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From: John Lyon <>
Subject: [LDR] Choptank Indian Lands POLK - STANFORD
Date: Thu, 24 Feb 2000 21:39:49 -0500
I hesitate to give a non-answer to this, but the citation you give is just
that - not a record, but only a pointer to a record. To answer your
question, you need to order a copy of this case from the Archives.
The answer could be anything at all. The chancery files are often
filled with wonderful material: depositions, long recapitulations of
particulars and the like. Unless someone here happens to know
this case - and John Polk imaginably is one such (are you paying
attention, John?) - you just have to see the original.
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Perhaps you could provide me with some insights on how to interpret
the record cited below. It--obviously--concerns a petition to sell a lot
"in Choptank Indian Lands" in Dorchester Co., MD in 1808. Why would such
petiton involve some sort of adversarial proceeding? It appears that there
are plantiffs--Algernon STANFORD and William McDONALD--and defendants--John
POLK, Sally POLK, and William POLK. Is that correct?
What can we assume--if anything--about possible Native American ancestry of
the parties in this litigation? Who owned the lot in the Choptank Indian
Thanks in advance,
Maryland State Archives
CHANCERY COURT (Chancery Papers)
4825: Algernon Stanford and William McDonald vs.
John Polk, Sally Polk, and William Polk. DO.
Petition to sell lot in Choptank Indian Lands.
Recorded (Chancery Record) 75, p. 232.
Accession No: 17,898-4825-1/3. MSA S512-4988 1/37/1/