Aspasie, a woman of color vs. Francois Chouteau
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To WilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr , Judge of the Cir
cuit Court, within & for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

The petition of AspasieAspasia , a free woman of colour, represents to your honor, that She was,
(as she has always been informed and believes to be
true, and is ready to prove,) born of a negro woman
held in slavery by one Baptiste Jeandrau
in the Town of KaskaskiaKaskaskia in the now state
of IllinoisIllinois, about the year 1806; that your petitioner
was held and claimed as a slave by said

from her birth until about four or
five years ago, where your petitioner was pur
chased by Colonel Menard now a resident
of the said Town of KaskaskiaKaskaskia; that your petitioner was soon, after given to FrancoisFrancois Chouteau ChouteauFrancois Chouteau
and his wife, the latter of whom is the
daughter of said MenardMenard , both of whom now reside
in the County & city of St.LouisSt Louis in the
state of MissouriMissouri, and have for several years &
do now hold your petitioner in a state of absolute slavery, deprived of all her natural rights and privileges & in contempt and
defiance of the ordinance of the Congress of
the United StatesUnited States, made for the government of
Territory Northwest of the river OhioOhio,passed on the 13th day of July in the year of our Lord 1787 of which said
Territory IllinoisIllinois is a part, as your petitioner
your petitioner claims her freedom, being born
in said Territory Since the passage of said ordinance
Your petitioner therefore prays that she
may be permitted to sue as a poor person for

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her freedom, in the circuit court of St. Louis
County, according to the form of the statute in
that behalf made and provided, and that she
may be permitted to make the said FrancoisFrancois Chouteau
ChouteauFrancois Chouteau , by whatever name he may be
called, and all other person claiming your
petitioner as a slave parties in said suit â. And your petitioner will ever pray

AspasieAspasia her