Mary Ann Steel vs. Curtis Skinner
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State of MissouriMissouri
Circuit CourtCircuit Court Third Judicial
Circuit July Term A D 1835

St Louis County Ss- Mary AnnMary Ann Steel an infant under
the age of Twenty one years by G A BirdG A Bird her
next friend complains of of a plea
of trespass & Battery & false imprisonment
for that the said defendant heretofore to wit
on the first day of January in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred & thirty two at St LouisSt Louis
in said County with force & arms an assault did
make upon her said Mary AnnMary Ann & did then &
there & ill treat her & subject her
to & did then & there imprison her
without any reasonable on probable cause
& hath kept & detained her imprison
from the day last aforesaid untill this time
and during the time aforesaid did imprison
the said Mary AnnMary Ann in the Common goal of
said County & kept & detain her in prison there
as a runaway slave for the span of ten days
he the said defendant then & there knowing
the said plaintiff to be a free person & other
wrongs to the said plaintiff then & there did
against the peace & dignity of said state
By means of premises the plaintiff says she
was prevented from attending to her
affairs & business by which she might & otherwise
should have obtained a large sum of money
the sum of Two hundred Dollars
wherefore the plaintiff says she is really
& hath sustained Damages to three hundred
Dollars & therefore she sues

G A BirdG A Bird next friend
for Peff

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I acknowledge my willingness to prosecute the above
suit of the above named Mary AnnMary Ann
as her next friend

G A BridG A Brid

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The State of MissouriMissouri
County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis Ss;

To the Sheriff of the County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis
Greeting

We Command you to summon Curtis Skinnier 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 Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis on the second monday of July next then and
there to answer unto Mary AnnMary Ann Steel an infant under the age of
twenty one years of a plea of trespass assault & Battery & false imprison
ment to the damage of the said plaintiff of three Hundred dollars
and have you then there this writ

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Witness Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk of our said
Circuit CourtCircuit Court at Office this twenty sixth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight Hundred and thirty five

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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Not executed for want of time June 27th 1835

J BrothertonJames Brotherton Shff
by G HammondG Hammond

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No 96

Saint Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1835

Mary AnnMary Ann Steel by her
next friend
vs
CurtisCurtis SkinnerSkinner

This is an action of
assault & Battery & false imprison
ment at
& not under the
statute Damage $ 300

The Clk and state
issue a summons

G A BridG A Brid

Filed 26th June 1835

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

paid for issuing
& tax
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1835

Mary AnnMary Ann Steel
vs
CurtisCurtis SkinnerSkinner

And the said defendant by
JJ Spalding SpaldingJ Spalding his attonrey comes & defends the force & injury
when, &.C & says that he is not guitly of the said
supposed trespasses in the declaration mentioned in
manner and form as the plaintiff hath above there
of complained against him, & of this he puts him
self upon the country & c.

and for a further plea this defendant says that
said plaitiff ought not to have and maintain
his said action thereof against him because he
says that at and during the time when said several
supposed tresasses were committed, she the plaitiff
was a slave and not a free person to but at said
County and this he is ready to verify where-
fore he prays judgment & C.

and for a further plea this defendant says that
the plaintiff ought not to have and maintain
her said action thereof against him as to said subjecting her to slavery & imprisoning her & keeping & detaining her in prison because he
says that said plaintiff is a colored person &
was born a slave and has always remained
in the condition of a slave then held and treated
as such: and that before the said supposed tres
passes were committed, she was sold and delivered
to this defendant as a slave, he not knowing or having notice that
she was entitled to her freedom: wherefore the com-
mitted the several acts alleged in said declaration
as trespasses and in this plea justified as he will might do, he not knowing
then of her right to freedom or having had notice of
the same and this he is ready to verify and as
to the assaulting heating & her &

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as to the force and arms &.C, he says he is not
guilty & of that he puts himself upon the county

filed July 14th 1835

AG

JJ Spalding SpaldingJ Spalding atty
for deft

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No 96

July Term 1835
St LouisSt Louis Circit Court

Mary AnnMary Ann Steel
vs
CurtisCurtis SkinnerSkinner

pleas
not guilty
plff a slave
plff in condition of
&C.

JJ Spalding SpaldingJ Spalding atty

Filed July 14th 1835

A GambleArchibald Gamble Clk

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Clerk Gamble's fees $2.261/4
fees book 22.2

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21 M W

March Term 1836.

