Delph vs. Stephen Dorris
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To Luke ELuke E . Judge of the St. LouisSt Louis Circuit
Count

The Petition of DelphDelph , alias Delphy a colored
person represents that she was formerly the
slave of Josiah, Ramsey, and was possessed and
owned, by him as his slave to the fourth day of May in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and twenty six, at which time,
said RamsayRamsay , then a citizen & resident, of
the state of MissouriMissouri, actually living in CallawayCallaway County, CountyCallaway County, made & executed, in due
form of law his deed, of emancipation, of
your petitioner, wherein he declared her free
to which deed, there were two subscribing witnesses
who proved, the same in due, form in
the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of CallawayCallaway County, CountyCallaway County
on the twelfth, of November in the year eighteen hundred, twenty seven, which
County the same deed was duly recorded,
in the Clerks office of said Circuit CourtCircuit Court
of Callaway CountyCallaway County, by which deed your
petitioner became free, & immediately after
its execution went free, & has in fact gone
at large, & acted, as a free person ever, since
and she, further says that one StephenStephen ,
Dorris claims her now, as a slave, having
very, recently set up such claim and
has seized, her and attempted by force to carry her away,
from St. LouisSt Louis a here she now resides &
is now attempting the same thing. Where

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fore, she prays, for leave, to sue, in the
St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court as a poor person,
in order, to establish her said right, to freedom

DelphDelph ,

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St. Louis County SS,: DelphDelph , a colored woman,
being sworn on her oath, says that the above
petition is true,

DelphDelph , her

X

march
Sworn to & subscribed
before me this 6th July 1836

P..

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St. Louis County
at ChambersChambers :

July 6th 1836

It is hereby ordered that
DelphDelph the petitioner above, be permitted to sue,
as a poor person in the StCircuit Court ,Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court to establish her right to freedom
& JosiahJosiah Spading, is hereby assigned as her
counsel. It is also further, ordered that the
said,DelphDelph have reasonable liberty to attend,
her counsel and the Court as occasion
may require,: and that she be, not removed,
out of the jurisdiction, of the Court, and
that she be, not subject to any severity on,

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on account of her, application for freedom 6th July 1836

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court for November Term 1836

County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis SS,. DelphDelph
permitted to sue, for freedom, by J SpaldingJ Spalding her, attorney
assigned by Court, complains of StephenStephen ,
Dorris of a plea of trespass,, for that the said
Dorris on the first day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred thirty six
at said County, with force and
arms &C. made an assault, upon the said
DelphDelph & her the said DelphDelph , then & there
wounded, burised,, beat & ill- treated,, &
with force pulled, & dragged, about & then &
there imprisoned the said DelphDelph & detained
her in prison there for a long space of time
to wit hitherto, & restrained, her of her,
liberty, against the will of the said DelphDelph
whereby the said plaintiff was greatly hurt
bruised,, & injured; and the plaintiff that

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before and at the time of the committing,
said grievances,, that she was & still is a
free person & that the defendant held
and still holds her the plaintiff in slave
ry,, wherefore she saith that she is grieved,
and hath sustained damages to the amount
of five hundred dollars & therefore she
sues, &C.

JJ Spalding ,. SpaldingJ Spalding atty, for plff

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

DelphDelph Suing for freedom
vs
StephenStephen Dorris

petition & claim,

Issue summon or
within order

Filed 6th July 1836

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis - SS,

The State of MissouriMissouri

To The Sheriff of the county of Saint LouisSt Louis - Greeting:

We command you to summon StephenStephen Dorris if he be found in your county
that he be and appear before the judge of our circuit court on the first day of
the term thereof to be begun and held at the city of Saint LouisSt Louis, within & for the county aforesaid, on the second Monday of November next, then and
there to answer unto DelphDelph , a mulattress, of a plea of trespass, to the damage
of said plaintiff of five hundred 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 CityCity of St Louis
of St. LouisCity of St Louis this sixth day of July, in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and thirty six.

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk


By Dpty,

J,. D. Johnston

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Executed this writ by reading it together with
the declaration & petition and also the order made,
by the honorable Judge to StephenStephen Dorris on the
6th Day of July 1836 in the county of St. LouisSt Louis

Service $1.00

James BrothertonJames Brotherton Sheriff


by

Louis

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No 4

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1836

DelphDelph - a mulatress,
vs
StephenStephen Dorris

summons

Filed 6th July 1836

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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StephenStephen Dorris
vs,
DelphDelph a mullatress

November term, 1836.

And, the said defendant, by his, attorney
comes, & defends the force & injury, when & says,
that he is guilty, - of the said supposed trespass,
above said, to chare or any part, thereof, in
manner & form as the said plaintiff hath above
thereof complained against him
himself upon, the county

This pleas is withdrawn-book9-page 51

Gamble

&

Allen attys for d,

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No 4

November term 1836

Delph

Stephen Dorris

plea not guilty,
Gamble & Allen,.

Filed

22nd Nov. 1836

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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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 WilliamWilliam LucasLucas
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 fourth 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
DelphDelph is plaintiff and Dorris 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 14 day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Executed this writ By reading it
to WlmmLucasLucas March 14th 1837 in
the county of St. LouisSt Louis,

JamesJames Brotherton ,BrothertonJames Brotherton shff,


By

J Gordon DJ Gordon D Shff,

Service $ - 50
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March Term 1837.
DelphDelph
vs
S W, Dorris

Subp, for
Wm LucasWilliam Lucas , 14
for plff

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DelphDelph plff,
vs
StephenStephen Dorris deft,

action, in Circuit CourtCircuit Court
of St Louis, County

Take notice, that on the twentieth day of March
in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty-seven, between
the hours of six in the forenoon and six in the
afternoon, of that day, at the post office, in the City ofCity of Jefferson JeffersonCity of Jefferson, MissouriMissouri,
depositions will be taken by the undersigned, to be read on the trial of the above
entitled case, on behalf of the defendant; and that the taking of said
depositions, if not completed on that day, will be continued from day to day at the same
place and between the same hours, until completed.

