Lewis vs. Phebe Whitesides
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Territory of MissouriMissouri
Northern circuit

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to the sheriff of
the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis Greeting :-

You are Commanded that you Summon PhobePhobe Whitesides WhitesidesPhobe Whitesides , alias
PruittPruitt that she be and appear before they judges of our Superior CourtSuperior Court
of our Territory of MissouriMissouri at our said Superior CourtSuperior Court to the held in and
for the Northern Circuit of the said Territory at the Town of St LouisSt Louis, on
the fourth Monday of March next, then and there in our said
Court before our judges afoursaid to answer into LewisLewis a free boy â
held inslavery, in a plea of trespassassault and battery and false
imprisonment, to his damage five hundred dollars - and have you
then and there this writ, and certify to our said court how you
create the sameâ

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Witness the Honorable SilasSilas Bent BentSilas Bent Esquirepresiding
Judge of our said Court at St LouisSt Louis the fourteenth day of December in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and eighteen and of our Independence the forty third

I. C. M. S. C. N. C.

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Served this writ 9th
February 1819 by reading
it to the defendant
at the house of Mrs.
MusickMusick Bonhomme
Township WalkerWalker
Deft

Service
$.80
Travel 36ms
1.80
2.60

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Superior CourtSuperior Court .
March Term 1879

Louis a free boy
vs
PhobePhobe Whitesides WhitesidesPhobe Whitesides alias PruittPruitt

summons
narr. in trespass
and falseimprisonment

This is an actionof trespass
and falseimprisonment.
Damage $500.00
a summons

filed april 26th 1879

J. C.

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
Febry Term 1822

LewisLewis a free boy
vs
PhobePhobe Whitesides WhitesidesPhobe Whitesides aliasPruittPruitt

On the trial of this cause it was
proved on the part of the plaintiff, that between twenty
and thirty years age the said defendent and her husband
removed from CarolinaCarolina to the then territory north
part of the OhioOhio,(now) StateIllinois of IllinoisIllinois, bringing with there
as their slave one WinneWinne , the mother of the said plaintiff,
that they resided in the said last mentioned place
three of four years keeping the said WinneWinne as their
slave; that they then removed to the now state of MissouriMissouri,
carrying the said WinneWinne with them and still
holding her as their slave. The Counsel for the defendent
then required the Court to instruct the Jury that a residence
in the North West territory (now IllinoisIllinois) as above
mentioned did not render the said WinneWinne free under
and in virtue of the ordinance of Congress of the year
one thousand seven hundred and eighty seven for the
government of the territory north west of the river
OhioOhio: which instruction the Court refused but changed
the Jury that said ordinance did in law set/unclear> the said Minne free if it should appear to the satisfaction of the
jury that the said Phobe and her husband resided there
(in IllinoisIllinois) with intent to make that territory the home
of themselves and of the said Minne. To this opinion

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of the court delivered to the Jury the Counsel for the
defendent excepted and prayed the Court to sign and
seal a bill of exceptions taken thereto which is done
accordingly in open Court this tenth day of February in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty two.

N. B. TuckerN B Tucker

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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

LewisLewis a free boy
vsPhobePhobe Whitesides WhitesidesPhobe Whitesides alias Pruitt

Bill of exceptions

Pettibane &
SpaldingSpalding

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In the Superior CourtSuperior Court Northern Circuit.
March Term 1879.

County of St LouisCounty of St Louis tourt LewisLewis a free boy
held in slavery and who is permitted by the
court to sue as a poor person by L Barton
and HenryHenry L. Geyer her attornies
as counsel by the said court complain of
Phobe WhitesidesPhobe Whitesides aliasPruittPruitt of a plea of
trespass - for that the said Phobe on the
first day of January in the year of the Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifteen
with force and the county aforesaid
unawfully an assault did make in and
upon him the said LewisLewis and then and
there beat bruised and ill-treated him the
said Louis and then and there imprisoned
him the said Louis and kept and de-
tained him in prison without any lawful
cause whatsoever and hath ever since
kept and detained and still doth
keep and detain him in prison against

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the will of the said Louis and contrary to the
laws of this territory and other wrongs to
him then and there did against the
peace of the United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica and
to the damage of the said LewisLewis five hun
dred dollars and therefore he was

J BartonJ Barton & GeyerGeyer ats