George Johnson, a man of color v. Henry Moore
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George JohnsonGeorge Johnson
a free man of color
HenryHenry MooreMoore

In the St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court
April Term 1852

George JohnsonGeorge Johnson the
Plff in the above entitled cause
states that he is a free man of color
and as such entitled in law and
equity to his freedom. That he was born
in the county of Fayette in the
state of [ PennsylvaniaPensylvania ] of free colored
parents on or about the Eighth day of January in the year of our Lord Eighteen hundred and twenty six
which said State of [ Pensylvania ] was
on the day and year aforesaid a
free State in which the institution
of slavery did not exist by the laws
of said state or by the laws of the
Federal Government of the UnitedUnited States
StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica and at the time
of Plff's birth his parents were free
colored citizens of the state of
[ PennsylvaniaPensylvania ] - and the Plff further
[ stats ] that by reason and virtue of his
said birth and nativity in the state of
[ PennsylvaniaPensylvania ] he is entitled to his freedom -
Nevertheless the Plff states that on or
about the first day of May, 1841
he came to the State of MissouriMissouri and
was on the Twenty sixth day of May1852 and fifty two in the year Eighteen hundred and fifty two for a day seized and held in custody and
close confinement by HenryHenry MooreMoore the
defendant, who claims the Plff as his
[ lawfull ] slave and that the said deft

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has since the seizure of the Plff held
him confined in the trading yard of
B W Lynch a negro trader in the
city of St. LouisSt Louis. The Plff further
states that before and at the time of
the committing of the grievances by the
deft he was and still is a free person
and that the deft held and still holds
him in slavery - he therefore prays
the Court to grant him Judgement of
Liberation and declare him to be a
free man.

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