Jane M. Cray, a mulatto woman v. William R. Hopkins, et al.
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And your petitioner further states that afterwards during the summer of the year 1838, the WilliamWilliam H HopkinsH Hopkins died intestate and without executing to your petitioner any deed of eman-
cipation according to the laws of the state of IllinoisIllinois or any further evidences of
her freedom than the paper aforesaid. That your petitioner before the death of the said William HopkinsWilliam Hopkins was acknowledged
a free women and suffered by him to act as such and since the death of the said Wm H HopkinsH Hopkins the heirs of said HopkinsHopkins