Mary Davis v. Samuel B. Bellis
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This deed made this 18th day of October A.D. 1855 by SamuelSamuel B Bellis
B. BellisSamuel B Bellis of St. LouisSt Louis MissouriMissouri
, that in consideration
of eighty Dollars agreed to be
paid by MaryMary a woman
of color of large size &
aged about thirty six years,
I do hereby manumit &
set free said MaryMary . &
do hereby release her
forever fromservitude

This deed however is upon
condition that said MaryMary is
to pay the said sum of Eighty
dollars in sums of three
dollars per week until
the whole sum is paid &
in case she neglects or refuses
to pay said three in due man
ner aforesaid this deed shall
be void- It is further agreed
that the suit of said MaryMary for
freedom against me now
pending in the St. Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court shall stand continued
from term to term until
the said sum of Eighty dollars
shall be paid & when that
is done judgement may
be Entered in said suit
for said MaryMary , but she
shall pay all the costs
of said suit-

In witness whereof I have

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hereto set my hand & seal
this 18th day of October 1855
In presence of

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Samuel B BellisSamuel B Bellis


Jeremiah F. Young

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