Henry Jackson, a person of color, vs. James O. Fraser
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To the HonorableBryanBryan . Judge
of the St. LouisCircuit Court CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court

The Petition of HenryHenry JacksonJackson , MargarettMargarett JacksonJackson
SallySally JacksonJackson , children of Jimmy JacksonJackson , and
AnneAnne MariaMaria , William HenryWilliam Henry , and SmithSmith , Children
of said MargarettMargarett being all people of Color, and
residing in the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis and State of MisMissouri
souri, respectfully represents that,RichardRichard
late of Harford County in the state of MarylandMaryland, by his deed
of , bearing date the twenty sixth day of February in the year Seventeen hundred and eighty seven, only executed and acknowledged
and recorded according to the laws of the state
of MarylandMaryland, did and set free from
slavery a certain negro woman named "PeggyPeggy "
then held as a slave and that her freedom did by virtue
of said deed place at the expiration of six
years after the date of said Deed, and by the further
provisions of said deed all the Children born of said
PeggyPeggy were to be, and did freely became free as the
age of twenty one years And this Petition futher shows
that aged about fifty five Jimmy JacksonJackson , now living
was a child born of the said PeggyPeggy , and is now and
has been free ever since she arrived at the age of
twenty one years-And the Petitioners, HenryHenry JacksonJackson
MargarettMargarett , and SallySally are the children of the
said Jimmy, born since the said Jimmyarrived
as the age of twenty one - that the PetitionersAnn
MariaMaria WilliamWilliam Henry HenryWilliam Henry and SmithSmith , are children
of the said MargarettMargarett barn in the state of MissouriMissouri
That the short HenryHenry JacksonJackson , MargarettMargarett and
SallySally Petitioners came to his state from the
State ofKentucky KentuckyKentuckyabout fifteen years since
and have resided in this state ever since - that
saidJimmytheir mother left the state of KentuckyKentucky about
twelve years age and has Come to this state and

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has resident here ever since And the Petitions here
exhibit the said deed and pray that is he made
a part of their Petition - wherefore they the Petitionerspay for leave, and for an order to sue as poor persons
in order of the establish their right to freedom
that counsel may be to them that
may havereasonable liberty attend
their counsel and the Court as occasion
mayrequire, that they be notremovedout
of the Jurisdiction of the Court and benot
subject to any severity an account of
their application for freedom
And these Petitiones further state that they are
claimed as slaves by one James V. Frazier, who lives
in the state of KentuckyKentucky, and is now here in the
city of St LouisSt Louis That said Frazier is about this day
remove the Petitioners, HenryHenry William , MargarettMargarett ,
AnnMariaMaria , WilliamHenry William HenryHenry and SmithSmith and
of the Jurisdiction of this Court and out
of the state of MissouriMissouri, And they therefore pray
that awarrant may to directed to the Sheriff
of St.LouisCounty commandinghim to
seize your Petitioners, and bringhimforthwith
before your Honor and tosummon the said
Frazier or such otherpersons in whose posession
they may be found to appear forthwithbefore
your honor, or as such other time as your
Honor may appoint, and that said
Frazier on such other person in whosepossession
the petitioners may be may beordered
to enter into a recognizanceaccording to
law to obey the order of your Honor
in the premises & Andso will ever

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HenryHenry William JacksonJackson
MargarettMargarett JacksonJackson
Sally JacksonJackson
WilliamHenry William HenryHenry
AnnMariaMaria
Smith

Gamble & Walker Attys

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
ss

JinnyJinny JacksonJackson and
HenryHenry JacksonJackson
being duly sworn, make oath and say them
the facts stated in the foregoing Petition
are true in substance and in fact

Sworn to and subscribed
before me this 23d day of march A.D. 1842
by JinnyJinny JacksonJackson & HenryHenry JacksonJackson
Bryan MullanphyBryan Mullanphy Judge
of the of the
State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri

JinnyJinny her x mark JacksonJackson
HenryHenry his x markJacksonJackson
attest J Walker>

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State of MissouriMissouri
CountyCounty St Louis of St. LouisCounty St Louis
ss

Above Petitioners are hereby allowed to
Sue as poor persons to establish their right
to freedom - and
Eq and Joseph B. Walker Esq. and hereby
assigned to them as counsel, and is is
ordered that the petitioners have reasonable
to attend their counsel and the court as occasion
may require, that they be not
out of the Jurisdiction of the St Louis CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court
and that they be not subject to any severity on account

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of their application for freedom

Bryan MullanphyBryan Mullanphy Judge
of the Judicial Circuit
of the State of MissouriMissouri

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Petition of HenryHenry William JacksonJackson ,
MargarettMargarett JacksonJackson , SallySally Smith
JacksonJackson , WilliamHenry William HenryHenry
AnneAnne MariaMaria & SmithSally Smith ,
people of Color, for leave to
sue as poor persons for freedom
& also order of the Judge of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court

Gamble & Walker
Attys for Petitioners

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The State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri

To the Sherrif of the County ofCounty of St Louis
St LouisCounty of St Louis Greeting

