Mar 26, 2015 - Sale 2377

Sale 2377 - Lot 12

Estimate: $ 600 - $ 900
FREDERICK COUNTY MARYLAND. Case alleging that Mary Dorsey "hath taken and unjustly detains" three slaves. Partially printed document, accomplished by hand, and manuscript document. 8vo, and folio respectively; some edge-wear to the former; paper evenly toned; a couple of small archival paper repairs. Frederick County, Maryland, 26 May, 1795

Additional Details

an unusual family fight over three slaves, apparently part of an estate. The slaves listed as belonging to administratrix Sylvia Dorsey included: "One Negro woman named Jane, one Negro woman named Sall and a Negro boy named Stephen, the son of Sall." The court orders the sheriff of Frederick County to "seize and deliver those slaves to Sylvia Dorsey, and for Mary Dorsey to appear in court to answer the charges."