Anna, a woman of color vs. Thomas Higginbotham
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State of MissouriMissouriCircuit CourtCircuit Court third JudicialCircuit
November Term AD 1831

Saint LouisSt Louis County AnnaAnna a woman of color
complans of ThomasThomas Higginbotham HigginbothamThomas Higginbotham
of a plea of trespassassault & Battery
& false Imprisonment for that
on the first day of August AD 1831 at St. LouisSt Louis in
said County the said Defendant with force & arms
made an assault upon the said Defendant &
then & there beatbruisedwoundedilltreated
& falsely & unlawfullyimprisoned her & held
& detained her in prison there from the day
last aforesaid to this time & other wrongs to the
said plaintiff then & there did against the
reason & dignity of the State of MissouriMissouri
and the plaintiff avers that before & at the time
of the committing the (said) grievances she was
& still is a free person & that said Defendant
held & detained & still holds & detains her
in slavery By means of which premises the
plaintiff says she is greatly injured & has sustained
damages to Two hundred Dollars therefore
shesaid etc

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