To the above named plaintiff
3rd March 1837

S. Dorris deft by,

his attos,

B.

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Served, this notice by delivering a true
copy thereof to the within named DelphDelph
on the 3rd day of March 1837 in the county
of St. LouisSt Louis

James BrothertonJames Brotherton Sheriff

By

M BrothertonM Brotherton D Shff,

Service 50 cts,
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depositions, of witnesses produced sworn, & examined
on, the twentieth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven between the
hours of six O'clock in the forenoon and six O'clock
in the afternoon of that day at the Post office in the city
of JeffersonJefferson , in the State of MissouriMissouri before, me GeorgeGeorge W
WGeorge W ,. Miller a Justice of the peace within, and for the CountyCounty of Cole
ofCounty of Cole ColeCounty of Cole, in a certain cause now depending in the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court of St.Louis County in said State between DelphDelph , plaintiff
and StephenStephen C. Dorris, defendant on the part of the Defendant.

The examination of witnesses, continued
until tomorrow morning between the hours aforesaid

Tuesday 21st March 1837.
Beverley, A. Ramsay, of lawful age, being produced
sworn and examined on the part of the Defendant
Deposith and saith

That Delf a mulatto, girl now
about 32 years of age was born a slave for life, the
property of Josiah, Ramsay Senior Late of CallawayCallaway County
CountyCallaway County in this State,- that said JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr by
deed of Sale conveyed, said Delf to JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay
by said Delf was afterwards conveyed to
StephenStephen C. Dorris now of said County of CallawayCounty of Callaway -
That said JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr never at any time
owned any other Slave of the name of Delf
and that said Delf has been seen by this deponant in the City of St.LouisCity of St Louis where she now resides-

This deponant further Saith, That he, knew one
Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson who was a subscribing, witness
to the deed by which said JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr Conveyed
the said Delf with, other property to the said JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,
RamsayJonathan Ramsay - That said PattersonPatterson removed from, the State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky, to the territory

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now State ofArkansa ArkansasArkansa,, and that some years ago
it was currently reported and has ever since, been
believed by his Connections in the State of MissouriMissouri
that said PattersonPatterson is dead- and this deponent
Saith that said JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr died in the County of CallawayCounty of Callaway in the month of September in the year Eighteen hundred and thirty four.

B. A. Ramsay


subscribed, and sworn to before,
me a justice of the peace within and
for the County of ColeCounty of Cole- StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri, on this 21st Mar on 1837
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GW. Miller Justice
Robert H. Jones of lawful age being also produced
sworn and examined on the part of the defendant
deposith and Saith-

That in the month of May in the year Eighteen hundred and thirty five he attended
to the taking of depositions in the Territory of ArkansasArkansas,
in a certain suit depending between the former Slaves of Josiah, Ramsay Senior Late of Callaway CountyCallaway County
plaintiff and JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay defendant- That he took the depositions of Ambrose Huggins, and
his wife, who both Stated on oath, that the wife, of
Said Huggins was the daughter of Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson
who was a subscribing witness to a deed of conveyance
of certain Slaves from said JosiahJosiah , to said
JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay &,. That said PattersonPatterson died at
the house of said Huggins in the Territory now StateArkansa
ofArkansa ArkansasArkansa,- That [ depponent ] knew Delf a mulatto girl
slave the property of said JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr and the he never knew any other slave of the same name
belonging to the said JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr - That said JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr died some years ago in said
Callaway CountyCallaway County.-

Subscribed, and sworn to
before me a justice of The Peace
Witness and for the County of Cole,
& State of MissouriMissouri on this 21 March 1837 GW Miller,

Robert H. Jones

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St.
Justice,

I George M. Miller a justice of the peace within
and for the County of ColeCounty of Cole in the State of MissouriMissouri
do hereby certify that B.A Ramsay and Robert
H. Jones the deponent were, by me severally
sworn to testify the whole truth of their knowledge, touching the Controversy aforesaid
that they were examined and their examination
reduced to writing, and by them respectively, in my presence
on the day between the hours and at the place
in that behalf, aforesaid

GW,. Miller
Justice of the Peace

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DelphDelph vs Dorris

Deposition for Defendant

Opened & filed 27th March 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland clerk

Deposition excluded
for irregularity
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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 WilliamWilliam LucasLucas
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 4th of april 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 DelphDelph is
plaintiff and StephenStephen C. Dorris is
defendant on the part of the, defendant
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 first day of April in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty-7

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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March Term 1837 est,
DelphDelph

Dorris

sum WilliamWilliam LucasLucas deft, 4th

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Executed this writ on WilliamWilliam LucasLucas on the 1 day of april 1837 by reading it to him in the
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

James BrothertonJames Brotherton Sheriff


By

B.F. Clark D Shff,

service, 50
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DelphDelph
vs
StephenStephen Dorriss

Action in Circuit CourtCircuit Court of
St.Louis County.

Take notice, that on the sixteenth day of Marchin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven, between
the hours of six in the forenoon and six in the
afternoon, of that day, at the Court House in the town of
County, State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky, depositions will be taken by the undersigned, to be read on the trial of the above
entitiled case, on behalf of the defendant; and that the taking of said
depositions, if not completed on that day, will be continued from day to day at the same
place and between the same hours, until completed.

