Ann, a woman of color v. William Wilson
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To the Hon. the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis
County. April Term 1844.

The Petition of Ann, a woman of color
respectfully represents, that she was born in
Hagerstown, MarylandMaryland a Slave, the property of JuliaJulia
now the wife of CharlesCharles Ballanea Esqr of Peoria
IllinoisIllinois that about six years ago your petition-
er was brought from the State of MarylandMaryland aforesaid
by the said Ballanea and taken to the towen
of PeoriaPeoria in the State of IllinoisIllinois, and there continu-
ed to reside in the family of said Ballanae
doing labor and service for him, until between
two and three months ago, when she was brought
from PeoriaPeoria to St. LouisSt Louis in MissouriMissouri by one WilliamWilliam
WilsonWilson , in whose family she resided rendering
labor and service, until the seventeenth of June eighteen hundred and forty four, when she was seized
by John WJohn W . Paulding a constable of St. LouisSt Louis and
placed in the custody of John MJohn M . Jameison
jailor of St. Louis County, for safe keeping. Under
this state of facts, petitioner believes that she
is entitled to freedom, and prays the Court
for leave to laws as a poor person in order to
establish her right to freedom. Petitioner
further states that it is the intention as she
believes of said WilsonWilson to carry her out of the
state of MissouriMissouri and jurisdiction of this Court
and further prays that a warrant be issued
and that she may be brought up before this
honorable Court, and that the said Court may
make such orders therein, as to it may seem right
and she will pray &c.

Ann her mark of Color