Jenny (Jane) Brown v. Francis Steigers
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State of MissouriMissouri
St. Louis County

In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1844

[ Jenny BrownJenny ]BrownJenny Brown Complains of FF Steigers
SteigersF Steigers of a plea of Trespass, for that whereas
the said defendant on the tenth day of September in the year Eighteen hundred and forty four with force and arms at the
County aforesaid, Beat Bruised injured 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 probable cause whatsoever
for a long space of time, to wit, twelve hours
then and there following, contrary to the laws
of the said State and against the will
of the said Plaintiff and the said plaintiff
further avers that she the said plaintiff
before and at the time of the said grievances
was and still is a free person and that the
said defendant, held and still Holds the
said Plaintiff in slavery and other wrongs
to the said Plaintiff did the said defendant
then and there do contrary to the peace and
dignity of the State and to the damages
of the said Plaintiff of five hundred
dollars and therefore the said Plaintiff
brings suit &c

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