Rachel Steele, a coloured woman v. Thomas Taylor
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To the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of Saint LouisSt Louis County

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The petition of RachelRachel [ Steel ] a coloured woman humbly
represents that in the year 1831 your petitioner was holden in
slavery by the late SamuelSamuel GilbertGilbert who then lived in the StateMissouri
of MissouriMissouri: that the late Russel, Farnham was then residing
at Kokuck, in the Territory, north of the State ofMissouri MissouriMissouri
and north of of the line of 36 30 north latitude: that said
SamuelSamuel GilbertGilbert while he was thus the owner of your petitioner hired out your petitioner to said FarnhamFarnham in or just before
the month of December 1831 to be taken to Kokuck
and then holden & employed by said FarnhamFarnham as a slave
that said FarnhamFarnham in the month of December 1831
took & removed your petitioner to said Kokuck and then held
and employed your petitioner as a slave for a period of nine
Months or therabouts and until his decease: that by such
hiring and employment your petitioner became free as she is
advised: that Thomas TaylorThomas Taylor married a grand daughter of said GilbertGilbert and upon the decease of said GilbertGilbert claimed to hold in
right of his said wife your petitioner as a slave under said GilbertGilbert : That saidTaylorTaylor does now in fact hold your petitioner
as a slave: and your petitioner prays that she may be
allowed to sue as a poor person for the recovery of her
freedom & as is duty bound will ever pray &c

RachelRachel Steel

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her mark
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Personally appeared RachelRachel Steel& made oath to the truth
of the of the foregoing petition this 15th day of March AD 1845
before me at chambers

John M. KrumJohn M Krum


Judge 8th Jud. Cir. Mo.
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We the undersigned have been acquainted with RachelRachel Steele SteeleRachel Steele
coloured woman for several years and during all that time she
has borne a good character for truth & we believe that her
statements on oath may safely be relied on March 22 1845

On reading the foregoing petition and hearing the accompanying
proof it is ordered that Rachel SteeleRachel Steele the petitioner
have permission to sue as a poor person
that she have reasonable liberty to advise
with her Counsel & that she be not removed from the jurisdiction of the St. LouisCircuit Court Circuit CourtCircuit Court,
R. M. Field is appointed Counsel prosecute
this petition

St. LouisSt LouisMar 25. 1845

JohnJohn M Krum M. KrumJohn M Krum

Judge 8th Jud. Cir.

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St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1844

The petition of
Rachel SteeleRachel Steele (coloured)
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March the 23 1845

This is to certify that I have known the Bearer RachelRachel Steel
for thirteen years and known her to be an honest upright woman one that can
be trusted I am also well acquainted with her master & mistress Mr & Mrs
TaylorTaylor who haveing moeved up in the Country last year and left her here
with, the privelige of hireing herself either on a boat or in the City
if any further recommandation is needed you can apply to my HusbandHusband
Mr Wm Le Grimes of the Steam Boat Uncle Toby Charlotte P Grimes.

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In Saint LouisCircuit Court CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court , April Term, 1845

Saint LouisSt Louis,ssRachelRachel Steele SteeleRachel Steele coloured woman, who sues in
this behalf as a poor person, by R.M. Field counsel assigned
her by the court, complains of ThomasThomas Taylor TaylorThomas Taylor in a plea of trespass
for that before and at time of the committing of the grievances herein
after mentioned by the defendant the complainant was and still is
a free person a that the defendant on the first day of January past
at Saint LouisSt Louis did make an assault in upon the plaintiff then & there imprisoned & kept in prison & restrained of her freedom the
plaintiff for a long space of time to wit from there hitherto & then &
there held & still holds the plaintiff as a & other wrongs to
the plaintiff then & there did against the peace to the great
damage of the plaintiff for the recovery of her freedom the
plaintiff brings this suit &c.

R.W. Field

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In Circuit CourtCircuit Court April Term, 1845

Rachel SteeleRachel Steele , coloured women,
in forma pauperis,
vsThomas TaylorThomas Taylor

Suit for freedom

Let summons issue

R. M. Field

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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 Thomas TaylorThomas Taylor , 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 April instant then and there to answer unto Rachel SteeleRachel Steele ,
Coloured woman of a plea of trespass. to the great damage of said plaintiff
dollars And have you then there this writ

Witness, John RulandJohn Ruland , Clerk of our said Court,
with the seal therof hereto affixed, at office, in the city of St. LouisSt Louis, this third day ofApril in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty five.

John RulandJohn Ruland

Clerk.
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I acknowlege 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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dismissed March 11 1846 17 p 156

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No187

St LouisSt LouisCicuit CourtCircut Court
April Term 1845

Rachel SteeleRachel Steele ,
vs
Thomas TaylorThomas Taylor

summons
Suit for freedom
R. M.Field

Filed 31st March 1845

JohnJohn Ruland RulandJohn Ruland clk

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On reading the foregoing petition & hearing the
accompanying proofs, it is ordered that Rachal
SteeleSteele the petitioner have permision to sue
as a poor person, & that she has reasonable,
liberty to advise with her counsel & that she
be not removed from the jurisdiciton of the
St LouisSt Louis Circuit court R M Field is
appointed Counsel to prosecute this petition

St. LouisSt Louis
Mar 25 1845

John MJohn M Krum KrumJohn M Krum M

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A true copy of the order

attestJohn RulandJohn Ruland Clk

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Thomas TaylorThomas Taylor the within named
defendant not found in my County
Non Est 50 cts

William MilburnWilliam Milburn Shff

By A. C. OsburnOsburn Depy