StephenStephen Dorriss

by his
attos,

B. Allen,

To the above named DelphDelph
plff,
St.LouisSt Louis3rd March 1837
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Served this notice by delivering a true
copy thereof to the within named DelphDelph
on the 3rd day of March 1837 in the
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

James BrothertonJames Brotherton Shff,


By

MM Brotherton ,BrothertonM Brotherton D Shff,

service, 50th
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis,

Sct.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To any Judge of Justice of the Peace or, other judicial officer of the State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky
Greeting:

We, reposing special trust and confidence in your integrity and circumspection, do authorize
and require you, that you cause to come before you, such person or persons as shall
be named to you by StephenStephen Dorris & DelphDelph of them
his or her
Attorney or Agent, and him or them examine upon his, her or their corporal oath, (to be by you administered,) now pending in our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , for the county of St. LouisSt Louis, wherein DelphDelph is plaintiff and StephenStephen Dorris is defendant on the part of the Defendant and having so reduced
the said depositions so taken by you as aforesaid in writing, you are required to send the
same, together with this commission, enclosed under, your seal, to our said Circuit CourtCircuit Court ,
with all convenient speed.

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St.LouisCity of St Louis, this third day of March in the year of our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven.

Johan RulandRuland

Clerk C.C.
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Commonwealth of KentuckyKentucky, Livingston CountyLivingston County

Depositions, of witnesses produced sworn, and examined at
the court in the town of Salem, Livingston CountyLivingston County state of
KentuckyKentucky, before me ChristopherChristopher Haynes, an acting Justice
of the peace in and for the county of LivingstonLivingston state of
KentuckyKentucky,, In a certain cause now depending, in the circuit
court in the county of St LouisSt Louis and state of MissouriMissouri
between DelphDelph a woman of [ Coulor ], plaintiff & StephenStephen
C Dorriss defendant on the part of the defendant

David BrownDavid Brown of lawfull age being produced
sworn and examined on the part of the defendant
deposeth, and saith. That, he was well acquainted,
with ThomasThomas Patterson PattersonThomas Patterson , in the years 1806. 7 & 8 in
this County that he has often soon him write
and that he was well acquainted, with his signature, and verily believes, and has no doubt,
that the signature, of the said ThomasThomas Patterson ,PattersonThomas Patterson
signed to a paper as a witness, now shown to be a bill of sale, from JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr
RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr to JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay for certain negroes,
is the proper and genuine, signature to the said
Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson , said [ Paket, ] or bill of sale is,
hereunto attached and marked thus, (A) (a) and
among other indorsements, on the, back is one in
these words filed 12th Octoer 1835 of
Clerk. This Deponant further sayeth that he
thinks and believes the, said Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson left,
this county LivingstonLivingston , sometime in the spring
summer, summer of the year of 1808 and went to
ArkansasArkansas, as since which time he has not seen him, been in this state of KentuckyKentucky, as this deponant
knows, of he further sayeth that he has heard

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and believes the report true that the said ThomasThomas Patterson
PattersonThomas Patterson died a few years since in the now new
state of ArkansasArkansas,, he further sayeth that said
Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson was taken esteemed, and believed,
among his acquaintances, while living in this
county as a correct honest, and upright
man,, and further this Deponant sayeth not,

David BrownDavid Brown

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ChristopherChristopher Haynes, a justice of the peace for
LivingstonLivingston and state of KentuckyKentucky, do certify
that David BrownDavid Brown the depandant was
by me, sworn to testify the whole truth of his
knowledge touching, the matter in controversy
in the court, aforesaid that the Deponant was examined
and his examination reduced to writing and
subscribed by said Deponant in my [ presents ]
on the 16th Day of March 1837 between the
hours, of six in the fournoon, and six in the
afternoon at the court house in the town, of
Salem, LivingstonLivingston County CountyLivingston County, & state of KentuckyKentucky,
given and certified this 16th Day of March 1837

ChristopherChristopher Haynes J.P.,

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Presely, Gray of lawful, age being,
produced and sworn, on the part, of the Defendant
deposeth,. deposeth that, the Distance from this
place Salem, Livingston CountyLivingston County to St,[ Lewis ] MissouriMissouri
by the Common [ rought ], of travelling is
not more than one hundred and Eighty
miles and further this deponent saith, not

Presley, Gray

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I ChristopherChristopher Haynes, a justice of the peace for
LivingstonLivingston and state of KentuckyKentucky, do certify
that Presley, Gray the Deponant was by me,

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Sworn to certify the whole truth of his knowledge
touching the matter in Controversy in the case aforesaid
that the deponent was examined and his examination
reduced to writing and subscribed by said Deponant
in my [ presents ] on the 16th day do March 1837 between
The hours of in the morning and six in the evening
at the court house in the town, of Salem,
County and State of KentuckyKentucky given and certified
this 16th of March 1837.

ChristopherChristopher Haynes,

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I ChristopherChristopher Haynes, an acting Justice of the peace
for Livingston CountyLivingston County and State of Kentuckyy
do certify that in [ persuance ], of the within
commission and notice come before me at
the Court house in the town, of Salem in,
the County last, aforesaid David BrownDavid Brown
and Presley Gray, who were there by me, sworn
and examined and such examination
reduced to writing and subscribed by them
respectively in my [ presents ] and their said
Depositions are now [ herwith ] returned given,
at the Court house in the County of Livingston and state of KentuckyKentucky this
16th day of March 1837.

ChristopherChristopher

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It is hereby certified that ChristopherChristopher Haynes,
on the sixteenth day of March in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven
was and now is an acting Justice of the Peace within
and, for the County of Livingston and state of
KentuckyKentucky duly commissioned and acting as
such and, that full faith, and credit are due
to his acts, as such.

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In testimony whereof I James LJames L Dallam DallamJames L Dallam , Clerk of the
LivingstonLivingston County CourtCircuit Court & for the StateKentucky
of KentuckyKentucky (it being a have hereunto subscribed,
my name & affixed the seal, of office, this 16th day of March eighteen hundred and thirty seven.

