Elizabeth, a free girl of color vs. Francois Menard, Andre Landreville
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November term 1827.

ElizabethElizabeth a free girl of color held in slavery who is
permitted by the court to sue by Alexis AmelinAlexis Amelin
her next friend as a poor person, by her attorney JohnJohn M Bass
MJohn M Bass BassJohn M Bass & IsaacIsaac C McGirkMcGirk assigned by said court as
Counsel, Complains of FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard & Andre Landeville of a plea of trespass , with force & arms for that the said defendants
heretofore to writ on the first day of January, One thousand eight hundred and twenty seven with force and arms
at the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis aforesaid unlawfully an assault did
make in and upon the said ElizabethElizabeth and then & there
beat bruised and ill-treated the said ElizabethElizabeth and
then & there imprisoned her and kept and detained her
in prison without any probable & reasonable cause what
soever and have ever since kept & detained her in
prison and do still keep & detain her the said ElizabethElizabeth
in prison against her will, contrary to the laws
of the State and the said plainfiffs that before & at the time of the committing thisgrievance
aforesaid she was & still is a free person and that the defendants held & detained & still hold & detain
her the said ElizabethElizabeth in slavery and other wrongs then & there did to
the said ElizabethElizabeth against the peace of this state;
wherefore the said ElizabethElizabeth says she is injured
and has sustained damage to the amount of
five hundred dollars and therefore she sues & C

Bass & McGirk
Atty P Q.

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

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting

We command you to summon Francois MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville that
they be and appear before the Judge of an 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. LouisSt Louis on the Fourth monday
of November next then and there to anwwer unto ElizabethElizabeth who sues by AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin
her next friend of a plea of Trespass to the
damage of said plaintiff of Five Hundred Dollars and have you then there this
writ

Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said Court at office
thi fourth day of August 1827

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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Executed this writ on Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville August 8th 1827 in the CityCity of St Louis
of St. LouisCity of St Louis by informing him of the contents thereof and his acknowledging,
the service of the same FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard not found in my
County Nov 10th 1827

R. SimpsonR Simpson Sheriff

July 12 1828. FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard not found
R. SimpsonR Simpson Sheriff

Service $1.00
non est 50
1.50
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No 13

In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1827.

ElizabethElizabeth a free Girl of color
vs
Francois MenardFrancois Menard
& Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville .

Declarations

This is an action of assault
& Battery and false imprison
ment:

Let a summons issue
Bass & McGirk
P Q.

Filed 4th August 1827,

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

Amended declaration filed 18h December 1827

Arch GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit CourtJuly Term 1827

JohnJohn M Bass MJohn M Bass .BassJohn M Bass present to the Court the petition of ElizabethElizabeth , VirginiaVirginia,VictoireVictoire children
of MaryMary a colored woman praying that they may be permitted to institutesuit
against Francois MenardFrancois Menard and Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville for Establishing their right to
freedom and that they may be permitted to sue as poor persons Therefore the Court
permit the said ElizabethElizabeth VictoireVictoire and VirginiaVirginia to sue as aforesaid and direct that
an action of assault and battery and false imprisonment be commenced against
the said defendants by their next friend in the name of the said ElizabethElizabeth VictoireVictoire
and VirginiaVirginia and assignJohnJohn M Bass MJohn M Bass .BassJohn M Bass and IsaacIsaac CMcGirkMcGirk as their counsel and it
is ordered by the court that the said defendants permit the said plaintiffs to have a
reasonable liberty of attending their counsel and the court when occasion may
require it and that the said plaintiffs shall not be taken or removed out of the Jurisdiction
of this Court and that the said plaintiff shall not be subject to any severity
of treatment on account of then said application for freedom

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

The State of MissouriMissouri To the Sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting

We command you to summonFrancois MenardFrancois Menard that he be and appear before the judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the nextterm thereof to be held at the city of St. LouisSt Louiswithin and for
the county of St. LouisSt Louis on the fourth monday of July next then and there to answerunto
ElizabethElizabeth who unto by AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin her next friend of a plea of trespass to the damage of
said plaintiff of five Hundred dollars and have you then there this writ

Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said Court at office this
Ninth day of may One thousand eight hundred and twenty Eight

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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ElizabethElizabeth
vs
FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard
&
Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Mr.Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville

WillWill take notice that
on the 13th day of the present month between the
hours of 9 Oclock in the forenoon and 5 Oclock in the
afternoon of that day at the office of J V
in this city we shall proceed to take the deposition of
witnesses to be read in the above suit in behalf
of the Plaintiff.

