PM