James L Dallam,

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Delph vsStephenStephen Dorris

Depositions for defendant

Opened and filed April 1st 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Justices of the

For and in Consideration of the of thirteen
hundred and twenty five
by Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , the whereof is hereby
acknowledged I Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr , of the county of
LivingstonLivingston , and state of KentuckyKentucky, do hereby sell
and convey, to Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , of the county and
state af my negroe woman, Bell and my two Negro
girls AmyAmy , and DelphDelph , with [ there ] further increase,
and also my two negro boys and GeorgeGeorge
reserving, to myself the use of and
under my hand and seal, day

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8th August 1809 of it
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filed 12th october 1835


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1808


page and

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Commonwealth, of KentuckyKentucky, Livingston County

Patterson Clerk of the County CourtCircuit Court ,
for said County as hereby certify the this
bill of sale, from Josiah Ramsey, to Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , was on the 4th day of October 1808 produced
in, open court and acknowledged by the said JosiahJosiah ,
to be his set and deed, and the same was ordered,
to be recorded. In [ testamany ] whereof and that
recorded the same and this certifecate
my hand this 9th day of february 1833

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order of the court by
depositions, taken from ArkansasArkansas, Territory the
12th 1835 in the
AmyAmy vsJonathanJonathan , of
depending in the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court



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I am requested to state what I know about
the execution, of a Bill of sale or paper purporting,
to be signed by JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr and which is dated
27th of August 1807 and which I have this day
examined in the clerk's office of Circuit CourtCircuit Court
of St. LouisSt Louis county where I found the same
attached to depositions, of David BrownDavid Brown &
Presley, Gray entitled, in the cause of DelphDelph
or, Dorris - that paper purports, to have
been executed by JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr in 1807
and I never saw him write before about seven
or eight years ago when he had
in his fingers and indeed, was able to
a pen - so that although I incline, to think that
signature at the bottom of sd, paper was made
by him I wish it to be understood what
my means of forming, an opinion - I never
saw any of his writing except his signature
and whether he could write any more, than
that I do not know - my opinion above expressed, is founded on some small similarity of,
the character of this signature and those, which
I have seen him make - he was a farmer St LouisSt Louis4th of april 1837

WW Lucas . LucasW Lucas ,

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DelphDelph Plff,vs
StephenStephen Dorriss deft,

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis MissouriMissouri

Take notice, that on the fifteenth day of junein the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty- seven, between
the hours of six,. in the forenoon and seven in the
afternoon, of that day, at the office of clerk of the circuit
court of the county of Cole, state of MissouriMissouri
depositions will be taken by the undersigned, to be read on the trial of the above
entitled case, on behalf of the defendant,; and that the taking of said
depositions, if not completed on that day, will be continued from day to day at the same
place and between the same hours, until completed.

To the above named plaintiff.

Stephan Dorriss, deft


his atty,

B Allen,

.
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Delphe,
StephenStephen Dorriss,

notice

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Served this notice by delivering
a true copy therof to the within
named Delphe, on the8th day of may 1837 in the county of St. LouisSt Louis

JamesJames Brotherton BrothertonJames Brotherton ,

service 50th By

M BrothertonM Brotherton ,

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Depositions of witnesses produced sworn and
examined on the fifteenth day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven
between the hours, of six, in the forenoon, and seven in
the aternoon, of that day, at the office of Clerk of the Circuit Court of the county of Cole state of MissouriMissouri
before me George. M. Miller a justice, of the peace, within
and for the county aforesaid, in a certain cause now
depending in the Circuit Court of the County ofCounty of St Louis
St. LouisCounty of St Louis in the state of MissouriMissouri, between DelphDelph
plaintiff and StephenStephen Dorris defendant an the
part of the Defendant

Robert H. James of lawful age, living produced
sworn and examined on the part of the defendant
deposeth, and saith, - that,

About the last of May, in the year eighteen
hundred and thirty five he (Deponent) was in the
state, then territory,, of ArkansasArkansas, and among the
relations of Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson , and in the neighbourhood
and at the cause where he understood
said PattersonPatterson resided during his life, and that he
(this deponent) then, & from said Pattersons
relations understood he said PattersonPatterson was dead,
and at the same time heard, said relations of
said PattersonPatterson testify to the hand writing of
said Pattersons as a subscribing witness to a deed,
of sale from JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr ,RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr to JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay
for DelphDelph and other slaves,, and that he then, and
there heard the same persons state on oath that
said PattersonPatterson was dead and that he died, some
one two or three years before that time, the time
not now certainly recollected, by this deponent>

RobertRobert H Jones H JonesRobert H Jones ,

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Sworn & subscribed to before me
on the day at the place and within the,
laws first aforesaid.

G. W. Miller,

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Beverley, A. Ramsay of lawful age, being produceed
sworn & examined on the part of the defendant
deposeth, and saith that

DelphDelph a Mulatto, girl now about thirty two years of
age was born, a slave for life the property, of JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr
RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr sent late, of CallawayCallaway County county in this state
that said JosiahJosiah by deed of sale conveyed, said DelphDelph
to JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay by whom said DelphDelph was
some years afterwards conveyed, to StephenStephen , C. Dorriss
said defendant, now of CallawayCallaway County county
that said JosiahJosiah never at any time since the birth
of said DelphDelph owned, another slave of the name
of DelphDelph ; that said DelphDelph has been seen by this
deponent in the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis where, he understands,
she now resides - that he, this deponent - know one
ThomasThomas Patterson ,PattersonThomas Patterson who was a subscribing witness,
to the said deed, of sale by which said JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr
RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr conveyed, said DelphDelph , with other slaes, to
said JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay , that said PattersonPatterson
removed, from the state of KentuckyKentucky, to the territory,
of ArkansasArkansas, and that some years ago it was currently,
reported among his acquaintances, & connections
in the state of MissouriMissouri, and believed by them
that said PattersonPatterson was dead, - and that said
Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr died in CallawayCallaway County county , in September 1834

Beverly A. Ramsay

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Sworn & subscribed to
before me, on the day at
the place and
within the hours first aforesaid

JP.

