Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 20484906 Details

State:District of Columbia
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honble the Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia In Chancery Sitting
Filing Date:1849-December-8
Ending Date:1849-December-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Caroline Butler, "formerly called Caroline Bell," claims to be a free person of color. She complains that Fielder Magruder, as administrator to the estate of Susan G. Beall, has claimed her as a slave and has directed Horatio Maryman to seize her and carry her into Maryland. She informs the court that she has been "going at large as free for thirty years." Butler states that she has filed her petition for freedom and seeks an injunction to prevent Magruder and Maryman from selling her as a slave beyond the jurisdiction of the court.
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Affidavits, W. A. Bradley, A. R. Waller, ca. 1849; Affidavit, William R. Riley, 8 December 1849; Affidavit, J. Thos. Black, ca. 1849; Certification, John Smith, ca. 1849; Injunction, Fielder Magruder and Horatio R. Maryman, 8 December 1849
Pages of Related Documents:3

People Associated with Petition 20484906

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 639
  • Box: 67
  • Folder: 20
  • Book: Rules #5

Processing Information

Record Created:7/5/1996
Record Final Edited:11/23/1999
Record Last Updated on:1/4/2006 3:05:00 PM