Melinda vs. Rufus Pettibone
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court July Term 1825

MalindaMalinda a free girl of color, held in slavery
who is permitted by the court to sue, by Alexander ClarkAlexander Clark
her next friend as a poor person, who by her Attorney
EdwardEdward Bates BatesEdward Bates and IsaacIsaac C. McGirkMcGirk assigned as counsel
by saidCourt, Complains of RufusRufus Pettibone PettiboneRufus Pettibone , CharlesCharles B Hatton
B. HattonCharles B Hatton and SallySally his wife, OwenOwen Wingfield WingfieldOwen Wingfield and SallySally
his wife, IsaacIsaac Voteau VoteauIsaac Voteau , John Butter and BetsyBetsy his
wife, JohnJohn Whitset WhitsetJohn Whitset , alias WhitesidesWhitesides , MitchelMitchell Hatton HattonMitchell Hatton
and AnneAnne his wife, MichaelMichael Sanford SanfordMichael Sanford and TheresaTheresa his
wife, JohnJohn Whitset WhitsetJohn Whitset aliasWhitesides, LucindaWhitset
alias WhitesidesWhitesides of a plea of trespass, for that the
said defendants, heretofore to writ, on the first day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and twenty five, with force and arms at
the county of St LouisSt Louis, unlawfully an assault did
make in and upon the body of the said
linda, and then and there beat bruised and ill treated
her the saidMalindaMalinda , and then and imprisoned her
the said MalindaMalinda and kept and detained her in
prison there, without any reasonable or probable
cause whatsoever, and have ever since kept and de-
tained her in prison, and do stillkeep and detain
her in prison against her will, contrary to
the laws of this stateand then and thereother
wrongs did to her the said MalindaMalinda against
the peace of this state, MissouriMissouri the said Ma-
linda says she is injured and has sustained
damage to the amount of five hundred dollars
ant therefore she sues

Bates & Mc Girk
Attys for plff

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MalindaMalinda
vs
PettibonePettibone & others

and said Lanford
his wife
cause & defend the wrongandinjury when
says that the said MalindaMalinda is the slave of then
said Landford and wife and this they are ready
to verify, & C.
and said Lead administrator of
said RufusRufus comes and defend's the wrong and injury
when & C. and says that said MalindaMalinda at the time
when & C. was the slave of said RufusRufus and this he is ready

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Served this writ on IssacIssac Voteau
VoteauIssac Voteau on the ninth day of July 1823 by reading to him
On Michael Landford and
TheresaTheresa his wife in the city
of St. LouisSt Louis by reading the said
to them on the 6th of the said
month. The other defendants
named in this writ are not
found in my countyneither
they a plea of
in my countyknown to
me, at which served leave
a copy hereof July 9th 1826:

John R. Walker Shff

Service - $3:00
6:00
$9:00
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No 13.

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1825

MalindaMalinda
vs
PettibonePettibone &

To the clerk

This is an action of
trespass, assault & bat-
tery and falseimprison-
ment

a summary
for Defendants

Bates J. Mc Girk
Attys P. S.

filed 2nd June 1825

Archd GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

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County of St. LouisCounty of St LouisSs
The StateMissouri ofMissouri MissouriMissouri

To the sheriff of said County Greeting.

We Command you to summon Rufus PettiboneRufus Pettibone , CharlesCharles B Hatton BCharles B Hatton .HattonCharles B Hatton and SallySally his wife
OwenOwen Wingfield WingfieldOwen Wingfield and SallySally his wife, IssacIssac ,supplied>Voteau, John Butter and BetsyBetsy his wife
JohnJohn Whitset WhitsetJohn Whitset aliasWhitesidesMitchell Hatton and Ann his wife MichaelMichael Sanford SanfordMichael Sanford
and TheresaTheresa his wife. JohnJohn Whitset WhitsetJohn Whitset aliasWhitesidesLucindaWhitset alias WhitesidesWhitesides
that they be and appear before the Judge of our circuit court at the next term thereof
to be held at the city of St. LouisSt Louis within and for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis on the fourth Monday
in July next then and there to answer untoMalindaMalinda a free girl of color who is
permitted by the Court to sue by AlexanderAlexander Clark ClarkAlexander Clark her next friend as a poor person
of a plea of trespass to the damage of said plaintiff of five hundred dollars and
have you then there this writ.

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk of our said
court at office this second day of June 1825

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk.

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County of St LouisCounty of St LouisSs.
The State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of the County of FranklinCounty of Franklin
Greeting

We command you to summon John Butter and BetsyBetsy his wife impleaded with
Rufus PettiboneRufus Pettibone , Charles B HattonCharles B Hatton and SallySally his wife Owen WingfieldOwen Wingfield and SallySally his
wife IssacIssac Voteau VoteauIssac Voteau JohnJohn Whitset WhitsetJohn Whitset alias WhitesidesWhitesides Mitchel HattonMitchell Hatton and AnneAnne his wife
Michael SanfordMichael Sanford and TheresaTheresa his wife JohnJohn Whitset WhitsetJohn Whitset alias Whitesides, Lucinda
whitset alias whitesides that they be and appear before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the
next term thereof to be held at the city of St LouisSt Louis within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
on the Fourth Monday in July next then and there to answer unto MalindaMalinda a free
Girl of color coho is permitted by the court to sue by AlexanderAlexander Clark ClarkAlexander Clark her next friend
as a poor person of a plea of trespass to the damage of said plaintiff of four hundred
dollars and have you then there this writ

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk of our said
court at office this second day of June eighteen hundred and twenty four

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July term 1825

No 13

MalindaMalinda
vs
PettibonePettibone

The within is a counterpart of the writ
Issued to the Sheriff the county of St LouisSt Louis
2nd June 1825.

Archd GambleArchibald Gamble clerk

Shff Brock's fees 2$ RobtRobt Brock Shff
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Executed the within writ on John Butter and ElizabethElizabeth
Butter his wife in Newport Township FranklinFranklin coun
ty by reading the same to them and in their hearing
an the 14th day of June 1825

RobertRobert Brock Shff
FranklinFranklin

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MalindaMalinda
vs.RufusRufus Pettibone PettiboneRufus Pettibone adminstr
& others

and said Levi administrator
of levi Pettiborne deceased & said Lanford &
wife come & defend the wrong & injury
& say they are not nor is either of them
guilty of said trespass & false imprisonment &
wrongs in manner & form as in said
declaration set forth and of this they
put themselves upon the country

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MalindaMalinda
vs.PettibonePettibone and others
plea

filed April 12th 1826

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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Nov Term 1826 of St. Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court

MalindaMalinda
vs.
Rufus PettiboneRufus Pettibone
Michail Lanford & Others

and for further plea said Levi Pettibone
administrator of saidRufusRufus & said Landfordand TheresaTheresa
his wife say they are not guilty of said supported grievan-
cestrespass & wrongs in manner and form as laid to
their charge in said declaration and of this they
themselves upon the country &c.

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MalindaMalinda
vs
PettibonePettibone et al.

Plea


filed Nov 29th 1826

A GambleArchibald Gamble
Clerk