Ralph, a man of colour v. James Coleman and Duncan Coleman
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Depositions of witnesses produced sworn & examined
on the 28th day of June 1831 between the hours of
8 Oclock in the forenoon and 6 O clock in the afternoon
at the Court house in the town of MadisonvilleMadisonville
HopkinsHopkins county & State of KentuckyKentucky before me
E.W.R.Woolfolk a justice of the peace within and
for the county aforesaid in a certain cause now
depending in the Circuit Court of the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis in the state of MissouriMissouri between RalphRalph a
man of color plaintiff and Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan Defendant
on the part of the plaintiff. John DuncanJohn Duncan
of lawful age being produced sworn and examined
on the part of the plff. deposes & says

Question by Plaintiff. Do you or do you not
know that RalphRalph /a man of color / who belonged
to Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan was sent to labor at the
mines in the state of IllinoisIllinois in the year 1827
1828 or 1829

ans I think in the year 1827 my brother of JesseJesse
took RalphRalph from Hopkins CountyHopkins County and said
he was going to the mines
in IllinoisIllinois or MichiganMichigan Territory

Quest by same. Was RalphRalph or not at the
time he was taken off by your brother the
property of Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan

Ans. yes,

Quest by same Have you or not heard
Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan say then RalphRalph was his

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or at labor at the mines in IllinoisIllinois in the
year 18271828 or 1829

ans. I do not recollect whether I never heard
him say so or not

Quest. by same. Was or was not the said
RalphRalph taken off by your brother JesseJesse with
the knowledge and consent of ColemanColeman Duncan
DuncanColeman Duncan

ans. I expect he was

Quest. by same. Have you or not heard
or understood that the said RalphRalph was at work in or at the mines in IllinoisIllinois
in 1827, 1828 or 1829

ans yes I understood he was at the Fever
River lead mines

Quest by same From whom did you get that information

ans I understood so from Mr. Woodruff and
my brother JesseJesse

Quest. by same. Do you or not know
that RalphRalph was hired at or near the SalineSaline
in the state of IllinoisIllinois in 1826 or 1827

ans. I do not

Quest by same Did you or not hear Coleman DuncanColeman Duncan say that he was hired
to labor three in one or the other of three
years