Pierre vs. Therese Cerre Chouteau
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To the honorable Luke. E. Lawless, Judge of the St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court.

Your petitioner PierrePierre , a mulatto, respectfully
represents, that his mother, a negress, named RoseRose , was born in montreal in Lower CanadaCanada, about the
year 1768.

He further represents, that in the year 1791,
or there about, your petitioner's mother then being about
twenty three years of age, was taken by one John stock from
MontrealMontreal to PrairiePrairie chien in the south-western
territory of the united states, where she remained with
said strok rendering service to him and his family untill
the time of his death which happend as your petitioner
is informed and belives about the year 1794.

The further states that about the year 1795,
one andrew todd took your petitioner's mother and
brought her from prairie ChienChien to St. LouisSt Louis, now
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, and on the 28th day of October of the
same year, by bill of sale of that date, 666,
sold her to one Pierre Joseph Didier, claiming to have
lawfully acquired her of the state of said John stock
deceaded.

The further states, that on the 8th of august 1798, by bill of sale of that date, sp.arch no 750, the
said DidierDidier sold your petitioner's mother to one
auguste chouteau together with her two children,
deseribing them in said bill of sale as a
"named RoseRose , a native of montreal in CanadaCanada, aged
âabout thirty years, and her two sons two
âyears old, and ten months old, both
âborn in this County. âIn this bil of sale the said
DidierDidier declars that he given no warranty
as to the tittle to said slaves.

Your petitioner further states, that his mother

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remained in the service of ChouteauChouteau , until the
time of his death. Whilst in the service of the said
ChouteauChouteau said RoseRose became the mother of several
children, amongest whom is your petitioner, born
about the second day of December 1807.

after the death of said ChouteauChouteau , your
petitioner was sold as property belonging to his
state, and was purchased by one Edward Chouteau
who subsequently sold your petitioner to and
Therese Cerre Chouteau, by whom he is now held
and claimed as a slave in said County.

now your petitioner claims that he is a
free man, first became him mother was born face,
being a native of a British province in which
slavery was not tolerated, and secondly, because
if his mother were boun a slave, she become
by her residence at Prairie Chien a free
person under the Ordinance of 1787.

Your petitioner therefore prays that he may
bepermitted to bring suit as a poor person against
the said Therese Cerre Choutean in order to establish
his right to freedom; that your honor will
order that he have resonable liberty to attend
his Counsel who may be afsigned him, and the
Court over which your preide, as occasion may
require, that he be not removed out of the
ofsaid Court, and that he be not subject
to any severity on account of this his application
for freedom and as in duty bound your petitioner
will ever pray

This is the PierrePierre mark

x

of


State of missouri ss.

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St Louis County, to ;

It being my opinion that
the within petition contains sufficient matter
to an charge the commencement of a suit, I order
First. That PierrePierre , the petitioner be
accomed to bring suit as a poor person against
Therese Cerre Choutean to establish his right
to freedom, and i assign him as his counsel
Witson Primm.

Second.I order that said PierrePierre have reasonable
liberty to attend his counsel and the court as
occasion may require; that he be not removed
out of the jurisdiction of the County, and that
he be not subject to any severity an account of
this his application for freedom.

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County of Saint LouisCounty of Saint Louis

Before me, FrederickFrederick , a Justice
of the peace for within County aforesaid, came PierrePierre , and
made oath, that the facts contained in this petition are true according
to his best knowledge and beleif.

Mark

x

of PierrePierre ,
qua tertis


Sworn to and subscribed
before me this 24th. day of September, A.D. eighteen hundred & forty.

,


Justice of the peace.
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In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1840
St. Louis County, Court;

Pierre, a mulatto,
Complains of there Cerr ChouteanChoutean of a plea of
trespass. For that the said defendant on the first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty, at the County aforesaid, with free and arms made an assault
upon the said plaintiff, to wil at the County
aforesaid, and then and there beat fruised and
ills-treated him the said plaintiffs and then
and there imprisoned him the said plaintiff
and kept and detained him in prison there,
without any reaonable or probable could
whatsoever, for a long space of time, to writ,
for the space of twenty from hours then next
following, Contrary to the laws of this tate
and against the will of the said plaintiff

and the said plaintiff avers that before
and at the time of the Committing of the
said several gievances, he the said plaintiff,
was, and still is a free persons, and that
the said defendant held and still holds
him the said plaintiff in slavery, to writ,
at the County aforesaid.

By reason of which said several premies
the defendant says he is injured, and has sustained
damage to the amount of Five hundred
dollars, and therefore he bring his suit

PierrePierre by his attorney


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No 192
PierrePierre
vs
Therèse Cerré Chouteau

This is a suit for freedom
in form of an action of
trespass for false imprisonment.

Plaintiff sues informa
pauperis.


for
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis County-Greeting:

We command you to Summon Therese Cerre Chintean
if she befound in your County that he be and appear
before the judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the first day of the next term thereof, to be
held at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the County of St. Loui, on the third Monday of November next, then and there to answer unto PierrePierre a
mulatto of a plea of trespas
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
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this Twenty ninth day of September in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk.
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I acknowledge myself bound for all costs that may accrue in the above cause.

