Milly v. Stephen Smith
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State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois,
PeoriaPeoria County, CountyPeoria County,Sc.

I John Dixon, one of the Justices,
of the Peace in and for said
County do, Certify that in conformity, with
the requisitions, of the annexed, Dedimus, and
Notice I attended at the office of JohnJohn L LJohn L .
Bagardus, in said County on this 19th day of November 1827. Then came NathanNathan
DillonDillon who being conscienciouslyscrupulous
against taking any oath, being duly affirm
=ed,
saith. That on or about the 8th day of May 1827 he was in St LouisSt Louis MissouriMissouri
and saw there in the possession, of StephenStephen Smith
SmithStephen Smith who this deponent knows four
coloured, persons MillyMilly , William, HarryHarry Dick ,
DickHarry Dick , & David Shipman. which said colo
=ured
persons about that Time [ brout ]
Suit against said SmithSmith for freedom
this deponent saw the same, coloured
persons, about Six months previous, to
that time residing in PeoriaPeoria County, CountyPeoria County
IllinoisIllinois, to which place they had been
brought by one DavidDavid Shipman who
settled there with them this deponent