Mary Farnham vs. Samuel D. Walker
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To the Honorable LukeLuke E Lawless . Edward LawlessLuke E Lawless , Judge of the third
Judicial Circuit in the State of MissouriMissouri,

The petition of MaryMary FarnhamFarnham , aged about 21 or
22 years of age respectfully represents: That she was
born in Ste Genevive, in this state in the family of one JohnJohn B
BJohn B . Bossier, and that she was held as a slave by him
until some time in 1830 â when she was brought
to St. LouisSt Louis by said Bossier, and sold as a slave
to one Russel Farnham, who held her as slave
in his own family in St. LouisSt Louis, & that said FarnhamFarnham shortly
after buying her moved with his family to the Lower
Rapids on the Mississippi RiverMississippi River, where he resided
& where your petitioner was held as a slave,
in his family and at fort EdwardsEdwards for more
than from the fall of 1831 until about the
fall of 1832 Your Petitioner is informed and believes
that having been held as a slave at those places
in beyond the northern boundary of the state of
MissouriMissouri & the other, in the state of IllinoisIllinois with said
FarnhamFarnham , who had his permanent residence there
then, she is now entitled to her freedom.
Your petitioner states that said FarnhamFarnham came to St LouisSt Louis
and did here in october 1832. That since said Farnham's
death she has been sold as a slave by P. Chouteau JrChouteau Jr ,
as administrator of said FarnhamFarnham to one RandolphRandolph
in St. LouisSt Louis; who sold your petitioner, as a slave to
one SamuelSamuel D. Walker, who now holds your petitioner as
a slave in St. LouisSt Louis, said WalkerWalker , being a resident of
LouisianaLouisiana, & having recently Come to St. LouisSt Louis; Your petition
-er therefore, prays your honor to be permitted to institute a
suit as provided for by law, & that your petitioner be permitted
to sue as a poor person; &c & as in duty bound your
petitioner will ever pray âc.

St. LouisSt Louis
May 25th 1835>

MaryMary FarnhamFarnham by
her atto: I F. Darby