Malinda Duty, a woman of colour v. George W. Coons
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To the HonorableJohnJohn M Krum MJohn M Krum . KrumJohn M Krum Judge of the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County. Your Petitioner
MalindaMalinda a woman of Colour. would HumblyHumbly represent
unto Your honor. That she was purchased
and held as a slave by one MiltonMilton Duty in
his life time, since deceased, that the said
Duty atthe time, and long before his death
was a resident of the City and CountyCounty of St Louis ofCounty of St Louis
St. LouisCounty of St Louis Your Petitioner would further
represent that the said Duty before his
removal to the State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri was
held your petitioner as his slave, long before
he removed from said State to the StateMissouri
ofMissouri MissouriMissouri. your Petitioner as his slave long before he removed from said state to the StateMississippi
ofMississippi MississippiMississippiYour Petitioner further states
that before the said Duty moved from
the State ofMississippi MississippiMississippito wit in the
Year of our Lord1836 he made his
LastWillWill and Testament in which he
directed at his decease, that your said
Petitioner among a number of other slaves which he owned should be [ manumited ]
and set free in the [ month ]1837.AD. the
said Duty moved to the State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
and brought with him your Petitioner
together with a number of other slaves owned
by him at that time, and in [ and in ] the
following year the said Duty departed
this life in the City ofCity of St Louis St. LouisCity of St Louis having
made no other will or disposition of said
Your Petitioner, there is mentioned in said
will The said will was established and

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[ admited ] to record in the CountyCounty of Warren ofCounty of Warren WarrenCounty of Warren

and State ofMississippi MississippiMississippi in the Probate
Court of said County on the 26th day ofNovember 1838AD., and on the 22nd day of June 1839was duly [ admited ] to record
as the last will and testament of the
said Duty in the CountyCounty St Louis Court of St LouisCounty St Louis
County, and letters of administration
thereof granted to George WGeorge W Coons .CoonsGeorge W Coons of said
County and CityCity of St Louis ofCity of St Louis St LouisCity of St Louis, who now
as your Petition states wrongfully and
unjustly holds your Petitioner in slavery
and has caused her to be commited
and confined in close custody in the Jail
of said County without any reasonable Cause therefor..

You Petitioner therefor HumblyHumbly prays
your honour that she may be allowed
to prosecute her suit for her freedom against
the said CoonsCoons , as administrator, as
a poor person and their Counsel be
assigned her and that she discharged
from her present and un unjust illegal
imprisonment and that the several
orders be made in her behalf
touching the persons and in duty
bound she will pray

MalindaMalinda her


Mark Duty