Fugitive Slave Cases – George Duvall vs. various runaway slaves

Dist. Court of the U. S. for the Dist. of Col. Clerk of the Court “Fugitive Slave Cases, 1862,” May 15-19, 1862 (By file date or affidavit)

Original papers in fugitive slave cases before the Circuit Court of the U.S. for the District of Columbia consisting of claimants petitions, affidavits for arrest of fugitive slaves, warrants of arrest, depositions, court orders to deliver fugitive slaves to claimants, and related papers.

Transcribed from National Archives Microfilm Publication M433 “Records of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia Relating to Slaves, 1851-1863, Roll 3.

District of Columbia Washington County to wit:

On this 15th day of May 1862 personally appeared in open court in the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, George W. Duvall, of (illegible), a citizen of Prince George County and State of Maryland and residing therein and made oath according to law that he is the lawful possessor of the Negro slaves hereinafter named, who were residing in said Prince George County at the time and times hereinafter stated, to wit: Negro man John Johnson, about twenty eight years of age, a slave for life the property of this affiant; Eli Harrison, ages about twenty three also a slave for life to this affiant; Jack Hall about twenty two years of age, a slave for life, and held by this affiant under a mortgage or deed of trust as a servant, his wages to come to this affiant and the said slave to be in the service of this affiant till the mortgage bill is paid and said mortgage deed is still unpaid; Jim Hall aged about 18 years to serve for a term of years which has not yet expired, and then to be free on certain conditions, in the meanwhile to be the property of this affiant; That the said slaves Eli and Jack without the knowledge or consent and against the will of this affiant absconded some time in the month of February last past, and are now fugitives from labor and service lawfully due by them to said affiant in said Prince George County; and the said slave Jim about the first of January and the said John about the 9th of March last, in like manner without the knowledge or consent and against the will of said affiant, absconded and ran away from said Prince George County, and are now fugitives from service and labor lawfully due to said affiant in said Prince Goerge County and has reason to believe and does believe that all of the said slaves are now in the District of Columbia; he prays for process and that said slaves may be taken and delivered up to him by order of this court receiving & the statute in such cases made and provided.

Test: Jno. A. Smith, Clk.