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I GeorgeGeorge Miller a justice of the peace,
within & for the county of Cole, in the state
of MissouriMissouri, do hereby certify, that RobertRobert H Jones H JonesRobert H Jones ,

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and Beverley, A.Ramsay the deponents were
by me severally sworn, to testify the whole truth of
their knowledge, touching the matter in controversy
aforesaid, that they were examined and their
examination to writing in their [ presents ]
and by them respectively subscribed
in my presence on the day between the hours
and at the at the plece in that behalf first aforesaid

. Miller J,. P,.

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DelphDelph vs Dorris

for defendant,

Dep: opened & filed 21st June 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk


Regularly taken
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DelphDelph
vs
S.C.Dorriss

Depositions

opened & filed 21st June 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk
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.
Paid 25

To the Clerk of the
Circuit court
of St. LouisSt Louis

St.LouisSt Louis
Mo,

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis,

set.

State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon WilliamWilliam LucasLucas ,
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 26th 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 DelphDelph is
plantiff and StephenStephen W WStephen W Dorris, is
defendant on the part of the Plaintiff
and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit court, at
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 27th day of June in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty- 7

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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WilliamWilliam LucasLucas , not found in my county,

JamesJames Brotherton BrothertonJames Brotherton , sheriff


121/2
By

JosephJoseph W WJoseph W MClurg Dshff,

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July Term 1837

DelphDelph
vs
StephenStephen W WStephen W Dorris,

Plantiff

WilliamWilliam LucasLucas ,


26 July
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis,

set.

State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon WilliamWilliam LucasLucas ,
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 26th
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 DelphDelph is
plaintiff and StephenStephen W WStephen W Dorris, is
defendant on the part of the defendant,
and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit court, at
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 27th day of June in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty- 7

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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WilliamWilliam not found in my county,

james sheriff


121/2
By

JosephJoseph

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[missing figure]
July term 1837
Dellph,
vs

Stephen WStephen W . Dorris,

defendt

WilliamWilliam LucasLucas ,


26th July
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DelphDelph
vs
StephenStephen Dorris

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Take notice that on the 26th day of June AD 1807 between the hours of six, in the
forenoon. and six in the afternoon of that day at
the office of the Clerk of the CountyCircuit Court ,CourtCircuit Court of
CallawayCallaway County, CountyCallaway County. State of MissouriMissouri the depositions of
WilliamWilliam H Russel,, WilliamWilliam Scott, and others will
be, taken by the undersigned to be read on the
trial, of the above entitled cause, on behalf of
the plaintiff which if not completed on that day
will be continued, from day to day until, all are,
taken at the same place and between, the same hours, as above.

DelphDelph by her atty,

I. . Stone

To the above named

StephenStephen Dorriss

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I do, hereby acknowledge due, service of
the within notice on me, this sixteenth day of June 1837

C Dorriss,

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DelphDelph
vs
StephenStephen Dorriss,


Dorriss

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and

Deposition for plaintiff

opended filed 3rd july 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland clerk

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Depositions of witnesses, produced sworn,
and examined on the twenty, sixth and twenty ninth, days of June
eighteen hundred and thirty seven between
the hours of six in the morning and six in
the evening of the days at the clerk office
of the county court of the county of CallawayCallaway County and, state of MissouriMissouri in the Town of FultonFulton ,
before me MartinMartin Basket, an acting Justice
of the peace within and for said county in
a certain cause now pending in the Circuit
Court of the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis state of
MissouriMissouri between DelphDelph , a woman of colour
plaintiff and StephenStephen C Dorris, Defendant on,
the part of the plaintiff

Willaim H Russell, of lawful age produced
sworn, and examined on the part of the plaintiff
deposeth, and saith

Question by the defendant state wether or, not and at what time
you examined the records of the county court of LivingstonLivingston county
KentuckyKentucky, touching the record of a bill of sale from Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr , to Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , sometime
in the month of August, 1835 to to take deposition in a
by against Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , for
freedom and which then the records
a bill of sale and
by Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr to Jonathat RamsayRamsay and ascer,
tained that notwithstanding it, was executed, many
( in the year ) that, it was not
recorded until, a in 1830
question by same Did examine regularly throuh the records
from the year 1806 to 1835 and state

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that there, was no record made until, many years
after it that it was not recorded untill after
1830

question by same do you know any thing in relation to the character of
JesseJesse PattersonPatterson , clerk of the LivingstonLivingston county court at the time
said bill of sale was recorded Answer I took depositions,
in LivingstonLivingston county KentuckyKentucky proving, that
said JesseJesse PattersonPatterson clerk, of Livingston CountyLivingston County KentuckyKentucky
at the, time said bill of sale, was recorded was a professional gambler, otherwise his character, was fare
sworn, to and subscribed before me on the
day at the place and within the hours first aforesaid June, the 26th at, 6 o clock P.M., the proceedings in this
case is adjourned, until tomorrow morning 6 o clock

June, the 27th 1837 met pursuant, to adjournment, and your
and, half past five in the evening, until tomorrow
morning 6 o clock

June 28th 1836 met pursuant to ajournment,
and adjourned, this day half past five in the evening, until tommorow
morning 6 o clock

