Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20782204 Details

State:Kentucky
Location:Jefferson
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble John P Oldham Judge of Jefferson Circuit Court -- Setting in Chancy (OLDHAM, John P.)
Filing Date:1822-March-27
Ending Date:1823-April-2

General Petition Information

Abstract:Phillis Thomas claims that she and her children, all free born of free parents, were "forcably taken in the night from St Marys County in the State of Maryland and brought by a circuitous rout to avoid pursuit and detection to the State of Kentucky against their will" and have been held in involuntary servitude by James Burk. The petitioners also fear that when Burk discovers they are appealing to the court for their rights he will move them out of state and sell them as slaves. Thomas and her children ask the court to restore their freedom and to subpoena James Burk and restrain him from sending them out of the county until a final decree is made on this bill.
Result:dismissed
# of Petition Pages:5
Related Documents:Affidavit, Seaman Thomas, 27 March 1822; Answer, James Burks, 24 January 1823
Pages of Related Documents:6

People Associated with Petition 20782204

Slaves:13
Free Persons of Color:1
Defendants:1
Petitioners:13
Other People:0

Citation Information

Repository: Kentucky Division of Libraries and Archives, Frankfort, Kentucky

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Case Files
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  • Document Number 1842
  • Box: 1-25
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/1/1995
Record Final Edited:6/27/2000
Record Last Updated on:3/30/2006 10:23:00 AM