Maria Whiten vs. Garland Rucker
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In return to this writ I state that the
witness named MariahMariah & HenryHenry my slaves
one and in my possession I brought
them to the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis about the
11th of the present month and had them
in possession but a five days when
they absconded and put themselves
under the protection and authority of GeorgeGeorge
Strother & Newman esq of where now
as your in to and be since the commencement
o the
men of the suit for freedom
I have not seen them

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