Peter, a man of color v. James Walton
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To the HonorableWilliamWilliam C. CarrCarr Judge
of the circuit court of county of St LouisSt Louis

Your petitioner PeterPeter humbly rep
resents, that he was born in the state
of North CarolinaCarolina a slave the property of William WaltonWilliam Walton who came to
county of St LouisSt Louis and state of MissouriMissouri
about twenty three years since and
brought your petitioner with him, that
your petitioner resided with his master
Willam Walton in the county of St LouisSt Louis
about two years when the said Willi
am WaltonWalton gave your petitioner to his
daughter ElizabethElizabeth Lansford who then
resided in the state of IndianaIndiana to wait
for the saidElizabethElizabeth and her child
that the said ElizabethElizabeth took your petitioner
up her on back at the house
of William WaltonWilliam Walton in of there
by and conveyed him to her house in the
state of IndianaIndiana where he resided with
her about two years there he was
taken to and from there brought

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to the county of St LouisSt Louis and state of MissouriMissouri
where he now resides and is held in slave
ry by James WaltonJames Walton most of which
he by the awarded affidavit
A which your petitioner asks to
in part of this his petition

Your petitioner being advised and
believing that the above events and gives him claim to and entitles him
freedom, prays to be permitted to sue
in forma pauperis to establish his right
to his freedom and that such other and fur
ther orders may be made in the
as the law and to your honor may
and

PeterPeter his

X

markSworn to & subscribed this10th day of March 1831 Before

Garner, J. C.

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State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri Third Judicial CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court
. It is hereby ordered that PeterPeter the before named
petitioner is permitted to sue as a poor person to
establish his right to freedom on the foregoing pe
=tition and GeorgeGeorge F Strother F StrotherGeorge F Strother Esquire is assigned
as his counsel for that purpose. It is also ordered
that the petitioner PeterPeter have reasonable liberty

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to attend his said Councel and the Court when
occasion may require and that the said petitioner
shall not be removed out of the jurisdiction of
the court nor be subject to any severity because
of his application for freedom. Given under
my hand at my chambers this 10th day of March 1831.

WillWill : C CarrCarr

Judge 3. Circuit

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No60 March Term 1831
PeterPeter a man of color
vs
James WaltonJames Walton

Petition to sue in forma pauperis

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State of MissouriMissouri County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

ss.

John T. Walton personally appeared
before the a Justice of the peace in and for the county
aforesaid, duly sworn on his oath saith that he is
acquainted withPeterPeter a Black boy that he has known him
ever since he can recollect knew him in North CarolinaCarolina
has known him in MissouriMissouri, saw him when he started from
this County and company with ElizabethElizabeth Lansford to go to IndianaIndiana as it was said, does not know of his own knowledge that he
went there. The deponent saith that ElizabethElizabeth Lansford the was the daughter of said William WaltonWilliam Walton , she started
from her father's in St Louis County, taking with her PeterPeter
the Black man aforesaid with the consent of her father and
on her intended trip to IndianaIndiana, they took place about
twenty one years ago-that ElizabethElizabeth Lansford never
returned to the county-That said ElizabethElizabeth Lansford never
returned to the county. That PeterPeter remained away for two
years or upwards. The deponent further saith that the said
PeterPeter was beaten as aforestated, in the a -with an understanding guaranteed by Henry WaltonHenry Walton the
son of the said William WaltonWilliam Walton , that the residence of the boy
should be changed every thirty days has often heard the said
William WaltonWilliam Walton in his lifetime remark that the boy (alledging
to said PeterPeter ) was free by the laws of IndianaIndiana, if he but
knew it

JohnJohn T Walton T WaltonJohn T Walton

Sworn to & Subscribed this17th January1831before

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StCircuit Court Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court March term 1831

St Louis County to wit.PeterPeter a man of color
who by permission of the court sues in
forma pauperiscomplains of JamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton of a plea of trespass. For that the
said JamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton on the first day of May in the year 1830 with force
and or was in the county of St LouisSt Louismade an assault on the
said PeterPeter to wit at St LouisSt Louiscounty
aforesaid and then and there one
said hold of the said PeterPeter and with
great force and then and there did
the said PeterPeter and gave him the
said PeterPeter many blows and,
and then and there imprisoned the said
PeterPeter and kept and detained him in pris
on there without any reaonsable or probable
cause whatsoever for a long space of
time to wit for the space of Eleven months.
When the said PeterPeter avers that before
and at the time above mentioned when

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when the aforesaidgrievances were committed
in the said PeterPeter was and still is a free person
told the not JamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton there kept
and detained him and still holds and detains him in slavery. Contrary to law and against
the will of the said PeterPeter the said
PeterPeter was not only then and there greatly bruised and hurt
but was also then and there greatly
in and in circumstances to wit at StSt Louis
LouisSt Louis county aforesaid. and . the
then and there did to the damage of the
said PeterPeter $500 and therefore he brings
suit.