Whereas the Judge of our cir-
cuit court for the county of StSt Louis
LouisSt Louis hath been satisfied that
the petitioners in the foregoing
petitionHenryHenry William JacksonJackson , MargarettMargarett
JacksonJackson , SallySally Smith JacksonJackson , WilliamHenry William
HenryHenry , AnnaAnna MariaMaria & SmithSally Smith
are about to be removed out
of the Jurisdiction of our said
Court, you are hereby
commanded to seize said petitioners
wherever they may be found
and bring them before our
saidJudge at the office
of Gamble & Walker in the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis at three o'
clock this day and
summon any person in
whose posession they may
be found, or who may claim
posession of them & especially
one James O. FraserJames O Fraser to appear
before our said Judge as
the same time & place. As writing
the hand of our said Judge
as the city & county of StSt Louis. LouisSt Louis
this thirtieth day of March AD One Thousand Eight hundred & forty two

Bryan MullanphyBryan Mullanphy
Judge of the
Cir of the state of
MissouriMissouri

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No 103

St. LouisSt Louis Civil Court
July T. 1842

HenryHenry William JacksonJackson
MargarettMargarett JacksonJackson
SallySally Smith JacksonJackson
WilliamHenry William HenryHenry
AnnMariaMaria
SmithSally Smith
People of Color

Petition & order to sue for freedom & warrant to bring them before the Judge of the St. LouisCircuit Court CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court as the office of Gamble & Walker as 3 O'Clock 30 March 1842

Filed July 29th 1842

Jn RulandJohn Ruland clerk

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Executed the within writ on the 30th day of March 1842, in the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, by
having the bodies of the petitioners named
in the petition hereto annexed, before the
Hon.Judge of the 8th Jud. Dist of the time
and place mentioned in the order of said
judge; and by offering to read this writ
and petition to James V Fraser, the
person in whose prosession the said peti
tioners were founed who refused to hear
the same read--And by returning this
writ to the said judge, at the time & the place
ordered.

MarshallMarshall Brotherton BrothertonMarshall Brotherton Sheriff
By Joseph W M Clurg Dep

$ 2.00
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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
ss
In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1842

HenryHenry JacksonJackson a person of Color, by his attorneys and by cause of court according to the statute com-
plains of James V Fraser, of a plea of trespass, for
false imprisonment, For that whereas the said defendant
on the twenty ninth day of March in the year eighteen hundred and forty two with force and armes of the county
aforesaid made on assault upon the said plaintiff
and then and there beat, bruised and ill-treated him
the said plaintiff and then and there imprisoned
and detained him and kept detained and held
him the said plaintiff in prison from
that time until now against the will of the said
plaintiff
and to below and other wrongs to the said plaintiff then and there the peace of the state
And the said plaintiff avers that before and at the
time of the committing of the grievances afore-
said he was and still is a free person, and
that the defendant held and still holds him
the said defendant in slavery wherefore
the said plaintiff so the he both been agreed and damaged in the sum of
five hundred dollars and therefore by he
brings his suit &c.

Gamble & Walker
Attys for Plff

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James O FraserJames O Fraser at HenryHenry JacksonJackson a man of Colour
And now at this day comes said defendant by
his attorney and defends the force & injury
and says that he is not guilty of said supposed
or any or either of them in manner & form
as said plaintiff has in his said declaration
alledged and of this he puts himself upon the country

T. PolkT Polk P. D.

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No 103

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
July Term 1842

HenryHenry JacksonJackson
(a person of color)
vs
James O. FraserJames O Fraser

Declaration in Trespass
for false imprisonment
& suit for freedom

Dams $ 500

Filed by consent
Gamble & Walker
Attys for Plff

Filed July 29th 1842

JJ Ruland RulandJ Ruland Clerk

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Judgment of freedom December 21. 184117 p441

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HenryHenry JacksonJackson $ 800
Margaret Jackson $ 600
SallySally JacksonJackson $ 600
William HenryWilliam Henry $ 400
Sam MariaMaria $ 300
SmithSmith $ 150

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis
ss

Be it remembered that on this
30th March A. D. 1842, at ChambersChambers
the Sheriff having taken possession
of HenryHenry William Jackson, Margaret JacksonJackson ,
SallySally Smith JacksonJackson , WilliamHenry William HenryHenry , AnneAnne
MariaMaria , & SmithSally Smith , being negroes, by
virtue of a writ by we issued this day
under 5th section of an act "so make
"persons held in slavery to sue for their
"freedom." and JamesJames v. Fraser the
person in whose possession they
were formed having declined entering
into recognisance under the seventh
section of the said act, I do order
the Sheriff of St Louis County so take
possession of the said negroes and
here such to the Best advantage
from time to during the pendency of their
suit for freedom, this day allowed
to the bought by there, and take
the hirers, payable to the
State of MissouriMissouri in the penalties
herein above set forth opposite to there many
conditioned that the petitioners
said negroes shall during the pendency

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of their suits have reasonable liberty
of attending their counsel and the
court, that they shall not be removed
out of the jurisduction
of the St LouisSt Louis Circuit court,
& that they shall not be subjected
to any severity on account of
their application for freedom
and further that the hirers will
pay the hire so the sheriff &
return the petitioners at the coo-
peration of the terms for which
they shall be hired or as
as the actions shall be determined
. The Terms of hiring shall
be twelve months, that time being
named by James V. Fraser.

In testimony whereof witness my
hands at chambers this 30th March 1842


Judge of the 8th Jud.Cir. of the
State of MissouriMissouri