Vincent Duncan vs. James Duncan
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The Depositions of witnesses produced sworn and Examined
on the fifteenth and sixteenth day of March in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty be
tween the hours of nine Oclock in the forenoon and
six Oclock in the afternoon of each of said days
at the office of WilliamWilliam JJ Gatewood GatewoodJ Gatewood in the Town of
Equality CountyCounty Gallatin of GallatinCounty Gallatin & StateIllinois of IllinoisIllinois
before me Leonard WhiteLeonard White a Justice of the peace
within and for said County to be read as evidence in
a certain cause depending in the Circuit Court of the
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis in the State of MissouriMissouri between
VincentVincent a man of Colour plaintiff & James DuncanJames Duncan
defendant. On the part of the plaintiff pursuant to notice Gen. Willis
HargraveHargrave

of Lawful age being produced examined
and sworn on the part of the plff deposes and says
(in substances as follows)

Question by Plffs atto.
Hour Did you know the plff
VincentVincent who has sued for his freedom. Answr. I do

Question by Same describe him can you describe him

Answr. yes he is a large Black fellow with
thick lips I think about five foot nine or
ten inches high, I think he had brothers (names not
recollected.

Question by Same To whom did he belong and by whose authority
was he hired at the SalineSaline Salt Works when you
Knew him.

Answer. he belong I think to John or James DuncanJames Duncan
as they were both in the habit of coming
to this place, but knows nothing further on
that subject than hear say.

Question by Same

Do you or not know how long he was
hired and remained at any one time in or
at the SalineSaline Salt works by DuncanDuncan In the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois

Answer I do not. he was here there on for several years
at different times, but how long at any one
time I cannot say, the General rule of
hiring hands at this place was for six
months at a time he has been here as
above off and on from 1817 to 1825and

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but do not recollect of seeing him here since.

Question by Same Doyou were you or were not a resident
of at the SalineSaline works at that time and do you or not
know that sd. Duncan Vincent was ever removed from sd. works
until his final by removal by sd.DuncanDuncan

Answer I was a resident a principal part of the
time and they frequently went home
but how often I dont know is and cant
say how long at any one time he remained
hire. and further the deponent saith
not

Willis Hangraven

Sworn and subscribed to before me at the
place & between the hours first aforesaid this
15th day of March 1830

Leo WhiteWhite J P