Squire Brown, a man of color v. William C. Anderson
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To the Honorable Bryan MullanphyBryan Mullanphy Judge of the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis County

.

The petition of
BrownBrown a man of color respectfully represents

That he is deserving of
instituting a suit against-one WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson
in order to establish the right of your petitioner to
freedom that his Claim that is founded upon the
following grounds to wit. ThatHenryHenry BrownBrown who had
formerly owned your petitioner for some six or eight years
prior to the first of May last & during the time he so
owned your petitioner hired out your petitioner to
work in the County of St. Claire StateIllinois of IllinoisIllinois that under virtue of such hiring petitioner petitioner
did work in said StSt Claire County. ClaireSt Claire County CountySt Claire County State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois at
various times between the years 1839. & 1841. for several
months at a time: Your petitioner further represents
that somewhere about the first of May last, he
was purchased fromHenryHenry BrownBrown his siad former master by the said WilliamWilliam & that he
is now by the said held in slavery

Your petitioner therefore prays that
he may have leave to sue as a poor person in order
to establish his right to freedom.

Squire his

X

mark BrownBrown
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State of MissouriMissouri
County & St. Louis

p: SquireBrownBrown the above,
named being duly sworn deposes
says that the facts set forth in the above petition
are true to the knowledge of this

Squire his

X

mark BrownBrown

Sworn to this 26th day of June 1841before me

. ,
Justice of the peace

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State of MissouriMissouri County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis
at ChambersChambers

Be it remembered that the within
named SquireBrownBrown is hereby allowed
to sue as a poor person and JohnJohn Davis
DavisJohn Davis & Benjamin B Dayton Esqres are
assigned as his counsel and it is hereby
ordered that said BrownBrown have reasonable
liberty to attend his counsel
& the Court as occasion may require that he be not not removed out of the
Juisdiction of the court St. LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court, and that he be not
subjected to any severity on account of
his application for freedom. In
whereof witness my hand this 28 June 1841

BryanBryan Mullanphy MullanphyBryan Mullanphy judge of
the 8th Cir of Mo

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1841
St. Louis County ss

:

SquireBrownBrown plaintiff in this
suit by his attorneys complains of WilliamWilliam Anderson AndersonWilliam Anderson
defendant of a plea of tresspass.

For that the said defendant heretofore to to wit on the
first-day of June on the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred forty oneIn the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis
at said county with force and arms made an assault
on said plaintiff & then others beat
bruised and ill treated him then and there imprisoned
him kept him in prison without any reasonable or
probable cause whatever for a long space of time
to wit for the space of ten days then next following
contrary to the laws of the State of MissouriMissouri
against the will of the said plaintiff and other
to the said plaintiff then there did
against the peace of the State of MissouriMissourito
the damage of the said plaintiff of five hundred
dollars.

And the said plaintiff that
before at the time of the of the greivances aforesaid by the said defendant he the
said plaintiff was and still is a free person &
that the said defendant held and still holds him
in slavery. Therefore he

DaytonDayton Davis

&

DavisDayton Davis
Plff attys

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

SquireBrownBrown
vs
WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson

Narr in tresspass for false
imprisonment
Damages $ 500

Issue Summons


DaytonDayton Davis

&

DavisDayton Davis
Plff attys

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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 WilliamWilliam C Andersen
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 term thereof, to be
held at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the county of St. LouisSt Louis, on the third Monday of July, then and there to answer unto Squire
BrownBrown 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
city of St. LouisSt Louis, this first day of July in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty one

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk.
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

at ChambersChambers
Be it remembered that the
within named Squire BrownBrown is hereby allowed to sue as
a poor person, and John DavisJohn Davis & Benamin B Dayton are assigned as his Counsel, and it is hereby
ordered that said BrownBrown have reasonable liberty to attend

his counsel & the court as occasion may require: that he

be not removed out of the jurisdiction of the Court in the
St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court, and that he be not
subjected to any severity on account of his application

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for freedom. In testimony whereof witness my hand
this 28 June 1841.

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BryanBryan Mullanphy MullanphyBryan Mullanphy Judge of
the 8th Jud.Cir. of Mo.

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contdBk 13 p 261 Dismissed (no body's costs) Bk 14 p 338. Squire says he
will pay the costs.

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No. 119

St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1841

Squire BrownBrown
vs
Summons
WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson

Suit for freedom
Damages : 500

DaytonDayton Davis

&

DavisDayton Davis for plff


Filed 1st July 1841

John RulandJohn Ruland Clk

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Executed this writ in the county of St. LouisSt Louis on
the 3rd day of July 1841 by offering to read it and
the declaration toWilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson the defendant
all of which he refused to hear

Marshall BrothertonMarshall Brotherton Sheriff

by

Benjamin LacyBenjamin Lacy Dpt.

Service $ 1.00
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SquireBrownBrown a
man of color
vs
Wm C AndersonAnderson

In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term AD 1841

and the said defendant by
his attorney and signing
when says that he is not guilty of the said supposed greivances aforesaid to his charge, or any, or either
of them, or any part thereof, in manner form the
said plaintiff with alon thereof complained against
him. And of this the said defendant puts himself
upon the county

for

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No. 119

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1841

Squire BrownBrown a man
of colour
vs
Wm CAndersonAnderson

Plea not guilty

M. Blair P.D.

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Filed July 20 1841

Jn RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To William Moore PatrickPatrick Quinn, Thomas Glenn John
Sterling William WigginsWilliam Wiggins
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the twenty first day of July instant
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 SquireBrownBrown is
plaintiff and WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson is
defendant on the part of the plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 Sixteenth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty two

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Circuit CourtCircuit Court

SquireBrownBrown
vs
Wm C AndersonAnderson

Sub for plff.

