Petition #20782204


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.

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