Winny vs. Phebe Whitesides (alias Pruitt)
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In the superior court northern circuit
March Term 1819.

County of S LouisCounty of S Louis court; WinnyWinny a free
woman held in slavery and who is per
mitted by the court to sue as a poor
person by J BartonJ Barton and HenryHenry S GeyerS Geyer
her attornies assigned as counsel by the
said court complains of Phebe Whiteside
alias PruittPruitt of a plea of trespass-for
that the said PhebePhebe heretofore wo wit: on
the first day of - January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hun-dred and fifteen with force and arms
at the county aforesaid unlawfully an
assault did make in and upon her the
said WinneyWinney and then and then beat
bruised and ill treated her the said
WinneyWinney . and then and there imprisoned
her the said WinneyWinney and kept and de-
tained her in prison without any lawful
cause whatsoever and hath ever since
kept and detained and still doth keep