Cloe Ann Smith, a woman of color v. Franklin Knox
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State of MissouriMissouri
St. Louis County ss

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of
St. Louis County.
November Term 1844

Cloe Ann SmithCloe Ann Smith , a woman of Color, complains
of Franklin KnoxFranklin Knox , of a plea of trespass, for that
the said defendant on the eighth day of September eighteen hundred and forty four, with force and arms
&c made on 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
twenty four hours then next following, contrary
to the laws of said state and against the will
of the said plaintiff. And the said plaintiff
avers, that before and at the time of the commit-

ting of the said grievances, she was and still is
a free person, and that the defendant held and
still holds her in slavery - To the plaintiffs
damage ten dollars and therefore she brings
suit.

Field & Murdoch
attys for Plff