Suzette alias Judith Bequette v. John Reynolds
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To WilliamWilliam C.CarrCarr Esquire Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

The petition of SuzetteSuzette alias Judith BequetteJudith Bequette
alias Suzette Merry aged about twenty five years in behalf
of herself and her children. John aged about eight years
old, AngeliqueAngelique aged about two years, and EdmundEdmund
aged about two months, humbly represents to this honorable
Court, that she was born in the town of Ste. Genevieve
in the State of MissouriMissouri in the family of Nicholas
Beauvais, who held and claimed her as a slave from
the time of her birth until his death, which happened
sometime in the year eighteen hundred and fourteen or
fifteen, when upon the division of the property
of said Beauvais among the heirs of said deceased
she fell to the lot of Julie Jarrot , the daughter
of said Beauvais, who had intermarried with
Nicholas Jarrot of the town of CahokiaCahokia in the State of IllinoisIllinois. That said NicholasNicholas
as soon as he had attained possession of your
petitioner conveyed her to the town of CahokiaCahokia
in the State of IllinoisIllinois, the residence of said
JarrotJarrot , That your petitioner remained sometime
with said JarrotJarrot , who transferred and sold your
petitioner to one McCracken the son -in-law
of said JarrotJarrot by whom she was sold to one
Louis Pincinneau who sold her to John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds ,
who now holds and detains or pretends to claim
and hold your petitioner as a slave, your
petitioner further represents that she has been
held and detained as a slave in IllinoisIllinois,
ever since she was first taken there by JarrotJarrot
first by said JarrotJarrot then by McCracken, afterwords
by Pincinneau & now by said JohnJohn Reynolds
ReynoldsJohn Reynolds .

Your petitioner is advised and believes that

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neither she nor her children, who were all, born
since your petitioner was taken to the state of IllinoisIllinois,
can legally be held in slavery, She therefore
humbly prays this honorable Court permit her to institute
suits for herself and children to recover
their freedom and that
she and her said children may sue as poor persons
to establish their freedom aforesaid and that
this honorable Court would assign them Counsel
and your petitioners will ever pray
State
Jos Charless Jr.

JudithJudith Bequette BequetteJudith Bequette

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St.LouisCounty of St Louis

In the St.Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court march Term 26th march 1828

Joseph CharlessJoseph Charless Jr JrJoseph Charless Jr . presents the petition of JudithJudith Bequette BequetteJudith Bequette in behalf of herself and her children praying
that they may be permitted to institute suit against John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds to establish their right to freedom
and that they may be permitted to sue as poor persons thereupon the court permits the said JudithJudith Bequette
BequetteJudith Bequette and her said children to wit John, Angelique, and EdmundEdmund to sue as aforesaid and direct
that an action of assault and Battery and false imprisonmentbe commenced against the said
John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds in the name of the said Judith BequetteJudith Bequette and in the name of the said JohnJohn Angelique ,
AngeliqueJohn Angelique and EdmundEdmund by their next friend and assign JosephJoseph Charlesd Jr. Esquire as the counsel
and it is ordered by the Court that the said defendant permit the said Judith BequetteJudith Bequette , JohnJohn Angelique ,
AngeliqueJohn Angelique and EdmundEdmund to have a reasonable liberty of attending her counsel and the court when
the occasion may require it and that the said JudithJudith , JohnJohn Angelique , AngeliqueJohn Angelique and EdmundEdmund the Plaintiffs
shall not be taken or removed out of the Jurisdiction of this Court and that they shall not be
subject to any severity of treatment on account of her said application for freedom

A true copy of the order

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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Judith BequetteJudith Bequette
vs
JohnJohn Reynolds ReynoldsJohn Reynolds

Petition filed
March 26th 1828

A.G.Clerk

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In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1828

County of St. LouisCounty of St LouisSct.

SuzetteSuzette alias JudithJudith a free woman of
colour who is permitted by the Court to sue by
her next friend, as a poor persons by CharlessCharless her attorney
assigned as counsel by the Court Complains of JohnJohn Reynolds ReynoldsJohn Reynolds
of a plea of Trespass, for that the said defendant heretofore to wit on the first day of January eighteen hundred and twenty eight, with force and arms at the city of
St. LouisSt Louis, unlawfully an assault did make upon the
body of said SuzetteSuzette aliasJudithJudith , and then and there
did beat bruise and ill treat her, said SuzetteSuzette , and
then and there imprisoned her said SuzetteSuzette , and kept and
detained her in prison, without any reasonable or probable
cause whatsoever against the will of said SuzetteSuzette
and has ever since kept and detained her said SuzetteSuzette
in prison, and still keeps and detains her in prison
without any reasonable or probable cause, whatsoever con-
trary to the laws of this state.

And the said defendant avers that before and at the time of
the committing of the said several grievances she was and
still is a free person and that the said defendant holds and
detains her in slavery
and the said defendant other wrongs
then and there did to her said to her said SuzetteSuzette against
the, peace and dignity of the state. Wherefore the said
SuzetteSuzette says she is injured, by the said defendant, and
has sustained damaged to the amount of six Hundred
dollars and therefore she sues. Charless Jr. atty for pltff

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State of MissouriMissourisct.

The state of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting

We command you to summon John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds that he be and appear before the
judge of our circuit count 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 SuzetteSuzette alias JudithJudith of a plea of Trespass wherefore the said plaintiff
says she is injured by the said defendant and has sustained damages to the amount
of six 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 4th day of April Eihteen Hundred and twenty Eight

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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State of MissouriMissouri
CountyCounty St Louisof St. LouisCounty St Louis


In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court March Term 26th March 1826

Joseph CharlessJoseph Charless Jr JrJoseph Charless Jr . presents the petition of JudithJudith Bequette BequetteJudith Bequette in behalf of herself and
her children praying that they may be permitted to institute suit against JohnJohn Reynolds ReynoldsJohn Reynolds to establish
their right to freedom and that they may be permitted to sue as poor persons thereupon the court permits
the said JudithJudith Bequette BequetteJudith Bequette and her said children to wit John, Angelique and EdmundEdmund to sue
as aforesaid and direct that an action of assault Battery and false imprisonment then commenced
against the said John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds in the name of the said Judith BequetteJudith Bequette and in
the name of the said JohnJohn Angelique AngeliqueJohn Angelique and EdmundEdmund by their next friend and assigned
Joseph Charless JrJoseph Charless Jr . Esquire as their counsel and it is ordered by the court that the said defendant permit
the said Judith BequetteJudith Bequette , John, Angelique and EdmundEdmund to have a reasonable liberty of attending
the counsel and the court when the occasion may require it and that the said JudithJudith ,JohnJohn Angelique ,
AngeliqueJohn Angelique and EdmundEdmund the plaintiffs shall not be taken or removed out of the jurisdiction
of this court and that they shall not be subject to any severity of treatment on account
of their said application for freedom. A true copy of the order

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1828


SuzetteSuzette alias JudithJudith
vs
John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds

Narr
This is an action
of Trespass false im
prisonment. Let a
summons issue damages $600

CharlessCharless Atty

Filed 4th April 1828

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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July 1828

John ReynoldsJohn Reynolds not found
in my County.

R. SimpsonR Simpson Sheriff