Archibald Barnes, an infant, by and through his next friend, Peter Charleville v. Jon Berry Meachum
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Deposition of witness taken in a Case in
in the St. LouisSt Louis circuit court State of MissouriMissouri. Archabald
Barnes is plaintiff and John Berry MeachumBerry Meachum
is defendent in pursuance of notice hereto attached
and at the time and place therein Mentioned.
Neither of the parties being present. JesseJesse RR Grant .
GrantR Grant of the County of ClermontCounty of Clermont and State ofOhio
OhioOhio of lawful age being first duly sworn by
me as hereafter certified. Deposes and says that
some time in the year 1826 on 27 the late PeterPeter
Grant of Maysville Ky brought to the house of depona-
nt then in Georgetown BrownBrown County CountyBrown County OhioOhio a colored
woman named LeahLeah he (said PeterPeter ) Grant) stated that
he had come to assist LeahLeah to establish her free
-dom in the BrownBrown County CourtCircuit Court of common pleas
then in session. a few hours after Arthur MitchelArthur Mitchel
the former owner & then claimant of Leah & John
Mitchel the Brother of ArthurArthur Came to the house
of deponant. deponant was previously acquainted
with the Mitchels and learned of them that
Arthur MitchelArthur Mitchel had lived same time in BrownBrown County
CountyBrown County OhioOhio from one to three years the
presise time not Recollected. and had kept
LeahLeah with him as a servent. it was on there gro
-unds that LeahLeah Claimed her freedom. The
parties staid at the house of deponant most of
the time until the trial come on which was from
four to six days- deponant thinks he was not pres
-sent at the trial but after it was over the
Mitchels PeterPeter Grant & Leah all Returned
to his house and all stated and agreed that
LeahLeah had succeeded in Establishing her Right
to freedom. deponant also heared the same
from some of the officers of the court and others present
at the trial- it was then agreed by the parties that
LeahLeah and her child should Return with ArthurArthur Mitchel
MitchelArthur Mitchel as free persons and live with him as members