Suzette alias Judith Bequette v. John Reynolds
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To WilliamWilliam C.CarrCarr Esquire Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

The petition of SuzetteSuzette alias Judith BequetteJudith Bequette
alias Suzette Merry aged about twenty five years in behalf
of herself and her children. John aged about eight years
old, AngeliqueAngelique aged about two years, and EdmundEdmund
aged about two months, humbly represents to this honorable
Court, that she was born in the town of Ste. Genevieve
in the State of MissouriMissouri in the family of Nicholas
Beauvais, who held and claimed her as a slave from
the time of her birth until his death, which happened
sometime in the year eighteen hundred and fourteen or
fifteen, when upon the division of the property
of said Beauvais among the heirs of said deceased
she fell to the lot of Julie Jarrot , the daughter
of said Beauvais, who had intermarried with
Nicholas Jarrot of the town of CahokiaCahokia in the State of IllinoisIllinois. That said NicholasNicholas
as soon as he had attained possession of your
petitioner conveyed her to the town of CahokiaCahokia
in the State of IllinoisIllinois, the residence of said
JarrotJarrot , That your petitioner remained sometime
with said JarrotJarrot , who transferred and sold your
petitioner to one McCracken the son -in-law
of said JarrotJarrot by whom she was sold to one
Louis Pincinneau who sold her to John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds ,
who now holds and detains or pretends to claim
and hold your petitioner as a slave, your
petitioner further represents that she has been
held and detained as a slave in IllinoisIllinois,
ever since she was first taken there by JarrotJarrot
first by said JarrotJarrot then by McCracken, afterwords
by Pincinneau & now by said JohnJohn Reynolds
ReynoldsJohn Reynolds .

Your petitioner is advised and believes that

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neither she nor her children, who were all, born
since your petitioner was taken to the state of IllinoisIllinois,
can legally be held in slavery, She therefore
humbly prays this honorable Court permit her to institute
suits for herself and children to recover
their freedom and that
she and her said children may sue as poor persons
to establish their freedom aforesaid and that
this honorable Court would assign them Counsel
and your petitioners will ever pray
Jos Charless Jr.

JudithJudith Bequette BequetteJudith Bequette