Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20482807 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 Chancery for Washington County
Filing Date:1828-May-30
Ending Date:1827-October-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:Elizabeth Parker of Charleston, South Carolina, executrix of the estate of the late Isaac Parker, seeks to settle a debt dispute with William Gibson, executor of the estate of the late John Parker. John Parker asked Isaac Parker to serve as surety on a debt and indemnified the said Isaac by a mortgage of five slaves. John failed to pay the debt, forcing Isaac to repay the amount due. Elizabeth Parker contends that the mortgaged slaves were captured by the British during the War of 1812, and, in violation of the Treaty of Ghent, they were carried out of the country. Parker seeks recourse and compensation from a Congressional Act that provides "for the adjustment of claims of persons entitled to indemnification, under the first article of the treaty of Ghent." Parker states that the legal representatives of John have been awarded $2340 for the lost slaves. Gibson is applying to receive the money, and Parker believes that once he acquires it, Isaac's estate will not be compensated. Elizabeth Parker asks for an injunction prohibiting Richard Rush, Secretary of the Treasury, from paying the money, and preventing Gibson from receiving it.
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:Certification, S. Perry, 21 August 1827
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20482807

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:2

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 78
  • Box: 35
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #3

Processing Information

Record Created:12/6/1995
Record Final Edited:10/22/1999
Record Last Updated on:12/20/2005 1:00:00 PM