St LouisSt LouisNov 6th 1827.

Bass & McGirk
Atty. for Pltff

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ElizabethElizabeth
vs
Menard & Landreville
notice

Send a copy of the within notice on AndreAndre Laundreville
LandrevilleAndre Laundreville Nov 8th 1827 in St.LouisSt Louis

L P Timonds JrL P Timonds Jr Dp.Sheriff

Service $ 0.50
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ElizabethElizabeth

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November term 1827

Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville

ElizabethElizabeth

And the said AndreAndre Laundreville
LandrevilleAndre Laundreville by his attorney
causes and defends the force
and injury wherefore and says the is not guilty
of the said supposedtrespassassaults and
battery; imprisonment and detentions
above said to his charge or any part there of
in manner & form as the said ElizabethElizabeth by
her next friendAlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin hath above
thereof against him and of this
he the said Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville puts
himself upon the County
and the said plaintiff doth the like Bass & McGirk for Pltff
And for further plea on his behalf
the said Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville says the said
ElizabethElizabeth ought not to have or maintian her
aforesaid action thereof if against him because
he says that he the said Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville
at the times mentioned on the said
declaration had not nor claimed to have nor
hath he nor doth he now claim to have but
disavoweth and disclaimeth to have any
title, claim or interest in and to the said
Plaintiff and this the said Andre LandrevilleAndre Laundreville
is ready to verify wherefore he prays
judgementif the said plaintiff ought to
have or maintain her aforesaid action againsthim

attorney for dnt

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No 13

November Term 1827

ElizabethElizabeth
vs
LandrevilleLandreville

Filed Nov 19th 1827

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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ElizabethElizabeth vsA LandrevilleA Landreville

and the said, ElizabethElizabeth for replication to the
plea of the said LandrevilleLandreville secondly above plea did says that
She ought not to be barred & precluded from having & maintaining
her action aforesaid against the said LandrevilleLandreville because she
says that the said LandrevilleLandreville at the said times in her said declaration
mentioned & before the said several times did
claim to have & hold the said ElizabethElizabeth as a slave & doth still
claim the said ElizabethElizabeth as a slave and of this she the said
ElizabethElizabeth puts herself upon the county & C.

Bass & McGirk
Atty for Pltff.

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ElizabethElizabeth
vs
LandrevilleLandreville

Rep filed Decr 2nd 1828

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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The State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis. ss.

To the Sheriff of St Louis County Greeting

We command you to summon FrancoisFrancois Menard MenardFrancois Menard that he be and appear before
the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the next term thereof to be held at the city of StSt Louis.
LouisSt Louis within and for the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the Fourth Monday of March next
then and there to answer unto ElizabethElizabeth who sues by AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin her next
Friend of a plea of trespass on the case to the damage of said plaintiff of
FiveHundred Dollars and have you then there this writ.

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said Court at
Office this fifth day of February One Thousand Eight Hundred and Twenty nine

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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The state of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis Sct.

To the Sheriff of St Louis County Greeting

We command you as we have heretofore commanded you to summon FrancoisFrancois Menard
MenardFrancois Menard that he 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 of July next then and there to answer unto ElizabethElizabeth
who sues by AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin her next friend of a plea of trespass on the case
to the damage of said plaintiff of Five Hundred dollars and have you then there
the writ

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said Court at office
this Twenty third day of May One Thousand Eight Hundred and twenty nine

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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No 22

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
March Term 1829

ElizabethElizabeth by her next friend
vs
Francois MenardFrancois Menard

Action of assault &battery &
false imprisonment-

(AlexisAlexis Amelin AmelinAlexis Amelin )
23 May

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Francois MenardFrancois Menard not found

R SimpsonR Simpson Shff

Francois MenardFrancois Menard not found:
July 12. 1829

R SimpsonR Simpson Shff