Marie, a mulatto girl v. Auguste Chouteau
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Territory of MissouriMissouri County & Town of St. LouisSt Louis

Personally appeared before me the Justice of the Peace in and for the township and county aforesaid MarieMarie who being duly sworn on the holy of Almighty god, doth before and say, that she is well acquainted with
MarieMarie a Mulatto girl about the age of ten years, that she, the daughter of MargueriteMarguerite a full Negro woman - that the said MarieMarie was held
by a a certain NicholasNicholas Beaugenoux whose slave she was and was by him removed to the Territory of IllinoisIllinois the county of St. Clair where she resided
for the space of a year or upwards with the said NicholasNicholas Beaugenoux as his slave when the said MarieMarie the Mulatto girl aforesaid was by her said master NicholasNicholas Beaugenoux Junior brought over to the Town of St LouisSt Louis and by him sold to a certain Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau in whose possession she now is and
by him detained as a slave and further saith not

MarieMarie her

X

mark Sworn to and subscribed this
5th day of March AD 1818

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Alexis TibeauAlexis Tibeau also duly sworn on his oath saith that he is well acquainted with the above named Mulatto girl MarieMarie , that he
has seen her the said Mulatto girl at the house of said NicholasNicholas Beaugenoux in the county of St ClairSt Clair aforesaid living there as his
Slave and believing that she remained with him the said NicholasNicholas Beaugenoux in the said county of St LouisSt Louis, for a year & upwards
and further saith not -

AlexisAlexis his

X

mark Tibeau
Sworn to and subscribed
the 5th day of March 1818
before me

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County

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Marie a free woman

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MarieMarie free Mulatto girl detained in Slavery, who sues by
MargueriteMarguerite her next friend
vs
AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau

In the Superior CourtSuperior Court Northern circuit of the Term of August 1818

The court directs that the said Petitioner shall be permitted to have a reasonable liberty of attending her counsel and that she shall not be
taken nor removed out of the Jurisdiction of the court, nor be subjected
to any severity on account of her application for freedom

A copy from the Record

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Territory of MissouriMissouri Northern Circuit
Ss

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to the Sheriff of the county of StSt Louis LouisSt LouisGreeting

We command you as we before commanded you that you SummonAugusteAugust Chouteau ChouteauAugust Chouteau that he
be and appear before our Judges of our SuperiorSuperior Court CourtSuperior Court of our Territory of MissouriMissouri at our said Superior CourtSuperior Court to
be held in and for the northern circuit of the said Territory at the Town of StSt Louis LouisSt Louis, on the third Monday
of September next, then and there in our said court before our Judges aforesaid, to answer unto Maine a free Mulatto girl held in Slavery, who sues by MargueriteMarguerite a free black woman, her mother & next friend in a plea of Trespass, assault & battery & false imprisonment, to her damage five
hundred dollars and have You there and this writ and certify to our said court how You execute
this writ

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Witness the Honorable Presiding Judge of our said court at St LouisSt Louis the twenty sixth day of June in the year of Our Lord one thousand eight hundred and nineteen and of our independence the forty third.

H. Danue Dc. n.c,

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Executed this writ by reading
to the defendant in the town
of StSt Louis LouisSt Louis9th July 1819

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John K WalkerJohn K Walker DShiff


service & travel 90 cts
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No. 205
March Term 1819

April Jen 1821

SuperiorSuperior Court CourtSuperior Court Northern circuit
September Term 1819
MarieMarie a free Girl
who sues for her freedom
vs
AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau


Summon
Trespass
Assault
Battery

False imprisonment Damages
$500

This is an action brought by
plaintiff for the recovery of
her freedom & damages for
being deprived of the same

filed September 20th 1819
Same day plea filed


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fee writ
$8.95


Deyer for

pltff

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To the Honorable the SuperiorSuperior Court CourtSuperior Court
of the Territory of MissouriMissouri for the
Northern Circuit now sitting

The Petition of MarieMarie a free mulattogirl
under the age of twenty one years by [ Margueritte ]
a free black woman, her mother
and next friend, humbly
That your petitioner was held by a certain
NicholasNicholas Beaugenoux in this territory as
a slave, and that she was removed by
the said Beaugenoux to the county of St ClairSt Clair in the Territory of IllinoisIllinois some time
in the year eighteen hundred and fifteen, and
that she was detained by and resided with the
said Beaugenoux, as his slave in the said Territory of IllinoisIllinois for the space of one year
and upwards when she was again removed
by the said Beaugenoux and brought to the
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis in this territory and by him
the said Beaugenoux sold to a certain AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau in whose possession she now is and
by him detained as a slave - by reason
whereof, your petitioner is advised she is free and entitled to liberation from the said AugusteAuguste
P ChouteauPierre Chouteau , and all other persons under him-

