PA Papers Box 4A Manumissions
Habeas Corpus Actions
adjudication of Mulat
to Phoebe Freedom
from Excutors of Benjan Betterton
Mullattoe Phoebe }
Rebecca Betterton & } Habeas Corpus ad Subjiciendum
Joseph Howell & Joseph }
Reek Exrs of Benjamin } returnable before James
Betterton } Biddle Esq President of the
Court of Common Pleas of Philada
County Aug 16th 1791 __
And now August 16, 1791 On a Hearing before me at my Chamber in the City of Philadelphia it appears that the said Mullattoe Phoebe for whom the above Habeas Corpus was obtained was a free Woman and that the Indenture by which she is bound can be of no further force than till her attaining the Age of Eighteen Years, which will [marred text] fifth Day of October next ___
 James Biddle was the President Judge of the Court of Common Pleas for PhiladelphiaCounty in 1791. He lived at 245 High Street. Clement Biddle, The Philadelphia Directory (1791), 11
 Prior to his demise earlier in the year, Benjamin Betterton had been a grocer and lived at 98 Sassafras Street. Clement Biddle, The Philadelphia Directory (1791), 10.
 Joseph Howell was the paymaster general of the United States in 1791 and lived at 101 Sassafras Street, immediately adjacent to Benjamin Betterton. Clement Biddle, The Philadelphia Directory (1791), 10.