StrotherStrother pq

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County of Louis

The State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri

To the sheriff of St Louis County Greeting
We command you to summonJamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton 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 CountyCounty of S Louis ofCounty of S Louis SCounty of S Louis LouisCounty of S Louis on the fourth
monday of March instant then and there to answer
unto PeterPeter a man of color of a plea of trespass to the
damage of said plamliff of #500-and have you
then there this writ.

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WitnessArchibaldArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said court at Office theeleventh day of March 1831

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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Executed this writ on James WaltonJames Walton the defendant
by offering to read it and the declaration to him
which he refused to hear read and acknowledged of the same in the county of StSt Louis LouisSt Louis on the
12th day of March

JohnJohn K Walker K WalkerJohn K Walker Sheriff

by Jas. Brotherton Depty

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No.60

march term 1831- St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

PeterPeter a man of color
vs
James WaltonJames Walton

This is an action of assault and beating and false imprison
ment.

G Strother

filed 11. March 1831.

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri- Third Judicial CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court

.

It is hereby ordered that PeterPeter the before named petitioner be permitted
to sue as a poor person to establish his right to freedom on
the foregoing petition and George F StrotherGeorge F Strother Esquire is assigned
as his counsel for that purpose. It is also ordered that the petitioner
PeterPeter have reasonable liberty to attend his said counsel and
the court when occasion may require and that he said petitioner
shall not be removed out of the jurisdiction of the Court nor
be subject to any severity because of his application for
freedom. Given under my hand at my chamber this 10 day of March 1831.

(Signed)

WillWill . C. CarrCarr Judge 3. Circuit

A true copy of the Order of the judge.

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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James WaltonJames Walton
ads
PeterPeter a man of colour

and the said JamesJames by his
attorneycomes and defends the force and injury
when &c and says that he is not guilty of
the in manner and form as the plaintiff
hath above thereof in his declaration alleged
and of this he puts himself the county

GeyerGeyer

- for deft
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and the said JamesJames for further plea in
this behalf says that the the said plaintiff at
the time of the commencement of this suit was
not and is not a free person in manner
and form as the plaintiff alledges and of this he puts himself upon the county

filed April 1st 1831

A G Clk

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Non suitBook 6 page 284

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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defendants page

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No.67

March T 1831St Louis CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court

WaltonWalton ads PeterPeter

pleaNot guilty - 2 plff
not free

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct

.

State of MissouriMissouri

,

To the Sheriff of Saint LouisSt Louis County---Greeting

.

You are here by commanded to summon JohnJohn T Walton T WaltonJohn T Walton and ArchibaldArchibald Gamble GambleArchibald Gamble
McDonald that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person before the Judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the tenth day of Augustnext at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then
and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein PeterPeter a man of Color is plaintiff, and
JamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton is defendant, on the part of the
plaintiff-; and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the city of St. LouisSt Louis, this Fifteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty one

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, C.C.
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John T WaltonJohn T Walton & Archibald McDonaldArchibald McDonald
not found in my county

John K WalkerJohn K Walker Shff

2-25
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July Term 1831
PeterPeter
vs
JamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton

for Plaintiff

John T WaltonJohn T Walton

Archibald McDonaldArchibald McDonald

on 10 August
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct

.

State of MissouriMissouri

,

To the Sheriff of Saint LouisSt Louis County---greeting

.

You are hereby commanded to summon George WaltonGeorge Walton and Henry WaltonHenry Walton
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person before the Judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the tenth day of Augustnext at the city 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 PeterPeter - a man of color is plaintiff, and
James WaltonJames Walton is defendant, on the part of the
defendant and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this Fifteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty. one

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, C.C.
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July Term 1831
PeterPeter
vs
James WaltonJames Walton

for defendant

x

George WaltonGeorge Walton

x

Henry WaltonHenry Walton

on 10th August
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Excuted this writ on HenryHenry Walton WaltonHenry Walton by leaveing
a copy of it at his house and it to George WaltonGeorge Walton
both in St Louis County on the 20th day of July 1831

JohnJohn K Walker KJohn K Walker WalkerJohn K Walker Shff

by

Geo Stoner Dp Shff

Service $ 1.00
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the sheriff of Saint LouisSt Louis County---Greeting

.

You are hereby commanded to summon John T WaltonJohn T Walton and Archibald McDonaldArchibald McDonald
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person before the Judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 7th day of Decemberinstant at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then
and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein PeterPeter is plaintiff, and
James WaltonJames Walton is defendant, on the part of the
plaintiff ;and have you then there this writ.