Your petitioner therefore prays that she
may be permitted to sue as a poor person in
your honorable court by her said mother and
next friend [ Margueritte ] a free black woman

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against the said AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau and that counsel may be assigned to your petitioner in the said cause and that your honors will make such other and further order in her behalf as
by law in such cases is provided

And your petitioner as is duty bound will ever pray

MarieMarie a free Mulatto girl

by [ Margueritte ] a free woman


her mother & next friend
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Sup Court Northern Circuit

March Term 1819
Petition of

MarieMarie


a free Girl
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Territory of MissouriMissouri
Nothern Circuit

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to the Sheriff of the county of St LouisSt LouisGreeting

We command You that You summonAugusteAuguste P. ChouteauPierre Chouteau that he be and appear before the Judges of
our Superior CourtSuperior Court of our Territory of MissouriMissouri, at our said SuperiorSuperior Court court to be held in and for the Northern Circuit
of the said Territory at the Town of St LouisSt Louis, on the fourth Monday in March next, then and there in our
said court before our Judges aforesaid, to answer unto MarieMarie a free Mulatto girl, held in slavery who sues by
MargueriteMarguerite a free Black woman, her next friend, in a plea of Trespass, assault & battery and false
imprisonment, to her damage five hundred dollars- and have You then and there this writ and certify
to our said court how You executed the same

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Witness the honorable JohnJohn B BJohn B C LucasLucas Esquire Presiding Judge of our said court at
St LouisSt Louis this eighth day of October in the year of our lord one thousand eight hundred & eighteen and of our independence the forty third

H. Danue

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SuperiorSuperior Court court Northern Circuit
March Term 1819

MarieMarie a free Mulatto girl
held in slavery, who sues
vs
AugusteAugust Chouteau ChouteauAugust Chouteau

Summons
Damages
$500

This is an action of Trespass assault
& Battery & false imprisonment
recover the freedom of the
Petitioner together with her
damages for her detention

filed April 26th 1819

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The deponent not
found in this county
April 15th 1819

J C McGill
D Shff
Est 50 cts

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Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau
vs
MarieMarie (a mulatto girl

In the Superior CourtSuperior Court NC
September Term 1819.

And the said AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau by his
attorney comes and defends the force and injury when
and as to the trespass, assault & battery & imprisonment
in the declaration of the said MarieMarie
mentioned, says that the said MarieMarie ought
to be barred and precluded from having and
maintaining her action thereof against
him, because he says, that the said MarieMarie , on
the said First day of January in the year One thousand eight hundred and eighteen
and from thence hitherto was the lawful
slave of him the said AugusteAuguste , without
that the said MarieMarie was at the time aforesaid
a free person, as in her said declaration
is above supposed, and this he the said AugusteAuguste
is ready to certify - Wherefore .

J BartonJ Barton

for deft
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And the said MarieMarie says that by reason
of any thing in the said plea of the said defendant
above alleged, she the said MarieMarie ought not to
he barred & precluded from having & maintaining
her action aforesaid thereof against him the
said defendant - because she says that she the

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said MarieMarie at the time when to was & still is a free person & not the slave of the said
defendant in manner & form as the said
defendant- hath in his said plea alleged
and this she prays may be enquired of
by the county

Greyer for plff

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filed September 20th
1819

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In the Superior CourtSuperior Court Northern Circuit For March Term 1819

MarieMarie a free mulatto girl, held in slavery, by Margueritte
a free black woman who is admitted by the court
here to prosecute for the said MarieMarie who is an infant
within the age of twenty one years, as the next friend
of the said MarieMarie complains of Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau
of a plea of trespass, assault & battery & false imprisonment-
For that the said AugusteAuguste on the first day of January in the year of our lord eighteen hundred & eighteen
made an assault upon her the said MarieMarie
at the county of St LouisSt Louis in this Territory of MissouriMissouri
and within the jurisdiction of this court and there
& there beat bruised & illtreated her the said MarieMarie
and then & there imprisoned her the said MarieMarie
and kept & detained her in prison there for a long
time to wit, for the space of eight months then
next following, without any reasonable or proba-
ble
cause against the will of the said to the laws of the said MarieMarie &
contrary to the laws & customs of the territory of MissouriMissouri,
and other wrongs to the said MarieMarie then & there
did against the peace of the United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica
and to the damage of the said MarieMarie of five
hundred dollars & therefore she brings her suit

MarieMarie , a free mulatto girl

by Margueritte

her next friend GeyerGeyer of counsel for plff by
assignment of the Court
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Marie a free
mulatto girl
by her next friend
vs
Augt- PPierre Chouteau . ChouteauPierre Chouteau

Trespass
asst & batty
false imprisonment

This action is brought for the
purpose of establishing the free-
dom of the plaintiff held
in slavery by deft. & to procure
her liberation from the
deft

