Milly v. Stephen Smith
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

March Term 1828

MillyMilly suing for freedom
Stephen SmithStephen Smith

Be it remembered that on the trial
of this case the plaintiff MillyMilly proved that on the
thirtieth day of October in the year eighteen hundred and twenty six, one DavidDavid Shipman who had been
her owner & had been in possession of her for sev-
eral years inin the State of KentuckyKentucky went with
the said plaintiff in his possession to Jefferson County
County in the State of IndianaIndiana and there duly
executed the deed of emancipation hereinafter set
forth & acknowledged the same before a Justice of
the peace in said last mentioned State, the said
MillyMilly being present at the excecution of the
same deed: which said deed of emancipation
includes said MillyMilly as one of the persons therein
set free, and is in the words & figures following
(here set out the deed of emancipation) That immediately af
terwards said DavidDavid Shipman carried said MillyMilly
to PeoriaPeoria County, CountyPeoria County in the State of IllinoisIllinois, where
he (said Shipman) settled,, hired a farm & stocked the same declared
that he meant to reside there permanently & has
ever since resided there & kept, said MillyMilly there: that said MillyMilly resided there
with him from October or November in eighteen hundred twenty six
to sometime in May eighteen hundred twenty seven
at which time the defendant came thither &
took said MillyMilly secretly, against her consent & the consent of said Shipman & brought her to St. LouisSt Louis where
the present suit for freedom was commenced