George Johnson v. Reubem Bartlett
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George JohnsonGeorge Johnson ,
(a free man of color,)
ReubenReuben BartlettBartlett

In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court .
November Term. 1852.

George JohnsonGeorge Johnson , the plaintiff in the above entitled cause, states that he is a free man
of color, and, as such, is entitled in Law and Equity, to his freedom, for the
reason that, he was borm of free colored parents, in the City of BrownsvilleBrownsville,
in the free state of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania. Said JohnsonJohnson further states that he was
born in the month of Januray, 1826, and that his said parents were, at
the time of his birth, free colored citizens, of the free state of PennsylvaniaPennsylvania
and the plaintiff further says, that, by reason of his free birth as aforesaid,
he is entitled to his freedom; and yet, notwithstanding this, the plaintiff
states that the said defendant, ReubenReuben BartlettBartlett , on the 8th day of September
last seized the plaintiff, in custody, as the lawful slave and servant of
him, the said ReubenReuben BartlettBartlett . The plaintiff further states that, before and
at the time of seizing the said plaintiff by said defendant, he was, and
still is, to all intents and purposes, a free man; and that the defendant
BartlettBartlett , then held and claimed, and now holds and claims him, the said
plaintiff, as his lawful slave: the plaintiff therefore prays the Court to grant
hims judgement of liberation, and to declare him to be a free man.

George JohnsonGeorge Johnson .


Deadman and NelsonNelson ,

Attornies for Plaintiff.