The clerk will give a
summons together with a copy
of the order of court to be served
on deft-- D $500
C Ck

p. 2

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Territory of MissouriMissouri, Northern Circuit, ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau
& Francois ValoisFrancois Valois Greeting

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you
& each of you personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court
of our territory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis
on the twenty ninth day of Aprilnext being thesixth day
of theApril term of our said court, to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case
then and there to be tried, and wherein MarieMarie a free girl is
plaintiff and AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau is
defendant on the part of the saiddefendant
and from day to day until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the
said court without the leave thereof-and of this fail not at your peril and our sheriff of our coun-
ty of St LouisSt Louis is hereby commanded, then and there to make return of this our writ
and certify to our said court how he executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Beat
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this seventh day ofMarch in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty and of our independence the forty fourth

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Served this writ on M. P. Lideer in the
Town of St LouisSt Louis11th April 1820 & on FrancoisFrancois Valois ValoisFrancois Valois in S'Louis 24th April 1820

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SuperiorSuperior Court court NC April term 1820

AugusteAuguste PPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau vsMarieMarie a free girl

Subpoena

29th AprilAuguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau

FrancoisFrancois Valois ValoisFrancois Valois

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Territory of MissouriMissouri, Northern Circuit,

ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica to Beaugenoux
Baptiste Tibeau & Joseph Greeting

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you and each of
you personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court
of our territory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis
on the twenty ninth day of April next being thesixth day
of the April term of our said court, to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case
then and there to be tried, and wherein MarieMarie a free girl is
plaintiff and AugusteAuguste PPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau is
defendant on the part of the said defendant
and from day to day until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the
said court without the leave thereof-and of this fail not at your peril and our sheriff of our coun-
ty of St LouisSt Louisis hereby commanded, then and there to make return of this our writ
and certify to our said court how he executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Beat
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this seventh day ofMarch in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty and of our independence the forty fourth

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Served this writ on vetal Beaugenoux in
the Town of St LouisSt Louis14th April 1820Baptiste Tibeau not found in my county
JosephJoseph not found in my
county

M. McGirk dsff

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1 Service 33
2 non Est 500
travel 10

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Superior CourtSuperior Court NC March Term 1820

AugusteAugust Chouteau ChouteauAugust Chouteau
MarieMarie a free girl

29th April

Beaugenoux

Baptiste Tibeau

Joseph

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Territory of MissouriMissouri Northern Circuit.

ss.

The United StatesUnited States of AmericaAmerica toAlexisAlexis Lalaude
and MarieMarie Lalaude - Greeting.

You are summoned that all excuses and delays being set aside you and each of
you personally be and appear before the judges of the superior court of our terri-
tory aforesaid at our said superior court
to be held in and for the northern circuit at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, on the twenty ninth day of April being the sixth day of the April term of our said court,
to testify and the truth to tell in a certain case then and there to be tried, and wherein MarieMarie
a free girl is - plaintiff andAugusteAuguste
P ChouteauPierre Chouteau is- defendant on the part of the said Plaintiff - and from day to day
until duly discharged by the court, and not depart the said court without the leave thereof-and
of this fail not at your peril, and our sheriff of our county of St LouisSt Louisis hereby commanded then and there to make return of this our writ and certify to our court how he
executes the same.

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Witness the Honorable Beat
Esquire presiding judge of our said court this seventh day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty and of our independence the forty fourth

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Served this writ on MarieMarie Lalaude in St.LouisSt Louis14 April 1820AlexisAlexis Lalaude not found in my
county whom I am informed is dead

M McGirkM McGirk DSff

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travel .6
89

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SuperiorSuperior Court court NC
April 1820

MarieMarie a free girl
vsA P Chouteau

Subpoena

29 April

AlexisAlexis Lalaude

MarieMarie Lalaude

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State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri -
Third Judicial District

Be it remembered that pursuant to the provisions
in the twenty third section of an act of the assembly of the State of MissouriMissouri
entitled "An Act Regulating the proceedings of the Supreme court" JosephJoseph
Farmer clerk of the Superior CourtSuperior Court of the Territory of MissouriMissouri for the Northern
Circuit, have made out a complete Transcript of the minutes & proceedings had in
a cause now pending with the SuperiorSuperior Court court aforesaid Between MarieMarie a free girl
of color who sues for her freedom and AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau with words and
figures following -

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August Term 1818
August 26 th

"On Reading and filing the petition of the said MarieMarie by Margueritte her
mother, and on the motion of for said petitioner, the court directs
that an action of assault & Battery & False imprisonment be instated against
the said AugusteAuguste PPierre Chouteau ChouteauPierre Chouteau by the said MarieMarie , and that she be permitted
to have a reasonable liberty of attending her counsel and that she shall not
be taken nor removed out of the jurisdiction of the court nor be subjected
to any Severity on account of her application for freedom The court
assigns Mr Deyer as counsel to the said petitioner - which said
complaint together with all the papers belonging to the said same
with to the clerk of the circuit court of the county of St LouisSt Louis

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In whereof
and affixed the seal of the superior court aforesaid
at St LouisSt Louis this thirtieth day of March AD 1821

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45
50
20
certification

$1.65

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MarieMarie a free girl of
color
vsAugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau

Transcript

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MarieMarie (a mulatto girl)
vs
AugusteAuguste P. ChouteauPierre Chouteau

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court April term 1821.

