Jonathan, a man of color v. Marshall Brotherton, Joel Darrah, and Aza Willoughby
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To the Hon. Bryan MullanphyBryan Mullanphy of the Circuit
Court of the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, State of MissouriMissouri

The petitioner of JonathanJonathan , a man of color, aged
about thirty four years respectfully represents, that
he was born a slave in the
state of VirginiaVirginia, and brought by his master Edward
Gleason to White CountyWhite County TennesseeTennessee, where he continued
to reside with said Edward Gleason as his slave
until his death, when your petitioner on the division
of said GleasonGleason estate among his children, became
the property of James Gleason one of EdwardEdward Gleasons
sons, that said JamesJames D Gleason DJames D Gleason GleasonJames D Gleason moved to
the state of IllinoisIllinois, and in the year eighteen hundred
and thirty one brought your petitioner to St LouisSt Louis in
the state of MissouriMissouri and hired him out and
the wages of his hire, that said James D GleasonJames D Gleason ,
resided in the County of MadisonMadison in the state of
IllinoisIllinois until the year eighteen hundred and thirty five
he then died, that frequently the time your
petitioner came to St. LouisSt Louis in MissouriMissouri in the year
eighteen hundred and thirty one to the time of the death
of the said JamesJames D Gleason DJames D Gleason . GleasonJames D Gleason , your petitioner was taken
to the state of IllinoisIllinois by his master and there held
to labor, that on one occasion, he was taken by the
said James DJames D Gleason GleasonJames D Gleason in the year eighteen hundred
and thirty two or three, from St. LouisSt Louis in MissouriMissouri, and
brought to his GleasonGleason farm in MadisonMadison
County IllinoisIllinois, where he remained for a period of
about eight months at labor for the said GleasonGleason as his
slave - that in the year eighteen hundred and thirty
five said GleasonGleason died leaving a widow, now intermarried
with WilloughbyWilloughby , and a son now
living WilliamWilliam GleasonGleason - that the said WilloughbyWilloughby
married said widow in eighteen hundred and thirty eight