Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20485105 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the Judges of the Circuit Court of the Dist. of Cl: In Chancery
Filing Date:1851-December-6
Ending Date:1851-December-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:Elizabeth Jennings, a resident of Canada, states that she is the only sister of Mary Jennings, also called Polly Jennings, a free person of color. The petitioner asserts that Mary is a "lunatic," incapable of managing herself or her property, and "is now confined in the County Jail . . . as a lunatic dangerous to the public peace." Elizabeth asks the court to appoint a committee and trustee, preferably Isaac Cary, and to make Mary's property available for sale so that the proceeds can be used for her support and medical treatment as the income generated from her property is insufficient to pay the costs of the needed care.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PAR #20485106; Order, 6 December 1851
Pages of Related Documents:2

People Associated with Petition 20485105

Free Persons of Color:2
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 790
  • Box: 72
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #3

Processing Information

Record Created:7/8/1996
Record Final Edited:12/2/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/5/2006 1:35:00 PM