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.
Renunciations are papers filed in the Orphans' Court by executors of an estate who do not wish to administer that estate. They show the name of the decedent, the decedent's place of residence, the name of the person renouncing administration, the name of the replacement administrator to be appointed, and date. The relationship between the decedent, the executor, and the administrator is usually shown. Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically within each year.
System of Arrangement
Arranged chronologically and then alphabetically within each year.
Built by Elizabeth Steele and occupied by her until her death.
Signers of Petition: Nicholas Boyd, John Webster, Samuel Hess, James Porter, Thomas Stubbs, Hugh McCullough, David Hess, Slater Brown, James Parker, Joseph Hamelton, John J. Sterrett, James McSparran, George Brown, Kirk Brown, John Oliver Boyd, John Kennedy, John N. Russel, Nicholas Boyd, Jeremiah Brown Jr.
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Access Conditions / Restrictions
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