Mary Johnson alias Bevinue, a woman of color, vs. Michael Menard
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To the Hon LukeLuke E Lawless E. LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge of the StCircuit Court .Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court July Term 1835

MaryMary JohnsonJohnson alias Bensieur represents that
she is about thirty two years old that the was
born in kaskaskia IllinoisIllinois that she was
formerly owned or obtained by one
MichaelMichael and was so
claimed by him at his death, who his
last will and testament manumitted
and set free all his servants so claimed
or owned by him at his death and further
for the cost twelve thousand has been
in the city of St. LouisSt Louis
until within a short time past and
until oneMichaelMichael Menard MenardMichael Menard claimed
her as a slave who is as your petitioner
is informed and believes, about to summon her
out of the state and so remove her that
she may lose all evidence of her freesom
she therefore prays that your honour
will make an order that she be perm-
itted to sue as a poor person to
establish her freedom and that she
be not removed out of the jurisdiction
of this court and so in duty bound
she will ever pray

MaryMary JohnsonJohnson alias her


mark Bensieur
sworn to and subscribed before me this
16th day of June 1835 -