Jenny (Jane) Brown v. Francis Steigers
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State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
St. LouisSt Louis Territory

To the Hon the CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court Nov Term 1844G:

The petition of Jenny BrownJenny Brown
Respectfully sheweth. that the your petitioner is
at the present time held in slavery in the county
aforesaid by FF Steigers .SteigersF Steigers that she your
Petitioner has good and fair grounds on
which she claims her right to freedom viz
that she your petitioners was brought into the
state of VirginiaVirginia in the Year 1813 for the purpose
of labor and that afterwards she your
petitioner was sent to MissouriMissouri and there
hired out as a slave contrary to the laws
in case made and provided

Shall your petitioner has
been held in slavery in the State of MissouriMissouri
about twenty two years when infact
and in truth from the violation of the
laws of the State of VirginiaState of Virginia Your
petitioner all the twenty two years aforesaid
was a free woman

Now therefore your
Petitioner prays your Honor to allow
her to sue as a poor person to establish her
freedom so wrongfully taken from her and
as is duty bound she will ever pray

EliasElias B SmithB Smith
for Petitioner

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State of MissouriMissouri
St. Louis County

Personally appeared
Before the undersigned
Jenny BrownJenny Brown and maketh oath and saith
that the Matters and things set [ fourth ] in
the above petition are true to the best
of her knowledge and belief

St. LouisSt Louis26th September 1844

her Jenny BrownJenny Brown
Mark

Taken and Sworn to before
the undersigned Justice of the
Peace the date above written

M Batten Justice

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State of MissouriMissouri
St. Louis County

In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1844

[ Jenny BrownJenny ]BrownJenny Brown Complains of FF Steigers
SteigersF Steigers of a plea of Trespass, for that whereas
the said defendant on the tenth day of September in the year Eighteen hundred and forty four with force and arms at the
County aforesaid, Beat Bruised injured and
ill treated her the said plaintiff and then
and there imprisoned her the said plaintiff
and kept and detained her in prison there
without any probable cause whatsoever
for a long space of time, to wit, twelve hours
then and there following, contrary to the laws
of the said State and against the will
of the said Plaintiff and the said plaintiff
further avers that she the said plaintiff
before and at the time of the said grievances
was and still is a free person and that the
said defendant, held and still Holds the
said Plaintiff in slavery and other wrongs
to the said Plaintiff did the said defendant
then and there do contrary to the peace and
dignity of the State and to the damages
of the said Plaintiff of five hundred
dollars and therefore the said Plaintiff
brings suit &c

EliasElias B. SmithB Smith
PerQuen

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Petition filed leave to sue as a poor person B 15 p 257.

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No.

In the St. Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit CourtNov Term 1844

Jenny BrownJenny Brown
vs
F. Steigers
Trespass

Application to Judge
to sue as a poor

Filed September 30th 1844

JohnJohn Ruland RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

SmithSmith
for plff

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State of MissouriMissouri
St. Louis County

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County of St. Louis, ss.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To the Sheriff of St. Louis CountyâGreeting:

We command you to Summon F. Steigers, 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 Mon-
day of November next, then and there to answer unto JennyJenny Brown
BrownJenny Brown of a Plea of Trespass & false
imprisonment,
to the damage of said plaintiff 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 Seventh day ofOctober in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty- four

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

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Plea filed 15 p 297 Dismissed July 2, 1846 17p72

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No. 173

St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1844

Jenny BrownJenny Brown
vs
FF Steigers .SteigersF Steigers
Summons
8th Oct.

Trespass in false imprisonment
Damages $ 500

E B. SmithB Smith P. Q.

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It is ordered that said petition-
er have leave to sue as a poor
person & the court assigns E BB Smith .
SmithB Smith esquire as Counsel for said
petitioner it is further ordered
that said petitioner have reason
ble liberty to attend her counsel
& the Court as occasion may require
that she be not removed without
the juridiction of this court and
that she be not subjected to any
severity on account of her ap-
plication for freedom.

filed October 7th 1844

Jn RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

free (131)
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Executed this wit in the CountyCounty of St Louis
of St LouisCounty of St Louis on the 8th day of October 1844
by reading it and the declaration to Francis
Steigers, the defendant Also by reading to the
said Francis Steigers, the orders of the
Judge endorsed upon this wit

William MilburnWilliam Milburn Sheriff

By A. C. OsburnOsburn Deputy

Fees $ 2.00
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[ JaneJane ]; a woman of color
vs
FrancisFrancis I. Sturges

In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1844

And the said defendant by
R. S. Blennerhassett his attorney comes & defends
the force & injury when &c & says that he is not
guilty of the said supposed trespasses above laid
to his charge or any or either of them or any
part thereof in manner & form as the said
plaintff hath above thereof complained against
him, & of this he the said defendant puts himself
upon the Country. &c

R. S. Blennerhassett
Defts atty.

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In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1844

[ JaneJane ] a woman of color
vs
FrancisFrancis I. Sturges

Plea.
R. S. Blennerhafseth
Dfts. Atty

Filed Nov 19th 1844

Jn RulandJohn Ruland Clerk

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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Ss.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To
John Bobby, William K. RuleWilliam K Rule , WilliamWilliam A.
Head, OliverOliver Cromwell
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 18th day of June instant at 9 o' clock
in the forenoon of this day at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to
testify and the truth to say in an certain matter of controversy now pending in our said Court,
wherein [ Jane ]Brown is
plaintiff and Steiger 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 6th day of June in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty- five

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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In Circuit CourtCircuit Court

JennyJenny Brown BrownJenny Brown
vs
Francis J. Steigers

sub for deft

John Bobbs

William K. RuleWilliam K Rule

OliverOliver Cromwell

WilliamWilliam A. Head

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L. L.

Executed Wn MilburnMilburn Shrff

fee $ 2.00
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County Of St. LouisSt Louis, Ss.
The State Of MissouriMissouri,

To
John Bobbs, William K. RuleWilliam K Rule OliverOliver
Cromwell WilliamWilliam Head IsaacIsaac Letcher
Charles Bobbs 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 theforthwith
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 [ Jane ] Brown is
plaintiff and F. J. Steigers is
defendant on the part of 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 21st day of January in the year of our Lord one thousand eight haundred and forty- six

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk, C.C.
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BrownBrown
vs
Steigers

sub

O John Bobbs

O William K. RuleWilliam K Rule

O Oliver Cromwell

WilliamWilliam Head

IsaacIsaac Letcher

Charles Bobbs

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Executed Wm MilburnWilliam Milburn Sheff

fee $ 2.60