Mary AnnMary Ann Steel
vs
CurtisCurtis SkinnerSkinner

: for Ptff

Wm. C. SkinnerSkinner
James S. Thomas &
WmWilliam Walker . WalkerWilliam Walker

20 JulyAprl 1. 1836
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Executed this writ by Reading it to
WilliamWilliam C SkinnerSkinner on the 22nd James S
Thomas William WalkerWilliam Walker on the 29th days of march 1836 in the county of
St LouisSt Louis

James BrothertonJames Brotherton shff
By MM Brotherton BrothertonM Brotherton D Shff

Service $1.50
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon
Wm. C.. SkinnerSkinner , James S. Thomas & WmWilliam Walker .WalkerWilliam Walker .
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 first day of April next
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 Mary AnnMary Ann Steel is
plaintiff and CurtisCurtis SkinnerSkinner
is defendant on the part of the
Plaintiff and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 21st. day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eighty hundred and thirty six.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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July Term 1836.

MaryMary Ann AnnMary Ann Steel
vs
CurtisCurtis S SCurtis S kinner

pltf

Wm. C. SkinnerSkinner 12
JasJas S Thomas SJas S Thomas . ThomasJas S Thomas 7
WmWilliam Walker .WalkerWilliam Walker

20 July
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Served this writ on JasJas S Thomas SJas S Thomas ThomasJas S Thomas
on the 7th &Wm C SkinnerSkinner on the
12th days of July 1836 by Reading it
to them in the county of St LouisSt Louis
WmWilliam Walker WalkerWilliam Walker not found in my county

James BrothertonJames Brotherton Shff
By M BrothertonM Brotherton D Shff

Service $1.00
12 1/2
$1.12 1/2
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting.

Your hereby commanded to summon
WmC.SkinnerSkinner , James S. Thomas &WmWilliam Walker .
WalkerWilliam Walker .
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 20 July next
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 MaryMary Ann AnnMary Ann Steel
plaintiff and CurtisCurtis S SCurtis S kinner is
defedant on the part of the
Pltf and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our aid Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 29th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six.

Jno. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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William WalkerWilliam Walker not found
in my county

James BrothertonJames Brotherton
shff
By M BrothertonM Brotherton Dshff

nonest 50 cts
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E. 28th July

July 7.1836.

M. A. Steel
vs C. S SkinnerSkinner

Pltf

WmWilliam Walker WalkerWilliam Walker

3 augs
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
State of MissouriMissouri

To The Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon
WmWilliam Walker WalkerWilliam Walker
that setting aside all manner of excuse and elay, he be and appear in proper person
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the 3rd. augt. next
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 Coiurt, wherein MaryMary Ann AnnMary Ann Steel is
plaintiff and CurtisCurtis S SCurtis S kinner
is defendant on the part of the plff
and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 28 day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty Six.

Jno. RulandJohn Ruland ,

Clerk, C.C.
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E. 1 augt.

July Term 1836

Mary AnnMary Ann Steel
vs
CurtisCurtis S SCurtis S kinner

Plff

Saml. S.
Wm C.SkinnerSkinner
John
Chs Lorinz
The Sheriff need not
SummonsCharles
Liring E ABird
Peplsatty

3rd augt.
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon Samuel S.. Stramkie.
Wm. C.SkinnerSkinner , John Mullhall & Charles
Lorinz.
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 3rd day of augt:next:
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 MaryMary Ann AnnMary Ann Steel is
plaintiff and Curtis SCurtis S kinner is
defedant ont he part of the
Plaintiffand have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 1st day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six.

Jno. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed By reading this subpoena to the
within manner John Mulhall and
WilliamWilliam C SkinnerSkinner in the county of
St LouisSt Louisaugst 8th 1836SamuelSamuel
Stamke not found in this County

J Botherton Shff
By JJ Gordon GordonJ Gordon Depty Shff

Service $ 1.00
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E.8 Aug

July Term 1836.

MaryMary Ann AnnMary Ann Steel
vs
CurtisCurtis SkinnerSkinner

plff

Jno Mulhall 8
SamlStramkie&
Wm. C. SkinnerSkinner 8

13th augt
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, sct.
State of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting.

You are hereby commanded to summon John Mulhall Samuel
Stamkie & WilliamWilliam C SkinnerSkinner
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 thirteenth day of August instant 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 MaryMary Ann AnnMary Ann Steel a woman of color is
plaintiff and CurtisCurtis SkinnerSkinner is
defendant on the part of
plaintiff and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, JohnJohn Ruland RulandJohn Ruland Clerk of our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court , at the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this Eighth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty six

Jno. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.