Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20484005 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. William Cranch Chief Justice of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia (CRANCH, William)
Filing Date:1840-August-6
Ending Date:1840-August-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:Eliza Johnson, a woman of color, asserts that "she is entitled to her freedom at the age of thirty years which she has now attained" according to the will of her former mistress, Jane Woodward, deceased. Johnson states that she has a petition for her freedom pending in the courts "against one Thomas J. Belt who detains her in slavery." The petitioner seeks an injunction preventing Belt from removing or selling her beyond the jurisdiction of the court.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Answer, Thomas Belt, 27 January 1841; Court Opinion, 27 January 1841; Copy of Bill of Sale, Thomas J. Belt, 21 August 1840; Correspondence, George W. Hilleary to Thomas Belt, 23 June 1840; Report, Samuel Brown, 7 December 1840; Copy of Last Will and Testament, Jane Woodward, 30 July 1831
Pages of Related Documents:4

People Associated with Petition 20484005

Slaves:2
Free Persons of Color:1
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
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 153
  • Box: 52
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #4

Processing Information

Record Created:1/30/1996
Record Final Edited:11/12/1999
Record Last Updated on:12/30/2005 3:55:00 PM