Jenny (Jane) Brown v. Francis Steigers
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State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
St. LouisSt Louis Territory

To the Hon the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court Nov Term 1844G:

The petition of Jenny BrownJenny Brown
Respectfully sheweth. that the your petitioner is
at the present time held in slavery in the county
aforesaid by FF Steigers .SteigersF Steigers that she your
Petitioner has good and fair grounds on
which she claims her right to freedom viz
that she your petitioners was brought into the
state of VirginiaVirginia in the Year 1813 for the purpose
of labor and that afterwards she your
petitioner was sent to MissouriMissouri and there
hired out as a slave contrary to the laws
in case made and provided

Shall your petitioner has
been held in slavery in the State of MissouriMissouri
about twenty two years when infact
and in truth from the violation of the
laws of the State of VirginiaState of Virginia Your
petitioner all the twenty two years aforesaid
was a free woman

Now therefore your
Petitioner prays your Honor to allow
her to sue as a poor person to establish her
freedom so wrongfully taken from her and
as is duty bound she will ever pray

EliasElias B SmithB Smith
for Petitioner