Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20485202 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honbl the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia for the County of Washington, In Chancery Sitting
Filing Date:1852-September-18
Ending Date:1857-May-30

General Petition Information

Abstract:Andrew Davis, a free man of color, seeks the resolution of a property dispute. Davis states that in October 1850, he was very ill and feared that he would die. His sister, Elizabeth Davis, persuaded him to execute a deed conveying the title of his property to her. Andrew Davis argues that the deed was executed with a verbal agreement that in the event of his recovery, the land would be conveyed back to him, or in the event of his death, the title would be given to his wife and heirs. The petitioner charges that Elizabeth Davis never paid any money for the property. However, she now claims ownership and refuses to restore his title to the land now that he has recovered. Andrew Davis seeks an injunction preventing his sister from selling the property and asks that the deed be canceled.
# of Petition Pages:7
Related Documents:Auditor's Report, W. Redin, 17 December 1856; Indenture, Andrew Davis, 10 October 1850; Answer, Elizabeth Davis, 3 November 1854; Decree, 30 May 1857
Pages of Related Documents:9

People Associated with Petition 20485202

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 854
  • Box: 75
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #5

Processing Information

Record Created:7/8/1996
Record Final Edited:12/2/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/6/2006 10:06:00 AM