Ellen Duty v. John F. Darly
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EllenEllen Duty Plaintiff
John F. DarlyJohn F Darly defendant

In the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis
County April Term 1850
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

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The Plaintiff states that he is now and
has been for more than two years now
last past held in slavery by John F. DarlyJohn F Darly
as administrator of the estate of MiltonMilton Duty
deceased, in the city and county of St. LouisSt Louis
and State of MissouriMissouri, that she is now and has
been during all said time a free person
that she has been confined and restrained
of her liberty by said defendant; that she was
formerly the slave of MiltonMilton Duty deceased;
that said Duty in the year eighteen hundred
and thirty eight died in the county of St. LouisSt Louis
aforesaid; that before his death, said Duty, being
then and so continuing till his said decease
the owner of the Plaintiff as his slave, made his last will in due form of law, a copy of
which duly authenticated is herewith filed
the original not being in the possession and
under the control of the plaintiff; that of his
said will, said Defendant emancipated all his slaves
and among them the Plaintiff, that all
the debts of said estate have been paid or
that an ample fund is in the hands of
the defendant to pay the same; wherefore
the plaintiff asks judgement of [ liberation ]
in her favor against the defendant and
all persons claiming under, buy or through
him or the said Duty.




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