Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20782806 Details

Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble Judge of the Jefferson Circuit Court Sitting in chancery (, )
Filing Date:1828-May-30
Ending Date:1828-July-1

General Petition Information

Abstract:James Martin claims that he is a free-born boy of ten and that his mother is a free woman of color born of a white woman. About one year ago, a man named Fair prevailed upon his mother to permit James to go to New Orleans to "ride a race for hire;" Fair took James to New Orleans, but there was no race, and later he was delivered by Fair to Betsy Wells, alias Ann Wells, in Louisville. Wells pretends that James is a slave and "unjustly holds him in possession as such." James asks that the court restrain her from moving him out of the area, and to "secure to him his birthright - which he 'prizes above all price'."
# of Petition Pages:4
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Pages of Related Documents:0

People Associated with Petition 20782806

Free Persons of Color:1
Other People:0

Citation Information

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

  • Records of the Circuit Court, Case Files
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number 1538
  • Box: 1-21
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Processing Information

Record Created:11/14/1995
Record Final Edited:7/24/2000
Record Last Updated on:4/13/2006 11:52:00 AM