Ann, a woman of color v. John M. Jamison
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To the Hon. the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County
April Term 1844.

The petition of Ann, a woman of color respectfully
states to your honorable Court, that she is confined and
restrained of her reasonable liberty by John MJohn M . JamisonJamison
jailor of St Louis County, in the jail of said County. That
said confinement is not by virtue of any warrant, order
or process. That it is not pretended or alleged that
petitioner is a slave. As the true cause of such imprisonment
petitioner states, that she has been living at PeoriaPeoria
in IllinoisIllinois for the last six years as the indenturedservant under the
Laws of IllinoisIllinois to one CharlesCharles Ballance, that said Ballance
about two months since hired your petitioner to one
WilliamWilliam WilsonWilson , who brought petitioner from PeoriaPeoria
aforesaid to St LouisSt Louis, and there kept her in his
family at labor until the seventeenth June eighteen hundred forty four, when on account of some disagreement
between the family of said WilsonWilson your petitioner
she was by said WilsonWilson put into the hands of one JohnJohn W
WJohn W . Paulding, constable, who conveyed her to the jail
aforesaid under charge of said JamisonJamison . She
prays that a writ of Habeas Corpus may be issued
by this Hon. Court and to be discharged from her imprisonment

Ann her mark

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State of MissouriMissouri
St Louis County Ss.

Ann of Color being sworn
in open Court says, the facts set forth in forgoing
petition are true

Sworn to & subscribed in open Court the 21st June 1844

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

Ann her x mark

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State of MissouriMissouri
St Louis County Ss

The state of MissouriMissouri to John
Jamison, jailor of St Louis County - You are
hereby commanded to have the body of Ann, a
woman of Color, confined as it is said in the
jail of said County, together with the time and
cause of such imprisonment and detention,
before the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Louis County, at
the hour of three oclock P.M of this day, to do and
receive what shall then and there be considered
concerning the said Ann, as our said Court
shall , and have you then and there
this writ.

WitnessJohnJohn Ruland RulandJohn Ruland Clerk of our
said Court with the Seal thereof
hereto affixed, at office in the city of St LouisSt Louis the 21st day of June in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty four

JohnJohn Ruland RulandJohn Ruland Clerk
By Cha. B. Clements

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To the Honourable the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St Lourty.

I herewith return this writ, and have the body
of Ann, the petitioner before the said Court, that state that
she is not in confinement by virtue of any warrant
order or process, but was committed to my custody
on the 17 June 1844, by JohnJohn W WJohn W . Paulding for safe
keeping, who informed this respondent, that said Ann
was not a slave but an indented servant under
the laws of IllinoisIllinois, and had been at labor in
St LouisSt Louis for one WilliamWilliam WilsonWilson , under a hiring
from her master by indenture

St LouisSt Louis21 June 1844

JM Jameson Jailor

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No. 394

St Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court April Term 1844

Ann, vsJohnJohn M MJohn M JamisonJamison

``By the Habeas Corpus act''

Filed June 21st 1844

John RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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Ann dischd at custy of Wm WilsonWilson 15 p 147