Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20482805 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To The Honorable the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for the County of Washington sitting as a court of Equity
Filing Date:1828-August-21

General Petition Information

Abstract:Thomas Willock, owner of a coffee estate in Cuba, owes a debt of $6,704.25 to James Jenkins Wright and Henry Shelton, who advanced said sum "to aid him [Willock] in the purchase, and stocking with negroes &c, a coffee estate." Learning that Thomas planned to transfer ownership of the estate, including his slaves, to his son William and William's wife Sarah, the petitioners immediately went to Cuba to stop the transfer until the debt is settled. It was agreed that William would sell thirty lots of land in Washington, D.C., on which Sarah would relinquish her dower rights. However, Thomas and Sarah have failed to execute the proper papers. Wright and Shelton ask the court to order the defendants to "execute the said agreement in good faith; ... that lien of your Orators on said Lots may be Established, that the said described Lots may be decreed to be sold, free and disencumbered, of the claim of Dower of the Defendant."
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:No related documents are associated with petition 20482805

People Associated with Petition 20482805

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 305
  • Box: 33
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #2

Processing Information

Record Created:12/4/1995
Record Final Edited:10/22/1999
Record Last Updated on:12/20/2005 11:09:00 AM