Nancyy Ligan, a woman of color v. Daniel Ligan and William Myers
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County of S LouisCounty of S Louis Sct
The State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of St Louis County
Greeting

We command you to summon DanielDaniel Ligan
LiganDaniel Ligan and WilliamWilliam Myers MyersWilliam Myers 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 LouisSt Louis on the fourth
monday of March instant then and there to answer
unto NancyNancy Ligan LiganNancy Ligan a woman of color of a plea
of trespass, assault and battery and false imprisonment
to the damage of said plaintiff of two 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 seventh day of March in the year 1835

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble
Clerk

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Executed this writ by reading it the order of the Judge and the decleration to
DanielDaniel and WilliamWilliam Myers MyersWilliam Myers on the 7th day of March 1835, in the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

J BrothertonJames Brotherton Shff
by G HammondG Hammond Dept

Service $ 2100
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No 67

March Term 1835

NancyNancy Liagn a
woman of color
vs
DanielDaniel Ligan LiganDaniel Ligan &
WilliamWilliam Myers MyersWilliam Myers

Suit for freedom
in the form prescribed by
[ Statue ] Damage $ 200
The Clerk willfile
upon as a summon to

BirdBird atty for
Pltf

Filed March 7th 1835

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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Discond as to & by default - Book 7 - page 352

Damage for $ 0.01
fee bill 176

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State of MissouriMissouri
Circuit CourtCircuit Court St Louis County
March Term AD 1835

Nancy LiganNancy Ligan a woman of color complains
against DanielDaniel Ligan LiganDaniel Ligan & WilliamWilliam Myers MyersWilliam Myers of a
plea of trespass assault & Battery & false
imprisonment for that heretofore trial on
the tenth day of November in the year of grace eighteen hundred & thirty four the said
DanielDaniel & WilliamWilliam with force & arms & assault
did make upon her said NancyNancy and did
then & there beatwound & ill treat her & her the said MaryMary did then & there imprison
& from he kept & detained
her in prison there without any legal or
probable cause & other wrongs to the said
NancyNancy then & there did against the peace
& dignity of said State.

And the said MaryMary that before &
at thetime of the said Several grieavences
she was and still is a poor person & that
said defendant held & detained & still hold
& detain here in slavery wherefore said MaryMary
says she as & hath
Damages to hundred Dollars & therefore
she sues &C

G A BirdG A Bird Plffs atty

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(Copy of Judges order)

And I do further order
that said Petitioner shall have reasonable liberty, of
attending the court & her counsel when occasion may
require and that the petitioner shall not be taken or
removed out of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court nor be subject to any severity because of her
application for freedom

S E Lawless

Judge A true copy

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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To the Honorable Luke ELuke E Lawless .LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge of the
Third Judicial Circuit of the State of MissouriMissouri

Nancy LiganNancy Ligan a woman of color represents to
your honor that she is now held in slavery in
the city of St LouisSt Louis by WilliamWilliam Myers MyersWilliam Myers who pretends
to act as the agent of Daniel LiganDaniel Ligan who claims your
petitioner as his slave. Your petitioner states that
she is justly [ intitled ] to her freedom She states as
the ground of her freedom that in the summer
of 1893Daniel LiganDaniel Ligan who then owned your petitioner
as a slave & then resided at GalinaGalena in the state
of IllinoisIllinois caused your petitioner to be taken to
GalinaGalena in the State of IllinoisIllinois where he kept &
detained your petitioner for one year or more
during all of which time he used & claimed her
as his slave & execused such continued & required such
service of her as Masters usually execused own &
require of their Slaves. your petitioner prays that
she may be permitted to a suit institute for her freedom
as a poor person that counsel may be assigned
to her to bring & conduct such suit and that
such order or orders may be made as her
present security regenes & the law

NancyNancy her Ligan
Mark

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on her oath
says that the facts in the above petition stated
are true

NancyNancy her Ligab
Mark

Sworn & Subscribed to
before me this 24th day of February AD 1835

PatrickPatrick Marshl

Justice of the peace
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of opinion that the petition contains
sufficient matter to authorize the commencement of
a suit I Luke E LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge of the Third
Judicial Circuit of the State of MissouriMissouri do order
that the within named petitioner Nancy LiganNancy Ligan
he permitted to sue as a poor person to establish
her freedom & for the purpose of commencing
& conducting said suit I assign Gustavus AGustavus A Bird
BirdGustavus A Bird as her counsel and I do further
order that said Petitioner shall have
reasonable liberty of attending the court & her
counsel when occasion may require and
that the petitioner shall not be taken or removed
out of the juridiction of the St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court nor be subject to any severity because
of her application for freedom

L Lawless
Judge

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Petition of NancyNancy Ligan
LiganNancy Ligan