Josiah Cephas, a colored boy, by and through his next friend, Diana Cephas v. James Scott and Murray McConnell
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In the circuit court of St. Louis County
November Term 1840

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

JosiahJosiah Cephas CephasJosiah Cephas , by DianaDiana Cephas
CephasDiana Cephas (who is admitted by the Court here to prosecute
for the said Josiah CephasJosiah Cephas , who is a colored boy within
the age of twenty one years, as the next friend of the
said Josiah CephasJosiah Cephas complains of James ScottJames Scott and
Murry McConnellMcConnell of a plea of trespass; for that the said
James ScottJames Scott and Murry McConnellMcConnell , at St. LouisSt Louis, to wit at
the County aforesaid on the first day of September in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and forty with force and arms assaulted the said plaintiff, and him then and there took and imprisoned
and restrained him of his liberty, and held him in servitude
from the said first day of september in the
year aforesaid, until the twentieth day of october in
the year aforesaid, against the law of the land and against
the will of the said plaintiff and other wrongs to the
said plaintiff within that time did against the
peace . And the said plaintiff avers that he the
said plaintiff before and at the time of the committing
of the said grievances, was, and still is a free person,
and that the said defendant, held and still hold him
in slavery. Wherefore the said plaintiff saith he is
more and hath damage to the amount of ten dollars
and therefore he brings suit do

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