Mary, a woman of color vs. Francois Menard, Andre Landreville
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To the Honorable Circuit Court of the CountyCounty St Louis

St. LouisCounty St Louis county July term 1827

The petition of MaryMary , a woman color,
represents, that she was born in KaskaskiaKaskaskia
in the now state of IllinoisIllinois in the family and
possession of one Michel Bienvenu there are
that your petitioner is now
about twenty six or seven years old
is informed and believes; that she was reared and
brought up in a state of slavery in KaskaskiaKaskaskia
in the possession of said Bienvenu and remained
in his family till his death, after which, your
petitioner was sold as a slave to FrancoisFrancois Menard
MenardFrancois Menard an inhabitant of IllinoisIllinois at that time that said MenardMenard held your petitioner in slavery
in IllinoisIllinois until about three years ago, where
he brought your petitioner to St. LouisSt Louis, and put
her in the possession custody and care of AndreAndre Laundreville
LandrevilleAndre Laundreville of the city and county of St. LouisSt Louis; that
your petitioner was hired out by said LandrevilleLandreville in St. LouisSt Louis and her wages
still continues to claim the direction and control
of your petitioner as a slave, either for his
own use or profit or as the agent of said
MenardMenard and that she is still held in state of
slavery, by said LandrevilleLandreville and MenardMenard . And your
petitioner represents, that she now has three in
fant childrens to wit one girl, named VirginiaVirginia
who is now upwards of seven years of age, one girl

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named VictoireVictoire , who is upwards of six years
old and one little girl named
ElizabethElizabeth who is about three years of age, who are
all held and claimed as slaves by said MenardMenard
and LandrevilleLandreville And your petitioner represents
that she is advised--that being born in
the now state of IllinoisIllinois and having been brought
up there, that she and all her infant children
are according to the Laws of the land en
tittled to their freedom from slavery, to exercise
and enjoy their natural liberty, of which they have
been unjustly deprived. And your petetioner represents,
that she can prove and establish the
fact of her birth and residence in IllinoisIllinois by
persons who reside there. Your petitioner therefore
prays that their honorable Court will permit and order
that your petitioner be allowed and permitted to in-
stitute suits for the freedom of her self and her
said children against the said MenardMenard and LandrevilleLandreville in and that
permitted to sue as poor persons, according to
the form of the statute in that case made
and provided, and your petitioner will ever pray

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PeterPeter Ferguson