Fugitive Slave Cases – James S. Martin vs. Rebecca Howard & James Howard

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.

James S. Martin vs. Rebecca Howard & James Howard Filed 22 April 1863 District of Columbia, to wit:

Personally came before me a Justice of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia this 22nd day of April 1863 James P. Martin who being duly sworn says that he is a citizen of Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Maryland, that he is the lawful owner and possessor of Rebecca Howard and her son James Howard, slaves for life owing service and labor under the laws of said state, as such slaves for their lives respectively within the said State, that said Negroes absconded and are fugitives from the service and labor so due and owing, that is to say the said Rebecca Howard and her son James Howard since the 1st day of December 1862 when they severally absconded from the service and possession of this affiant and are now within this District, and the said affiant doth further say that he hath not borne arms against the United States in the present rebellion, nor in any way given aid or comfort thereto. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand. James S. Martin Sworn & subscribed before me the day and year above mentioned. Andrew Wylie To the clerk of the Supreme Court of the District of Columbia Issue warrant for the arrest of the above named alleged fugitives from service returnable forthwith before me at chambers.

Andrew Wylie Justice &c April 22 1863