Richard Clinton v. John Blackburn et. al.
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Richard ClintonRichard Clinton (of color)
commonly called "ClintonClinton " Plff.
vs
JohnJohn Blackburn Blackburn Edward
M. Blackburn, Martha A
BlackburnJohn Blackburn , Charles ACharles A Terroux . Blalckburn
& RufusRufus C BlackburnBlackburn and
EdwardEdward Hall HallEdward Hall curator of the
estates of the said MarthaMartha A AA Charles .
CharlesA Charles AMartha A . and RufusRufus C. Defendants
State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

In the St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court
Sept. Term 1859.

The plaintiff RichardRichard Clinton ClintonRichard Clinton (commonly called
"ClintonClinton ,") states that at and before the death of LewisLewis James
JamesLewis James , late of St. Louis County MissouriMissouri, he be
longed to and was the property of the said LewisLewis James
JamesLewis James .

That the said LewisLewis James JamesLewis James is long since deceased,
viz on the day of 1830, and did
by his last will and testament, in writing duly
executed, and probated, (a copy of which, the original
not being in the possession or control of plaintiff
will be shown to the Court at the trial of this cause
or sooner if thereto required) emancipate this
plaintiff and did will that he should be free, to take
effect and be [ inforce ] upon & immediately after
the death of Morris James and CatherineCatherine James
JamesCatherine James the father and mother of said LewisLewis ,
or as soon thereafter as this plaintiff should
have

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have [ attaind ] the age of twenty one years, his
services, in the meantime, during the life of
MorrisMorris and CatherineCatherine James JamesCatherine James being bequeathed
to them

Plaintiff further states that said MorrisMorris and
CatherineCatherine James JamesCatherine James have both died long since,
viz MorrisMorris on the day of 1834, and
on the day of 1835 or 40 and
that this plaintiff has long since arrived at the
age of twenty one years, to wit on the
day of 1844 or 5.

Plaintiff further states that he is wrong fully
and unlawfully held as a slave by the defen
dants, but in right and justice he is a free
man, Wherefore he prays for judgement of
liberation against said defendants and for
costs by Atty Bates & Woodson .

Richard ClintonRichard Clinton Plaintiff being duly sworn
on his oath says that the foregoing petition and
the matters therein as stated he believes to be true.

RichardRichard his ClintonClinton
mark

Subscribed & Sworn to
before meMay 5th 1859

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