Edward H. Nabb Research Center for Delmarva History & Culture Enduring Connections: Exploring Delmarva's Black History

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Record #46 from Abstracts of Petitions to Southern County Courts, 1775-1867

Part of Series B
Microfilm Reel in Collection Series 11
Microfilm Frame on Reel 977
Accession Number (identifies petition on microfilm) 20986505
County Talbot
State Maryland
Year Legislative Petition Filed 1865
Abstract of Petition On 2 January 1865, Henry Gibson hired his son, Jim Gibson, a "free negro boy," to Samuel Stewart. Two days later, the Orphans Court indentured Jim to James A Ridgaway. The boy is now in the custody of the sheriff of Talbot County by process of the Orphans Court. Gibson claims that Jim "is illegally and unjustly held." He seeks a writ of habeas corpus to bring the boy before the court so "that he may be heard an ddisharged." In his answer, Ridgaway explains that th eminor Gibson was actually indentured to him by the court on 3 November 1864 "to learn the business and calling of Farmer," but he absconded from his farm in December. He charges Stewart with "harbouring said apprentice."

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