Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20484905 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia_ for the County of Washington (, )
Filing Date:1849-October-15
Ending Date:1849-October-15

General Petition Information

Abstract:Gassaway and Lucinda Johnson state that Lucinda's sister, Elinor Taylor, a free born woman of color, died leaving one legitimate child, John, the son of her husband Thomas Taylor, a slave now sold to unknown parts, and two illegitimate daughters. The petitioners assert that the dying wish of Elinor Taylor was that they raise her son John. The Johnsons argue that they have legal right to custody and guardianship. However, Jacob Dodson and his wife, Jane, one of the illegitimate daughters of Elinor Taylor, have forcibly taken John from the custody of the Johnsons. Gassaway and Lucinda Johnson seek a writ of habeas corpus.
Result:granted
# of Petition Pages:3
Related Documents:Order, 15 October 1849
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20484905

Slaves:1
Free Persons of Color:6
Defendants:0
Petitioners:2
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.

  • Records of the United States District Court, Segregated Habeas Corpus Papers
  • Record Group: 21
  • Document Number
  • Box: 2
  • Folder: 28
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Processing Information

Record Created:7/5/1996
Record Final Edited:11/23/1999
Record Last Updated on:5/13/2009 5:23:00 PM