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Collection
Habeas Corpus Papers
Object ID
HABEAS CORPUS PAPERS
Description Level
Fonds
Collection
Habeas Corpus Papers
Description
A writ of habeas corpus is a procedure for obtaining a judicial determination of the legality of an individual's custody. This collection includes petitions for writs of habeas corpus and the writs themselves, showing the names of petitioners, persons to be brought to court, nature of dispute or alleged crime, dates of writs and accompanying documents, names of judges, and names of persons that the writs are filed against. Petitioners include indentured servants, runaway slaves, free African-Americans, convicted prisoners, those awaiting trial, relatives of prisoners, parties in child custody disputes, and relatives of army recruits and draftees. Arranged chronologically by date of filing. Handwritten, handwritten on printed forms, and a very few typewritten.
System of Arrangement
Arranged chronologically by date of filing.
Date of Accumulation
1800-1894, 1896, 1897
Creator
Prothonotary's Office
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Extent
8 cubic feet
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
HABEAS CORPUS PAPERS
Classification
RG 01-00 2313
Location
Archives
Associated Material
Lancaster County Archives has Habeas Corpus dockets:
1799-1978, ten volumes, record of writs of Habeas Corpus written.
1895-1983, 43 boxes, original petitions.
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Restricted use of original. A photocopy will be made for patron use.
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Collection
Mechanics' Liens
Object ID
MECHANICS' LIENS
Description Level
Fonds
Collection
Mechanics' Liens
Description
Liens filed by contractors showing names of parties including owner of property; description of property including location; nature of claim; description of materials and work done on property; volume and page number of recording in Mechanics' Liens Docket; and date filed.
System of Arrangement
Arranged chronologically by date filed.
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
MECHANICS' LIENS
Classification
RG 01-00 0202
Location
Archives
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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Collection
African American Records Collection
Object ID
MG0240
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Description Level
Fonds
Collection
African American Records Collection
Description
Collection contains an index to the Slave Registers, Mayor's Register of Coloured Persons or Negro Entry Book, and returns filed within the county. There are official records for slaves and their children in Lancaster County, as well as freemen within Lancaster City. Also includes bills of sale, a manumission paper, and a certificate for free persons of color.
Custodial History
Formerly called "The Slave Records of Lancaster County Collection." Name changed and arrangement changed on 13 June 2007.
Added to database on 19 July 2017.
System of Arrangement
Series 1 consists of the Slave Registers, official county records registering slaves and their children.
Series 2 contains the Mayor's Register of Coloured Persons, bills of sale, manumission paper, and other records.
Year Range From
1780
Year Range To
1984
Creator
LancasterHistory.org
People
McCally, James
Clemson, James
Edwards, Thomas
Reigert, Christopher
Smith, William
Smith, Margaret
Caldwell, Andrew
Wallace, Robert
Anderson, James
McCamant, Isaac
Scott, Alexander
Spear, Robert
Maxwell, Robert
Bigham, William
Zantzinger, Paul
Hubley, John
Black, Aaron
Breading, David
Old, James
Gibson, William
Bayly, James
Jacobs, Cyrus
Evans, John
Slaymaker, Amos
Skiles, Henry
Patterson, James
Johnston, John
Frazier, Phebe
Cook, James
McIntire, William
Henry, William
Porter, William
Currin, James
Boggs, Alexander
Whitehill, James
Middleton, John
Clark, Bryce
Middleton, Anne
Steel, William
Work, Joseph
Peden, Hugh
Galbraith, Bartram
Henderson, Archibald
Ramsey, Elizabeth
Evans, James
Cooke, Samuel
Nicholas, Michael
Neel, Thomas
Miller, John
Martin, James
Boyd, William
King, Robert
Conkle, William
Long, Stephen
Atchinson, John
Watson, John
McClure, William
Moore, Zachary
Neal, Thomas
Cunningham, Janett
McLaughlin, George
Gamble, James
Yeates, James
Grubb, Peter
Wilson, Samuel
Crawford, James
Potts, David
Dewers, Thomas
Lockhart, Josiah
Edwards, Susanna
Sewell, Charles S.
Barton, William
Porter, Andrew
Ross, George
Haydon, George
Bacon, Izard
Harrison, Thomas
Ewing, John
Carpenter, Samuel
Baker, John H.
Heaton, Jeremiah
Gale, Anthony
Graves, B.
Hudson, Edward
Evans, Mrs. Frances
Leman, Christian
Samson, George W.
Jenkins, Dr. John Carmichael
Fordney, William B.
Sanderson, George
Stevens, Thaddeus
Lownes, Caleb
Oldden, John
Franklin, Benjamin
Weld, Theodore D.
Gibbons, Daniel
Brubaker, Jack
Michener, James B.
Walker, Isaac
Smith, Joseph
Johnson, Henry
Givens, Joseph
Thomas, Mary B.
Pennington, James William Charles
Gibbons, Miss Marianna
Pembroke, Stephen
Davis, Edward
Other Creators
Lancaster County Historical Society, Lancaster (Pa.); Lancaster County (Pa.) Court of Quarter Sessions
Subjects
Lancaster County (Pa.). Court of Quarter Sessions
African Americans--History
Slavery--Pennsylvania--Lancaster County
Slaveholders--Pennsylvania--Lancaster County
Slave records--Pennsylvania--Lancaster County
Freedmen
Free blacks
Search Terms
Lancaster County (Pa.). Court of Quarter Sessions
Persons of color
Slavery
Enslavers
Records of enslaved persons
Free persons of color
Certificates
Finding aids
Manuscript groups
Extent
1 box, 32 folders, .5 cubic ft.
Object Name
Fonds
Language
English
Object ID
MG0240
Location
LancasterHistory
Room
Archives South
Wall
Side 6
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Restricted access for the Negro Entry Book found in Series 2, Folder 2: Use transcript in Folder 3 or microlfilm. Please make an appointment with the Director of Archival Services to use the original volume.
Copyright
Collection may not be photocopied. Please contact Research Staff or Archives Staff with questions.
Credit
African American Records Collection (MG-240), Box #, Folder #, LancasterHistory, Lancaster, Pa.
Documents

MG-240_Series2_Folder14_Insert2_Rev.Pennington.pdf

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