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Collection
Habeas Corpus Papers
Object ID
Habeas 1844 F009
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
1844
Creator
Prothonotary's Office
People
Mark, George
Fagan, Charles F.
McGowen, James
Magardern, James
Woodruff, James
Ehler, John
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Extent
8 cubic feet
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
Habeas 1844 F009
Case Number
414.000
Classification
RG 01-00 2313
Location
Archives
Container
004
Box Number
004
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
Also: Fagan, Charles F.; McGowen, James; or Magardern, James; Woodruff, James.
Charged with rioting.
Petitioners: Mark, George; Fagan, Charles F.; McGowen, James, or Magardern, James; Woodruff, James.
Filed against: Ehler, John. Occcupation: Sheriff and jailor.
Petition.
Warrant of commitment.
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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Collection
Quarter Sessions
Object ID
AUG 1844 F044 QS
Description Level
Item
Collection
Quarter Sessions
System of Arrangement
Organized by Court of Quarter Sessions term.
Arranged by case number within each term.
Year
1844
People
Woodruff, James
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Search Terms
Quarter Sessions
Recognizance
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
AUG 1844 F044 QS
Classification
RG 02-00 0908
Location
Archives
Additional Notes
Recognizance.
1 item, 1 piece
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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Collection
Mayor's Court
Object ID
APR 1843 F050 MC
Description Level
Item
Collection
Mayor's Court
Admin/Biographical History
The Mayor's Court was established at the incorporation of the City of Lancaster in 1818, and was composed of the mayor, recorder, and aldermen with powers and jurisdiction analogous to the Court of Quarter Sessions of the Peace, Oyer and Terminer, and Jail Delivery. It was abolished on 6 February 1849.
System of Arrangement
Organized by court term.
Arranged with general materials first, then constables reports, tavern licenses, un-numbered cases, and numbered cases.
Year
1843
People
Cosgrove, Francis
Thomas, John
Woodruff, James J.
Subcategory
Documentary Artifact
Object Name
Documents
Language
English
Condition
Fair
Object ID
APR 1843 F050 MC
Classification
RG 99-00 [0101]
Location
Archives
Container
017
Box Number
017
Additional Notes
Malicious Mischief
Thomas, John
Woodruff, James J.
1 item, 1 piece
Access Conditions / Restrictions
Request at Reference Desk; photocopy made by staff member.
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