Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20483804 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judges of the United States circuit court for the District of Columbia sitting in chancery for Washington County
Filing Date:1838-May-30
Ending Date:1838-October-29

General Petition Information

Abstract:John and Mary Mellon seek the settlement of an ownership dispute regarding a slave named James, who was delivered to Lewis Piles by George Mellon, deceased father of the petitioners, to secure a debt of $30. Piles, in violation of the agreement, has sold nineteen-year-old James to William H. Williams, a slave trader, as a slave for life. The petitioners claim that Piles had no right to sell James since the $30-debt has been paid and since they still have title to James until he reaches the age of twenty-eight after which time he is to be freed. The Mellons seek the return of their slave and an injunction preventing Piles and/or Williams from removing or selling James beyond the jurisdiction of the court.
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Authorization, John Mellon, 1 September 1838; Order, 29 October 1838
Pages of Related Documents:1

People Associated with Petition 20483804

Slaves:3
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:2
Petitioners:2
Other People:4

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 481
  • Box: 46
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #3

Processing Information

Record Created:1/30/1996
Record Final Edited:11/10/1999
Record Last Updated on:12/27/2005 11:22:00 AM