Aspasia vs. Hardage Lane
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Depositions of Witnesses produced sworn and examined
at the dwelling house of ThomasThomas I Beelen about six
miles from VincennesVincennes in the County of and StateIndiana
of IndianaIndiana. before me John Collins a Justice of the
peace in and for the County of KnoxCounty of Knox in a
certain cause now depending in the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
of St. Louis County in the State of MissouriMissouri between
AspasiaAspasia (a woman of color) plaintiff and HardageHardage Lane
LaneHardage Lane defendent on the part of the Plaintiff

RobertRobert Buntin BuntinRobert Buntin , lawful age being produced
sworn and examined on the part of the Plaintff
deposith and saith

Question by plff atty,- In what year did you come to VincennesVincennes ?

Ans - I came, to VincennesVincennes in April or May 1793
By same- Have you been the owner of any slaves
since your residence in VincennesVincennes ?

Ans - I have been the owner of Black people
I bought them generally with the intnention,
of liberating, them, I bought them all after
1878 the first I bought was WilliamWilliam and
Old JudyJudy his wife with SallySally her oldest child
I bought also afterwards young JudyJudy from
WilliamWilliam SullivanSullivan , in the year 1799- as appears
by his Bill of sale to me filed in the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis County MissouriMissouri
in the case of JudyJudy in a suit for freedom attached to my depsition therein which
should be taken as a part of this.

By same- How long did you own young JudyJudy ?
Ans - I don't know perhaps two. three or four years.