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, Freedom Seekers, free persons of color, convicted prisoners, those awaiting trial, relatives of prisoners, parties in child custody disputes, and relatives of army recruits and draftees.
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Lancaster County Archives has Habeas Corpus dockets:
1799-1978, ten volumes, record of writs of Habeas Corpus written.
1895-1983, 43 boxes, original petitions.
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Charged as a fugitive enslaved person.
Person of color also identified with the aliases: Hopkins, John, "Negro John," "Negro Bob," and "Black Dick."
Petitioner: Hopkins, John Richard.
Filed against: Reed, Peter Jr. Occupation: Jailor.
Habeas corpus, includes decision.
Affidavit of William Worthington.
5 items, 3 pieces
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