Maria Whiten vs. Garland Rucker
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In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit CourtNovember Term 1829

County of St LouisCounty of St Louis, to with MariaMaria Whiten WhitenMaria Whiten a free woman of
color is permitted by the court to sue as a poor person,
by her attorney Strathers assigned as counsel set
by the court, complains of Garland RuckerGarland Rucker of plea of
trespass_ For that the said GarlandGarland heretofore to wit on this
thirteenth day of August in the year Eighteen hundred and twenty nine with force and arms at the county of St LouisSt Louis
aforesaid, an assault did make upon the body of the
said MariaMaria and then and there beat, bruised, and [ illtreated ]
her the said MariaMaria and then & there imprisoned her the
said MariaMaria and kept and detained her in prison there
against her will and without any reasonable or probable
cause whatsoever, and has ever since kept & detained
her in prison against her will, without any reasonable
or probable cause, countrary to the laws of this state. And the
said MariaMaria overs that before and at the time of the
committing the grievances aforesaid, she was, and still is,
a free person, and that the said GarlandGarland held, and detained,
her and still holds and detains her in slavery - And the said
GarlandGarland other to her then & there did to her the said
MariaMaria assualt the peace of the state. Wherefore the said
MariaMaria says she is greatly injured by him the said Gar
land and has sustained damage to the amount
of five hundred dollars and thereore she sues

Filed 18th August 1829

Arch GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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