Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20485502 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia--sitting in Equity
Filing Date:1855-April-27
Ending Date:1855-May-3

General Petition Information

Abstract:Mary L. Maryman complains that shortly after her marriage, her husband, Horatio Maryman, "began a course of harsh and cruel treatment of and towards your Oratrix." She asserts that, in addition to verbally harassing her, her husband encouraged his "servants" to be "disobedient and insolent" towards her. He forced her to leave his house during her confinement for childbirth in the midst of cold weather. She charges that Horatio Maryman has filed for divorce and that the petition contains "false statements and misrepresentations." Stating that her husband has valuable property, Mary Maryman prays that the court will decree her alimony since she and her child now live with her father who is aging and has trouble supporting them. The last will and testament of Zachariah Hazel, Horatio Maryman's father-in-law from a previous marriage, suggests that Horatio Maryman inherited four slaves in trust for Maryman's four children, Hazel's grandchildren. The will stipulated, however, that said slaves were to be freed after certain periods of time.
# of Petition Pages:6
Related Documents:Decree, 3 May 1855; Appraisal, J. L. Mensham, 3 April 1855; Advertisement, Horatio Maryman, 25 April 1855; Last Will and Testament, Zachariah Hazel, 31 July 1851
Pages of Related Documents:9

People Associated with Petition 20485502

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:1

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 1089
  • Box: 85
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #5

Processing Information

Record Created:7/9/1996
Record Final Edited:12/3/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/6/2006 12:54:00 PM