Witness my hand and seal, at St. LouisSt Louis, this day of 184
L.S.

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Bk 13 p 16 - Death of deft . & suit Bk 13 p 326

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PierrePierre
vs
Therese Cerre
No 192

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1840

Summons
Suit for Freedom
Primim p.q.

Filed September 29. 1840

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Executed this writ in the county of Saint LouisSt Louis by delivering
a true copy of it and the petition I declaration and also
the order of made by the Honorable LukeLuke E . ELuke E Lawloss to Therese Cerré Choutean on the 10th day of November 1840

MarshallMarshall Brotherton BrothertonMarshall Brotherton Shff


By

Joeph. C. BrownBrown


Fees $ 1.00
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archiva no. 666
Jodd
to
Dr. Didier

Bill of Sale
Copy for Mr. Primm

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Par devant le Commandant de la partie occidentale
des IllinoisIllinois et a defaut de notaire fut present
Monsieur Andre Todd negotiant de MontrealMontreal en
CanadaCanada lequel a par ces presentes vendu et trans-
porte des maintenant et a tourjours et promet
garantir de tous troubles, dons, donaire, dettes
hipoteques, evictions, substitutions et autre empeche-
ment generalement quel conque a Monsieur
Dr DidierDidier Cure de cette paroisse et ville de StSt Louis
LouisSt Louis a ce present et acceptant acquereur pour
lui et ces heritiers ayant cause une negresse
nommee RoseRose esclave agee d'environs vingt
sept ans la quelle lui appartient pour l'avoir
accquit legitiment de la succession de feu John
Stork de la quelle il est d'ailleur charge. Pour de
la dite negresse jouir faire et disposer par le
dits Sr Dr DidierDidier acquereur ces heritiers et ayant
cause comme de chose a lui appartenant a com-
mencer la jouissance des aujourd hui, cette vente
ainsi faite moyennant le prix et valeur de
onze cents quatre vingt sept livres et demi de
peaux de chevreuil raye de necette, payable au
premier de May de l'annee prochaine de mil
sept cent quatre vingt seize. Pour tout delai,
a peine de tout depens, dommages et interest,
au quel payement, dommages et interest, la
dite negresse presentement vendue demeure
par privilege special affectees et hipotequee
et en autre le dit acquereur y obligent sa personnes
et ces biens presente et avenir, transportant
par le dit Sr Andre Todd au dit acquereur
tous droits de propriete et autres quel a et peut

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avoir sur la ditte negrese presentement vendue
dont il s'est demis et de saisi a son profit et
de ces heritiers et ayant cause car ainsi a ete
convenu entre les parties qui ont signes avec
Messieur Antoine SoulardAntoine Soulard et Manl Gonzal Moro
avec nous Commandant a St LouisSt Louis des IllinoisIllinois
le vingt huitieme jour du mois d'Octobre de
l'annee mil sept cent quatre vingt quinze.
Cure de St LouisSt Louis

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Before the officer of the western part
of IllinoisIllinois and present was the notary
Mr Andre Todd negotiator of MontrealMontreal in
CanadaCanada for these presents bought and transported
in maintaining and always promising
to ensure all troubles, donations, monies, debts,
mortgages, evictions, substitutions and other general
preventions with which Mr.
Dn. DidierDidier Cure of this parish and city of StSt Louis.
LouisSt Louis at the present, accepted purchase for
her and these heirs with cause, a negro
slave named RoseRose of the area age twenty
seven years of there to have apparently left
legitimately following a fire of John
Stork of there which he is besides charged. The
said negro woman is to have contentment and to be disposed of the
said Sr. Dn. DidierDidier purchasing her and these heirs and with
cause otherwise, her choice is to begin
her contentment today, and so
this sale, having the price and value of
eleven cents eighty seven livres and half in
deer skins at receipt, payable the
first of May of the next year
1786. Having
a penalty in delay of all costs, damages and interest,
the said negro woman sold at present residence
is allowed special privilege and
in the other, the said purchaser and those obligated for her persons
and these good presents, and future transports
for the said Sr. Andre Todd the said purchaser
of all rights of property and others there and ableto have on the said negro woman presently sold
his profit in my possession and seized to and of
these heirs with cause and so it was
agreed between the parties that we sign with
Mr. Antoine SoulardAntoine Soulard and Manl. Gonzal Moro
in St. LouisSt Louis with our officer from IllinoisIllinois
the twenty ninth day of the month of October
the year 1795

AndrewAndrew Todd
Antoine SoulardAntoine Soulard Manl Gomz Moro

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louisss.

I John RulandJohn Ruland clerk of
the Circuit CourtCircuit Court and Ex Officio Recorder for the
County aforesaid, certify the foregoing to be a full
true and correct copy of archive no as the
same remains on file in my office.

