Milly v. Stephen Smith
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quence of having heard that he had seized upon said negroes
and carried them away. Deponent says moreover that
said Shipman when he first came to said PeoriaPeoria
county in IllinoisIllinois, said that black persons were
free, and that said blacks did countinue to go at
large and act as free persons while they were
there: He says further that said shipman has settled
himself permanently in said PeoriaPeoria (now) Farewell
county as he said Shipman says; and that this spring
said Shipman a farm there and is now at
work there making a crop; and as he said, meant
shortly to go to KentuckyKentucky to bring out his wife, De
ponent says, furthermore that, she understand from
both said Shipman & SmithSmith , that said SmithSmith
is the nephew of said Shipman, & was mostly raised
in said Shipmans family; and further, Deponent has
always understood from said Shipman that he Ship-
man has no children, and that therefore he meant his
negroes should be free, said Shipman is an old man
and very weakly and frequently unable to ride said
Shipman has told this deponent that he Shipman was worth
several thousand dollars over and above any debt he
might awe, Deponent furthermore says that he is of opinion
that said pretended slaves will be removed by said SmithSmith
out of the Jurisdiction of this St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court unless, he is re-
strained by some process of a Court

NathanNathan Dillon

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