Hester Williams, Priscilla Williams, and Mary Ella Williams, by and through their next friend, Jordan M. Early v. Frederick Norcum, et al.
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Plaintiff further aver that before and
at the time of committing the grievances
complained of they were and
still are free persons, and that
the defendants held and still hold
them in slavery

They therefore ask that the defendants
be compelled to answer the allegations
of this petition as specificallyas if they
were here again repeated by way of
interogatory, and that upon a formal
hearing of this case judgment of freedom may be
awarded to your petitioners (the
plaintiffs) and damages to the amount
of five Hundred Dollar for which
they ask judgment.

Blackburn & McLean