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.
2 v. fronts., plates, maps (part fold.) facsim. 25 cm.
"Of this work one thousand copies have been printed from type, and the type destroyed."
Chapters in volume 1: The debatable land // The Iroquoians of the Susquehanna // The Petticoat indians of Petticoat land // The Shawnees // The early traders of Conestoga, Donegal and Paxtang // The young red man goes west // The Shamokin traders and the Shamokin Path // Andrew Montour, the "Half Indian" // The Frankstown Path // The Raystown Path // The traders at Allegheny on the main path; with some annals of Kittanning and Chartier's Town // The Ohio Mingoes of the White River and the Wendats // Kuskuskies on the the Beaver // Logstown on the Ohio.
Chapters in volume 2: George Croghan , the king of the traders // The Ohio Valley before the white man came // The Lower Shanee town; or Chillicothe on the Ohio // The Chonchake Route and other Ohio paths // John Finley and Kentucky before Boone // Pickawillany Path // The Indian trade and Pennsylvania traders // The perils of the path.