Rachael Brent v. John Armfield

United States. Circuit Court (District of Columbia) - Alexandria (Washington, D.C.)

Claim for Freedom Made

Importation Violation

Outcome

Verdict for Plaintiff October 1835

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Summary

Rachael Brent claimed that Ariss Buckner moved to D.C. in 1826, took her and the Jacksons into the city in the spring of 1827, registered them as if he were a bona fide resident, and then returned to Loudon County, Virginia. He left Brent and the Jacksons in Washington for more than five years. Then in October 1832, Ariss Buckner took Rachael Brent out of Washington, D.C., back to his farm in Virginia. Sometime later, he then sold her to John Armfield, the notorious slave trader in Alexandria.