Eleanor Butler v. Robert Lawson. Petition for Freedom


To the honourable The Judges of the General Court.

The petition of Eleanor Butler humbly sheweth, that she is held as a Slave by Robert Lawson of Charles County altho' she is entitled to her freedom, being descended from a free white woman whose name was Eleanor Butler. Your petitioner is the daughter of Rebecca Butler who was the daughter of Jane Butler, who was the daughter of Eleanor Butler aforesaid a free white woman. She therefore prays your honours to take her case into Consideration and discharge her from the Custody of the said Robert Lawson and that summonses may Issue for the witness & soforth

G. Duvall for Petr


Eleanor Butler
Robert Lawson


Octo 1791
Entd JG. No 13. folio 28.

filed the 21st October 1790
Sums issd to May 1791.


Eleanor Butler
Robert Lawson

Petn for Freedom

Entd JG. No. 13 folio 28.

(Octo 1791)