Milly v. Stephen Smith
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To the Honourable WilliamWilliam CarrCarr Judge of the St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court.

The Petiton of MillyMilly a free mulatto woman
Harry DickHarry Dick a free black man or negro. WilliamWilliam a black
negro boy aged about twelve years, DavidDavid Shipman a Mulatto
boy, aged about three or four years and an infant child of
said MillyMilly represents that your petitioners were heretofore
the slaves of our DavidDavid Shipman who, formerly resided
in KentuckyKentucky; that said DavidDavid Shipman some time
in the fall of the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty six removed from KentuckyKentucky taking your petition
ers with him & went to the state of IndianaIndiana; that
there said DavidDavid Shipman about the thirtieth day of October in the same year executed deeds of emanci-
pation of all your petitioners according to the laws
of that State, that immediately afterwards said Da-
vid Shipman accompanied by your petitioners went
to Farewell County in the State IllinoisIllinois where he has located himself
has rented, a farm, and has settled there with an in-
tention of residing there and making that place his
permanent residence and domicile: that your peti-
tioners resided in the same place exercising their
freedom without the control of any person, until
some, time in January last when one StephenStephen Smith
SmithStephen Smith seized your petitioners pretending they were
his property, and attempted to take them away, but
your petitioners were discharged from his custody by
the Circuit CourtCircuit Court , your petitioners were then free
and unmolested, and coutinued to reside with their
late master DavidDavid Shipman, till the night of the
fourth day of this present month, when they were
again seized by said SmithSmith assisted by others and