Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20486006 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia (, )
Filing Date:1860-May-9
Ending Date:1860-May-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:Mary Curry, a woman of color, states that her daughter, Catharine, was indentured as an apprentice at the age of six to William Ford, a man of color, "to learn cooking, plain sewing house work and habits of industry," as well as reading and writing. Curry asserts that the purpose of indenturing her daughter to Ford was that she would have the "benefit and advantage of the care and nurture of Susan Ford the wife of the said William Ford." The petitioner informs the court that Susan Ford has since died and that William Ford "is a man of violent & immoral disposition & habits." Curry argues that Ford never executed the indenture papers, and therefore the indenture is null and void. She seeks a writ of habeas corpus on behalf of her daughter, Catharine.
# of Petition Pages:4
Related Documents:Writ of Habeas Corpus, Catharine Curry, 9 May 1860; Testimony, R. H. Gillet, 12 May 1860; Copy of Indenture, Catherine Curry, 9 November 1858; Answer, William Ford, 11 May 1860; Summons, Christopher Watson, Constable Wise, Maria Humes, 11 May 1860
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 20486006

Free Persons of Color:7
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 28
  • Box: 2
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Processing Information

Record Created:7/12/1996
Record Final Edited:12/8/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/9/2006 2:05:00 PM