Petition #20482210


Hercules Dowery seeks to settle a dispute with Benjamin Johnson regarding Maria, a female slave. Dowery contends that Johnson made an agreement with Cemas Dowery, Dowery's wife, to allow her to raise and nuture the then three-year-old Maria during Cemas's lifetime. Now, sixteen years later, Maria has an infant and Dowery charges that Johnson is attempting to violate the contract "by withdrawing Maria & her infant from your orator & selling them to the South or parts unknown." He seeks a subpoena and an injunction to prevent Johnson from removing Maria and her child "from the possession and care of your Orator, during the life time of your Orator's wife."

Result: Partially granted.

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Repository: National Archives, Washington, D. C.