Anne Butler v. Mary Shervin. Petition for Freedom


To the honourable the Judges of the General Court

The petition of Ann Butler humbly shews that she is held as a slave by Mary Shervin of Charles County although she is intitled to her freedom, being descended from a free woman. Your petitioner is the daughter of Jane Butler, who was the daughter of Rebecca Butler, who was the daughter of Jane Butler who was the daughter of Eleanor Butler a free woman. She therefore prayeth, that your honours would take her case into consideration and discharge her from the custody of the aforesaid Mary Shervine, and that summonses may Issue for her witnesses, and so forth.

G. Duvall for petitioner


Ann Butler
Mary Shervin


May 1791

filed the 14th of November 1790

sums Issued 7th Decem 1790