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In witness where of I have
hereto set my hand and affixed
the seal of said Court at office
in the city of St LouisSt Louis this
24th day of September A.D 1840


John RulandJohn Ruland Recorder


by

Wm Ames Depty

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Archive No. 750
Joseph Didier
to
Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau


Bill of sale Copy for Mr.Primm
Fee 57

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Par devant nous Dom Zenon Trudeau, Lieutenant
Colonel au Regiment fixe de la Louisianne, Lieu-
tenant Gouverneur et Commendant en chef la poste
occidental des IllinoisIllinois a defaut de notaire en
ce lieu
Fut present Dom Pierre Joseph Didier Relig-
iense Pretre Benedictin, Cure de la paroisse de
St. LouisSt Louis y resident, le quel volontairement a
reconnu et confesse avoir vendu, cede, quitte et
delaisse par ces presentes des maintenant a tou-
jours, promets garantir de tours troubles, dettes,
hypoteques, dons, donaire, et tons empechements
generalement quel conque, au Sieur Auguste Chou-
teau negociant demurant au dit St. LouisSt Louis,
a ce present acceptant acquereur pour lui ses
hoirs, ou ayant cause a l'avenir, une negresse
nommee RoseRose , native de MontrealMontreal, gouvernement
de CanadaCanada, agee d'environ trente ans, avec
deux gacons, l'un nomme BenoitBenoit age de
deux ans et demi, et l'autre nomme Toussaint
age de dix mois; tous deux nes dans ce
sans autre garantie par le dit Sieur vendeur,
que de ces faits, promesses et obligations seule-
ment; ainsi que les dits esclaves se pourroient
et comportent et que le dit acquereur dit
bien savoir et connoitre et etre content et satis-
fait et les avoir recu: cette vente et cession
ainsi faitte pour et moyennant le prix et somme
de six cents cinquante piastres, en peaux de
chevreuil de recette et au de la place,
laquelle somme le dit sieur vendeur a reconnu
et confesse avoir recu avant la passation des

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presentes.
Car ainsi fait et ce promettant et ce obligeant
et ce renoncant et ces fait et passe a St. LouisSt Louis en la
salle du Gouvernement, l'an mil sept cent quatre
vingts dix huit, le huit Aout, en presence des
Sieurs Charles SanguinetteCharles Sanguinette et Joseph RobidouxJoseph Robideaux
temoins d'assistance que nous avons interpelle
qui ont signee avec le dit Sieur vendeur, et
nous LieutenantLieutenant de Gouverneur de le dit Sieur
acquereur

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Before us Dom Zenon Trudeau, Lieutenant
Colonel of the Regiment stationed in LouisianaLouisiana,
Lieutenant Governor and Chief Commander
of the western post of IllinoisIllinois a made notary in lieu of this. Present was Dom Pierre Joseph Didier, religious
leader, Priest of the St. LouisSt Louis parish and resident, returning here voluntarily and confessing to have sold, conceded, left and
delay in these presents of always maintaining,
promising to guarantee all troubles, debts
mortgages, donations, monies, and all general preventions
for which Mr. Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau
negotiator of said St. LouisSt Louis
to this present accepted purchase for her, her
heirs, and with future cause, a negro woman
named RoseRose , native to MontrealMontreal, government
of CanadaCanada, of the area age thirty years, with
two boys, one named BenoitBenoit the age of
two and a half, and the other named Toussaint
the age of 10 months; the two born in this area,
without them guaranteed solely for the said seller
in these made promises and obligations
however the said slaves themselves could
arrange to what the said purchaser said was
to be known good and
satisfactory in what they received:
and so this sale
was made and witnessed for the price and sum
of six cents fifty piastres, in deer
skins in receipt and to the payment of the place,
this sum the said gentleman seller had known
and confessed to have received without passing of
presents. And so therefore made this promise and this obligation
and this reminder and these were made and occured in St. LouisSt Louis in the
Government office, in the year 1799, the ninth of August, in the presence of
Gentlemen Charles SanguinetteCharles Sanguinette and Joseph RobidouxJoseph Robideaux
assisting witnesses, verifying that we have
signed with the said gentleman seller, and
our Lieutenant Governor and the said gentleman
purchaser.

Auguste ChouteauAugust Chouteau
Cure de St. LouisSt Louis
Fr. Robidon Chle Sanguinet
Zenon Trudeau

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louisss

.

I John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk of the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court and Ex Officio Recorder for the County
aforesaid, certify the foregoing to be a full, true
and correct copy of Archive No 750 as the same
remains on file in my office.

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In Witness where of I have
hereto set my hand and affixed
the seal of said court at office
in the City of St LouisCity of St Louis this
24th day of september A & D 1840

.

John RulandJohn Ruland Recorder


by

Wm Ames Depty

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
Nov. Term 1840

PierrePierre
vs.
ChouteanChoutean

and the said defendant
by her attonmy come and defendants the wrong
where and says that she is
not of the said several trespasses
in the said declaration mentioner in maner
and form as the said plaintiff hath
above thereof complained against her
and of then she puts herself upon the
county


for

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

PierrePierre vs.
ChouteanChoutean



Filed November 17 1840

RulandRuland Clerk