June 29th met pursuant, to adjournment,
WilliamWilliam B Scott being, of lawful age being produced sworn and
examined, on the part of the plaintiff
deposeth and saith

question by the defendent, state when you were acquainted DelphDelph , the daughter of the plaintiff in this suit
Answer I am and have been from 1817 up to the present
time

question by same state whether or not she lived with Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr , up to the year 1826 as his slave

Answer she lived with Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr , as his slave up to some

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time in 1826 or 1827

question by same, did or did not Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr , appear
to be the only person exercising owenership over her upto that
time Answer he did

question by same did or did DelphDelph , after that time go
at large as a free woman and continue to act as such
Answer, she did go at large and act as a free woman

question by same, did or did not Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , live
near Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr , during the time said slave was in
his possession, Answer he did

question by same, did or did not Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr so, always
pretend, to an unencumbered, title to the slave DelphDelph ,

Answer he did
question by same, did Jonathan Ramsey, ever set up
any title to or pretend, to have any title, to the said slave during the
life time of Josiah Ramsey,

Answer he never did to my knowedge
question by same, is this signature to the acknowledgnment of service, notice marked
in the hand witing of StephenStephen C Dorris,

Answer it is

state your age and residence-Answer I am, 49 years of age
reside in CallawayCallaway County, county state of MissouriMissouri and within
about six miles of the city of JeffersonJefferson , and further
this deponent saith not

sworn to, and subscribed before me on the day at that place
and within the hours specified in the adjoinment

MartinMartin Basket,

Justice of the peace,
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State of MissouriMissouri
Callaway CountyCallaway County,

I MartinMartin Basket, an acting
justice of the peace within and for said
county do hereby certify that WilliamWilliam H Russell, and WilliamWilliam B Scott, the deponents
were by me severally sworn, to testify the whole
truth of their knowledge touching the matter
in controversy, aforesaid that they were examined
and their examination reduced to writing and
by them respectively subscribed in my presence,
the day at the place and between the hours
in that behalf first aforesaid

MartinMartin Basket,

Justice of the peace
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state of MissouriMissouri
CallawayCallaway County, CountyCallaway County

I Israel B Grant, Clerk
of the county Court of said County do
herby Certify that MartinMartin Basket, whose
signature appears to the forgoing Certificate
was, at the time of signing the same and
acting justice of the peace within and
for said county duly commissioned, and
qualified, and that his acts as such are
entitled, to due faith and credit,

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Given, under my hand
and the seal of said
court this 20th day of June 1837,

subscribed - 894
Subscribed - 25
for this 50th
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis,

set.

State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon Wm Lucas, Wm Lucas,
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 28th
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 DelphDelph is
plantiff and StephenStephen Dorris,
defendant on the part of plff,
and have you then and there this writ.-

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit court, at
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 17 day of Octoberin the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty- seven

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Wm LucasWilliam Lucas , not found in my county,

JamesJames Brotherton BrothertonJames Brotherton , sheriff


non est, 12 1/2
By

Joseph WJoseph W MClurg,

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November term 1839
DelphDelph ,
vs
StephenStephen Dorris,

Plff,

Wm LucasWilliam Lucas ,

28th November
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis,

set.

State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon Wm LucasWilliam Lucas ,
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 28th November 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 DelphDelph is plantiff and StephenStephen Dorris is,
defendant on the part of Defs,
and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit court, at
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 17 day of Oct, in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty- seven

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Wm LucasWilliam Lucas , not found in my county, not
being alive

JamesJames Brotherton BrothertonJames Brotherton , sheriff

By

Joseph WJoseph W MClurg Dshff,

12 1/2
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November term 1839
DelphDelph ,
vs
StephenStephen Dorris,

Deft,

Wm LucasWilliam Lucas ,

28th November
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis,

set.

State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the sheriff of St. Louis County Greeting:

You are hereby commanded to summon Wm LucasWilliam Lucas ,
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 the24th November
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 DelphDelph is
plantiff and StephenStephen Dorris is,
defendant on the part of deft,
and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit court, at
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 15 day of November in the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty seven

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Wm LucasWilliam Lucas , not found in my county, being
dead

JamesJames Brotherton BrothertonJames Brotherton , sheriff

By

non est, 12 1/2
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November term 1839
DelphDelph
vs
S Dorris,

Deft
W LucasW Lucas

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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 LucasWilliam Lucas ,
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 the24th November
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.
whereinDelphDelph is
plaintiff and S Dorris,
defendant on the part of Plff,
and have you then and there this writ.

[missing figure]
Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Circuit court, at
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 15 day of Novemberin the year of our Lord, eighteen hundred and thirty seven

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C. C.
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W LucasW Lucas , not found being dead

non est, 12 1/2

JamesJames Brotherton BrothertonJames Brotherton ,


By

JosephJoseph

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November term 1839
DelphDelph
vs,
S Dorris

Plff
W LucasW Lucas ,
24th

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Dorris
ads,
DelphDelph ,
November term 1837

And the said deft, by his attorney comes,
and defends the force & injury when & says for
further plea, in this behalf with leave, of the Court
has obtained that the said plaintiff ought
not to have or maintain her aforesaid action there
of against him the said defendant because he
says that the said plaintiff before & at the time
of the commencement of her suit aforesaid against
him the said defendant, was & still is the slave
of him the said defendent this he the said defendant
is ready to verify, wherefore he says

B. Allen,

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And the said Deft, for replication to the additional,
plea of the by him with of
that for any thing the said the not
to be became she says that at the time of the comnencement
of her saint aforesaid she was not the slave
of him the said the
of the county

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No 4
November Term 1836
DelphDelph
Dorris,

additional plea application,

Filed December 8th 1837

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk
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DelphDelph
Louis defendant

St. LouisSt Louisapril 19 1838

We the Jury, find
verdict, for the defendant,

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169

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If the jury, believe from the evidence
that JosiahJosiah Ramsay Sr RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr , excuted the bill,
of sale to Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , and the
deposited in the clerks,
office in KentuckyKentucky, it is the opinion
of the court, that there is no legal evidence,

