Mary, a woman of color, for herself and her children, Samuel, and Edward v. Launcelot H. Calvert
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MaryMary of Colour
vs
Launcelot H CalvertLauncelot H Calvert

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
April Term AD 1851

Defendant admits that plaintiff MaryMary
is a woman of color, but he utterly denies
that she is free or ever was free. He also denies
that the said or other of them is, or ever
was, entitled to freedom He states that he has
no knowledge sufficient to form a belief as
to whether James BowdJames Bowd ever took the said
MaryMary from the State of KentuckyKentucky to the StateOhio
of OhioOhio & there kept her for more than a year -
or as to whether she was taken back again to
KentuckyKentucky.
He admits that said slave was brought
to this State but he does not know when or by
whom.
And as to each one of the other allegations
in said petition defendant says that he
has no knowledge thereof sufficient to enable
him to form a belief.

Polk
Atty for Deft