Ann, a woman of color v. William Wilson
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State of MissouriMissouri
St Louis County ss

In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1844

Ann, of color, complains of WilliamWilliam WilsonWilson
and JohnJohn M MJohn M . JamisonJamison of a plea of Trespass, for that
the said defendants on the seventeeth day of June in the year eighteen hundred and forty four, with force
and arms &c made an assault upon the said plaintiff
to wit at St LouisSt Louis, in the County aforesaid, and then
and there beat, bruised, and ill treated her the
said Plaintiff, and then and there imprisoned her,
the said plaintiff, and kept and detained her in prison
there without any reasonable or probable cause
whatsoever, for a long time to wit, for the space of
one day then next following, contrary to the
laws of the said state and against the will of the
said plaintiff. And the said plaintiff, avers
that before and at the time of the committing
of the said grievances, she was and still is a
free person, and that the defendants held and
still hold, her in slavery. To the plaintiff
damage ten dollars and therefore she brings suit
&c.

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