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before then of its destruction
or of any and

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Delph
S Dorris,

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

DelphDelph being duly sworn on,
her oath saith that her appeal, from
the judgement, of the court, in this case
is not made of vexation, or delay, but
because this affiant belives that she is
aggrieved, by the defendant, of the court

Sworn, to and subscribed in
open Count this 21st April 1838DelphDelph her

X

mark
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DelphDelph
Dorris,

Affidavit, filed april 21st 1838

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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DelphDelph ,
vs
Dorris,
March Term 1838

March Term 1838
Be it remembered that on, the
trial, of this case the defendent read in evidence
the following depositions (here insert
the depos, of deft those not read)
Defendent also read in evidence the following
instruments (here insert the Bill of sale of
Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr ,to Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , and of
Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , to plantiff)

Defendent here closed his case the
plantiff there offered & read in evidence
the deposition of WilliamWilliam LucasLucas ,
also the deed of emancipation, and the certificates thereon and the
following depositions (here insert the other depositions of plantiff) saint
Bill of sale from JosiahJosiah , to Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay , in evidences was are a good deal
worn and some what tone and parted together are the back, with
cloth

this, was all the testimony given
in the case & the court there upon instructed
the jury that there was no evidences before
them of a of said DelphDelph by
Jonatha to Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr or of said Bill
of sales being in or
from which they could it one or
the other of which was necessary, in and
that the deed of emancipation, should
and that it was for the jury, to
determine wheather the Bill of sale given
in evidence Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr , to
Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay ,was executed, by the
Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr , the original owner of the
slave. To the giving which instructions the
plantiff by her counsel, excepted & prayed

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the court, to sign & seal, this Bill
of exceptions, what is done accordingly

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DelphDelph ,
Dorris,

Bill of exceptions,

Filed,april 21st 1838

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk
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[ Delp ]
vs
S Dorris,

Bill of Exceptions

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Depositions

David Brown

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Delph vsStephenStephen Dorris
March Term 1838

Be it remembered that on the trial of this
cause the Defendant read in evidence the following depositions
âCommonwealth of KentuckyKentucky,, Livingston CountyLivingston County, Depositions
âof witnesses produced, sworn and examined at the court in
âthe Town of Salem,, Livingston CountyLivingston County, State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky,
"before me ChristopherChristopher Haynes, an acting justice of the peace
"in and for the county of LivingstonLivingston & State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky,, in a
âcertain cause now depending in the circuit court in the
"county of St. LouisSt Louis and State of MissouriMissouri, between DelphDelph
âa woman of coular plaintiff & StephenStephen C Dorriss defendand,
"on the part of the Defendant. David BrownDavid Brown of lawful
âage being produced sworn and examined on the part
âof the Defendant deposeth and saith; that he was well acquainted
"with Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson in the years 1806, 7 & 8 in this
âcounty, that he has often seen him write and that he was
âwell acquainted with his signature and verily, believes &
"has no doubt but the signature of the said ThomasThomas
"PattersonPatterson signed to a paper as a witness now shown me
â purporting, to be a Bill of sale from Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr to
âJonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay for a certain negro is the proper and
"genuine signature to the said Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson , said paper
âor bill of sale is here unto, attached and marked thus (A) (a)
âand among other endorsements on the back, is one in these
âwords âfiled 12 October 1835 I. O. Clerk. This Deponent
âfurther saith that he thinks and believes, that said ThomasThomas
"PattersonPatterson left this county, LivingstonLivingston , sometime in the spring
âor summer of the year 1808, and went to ArkansasArkansas,, since
âwhich time he has not been in this State KentuckyKentucky, as this
âDeponent knows of - he further sayeth that he has heard &
âbeleives the report true,, that the said Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson
"died a few years since in the now new State ofArkansa ArkansasArkansa, he,

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"further sayeth, that said Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson was taken esteemed,
âand beleived among his acquaintances while living in this
âcounty as a correct, honest and upright man and further
"this Deponent sayeth not. David BrownDavid Brown . I ChristopherChristopher
"Haynes, a justice of the Peace for LivingstonLivingston and state of KentuckyKentucky,
"do certify that David BrownDavid Brown the Deponent was by me,
âsworn to testify the whole truth of his knowledge touching the
âmatter in controversy in the cause aforesaid that the deponent
âwas examined and his examination, reduced to writing
âand subscribed by said Deponent in my presence on the 16th âDay of March 1837 between the hours of six, in the four noon
âand six, in the afternoon at the court house in Town of Salem
â LivingstonLivingston County, CountyLivingston County & state of KentuckyKentucky, and certified this
â16th day of March 1807. ChristopherChristopher Haynes JP,

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Presley, Gray

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âPresby Gray, of lawful age being produced and sworn
â on, the part of the Defendant Deposeth deposeth that the distance
"from this Salem, LivingstonLivingston county to St. LouisSt Louis MissouriMissouri by
âthe common [ rought ] of travelling is not more than one
âhundred and eighty miles and further this Deponent sayeth not
"Presley Gray." - I ChristopherChristopher Haynes a justice of the peace
"for LivingstonLivingston and State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky, do certify that Presley
âGray the Deponent was by me sworn to testify the whole
âtruth of his knowledge touching the matter in controversy,
âand his examination reduced to writing and subscribed
âby said Deponent in my presence on, the 16th day of March â1837, between the hours of in the morning, & six, in the
âevening at the court house in the Town of
"Salem, LivingstonLivingston county and state of KentuckyKentucky,
âgiven and certiffied this 16th of March 1837. ChristopherChristopher
âHaynes I ChristopherChristopher Haynes, an acting justice of
"the peace for LivingstonLivingston county and state of KentuckyKentucky, do

