Vica, a woman of color, by and through her next friend, Chesley Evans v. Samuel Hobart
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To the Hon. the Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis County.

The petition of VicaVica , a woman of color aged about
nineteen years, respectfully shows to your honor, that she
was born in the state of North CarolinaCarolina , the slave of Mrs. IsabellaIsabella Walker
WalkerIsabella Walker , by whom she was taken from that state to the StateMississippi
of MississippiMississippi, where she resided with the said Marcella WalkerWalker
until her death which occurred in DeSoto county in MississippiMississippi
about four years ago:- petition has been informed and believes
that the said Isabella WalkerIsabella Walker
until her death which occurred in DeSoto County in MississippiMississippi
about four years ago:- petitioner has been informed and believes
that the said Isabella WalkerIsabella Walker by her by her last will and testament
ordered that your petitioner when she should arrive at
the age of twenty one should be entitled to the freedom - petitioner
further states that after the death of Mrs Isabella WalkerIsabella Walker
she was the property of or claimed by Felix WalkerFelix Walker son of IsabellaIsabella Walker
WalkerIsabella Walker , who brought her from the state of MississippiMississippi in the
month of March Eighteen Hundred and Forty One and brought
this petitioner to the state of IllinoisIllinois, and left her at the
house of Chesley EvansChesley Evans in St. Clair County IllinoisIllinois, who is
a relation of this petitioned - that after remaining in the
County of St. Clair in the State of IllinoisIllinois about two weeks
the said WalkerWalker and the said Chesley EvansChesley Evans moved from the
county of St. Clair to the County of JacksonJackson in the State ofIllinois
IllinoisIllinois and took your petitioner with them, where she remained
with the said WalkerWalker about four months - the said WalkerWalker
declaring that he intended
giving her freedom papers- that while your petitioner was so
residing in the said County of JacksonJackson the said WalkerWalker there held her to service and labor as his slave.
One Benjamin Dill
the son in law of said Felix WalkerFelix Walker came to the said County of
JacksonJackson and requested your petitioner to go with him to St. LouisSt Louis
in the state of MissouriMissouri to attend upon his wife, who was then
sick, which your petitioner consented to do, as she felt and
continues to feel a strong affection for the wife of said Dill, daughter
of said Felix WalkerFelix Walker , with whom she was reared from early infancy.
That afterward the said Felix WalkerFelix Walker returned to the state of
MississippiMississippi, where he died sometimes during the last fall,
that sometime in the month of October, that said Dill & his
wife left the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis and returned to the State ofMississippi
MississippiMississippi, leaving your petitioner at the house of John H. Sparr in the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis in the State of MissouriMissouri. That

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under some pretense of right, the said Sparr sold your
petitioner to one Lyman B Shaw, as she has been
informed and believes, who on the Twenty fifth day of April eighteen hundred and forty two sold your
petitioner to one SamuelSamuel HobartHobart , who now has her
in his possession at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, confirmed as
in your in the prison in the JeffersonJefferson house in said City of St. LouisCity of St Louis. Your petition
further states that the said SamuelSamuel HobartHobart intends to
take you petitioner out of the State of MissouriMissouri and
down the MississippiMississippi river with the design of holding
her as a slave, by the first boat descending said river.
Under these state of facts your petitioner is informed and
believes that she is entitled to her freedom, and she
humbly prays your honor for leave to sue as a poor person
for her freedom, in the name of Chesley EvansChesley Evans as her next
friend against said SamuelSamuel HobartHobart , and that your honor
order your petitioner to be bought up before your honor
by warrant as is provided for by law, and that your
honor will make sent further orders herein as the
law provides and such as the proper protection of
your petitioners rights may require - and she will pray etc
VicaVica a woman of color.

by

King

&

Murdoch
her Attys