Hetty, a woman of color v. Arthur L. Magenis
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To the Honbl the judge of the circuit court
of St Louis County the petition of HettyHetty
a woman of color respectfully represents

That she was born a slave in the state of Vir
ginia and became the property of John Rolf
in that state who died in VirginiaVirginia, and your
petitioner then became the property of his widow
Mrs James Rolf, who removed your petitioner
to St Geneveive County in the territory of
MissouriMissouri on or about the third day of December in the year 1816, in which last
mentioned County and territory your petition
er was kept by her said mistress about one
month, when the said Mrs Rolf your petition ers mistress removed to the territory of
IllinoisIllinois about eight miles from the
town of KaskaskiaKaskaskia where she took up
her residence in the family of
Dr James H Rolf her son, where she resided
more than a year that when she went over
to the territory of IllinoisIllinois she removed your
petitioner with her to that territory, where she
kept your petitioner employed in the ordinary duties of a slave, in working for her and the
family of her son for about the period of
two months, and then about the tenth of March
in the year eighteen hundred and seventeen
your petitioner was sent to St Geneveive in
the territory of MissouriMissouri and hired there until
some time in September of the last mentioned
year, at which last mentioned time your petitioner was
again removed to her said mistresses residence
in IllinoisIllinois, and remained there employed in

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in her service as a slave until the month of
July following, when she was sent by her said mistress again to the St Geneveive in MissouriMissouri with
Mrs Elisabeth the daughter of the said Mrs. Relf. Your petitioner states that she is now
held in slavery by Arthur L Maganis Esqr of
St LouisSt Louis and claims her freedom on the foregoing
state of facts

HettyHetty

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her mark

witness

HR Gamble