WilliamWilliam Wiggins Moore


PatrickPatrick Quinn


Thos Thos Glenn


John SternleyJohn Sternley


WilliamWilliam WigginsWilliam Wiggins

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July 21st

Executed

M.BrothertonM Brotherton
Shff


Fee #1.37
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To ThomasThomas Bamber
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all of manner excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the thirty first 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 SquireBrownBrown is
plaintiff and Wm C AndersonAnderson is
defendant on the part of the defendant
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this 23rd day of Octoberin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty three

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
Can find him at
of Wainright &
Coots
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Squire BrownBrown
vs
Wm C. AndersonAnderson

Wit for Deft

ThomasThomas Bamber

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for 31. Ist

Executed

WilliamWilliam Milburn MilburnWilliam Milburn
Sheriff


fee $0.50
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To Wm C Anderson Jr
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the Thirty day of November 1843 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 Squire BrownBrown
plaintiff and WilliamWilliam C. AndersonAnderson Sen is
defendant on the part of the Defendant
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this 30th day of Octoberin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-three.

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C. C.
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SquireBrownBrown
vs
Wm C. AndersonAnderson Sen

Subp
wit.

Wm C. Anderson Jr


To appear 1843 30 Nov.
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This writ not exec in
consequence of the adjournment
of Courts

WilliamWilliam Milburn MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff


By

Danl MurphyDaniel Murphy Dpty

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To Eli Anderson
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the Eleventh day of Januaryinstant
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 Squire BrownBrown is
plaintiff and WilliamWilliam C. AndersonAnderson is
defendant on the part of the defendant
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

Witnes, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court, with
the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in the City of StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this ninth day of Januaryin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C. C.
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Executed the 11th January 1844.

Wm. Milburn Shff


By &

Danl MurphyDaniel Murphy

Fees $ 50 cents
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In Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Squire BrownBrown
vs
Wm. C. AndersonAnderson

Subpoena

Eli Anderson

, near
the corner of CarrCarr and main sts. for
Jany. 11. for
deft
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To J. J. Wolfolk Shaw John SternleyJohn Sternley , WilliamWilliam Wiggins
WigginsWilliam Wiggins . PeterPeter Wirt. , Patick Quinn
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aide all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Cicuit CourtCircut Court , on the eleventh day of Januaryinstant
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 Squire BrownBrown is
plaintiff and WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson is
defendant on the part of the plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this ninth day of Januaryin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

Jn. RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Squire BrownBrown
vs
WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson

JJ Wolfolk. ShawShaw
tobacconists

John SternleyJohn Sternley


WilliamWilliam Wiggins WigginsWilliam Wiggins


on Ferry

PeterPeter Wirt

. at St. LouisSt Louis Brewery

WilliamWilliam DennyDenny

at

Auction Rooms


PatrickPatrick Quinn


for plff.
Jan. 11. 1844
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Executed the 11th January 1844JohnJohn Sternley SternleyJohn Sternley not found

Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff


By

E. W. Decker Dpty

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fees $ 3.00
non est .13
$ 3.13

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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To JJ Wolfock, Hiram Shaw John SternleyJohn Sternley
William WigginsWilliam Wiggins . PeterPeter Wirt. WilliamWilliam Denny
PatrickPatrick Quinn
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aide all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Cicuit CourtCircut Court , on the Sixteenth day of January
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 Squire BrownBrown is
plaintiff and WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson is
defendant on the part of plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this eleventh day of Januaryin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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Executed the 11th January 1844John SternleyJohn Sternley PeterPeter Wirt
not found in my County

Wm. Milburn Shff


By

Danl MurphyDaniel Murphy Dpty

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fees $ 2.50
.25
$ 2.75

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SquireBrownBrown
vs
WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson

JJ Wolfock

Hiram Shaw


JohnJohn Sternley SternleyJohn Sternley


WilliamWilliam Wiggins WigginsWilliam Wiggins


PeterPeter Wirt


WilliamWilliam Denny


PatrickPatrick Quinn


Jan 16
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To WilliamWilliam C Anderson Jr Joseph. C Conn
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the sixteenth day of January
instant at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to
testtify, and the truth to say in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein Squire BrownBrown is
plaintiff and WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson is
defendant on the part of the plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this fifteenth day of Januaryin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty-four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk C.C.
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Executed on J. H. Conn

Wm Milburn Shff


by

E. W. Decker

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fees $ .50
.13
$ .63

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Squire BrownBrown
vs
WilliamWilliam C AndersonAnderson

Sub for deft
plff.

Wm C Anderson Jr
Joseph C Conn


Jan 16
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County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, ss.

The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To Joseph H
Greeting:

You are hereby commanded, that setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , forthwith
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 Squire BrownBrown is
plaintiff and Wm C AndersonAnderson is
defendant on the part of the
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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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 StCity of St Louis.
LouisCity of St Louis, this day of Janin the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty four

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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Exd the16th January 1841

Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff


By

E. W. Decker


fees 50 cents
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BrownBrown
vs
AndersonAnderson

spa

Joseph H.Conn

House in - sometimes
at Anderson & Morgans