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Catalog Number 1997-291-2
Accession number 1997-291
Object Name Record, Judicial
Collection History San Jose Collection
Title The People ex rel. J.W. Blossom vs. John Bland
Date 1853
Year Range from 1853
Year Range to 1853
Description Writ of Habeas Corpus used to recover children. Court Case # 551, The People of California ex.rel. J. W. Blossom vs. John Bland. commenced August 3, 1853 (filed August 9, 1853). Bland was ordered to bring before the Third Judicial District Court (San Jose) by August 6, "two colored children, one a male child named Madison, the other a female child named Caroline." Bland subsequently petitioned the court to be named their guardian, since neither was living with a known parent or guardian. Madison was 5, Caroline aged 8. Bland was appointed their guardian, until they reached the age of 14, by probate judge J. W. Redman, and required to post a bond of $1,000.

Court case concerning an alleged attempt by John Bland, a resident of Santa Clara County, to remove two African American children from state for assumed purposes of slavery.
Creator Santa Clara County. Third District Court.
Level of description Item
Subjects African Americans -- California
Children -- California -- History (LCSH)
Slavery -- California (LCSH)
Nineteenth century (LCSH)
Credit line History San Jose Research Library