Ann Davis, a colored woman v. James T. Symington
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To the honorable the judge of the St. Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court in sitting -

Your Arm DavisDavis by
complaining respectfully showeth unto your
honor that she is a colored woman. What is
called a (regress) that she was born in the
state of MarylandMaryland in the United StatesUnited States a slave
belonging a the property of one James Cheston
That said Cheston sold her to one James
T. Symington on the fifteenth day of September eighteen hundred and thirty - ix
for the sum of one hundred dollars to
the said SymingtonSymington until the first day of October eighteen hundred & forty two when
she is to be fee from slavery forever -
that this said bargain & sale aforesaid took
place in the city of BaltimoreBaltimore & state of MarylandMaryland
when said ChestonSymington and your
level when said was
and executed (a certified copy is to the
Court marked the figure and
prayed to be taken as a part of this bill)
your orating here allegedly that it was contrary to the laws of said state of MarylandMaryland
for said SymingtonSymington to take her out of the
territorial limit of said state after his purchased
aforesaid having to but for a
term of years - Neverthelessthe said SymingtonSymington
her your off from said
City ofCity of Baltimore BaltimoreCity of Baltimore in the night time after
his said aforesaid and brought
her to the city and County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis state of MissouriMissouri when
she your at this time within the

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jurisdiction of your court -

Your here that said
SymingtonSymington intends her off to some
of the southern states then to sell her and
make her a slave for life as she has been
informed and believes that he has her
now confined in the jail of said St Louis County
and intents in a short time to put on
a steam boat to be slipped to her southern
market for sale as aforesaid she can
get relieved in the premises by the time by
interposition of this honorable court when
fraud and Circum are setaside
to the end therefore that justice may be
your prays for the common
law writ of commanding
and &c- and that the said
James T. Symington who is hereby made a
defendant to this bill may be compelled
upon his corporat oath to make true and
perfect answer to all and singular the
allegations herein containedfully and perfectly
- your further prays an low
said defendant from removing
her the jurisdiction of this honorable
court and her child namedElizabethElizabeth
an infant aged four months who is also
to be at the age of twenty-one years
and that justice may be in the premises
your prays that

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the sheriff of said St Louis County
be command to take her into his and
her said child and her out until further
commanded by this honorable court and
the money therefore keep in his
until further commanded as aforesaid
until your Oratrix as well as the said defendant
can be fully and heard in
this honorable court on the side
of and order and that said
injunction remain and
grant to your Oratrix all such other and
further relief as to equity belong or her case
with and as in duty found the will ever
pray &c-

KingKing & for
Complainant -

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

Personally appeared before me
the undersigned an acting of the pea a
in and for the body of the township of St Louis
County and state aforesaid the above named
Ann DarisAnn Daris the complainant in the
bill and made oath that the allegations
therein contained are true so far as stated
from her own knowledge and so far as
stated from the information of others she believes
them to be true -

Sworn & before
me this 8th day of March 1830 K
St. Louis County MissouriMissouri

Ann her DavisDavis
mark

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No 515

Ann DarisAnn Daris
vs
James Symington
Bill in

Filed March 8th 1839

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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1839


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Know all men by these prsents that We Ann DarisAnn Daris
as principal & John Radford as security are held and firmly
bound unto James FJames F Symington SymingtonJames F Symington in the sum of five hundred
dollars lawful money to the payment of which well and
truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs executors
administrators and assigns, firmly by these presents-
sealed with our seals and dated at St LouisSt Louis
this, 8th day of March 1839.

The condition of the above obligation is
such that whereas the said Ann DarisAnn Daris has this day
sued out a writ of Injunction against the said JamesJames F Symington
FJames F Symington SymingtonJames F Symington returnable
to the next July Term of the Circuit Court of the
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis- Now if the said Ann DarisAnn Daris will
abide the decission of said Court on a final hearing hereof
and pay all sums of money damages and costs that shall
be against her if the said injunction shall be
dissolved, then this oblegation to be void- else to
in full force.

Ann Daris

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John

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Ann Davis
vs
James F SymingtonJames F Symington

Injunction Bond

Filed March 8th 1839

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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

To James F. Symington, his attornies counsellors, and agents
& To the Sheriff of the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis= Greeting:

Whereas it has been represented to the Honorable Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court
for said county fo St LouisSt Louis, on behalf of one Ann DavisDavis complainent by her bill
of complaint duly filed that she was born in the state of MarylandMaryland a negroslave
the property of one James Cheston who sold her to James F SymingtonJames F Symington in
the year eighteen hundred and thirty six to serve until the first day of October 1842 when she is to be free from slavery forever, that said said sale
was made in in the state of MarylandMaryland, from not withstanding
it was contrary to the laws of said said State the said SymingtonSymington row
her off in the right time and brought her to St LouisSt Louis & now intendsrunning
her off to some of the southern States there to sell her & make her a slave
for slave life as she has been informed & believes that she is now confined
in the jail of St Louis County in a short time to be shipped to the southern
market for sale, wherefore the said complainants prays that the
said SymingtonSymington may be restrained from such injustices and it being ordered
by the said Judge that a writ of injunction issue to that end therefore
your, the said SymingtonSymington your agents attornies & counsellors are hereby
strictly enjoined & cammanded absolutely to resist & refrain from removing
the said Ann DavisDavis , or her child ElizabethElizabeth beyond the Jurisdiction
of our said court, until said court shall otherwise decide and you the
said Sheriff are commanded to take the said Ann and her child into your
possession, to be hired out until said court shall otherwise direct and the
money a arising from such hire in your possession keeps until our said court
upon a hearing of the matters in said bill contained, may determine &
in the premises- Herein fail not at your peril.

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Witness John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk of our said court with the
seal thereof hereto affixed at office in the city of
St LouisSt Louis this 8th day of March 1839

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Executed this writ by reading it to
John F Symington on the 13th day of March 1839 in the county of St LouisSt Louis

Service $ 1.00

M BrothertonM Brotherton
Sheriff

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, Ss.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of the County of St.LouisCounty of St Louis County-Greeting:

We command you to summon James F SymingtonJames F Symington if he be found
in your county that he appear
before the judge of Our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , in Chancery sitting on the first day of the next term therof, to be held
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, on the secondthird Monday
of March next, then and there to answer unto the Bill of complaint
of Ann DarisAnn Daris filed against him
to the damage of said plaintiff
dollars: And have you then there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said
Court, with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this nineth day ofMarch in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty nine.

Jn RulandJohn Ruland Clerk.

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Dismissed at caste of complainant Record No 2 p 65

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No 515

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
In Chancery
March Term 1839

Ann Daves
vs
JamesJames I SymingtonSymington

in Chancery

Read
& sub to
on 13th March

Filed March 9th 1839

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

Injunction $3
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Executed this writ in the county of
St. LouisSt Louis on the 13th day of March 1839
by reading it to John H Symington
and delivering to him & copy of the
note furnished me by the clerk

Service $ 1.00

Marshall BrothertonMarshall Brotherton
Sheriff