Ignatius Butler v. Joseph Simms. Petition for Freedom


To the honourable the Judges of the General Court.

The petition of Ignatius Butler humbly sheweth, that he is held as a Slave by Joseph Siems of Montgomery County, although he is intitled to his freedom, being descended from a free woman whose name was Eleanor Butler. Your Petitioner is the son of [strikethrough] Rebecca Butler who was the daughter of Jane Butler who was the daughter of Eleanor Butler aforesaid a free white woman. He therefore prays, your honours to take his case into consideration, and discharge him from the custody of the said Joseph Seems and that summonses may Issue for his Witnesses and so forth.

G. Duvall for Petr.


Ignatius Butler
Joseph Siems.


Octo 1791

Entd JG No 14. folio 35.

Leonard Boarman
Basil Spalding issd
Henrietta Plowden

filed the 21st October 1790


Ignatius Butler
Joseph Sims

Petr for Freedom

Entd JG. No 13. folio 35.

(Octo 1791.)