Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20484907 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 Washington, in Chancery Sitting
Filing Date:1849-February-26

General Petition Information

Abstract:Twenty-six petitioners assert that on 15 April 1848 seventy-six slaves, the property of various owners, escaped on the Potomac River aboard the schooner, Pearl. The petitioners voluntarily pursued the schooner onboard the steamboat, Salem, and captured the slaves and three white men who were navigating the Pearl. They placed the slaves in a Washington County jail as runaways. The petitioners assert that the owners of the slaves gave Francis Dodge Jr. a sum exceeding $3000 to pay the necessary expenses and to reward the petitioners for their services. The petitioners charge that Dodge has refused to distribute their reward. They ask that Dodge be summoned to answer their complaint and be forced to pay them for their assistance in the capture of the slaves.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:Answer, Francis Dodge, 13 October 1849; List of Accounts, F. Dodge Jr., ca 1848
Pages of Related Documents:5

People Associated with Petition 20484907

Slaves:0
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:26
Other People:0

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 574
  • Box: 65
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #5

Processing Information

Record Created:7/5/1996
Record Final Edited:11/23/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/4/2006 3:20:00 PM