Carey Ewton vs. Benjamin Wilder
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To the Honorable the CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis County
at the present July Term of said Court, now in session,
The petition of Carey Euston, alias OotowOotow , a free man of
Colour held in slavery humbly & presents: That he was born
as a slave, in the family of one RobertsonRobertson , in the Town of Petersberg
in the state of [ Virginea ] in or about the year 1790, when
and where your petitioner was held in bondage by said
RobertsonRobertson , until about the year 1800 or 1801 when your
petitioner was end by virtue lan execution against said
RobertsonRobertson , as the slave of said RobertsonRobertson [ sula ], when your petitioner
was purchased by one Richard Cox, and by him he
moved from the state of VirginiaVirginia to Spring=field, Washing=
=ton
County in the state of KentuckyKentucky immediately. When the
said Richard Cox helld your petitioner in bondage and treated
him, as his slave, until about the year 1815 or 1816, when
the said Richard Cox sold your petitionor as a slave to
one John Hughes of SpringfieldSpringfield, in KentuckyKentucky, which said
last purchaser, John Hughes, kept and detained your petitioner
in slavery in SpringfieldSpringfield of onesaid until about the
year 1818 or 1819, when the said John Hughes
sent your petitioner to the state, of MisouriMissouri; (then Territory,
by his brother Thomas HughesThomas Hughes , who took your petitioner
to the Tour of Palmyra, in this state, by whom and
when your petitioner was held in slavery four or five
months, when the said Thomas HughesThomas Hughes ,
removed to GalinaGalena, or the Fover River Leads mines in the
state of IllinoisIllinois, and took your petitioner with him, where
the said Thomas HughesThomas Hughes held and treated your
petitioner as a slave, and set and kept your petitioner
digging lead ore for him the said Thomas HughesThomas Hughes , in
the state of the IllinoisIllinoisfor until about the year 1824 or 1825,
Your petitioner further states, that he was then removed

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by said Thomas HughesThomas Hughes , from the lead mines in the
state of IllinoisIllinois aforesaid, to Palmyra, in this state, when
the said Thomas HughesThomas Hughes sold your petitioner as a slave
to one WilliamWilliam Mulder, who immediately took your
petitioner to H. Charles in this State, and sold him as a slave
to one WilliamWilliam Ewton, alias OotowOotow , who held your petitioner
in bondage and slavery in H. Charles, until his death, which
happened only two or three years ago, Your petitioner states
further, that since the death of the said WilliamWilliam Ewton
alias OotowOotow , he was sold as the property of the Estate of
the said WilliamWilliam Ewton, alias OotowOotow , and slave of said
Estate, and purchased by BenjaminBenjamin Trilder TrilderBenjamin Trilder , who brought
your petitioner to St. LouisSt Louis, in the year 1827 When the said
BenjaminBenjamin Trilder TrilderBenjamin Trilder , now holds and treats your petitioner as
a slave, by exercising all control over him, and receiving
the benefit and labor of your petitioner at mile and pleasure,
and whom the said BenjaminBenjamin Trilder TrilderBenjamin Trilder has held your petitioner
in bondage and slavery for the last two years.

Your petitioner alledges, and so believes the fact to be that
that, having resided in the state of
IllinoisIllinois, and been carried there by a person who located him
=self this and Carried on business there, for a considerable time
as above stated, and your petitioner having been forced away
out of the said state of IllinoisIllinois, much against his mile, and
in the night reason - after having resided there for a long period
of time,- that he is by the laws of the lands entitled to his
freedom, - Your petitioner therefore prays this honorable Court,
that he may be permitted to institute a suit in this Circut, against
BenjaminBenjamin Trilder TrilderBenjamin Trilder , for the purpose of establising his right to
freedom, and that your petitioner may be permitted to sue
as a poor person; and that this honorable Court will appoint
or assign Counsel to your petition to prosecute his right or