Delph vs. Stephen Dorris
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To Luke ELuke E . Judge of the St. LouisSt Louis Circuit

The Petition of DelphDelph , alias Delphy a colored
person represents that she was formerly the
slave of Josiah, Ramsey, and was possessed and
owned, by him as his slave to the fourth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six, at which time,
said RamsayRamsay , then a citizen & resident, of
the state of MissouriMissouri, actually living in CallawayCallaway County, CountyCallaway County, made & executed, in due
form of law his deed, of emancipation, of
your petitioner, wherein he declared her free
to which deed, there were two subscribing witnesses
who proved, the same in due, form in
the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of CallawayCallaway County, CountyCallaway County
on the twelfth, of November in the year eighteen hundred, twenty seven, which
County the same deed was duly recorded,
in the Clerks office of said Circuit CourtCircuit Court
of Callaway CountyCallaway County, by which deed your
petitioner became free, & immediately after
its execution went free, & has in fact gone
at large, & acted, as a free person ever, since
and she, further says that one StephenStephen ,
Dorris claims her now, as a slave, having
very, recently set up such claim and
has seized, her and attempted by force to carry her away,
from St. LouisSt Louis a here she now resides &
is now attempting the same thing. Where