The defendant by his attorney move the Court
to set aside the verdict rendered in this cause, and
grant a new trial, because the jury found their ver-
dict for the plaintiff without any other proof of
her liberty, but that she was kept in the late
Territory of IllinoisIllinois for considerable time by
the person under whom the defendant claims title

BatesBates for Deft

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Augte PPierre Chouteau . ChouteauPierre Chouteau
vs
MarieMarie (a mulatto girl)
reasons for new trial

filed23th may 1821

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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43
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106
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State of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Alexis Tibeau &
Margaret Tibeau
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our
circuit court, on the Eleventh day of May at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and
there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein
MarieMarie a Woman of colour is plaintiff,
andAugt P ChouteauPierre Chouteau defendant on the part of Petitioner and have you then there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, thistenth day May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred twenty one

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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Alexis & Margaret
Tibeau not found
in my county 10th May 1821

McGirkMcGirk
Dsff

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2 non Est 100
travel 6
$106

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MarieMarie
vs
A. P. Chouteau

for

Alexis TibeauAlexis Tibeau

Margt Tibeau

11th May for
Petitioner
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State of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of
County-Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Alexis TibeauAlexis Tibeau and
MarieMarie Constant Lalaude
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our
circuit court, on the seventeenth day of May at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and
there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein
MarieMarie a free mulatto girl isplaintiff,
andAuguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau defendant on the part
of the plaintiff and have you then there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 15 day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred twenty one

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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Served this writ on
MarieMarie Constant LaLaude
in StSt Louis LouisSt Louis
Executed by reading
May 15th 1821AlexisAlexis Tibeau
TibeauAlexis Tibeau not found
in my county
17th may 1821

M McGirkM McGirk

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Service 33
non est 50
travel 6
89 Cts

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Marie a free girl
vs
Augt. P ChouteauPierre Chouteau

Alexis Tibeau

Marie Lalaude

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State Of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Alexis TibeauAlexis Tibeau and MargaretMargaret
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our
circuit court, on theforthwithday of at the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and
there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein
MarieMarie a free girl plaintiff,
and A P Chouteau- defendant on the part
of the pltffand have you then there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this17th day Mayin the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred & 21

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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I acknowledge the service
of the within subpoena

MargaretMargaret rubee

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MarieMarie a free girl
vs
A P Chouteau

for

Alexis TibeauAlexis Tibeau

for Pltff
forthwith
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Served this writ on
AlexisAlexis Tibeau TibeauAlexis Tibeau by leaving
a copy hereof at his
residence in St LouisSt Louis
Township with his wife
informing her of the
contents thereof who is over
the age of sixteen as
appears of record on her
countenance 18th May 1821

b. McGirkMcGirk

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State of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon FrancisFrancis Munnet that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay he be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our
circuit court, on the twenty second day of Maynextat the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and
there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein
[ MaryMary ] a woman of colour is- plaintiff,
and AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau is- defendant on the part
of theplaintiff and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 19 day May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred Twenty one

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C. C.
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MaryMary
vs
ChouteauChouteau

Sub

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Served this writ
on FrancisFrancis Munnet
on the 23rd May 1821
by reading it to
him in the township
of StSt Louis LouisSt Louis

E. F. Brown

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State of MissouriMissouri,
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.

To the Sheriff of St. LouisSt Louis county-Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon
JosephJoseph and MargaretMargaret
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay they be and appear in proper person before the Judge of our circuit court forthwithat the town of St. LouisSt Louis, then and there to testify
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said court, wherein MarieMarie a
woman of color is Plaintiff,
and AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau defendant on the part of
the pltff and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said circuit court, at
the town of St. LouisSt Louis, this 22nd day of May in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred& 21

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, St. LSt Louis. C.C.
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Served this writ
on JosephJoseph
and [ Margret ]
on the 22nd May 1821. by reading
it to them both
in the Township
of St LouisSt Louis

E. F. Brown

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travel 10
76 cts

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MarieMarie a woman of color
vs
AugusteAuguste P ChouteauPierre Chouteau

for

Joseph

Margaret