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âcertify that in pursuance of the within commission and notice came
âbefore me at the court house in the Town of salem in the county
"last aforesaid David BrownDavid Brown & Presley Gray who were there by me sworn
âand examined and such examination [ redused ] to writing and subscribed
âby them respectively in my [ presents ] and their said Depositions
âare now herewith returned given at the court house in the county
"of LivingstonLivingston and state of KentuckyKentucky, this 16th day of March 1837
"ChristopherChristopher Haynes JP,". "It is hereby certified that ChristopherChristopher
âHaynes, on the sixteenth day of march, in the year of our Lord âone thousand eight hundred and thirty seven was & now is an
"acting justice of the peace within and for the county of LivingstonLivingston
âand state of KentuckyKentucky, commissioned and acting as
âsuch and that full faith, and credit are, due to his acts, as such

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In testimony whereof I JamesJames L Dallam L DallamJames L Dallam , Clerk of the
"LivingstonLivingston County CourtCircuit Court & for the state of KentuckyKentucky,, (it being a
âof Record), have hereinto subscribed my name & affixed, the seal
âof office, this 16th day of March Eighteen hundred and thirty âseven. JamesJames L Dallam LJames L Dallam ,DallamJames L Dallam ."

âDepositions of witnesses produced
âsworn and examined, on the fifteenth day of June in the year âof our Lord, one thousand eight hundred and thirty seven, between
âthe hours of six in the forenoon and seven in the afternoon, of
âthat day, at the office of the clerk of the circuit court of the
"county of Cole, State of MissouriMissouri, before me George WGeorge W Miller
âa justice of the peace within and for the county aforesaid
âin a certain cause now depending in the circuit court of
"the county of St. LouisSt Louis, in the state of MissouriMissouri between DelphDelph
"plaintiff & StephenStephen Dorriss defendant on, the part of the Defendant
Robert H JonesRobert H Jones . ". "Robert HRobert H Jones JonesRobert H Jones , of lawful age being produced sworn and
âexamined on the part of the defendant deposeth and saith,;
âthat about the last of May in the year Eighteen hundred
âand thirty five he (Deponent) was in the state, then territory,
âof ArkansasArkansas,, and among the relations of Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson
âand in the neighbourhood and at the house, where he under

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stood said PattersonPatterson resdided, during his life time, and that
âhe this Deponent, then and from said Pattersons Relations
"understood he said PattersonPatterson was dead, and at, the same
"time heard said relations of said PattersonPatterson testify to the hand,
"writing of said PattersonPatterson as a subscribing witness, to a deed
"of sale from Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr to JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay for DelphDelph
âand other slaves, and that he then and there heard, the same
"persons state on oath, that said PattersonPatterson was dead, and that
âhe died some one, two or three years before that time the time
"not now certainly recollected by this deponent. Robert H
âJonesJones ,. Sworn and subscribed to before me on the day at the
"place and within the hours first aforesaid. G W. Miller J. P.

Beverly A Ramsay

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Beverly A Ramsay of lawful age being produceed sworn
â& examined on the part of the Defendant deposeth & saith
"Delp a mulatto, girl now about thirty two years of age was
"born a slave for life the property of Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr
"late of CallawayCallaway County county in this state that said JosiahJosiah
âby deed of sale conveyed, said DelphDelph to JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay
"by whom said DelphDelph was some years afterwards conveyed,
"to StephenStephen C Dorriss, said Defendant now of CallawayCallaway County county
â Mo,. That said JosiahJosiah never at any time since the birth
"of said DelphDelph , owned another slave of the name of DelphDelph
"that said DelphDelph has been seen, by this Defendant in the
" City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, where he undersstands she now resides
"That he this Deponent knew one Thomas PattersonThomas Patterson who
âwas a subscribing witness,, to the said Deed of sale by
"which said Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr conveyed said Delf with,
"other slaves to said Jonathan RamsayJonathan Ramsay - that said PattersonPatterson
âremoved from the state of KentuckyKentucky, to the Territory of Ar
âKansas, and that some, years ago it was currently report,
âed among his acquaintances, & connections in the state
"of MissouriMissouri and believed by them that said PattersonPatterson was

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(2)
"dead - And that said Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr died in CallawayCallaway County,
â County, Mo. in September 1834. Beverly A Ramsay.
âSworn and subscribed to before me, on the day at the place
"and within the hours first aforesaid . G W Miller, J. P. I GeorgeGeorge
âMiller a justice of the peace within and for the county
âof Cole,, in the state of MissouriMissouri do hereby certify that
"RobertRobert H Jones H JonesRobert H Jones , & Beverly A Ramsay the deponents
âwere by me severally sworn to testify the whole
âtruth of their knowledge, touching the matter in con,
â troversy, aforesaid, that they were, examined, and
âtheir examinations to writing in their [ presents ] and by
âthem respectively subscribed in my presence, the day between
âthe hours, and at the place in that behalf first
"aforesaid. G W Miller J. P." The defendant also gave
âBill of sale
J Ramsay to J Ramsay
âin evidence the following instruments-â for and in consideration
âof the sum of thirteen hundred and twenty,
âthree dollars to me in hand paid by JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay the
"receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged I Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr of
"the county of LivingstonLivingston and state of Kentuky, do hereby
âsell and convey to JonathanJonathan Ramsay ,RamsayJonathan Ramsay of the county and
âstate afore,, my negro, woman Bell, and my two negro,
âgirls Amy, & Delp with their, future increase, and also my
âtwo negro, boys Ephraim & George reserving, to myself the use
âof sd, negroes and their increase for and during, my natural
âlife - Given under my hand and seal this 27 day of august â1807Josiah RamsayJosiah Ramsay Sr

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