Josiah Cephas, a colored boy, by and through his next friend, Diana Cephas v. James Scott and Murray McConnell
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Depositions taken at the office of Royal MooersMoore Esq at
NaplesNaples in the county of ScottScott state of IllinoisIllinois, between the
hours of eight Oclock in the morning & six OClock in the after
noon of the Seventeenth day of April A. D. 1841 Eighteen hundred forty
one in pursuance of a commission issued from the clerks
office of the circuit court of the county of St LouisSt Louis state of
MissouriMissouriwhich commission is hereunto attached & which
depositions are to be read in evidence upon the trialof cause
now pending & undetermined in said circuit court wherein
JosiahJosiah Cephas CephasJosiah Cephas who sues by his nextfriend DianaDiana Cephas CephasDiana Cephas
is plaintiff & MurryMcConnelMcConnell is defendant on the part
of the defendant.

Royal MooersMoore of lawfull age being produced & being by one the
undersigned ArnoldBuffam an acting justice of the peace
in and for said county of ScottScott state of IllinoisIllinois sworn to
testify the whole truth in nothing but the truth deposeth &
swears as follows to wit;

Question by the defendant to said witness

Was you ever acquainted with a coloured woman called
DianaDiana , and her child Jo or JosephJoseph ? if so, state all you
know in relation to them & particularly in relation to the
said child JosephJoseph .

The said witness in answer to said interrogations
deposeth& sayeth that he was acquainted with the said
DianaDiana & her child JosephJoseph that some time in the year
Eighteen hundred thirty nine they came to the town
of NaplesNaples where said witness was residing, that they
resided in said town/at a tavern then kept by one
Rip B Hughes the most of the time until about the
23d of February Eighteen hundred forty, said Witness
further deposeth& says that at said last mentioned
date & on the 22d day of February 1840 he said Royal
MooersMoore was an acting justice of the peace in and for
said county of ScottScott & state of IllinoisIllinois duly commis-
sioned & qualified as such & that certain proceedings

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were had before him as an acting Justice of the peace as
aforesaid in said county of ScottScott in relation to said
DianaDiana & her said child JosephJoseph & touching their right
to freedom and the question of their slavery which proceeding
as they now appear upon my docket& among the files of
my office are in full force & effect and are in the words
& figures following

Proceedings had before Royal MooersMoore an acting Justice
of the peace in & for the county of ScottScott State of IllinoisIllinois.
wherein the people of the State of IllinoisIllinois upon the relation
of charles CollinsCollins was plaintiff & DianaDiana Cephas CephasDiana Cephas & her son
Joseph Cephas persosn of colour who were claimed as slaves
were defendants,

Affidavit of Complaints