Thomas Butler v. Bennett Posey. Petition for Freedom


To the honourable The Judges of the General Court

The petition of Thomas Butler humbly sheweth That he is held in Slavery by Bennett Posey of Charles County altho he is entitled to his Freedom being descended from a free white woman whose name was Eleanor Butler. Your petitioner is the Son of Teresa Butler who was the daughter of a daughter of the said Eleanor Butler. He therefore prays your Honours to take his Case into Consideration and discharge him from the Custody of the said Bennett Posey, & that summons may issue for his witnesses & so forth.

G. Duvall for Pet.


Thomas Butler
Bennett Posey

filed the 21st October 1790

sums issued to May 1791

NE at May 1791


No 76

Thomas Butler
Bennet Posey

Petition for Freedom

Summons issued & returned "Not Summoned" May 1791