Courtney, a woman of color v. Samuel S. Rayburn
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State of missouri, Circuit court Third for
dicide circuit March Term 1836.

County of St LouisCounty of St Louis feb

Courtney, a woman
of color complains of SamuelSamuel S. Rayburn
of a plea of trespass, assault and Batteryâ
false imprisonment. For that here to how
to wit an the first day of October in the year Eighteen hundred and thirty five, at
St LouisSt Louis in the said county, the said
defendant with forced and arms as assault
did make upon the said courtrey and
her the said courtrey did them did there
he at, wound and ill he at, and her the
said courtrey did then and their said
imprisonment>without any lawful or probable
so that keptdetained
her so in prison there from the day last
aforesaid to this day. And said plaintiff
says that at and before the times of
committiny the said several grievances
she was and thiee is a free person â
that said defendant has sheld and
detained â still holds and detaing
said plaintiff in slavery wherefore
the plaintiff says she is greatly injured
and hath sustained damages to
five hundred dollars â etherfore
she sues

Chad. D. DrakeD Drake Atty.

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State of missouri
county of St LouisSt Louis
Sd Before me Milson and
justice of the peace written â for the county aforesaid personally
courtney woman of color, who being sworn on his oath says

It is hereby ordered that the above putitioner
courtrey be permitted to sue for her freedom and that charles D Draty
be aggained as her attorney according to the statute in that eare made
and provided

L.E. Lawless

Judge 3d St. LouisSt Louis

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St LouisSt Louis Circut court
>march Term 1836
No 10

Courtney la woman
of color)
SamuelSamuel S. Rayburn
Suit for freedom

Issue summons
C.D. DrakeD Drake

Filed 2nd November 1835

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble Clerk

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County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis To
the State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of the county of saint Louis.

He command you to summon SamuelSamuel greeting S Ray-
burn. That he be and appear before the Judge of our
circuit court at the next march term thereof to be held at the
eity of St LouisSt Louis within and for the county of Saint LouisSt Louis on the
second monday of march next then and there to answer
unto courtrey a woman of color of a plea of trespass. Assault
and Battery and false imprisonment wherefore the said plaintiff
says she is injured and hath sustained Damage to five Hundred
Dollars - and have you then there their writ

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witnessArchibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk of
our said circuit court at office this
second day of November A D 1835.

Archibald GambleArchibald Gamble clerk CC

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To the Haw Luke â Lawleys Judge of the
circuit court of St LouisSt Louis county.

Yourpetitioner courtney, a woman
of color, about twenty three years of
age, respectfully represented, that she
was born in the State of VirginiaState of Virginia and
belonged to a man named Laclavd; that
when quite young she said sold by him
to his brother major John Gacland of
the United StatesUnited States Army; who told
her to Detroit in michigan; that
she was kept there in flavery as nearly
as she can recalled about two years;
that from there she was taken by
major GarlandGarland , , she
believes to Fort HowardHoward Green bay in in
michigan territory, where she was kept
sometimes, but how long she does not
remember, still held in service by major
GarlandGarland ; that from there she was taken
to PrairiePrairie da Chiew in michigan ter-
ritory, where she was kept about five
years in the family of major Gacland;
that about five years since she was
told by major GarlandGarland to Mr AlexisAlexis
Bay at PrairiePrairie da Chiew; that she
lived with Mr Bay abou five years
at St PetersSt Peters an the MississippiMississippi Revers
that somewhere about four months
rived Mr Bay removed to PrairiePrairie da
Chiew where and brought her with him,
and that she has been them with

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since until a shorttime ago, when
she was brought by him to the city
of St LouisSt Louis, and there told by him to
Mr SamuelSamuel A. Rayburn as a slave,
and that said Rayburn now holds
her in custody as a slave.

Your petitioner also represents that
the said Alexi Bay at the time of
selling her- told also to the said SamuelSamuel
S. Rayburn, an infant child of hard,
a log, about seven months old,
named, WilliamWilliam , who was forn at
St PetersSt Peters, while she was there in the
service of Mr Bay.

Your petitioner further states that
she belives herself and her child to be
legally entitled to their freedom; and
she therefore prays that she may
be permitted to sue as a poor person
for her freedom and that of her
now, and that your honor will
such other â further order in the premises as will secure to her, her legal rights.

Courtney her mark

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

It Before me WilsonWilson Primm as
justice of the peace within for the county afore
said personally called Courtney a woman
of color, who being sworn on her oath says
that the facts stated in the above peteti-
tion are true.

courtney her X
WilsonWilson Primm J. P.

sworn to to subscribed before the this 2d nov. 1835

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His hereby that the above problem
Country for permitted to see for the freedom
and that church DDrakeassigned as her
attorney of to the in deal canmadeandprovided.

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this writ by offering to read it of the
Declaration â or ourmade by the judge of the Court the samuel Rayburn the defendant in the city of StSt Louis. LouisSt Louison the fourth day of November 1835 so which the refused to hear and
acknowledged the of the same of JamesJames brotherton


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St. LouisCircuit Court CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court
Courtney (a woman of color)
SamuelSamuel S. Rayburn

March Review 1836

And the said defendant
by his attorney comes â defendent
therforce and injury when V. G. and says
that he is not guilty of the said trespass nor
any of them the said declaration mentioned
in manner form as the said
plaintiff hath above thereof complained and
of this he puts himself upon the country

>J. SpaldingJ Spalding
atty for def

And the plaintiff do the liked
Manning â DrakeDrake
Pttffis Ally's
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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Courtney (a color woman
SamuelSamuel , S.Rayburn
not guilty

JJ Spalding .SpaldingJ Spalding

Filed 14th March 1836
John RulandJohn Ruland clerk