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Witness. Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 11th day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, C.C.
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Jn T. Walton & Arch McDonald
not found in my county

Jn WalkerJohn Walker Shff

November 25th
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November Term 1831
PeterPeter
vs
James WaltonJames Walton

for plff

John T WaltonJohn T Walton

Archibald McDonaldArchibald McDonald

on 7th Dec.
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the sheriff of Saint LouisSt Louis County---Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon George WaltonGeorge Walton and HenryHenry Walton WaltonHenry Walton
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person before the Judge
of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the seventh day of Decemberinstant at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then
and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein PeterPeter is plaintiff, and
James WaltonJames Walton is defendant, on the part of the
defendant ; and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 11th day of November in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-one

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed on Henry WaltonHenry Walton on the 14th Novr & on GeorgeGeorge Walton WaltonGeorge Walton on the 4thDec 1831

Jn WalkerJohn Walker
Shff

$1.00
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November Term 1831
PeterPeter
vs
James WaltonJames Walton

for defendant

x

George WaltonGeorge Walton

x

HenryHenry Walton WaltonHenry Walton

on 7th December
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of Saint LouisSt Louis County---Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon George WaltonGeorge Walton and Henry WaltonHenry Walton
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person before the
Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the thirtieth day of marchnext at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now
pending in our said Court, wherein PeterPeter is
plaintiff, and James WaltonJames Walton is defendant,
on the part of the defendant ; and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said
Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 20th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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March Term 1832
PeterPeter
vs
James WaltonJames Walton

for defendant

x

George WaltonGeorge Walton

x

Henry WaltonHenry Walton

on 30th March
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Executed this writ on Geroge Walton 29th
of February
& on HenryHenry Walton WaltonHenry Walton 2nd day of March 1832
in county of StSt Louis LouisSt Louis

JohnJohn K Walker KJohn K Walker WalkerJohn K Walker Shff
by J BrothertonJames Brotherton Dpty

by

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of Saint LouisSt Louis County---Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon John T Watton and Archibald McDonaldArchibald McDonald
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, they be and appear in proper person before the
Judge of our Circuit Conrt, on the 30th day of marchnext at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now
pending in our said Court, wherein PeterPeter is
plaintiff, and James Watton is defendant,
on the part of the plaintiff ; and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said
Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the Cty of St. Lous, this 20th day of February in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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Archibald McDonaldArchibald McDonald & John T WaltonJohn T Walton
not found in my county

JohnJohn K Walker KJohn K Walker WalkerJohn K Walker Shff

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March Term 1832
PeterPeter
vs
James WaltonJames Walton

for plff

JohnJohn T Walton TJohn T Walton WaltonJohn T Walton

Archibald McDonaldArchibald McDonald

on 30th March
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Count Of St. LouisSt Louis
Sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sherff of St. Louis County-
Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon JohnJohn T Walton TJohn T Walton WaltonJohn T Walton
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the day of April
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of
controversy now pending in our said Court, wherein PeterPeter is
- plaintiff, and James WaltonJames Walton is
defendant, on the part of the plaintiff
and have you then there this writ.

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Witness, Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 9th day ofApril in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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not executed there being two
about the same time

JohnJohn K Walker K WalkerJohn K Walker Shff

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PeterPeter
vs
James WaltonJames Walton

Spa for

Jn T Walton

10th April
for for plff
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis-Sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting.

You Are Hereby Commanded To Summon JohnJohn T Walton T WaltonJohn T Walton
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,forth with
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of
controversy now pending in our said Court, wherein PeterPeter
is plaintiff, and James WaltonJames Walton
is defendant, on the part of the plaintiff
and have you then there this writ.

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Witness: Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this Eleventh day ofapril in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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Executed this writ on John T WaltonJohn T Walton by read-
ing
it to him in St. Louis County on the 11th April 1832

Jn. K Walker Sheriff

By

IssacIssac Stoner Depy

Service 50 cts
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PeterPeter a man of
color
vs
Jas. Walton

sub

forthwith

x for

Jn T. Walton

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis-Sct.

State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St.Louis County-Greeting.

You Are Hereby Commanded To Summon Jacob Walton
that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,forthwith
at the City of St.LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify and the truth to say in a certain matter of
controversy now pending in our said Court, wherein PeterPeter is
plaintiff, and JamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton
is defendant, on the part of the Defendant
and have you then there this writ.

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Witness: Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 19th day ofApril in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty two

A GambleArchibald Gamble

Clerk C.C.
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PeterPeter
vs
JamesJames Walton WaltonJames Walton

for Jacob Walton
forthwith for defendant

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Executedthis writ on Jacob Walton
by reading it to him in St. LouisSt Louis
on the 19th april 1832

JohnJohn K Walker K WalkerJohn K Walker Shff

by

J BrothertonJames Brotherton Dpty

Service 50 cts