Jacob Butler v. Eleanor Taney. Petition for Freedom


To the honourable The Judges of the General Court.

The petition of Jacob Butler humbly sheweth that he is held in Slavery by Eleanor Taney of St. Mary's County, when he is entitled to his Freedom being one of the descendants in the female line of Elenor Butler a free white woman. He therefore prays your honours to grant him a summons against the said Eleanor Taney to be and appear in the honourable Court, returnable immediately, & answer the premises, & abide by such Judgment as your Honours shall see fit to make.

And he is in duty bound will pray & soforth.

G. Duvall.
14 May 1790.


Jacob Butler
Eleanor Taney


Mr Gwinn,
File this Peto and issue Summons.
G. Dvuall.

Depo as Thos vs Iezreal Penn at May 1792

Filed the 14th May 1790 and Summon issued retl immediately

Octo 1791
Entd JG. No 13. folio 44