Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20486237 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location:Washington
Location Type:County
Salutation:To John A. Smith Esq., Clerk of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia (SMITH, John A.)
Filing Date:1862-September-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:On 16 April 1862, Congress passed an act abolishing slavery in the District of Columbia. Owners were required to file a schedule of slaves with the court, which issued certificates of freedom. On 12 July 1862, another act permitted minor or absentee owners and slaves themselves to file for certificates of freedom. Evelina Wedge, a "brown" female, between twenty-one and twenty-two years of age, who is the wife of a free man of color, George Wedge, states that she and her children, Martha A. E. Wedge and George Washington Wedge, are owned by Alexander McCormick. She seeks her freedom and the freedom of her children.
Result:No recorded result
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Commissioners' Report, 30 December 1862
Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20486237

Slaves:3
Free Persons of Color:3
Defendants:0
Petitioners:3
Other People:1

Citation Information

Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.

  • Records of the United States Circuit Court, Slavery Records, Emancipation Papers
  • Record Group: 21
  • Box: 1
  • Folder: 33/A-Z

Processing Information

Record Created:7/15/1996
Record Final Edited:12/13/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/10/2006 2:38:00 PM