Edward Queen's petition for freedom, 1791

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Title

Edward Queen's petition for freedom, 1791

Subject

Edward Queen sues Rev. John Ashton for his freedom in the Maryland General Court in 1791.

Description

Edward Queen sues Rev. John Ashton for his freedom in the Maryland General Court in 1791.

Additional documents in the case of Edward Queen v. John Ashton may be found at the O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C., Law & Family website.

Click here for biographical information on the Rev. Ashton, who led the Jesuit mission at White Marsh in Prince George's County for decades, and was one of the founders of Georgetown.

Source

Maryland State Archives, General Court of the Western Shore (Judgments), MSA S498-3

Date

1791-10-15

Contributor

Adam Rothman

Format

JPG

Language

English

Type

Court record

Identifier

GSA30

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Text

To the honorable The Judges of the General Court.

The petition of Edward Queen humbly sheweth that he is held in slavery by the Revd. John Ashton altho he is informed he is entitled to his freedom being descended from a freewoman, viz, being the son of Phillis who was the daughter of Mary Queen commonly called Queen Mary, a freewoman. He therefore prays your honours to direct Summons to issue against the said John Ashton returnable immediately to answer the premises; & that your honours, the facts being found, will adjudge your petitioner to be free. And he will pray & so forth.

G Duvall
P.B. Key
for Petr.

Witnesses
Revd. Thos. Digges, PG.
Plummer Jiams, AA.

Original Format

Document

Files

Edward Queen's petition.jpg

Citation

O Say Can You See: Early Washington, D.C., Law and Family, “Edward Queen's petition for freedom, 1791,” Georgetown Slavery Archive, accessed July 24, 2017, http://slaveryarchive.georgetown.edu/items/show/35.

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