Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20484504 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for the County of Wash.
Filing Date:1845-August-28
Ending Date:1845-August-28

General Petition Information

Abstract:James Becket, a man of color, states that John Chew, of Prince George's County, Maryland, specified in his last will and testament that Becket, “as the issue of” one of his female slaves, should “be set free and at liberty” upon arriving at the age of thirty. Becket is now about twenty-six years old and is the slave of Agnes Clarke, of Montgomery County, Maryland. For some time, Becket has been living in Washington and hiring himself out, paying his wages "from time to time" to Clarke or her agent. The petitioner states that a few days ago, William Glover, claiming to be an agent of Clarke, arrested and confined him to the private slave jail of Thomas Williams, a man known to be a slave trader. Becket avers that Glover has advertised him as a slave for life and is planning to sell him beyond the city of Washington. He seeks an injunction preventing Glover, Williams, and Clarke from selling him as a slave for life beyond the jurisdiction of the court.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Sworn Statement, J. M. Carlisle, ca. 28 August 1845; Answer, William Glover, 23 March 1846; Copy of Last Will and Testament, John Chew, 9 May 1815; Oath, Jasper M. Jackson Sr., 28 March 1850; Testimony, Solomon Sibley, 28 March 1850; Injunction, William Glover, Thomas Williams and Agnes Clarke, 28 August 1845
Pages of Related Documents:8

People Associated with Petition 20484504

Slaves:9
Free Persons of Color:1
Defendants:3
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 382
  • Box: 58
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Files #4

Processing Information

Record Created:7/3/1996
Record Final Edited:11/22/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/3/2006 3:32:00 PM