Mary Johnson alias Bevinue, a woman of color, vs. Michael Menard
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State of MissouriMissouri
CountyCounty Saint Louis of SaintCounty Saint Louis LouisCounty Saint Louis


CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court Third Judicial
Circuit July Term AD 1835

MaryMary JohnsonJohnson , alias Bevinue, a
Woman of colour complains of MichaelMichael Menard
MenardMichael Menard of a plea of trespass assault &
battery and false imprisonment for that
heretofore to wit on the fifteenth day of
June in the year of our Lord1835 at said
County the said MichaelMichael Menard MenardMichael Menard with
force and arms an assault did make
upon her the said plaintiff and her the
said plaintiff did then and there beat bruise wound and ill treat and did then
and there imprison the said plaintiff and
he has kept and detained the said
plaintiff in prison then from the day
last aforesaid until this time
any legal a probable cause whatever
and other wrongs then and there did
against the peace and laws of said
state and said plaintiff says that at
and before the time of committing said
grievances said plaintiff was and still
is a free person and the defendant
held and detained her and stillholds
and detains said the said plaintiff in
slavery wherefore the said plaintiff says she is aggrieved and has sustained damages
to five hundred dollars, therefore she sues

Mayfield & Barton

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