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Collection
Habeas Corpus Papers
Object ID
Habeas 1809 F005
Description Level
Item
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
Year
1809
Creator
Prothonotary's Office
People
Day, Lewis
Lewis, William
Eberman, Philip
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Search Terms
African-American
Runaway enslaved persons
Enslaved persons
Jailor
Commitment papers
Affidavits
Habeas corpus
Extent
8 cubic feet
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
Habeas 1809 F005
Case Number
21.000
Classification
RG 01-00 2313
Location
Archives
Container
001
Box Number
001
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.
Additional Notes
African-American.
Runaway slave.
Petitioner: Lewis, William.
Filed against: Eberman, Philip. His occupation: jailor.
Commitment paper.
Affidavit.
Habeas corpus, includes answer and decision.
3 items, 2 pieces
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Restricted use of original. A photocopy will be made for patron use.
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