Charles Endicott vs. Benjamin Class
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Depositions of witnesses produced sworn & examined
before me Joseph Walsh a Justice of the peace
& St Louis County at my office in the
of St LouisSt Louis on the first day of August in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & forty between the hours of three & six o clock
in the afternoon of that day taken on the
part of the plaintiff to be read in
in a cause pending in the circuit
court of St LouisSt Louis & State of MissouriMissouri in
which Charles Indicott as plaintiff & BenjaminBenjamin Clapp
ClappBenjamin Clapp is defendant.

Chester mellen of lawful age being produced
sworn and examined deposes & says, I know the plaintiff
Charles Indicott who is here present & have known him since
the year 1830 or 1831 when he was quite small at Sacketts harbor
Jefferson CountyJefferson County State of New YorkYork where I resided since 1825 to 1 may last I never paid much
attaintion but have seen him about the villge several
times & saw him there two or three years ago last fall,
& do not recollect seeing him afterwards until today.

The father of the plaintiff lived at Sacketts Harbor in 1830
& 1831 & perhaps before, & lived there about a year since, he
passed as a free man & kept a barber shop there when I left
there in May last he was reputed a free man & acted as such
Cross examined

Have you any personal knowledge an to whether the father
of the plaintiff was or was not a free man ?

Answer I have not. he acted there as a free man like all other
and & I never heard the matter as to whether he ever
had been a slave or not- and further this deponent
saith not-

Chester Mellon

Sworn to and subscribed before me on the
day between the hours and at the plan
in that behalf aforesaid-

J.W WalshW Walsh Justice