James v. Charles Haskin
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No 169

S LouisS LouisCircuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1837

JamesJames , alias James Haskins
vs
CharlesCharles Haskins HaskinsCharles Haskins

Trespass $ 500.

Rowlin Atty for Plff

Filed Sept 14. 1837.

Jn RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Dismissed Book 10 page 64

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To The Hon.Luke E. LawlessLuke E Lawless Judge of the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County-

HumblyHumbly complaining sheweth
unto your Honor your petitioner JamesJames alias JamesJames & Has
kins that he entitled to his freedom, and is
now held in slavery by Charles HaskinsCharles Haskins
of St Clair CountySt Clair County IllinoisIllinois, who is now, in
St LouisSt Louis And is entitled to his freedom
from the following causes- That about
fourteen years ago your Petitioner was brought
to the State of IllinoisIllinois from KentuckyKentucky by
Philimron Haskins the father of CharlesCharles Haskins
HaskinsCharles Haskins - and was kept and detained in
slavery in said state of Illinouis about
one year when Philimron Haskins brought
your petitioner to MissouriMissouri and hired him
out at the mines where he remained about
Two years, that since that period your
petitioner has been hired out in and
about St LouisSt Louis by Philimron Haskins
until his death, which happened about
eight years ago- It being the wish of
old Haskins that your peitioner should
go free after his death, a fact will
known in the family, and it being under

stood, that your petitioner had a right
to his freedom from having been detained
in slavery in IllinoisIllinois- Upon the death of
of his old Master your petitioner demanded
his freedom, when it was agreed by CharlesCharles Haskins
HaskinsCharles Haskins the present claimant of your
peitioner, that if your peitioner would
serve six years longer, in St LouisSt Louis, that
he should name his freedom- your peitioner
States that he served out the six years

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with honesty and fidelity- and the said
Charles HaskinsCharles Haskins has received all the
benefits of said Hire, and still refuses
to set your petitioner free- And for as
much as your petitioner is entitled
to his freedom from having been kept
in involuntary servidtude in the state
of IllinoisIllinois- he prays your Honor to make
an order, securing to him reasonable
liberty to attend his counsel and the Court
as occasion may require, and that
your petitioner be not removed out of
the jurisdiction of the Court and that
he be not subject to any severity
on account of his application for
freedom- and such the order as
your honor may deemproper in the
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St LouisSt LouisSept 14th 1837

JamesJames his mark Haskins


Jos B Bowlin

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
Ss

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1837

JamesJames alias James Haskins plaintiff
complains of Charles HaskinsCharles Haskins of a
plea of trespass assault and Battery
and false imprisonment for this, that
the said Charles HaskinsCharles Haskins on the first day of august in the year of our Lord One thousand Eight hundred and thirty seven
at the County aforesaid with force and
armes to wit with fists and
an assault and make, and then and there
beat bruisedwounded and ill treated the
said plaintiff, and then and there in
prisoned him and kept and detained
him in prison for a long time "to wit"
for the space of thirty days, then next following
without any reasonable or
cause whatsoever and holds and still detains him as a slave contrary to the laws
and authorities of this state, and against
the will of the said plaintiff - And
the said plaintiff in fact , that before
and at the time of the committing of the said
several grievances he was and still is
a free person, and not legally subject to be reading
and that the defendant
held and still holds him in slavery- and other
outrages to the said plaintiff then and there
did, to the to the great danger of the said
plaintiff of five hundred dollars, therefore
he brings this suit :-

Bowlin p.q.

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis Ss
The State of MissouriMissouri

To the Sheriff of the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
Greeting:

We commanded you to Summon CharlesCharles Has

kins if he be found in your County that he be and
appear before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court on
the first day of the next there of that he
be and appears before the Judge of our CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court to be held at the City of St.LouisCity of St Louis, within &
for the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis on the second monday
of next - then and there to
to JamesJames alias James Haskins of a plea of trespass
assault and Battery and false imprisonmnent
to the damage of said plaintiff of Five
hundred Dollars- and hand you then
there this wit.

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Witness John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk aforesaid court and
the seal there of here to affixed
at office in the City of S. LouisS Louis
this fourteenth day of September Eighteen hundred and thirty one.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Executed this wit on the 14th day of september 1837 in
the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis by reading it and the petitions
order & complaint to Charles HaskinsCharles Haskins the defendant

James BrothertonJames Brotherton Sheriff
By JJ Gordon GordonJ Gordon Depty Sheriff

Service $ 1.00
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

Upon due examination of
the above petition of JamesJames alias JamesJames Has
kins and believing it presents sufficient
grounds- it is therefore ordered, that the said
JamesJames be and he is hereby permitted and
allowed to sue as a poor person, to establish
his right to freedom -- and further that
he have reasonable liberty to attend
his Counsel in the court as occasion
may require, and that he be not removed
out of the jursdiction of the Court and that
he be not subject to any severity on
account of his application for freedom
and James BJames B Bowlin is hereby appointed
counsel to prosecute his cause

Sept 14th 1837.


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James Haskins
vs
Chas.Haskins
Petition

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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 SylvesterLabidie
and Patrick WalshPatrick Walsh Esq.
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 twenty ninth day of april (inst) 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 JamesJames Haskin
plaintiff and Charles HaskinsCharles Haskins is
defendent on the part of plaintiff
and have you then and there this writ.

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Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court , at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 27th day of april in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fortythirty nine.

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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Excuted this writ in the county of St LouisSt Louis
by reading it to the with in named witnesses
on the 29th day april 1839

Marshall BrothertonMarshall Brotherton
Sheriff
By BenjaminBenjamin Lary Sheriff

$ 1.00
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JasHaskins
vs
CharlesCharles Haskins HaskinsCharles Haskins
Subpoena

Witness

SylvesterLabidie
P WalshP Walsh Esq.