Hester Williams, Priscilla Williams, and Mary Ella Williams, by and through their next friend, Jordan M. Early v. Frederick Norcum, et al.
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New YorkYork Oct 5th 1849

This is to certify, that [ negroe ]womanHesterHester & Children formerly
my slaves in St LouisSt Louis, are free, and have all the rights to go where
they please, that other coloured people have - They
were set free by me in January last.

F.

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HesterHester Williams Plff
PricillaElla
her children, by
JordanJordan Early their next friend plff
a B. Mc &fee
FrederickFrederick Norcum
Granville C Blakey
Wm E Moore

In the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of
St. Louis County. St Louis
County Sct. November Term 1853

Plaintiff states that on
the day of January eighteen hundred and forty nine the defendant FrederickFrederick Norcum
executed to the plaintiff a deed of manumis-
sion for herself and her two children Pris-
cilla who was the illegitimate
child of the said defendant November, and
MayElla WilliamsElla Williams the child by her late husband
by which said deed she became free as well
as both of her children the other plaintiff that on the seventh day of October 1853. She carried the said
deed of manumission to the said Norcum
at his request and plaintiffs charge that
he destroyed the same; and had said plain-
tiffs arrested and caused them to be
delivered to A. B. McAfee and WilliamWilliam E Moore Granville C BlakeyBlakey the other
defendant alledging that he had sold
them to the said McAfeeMcAfee , and Blakey & Moore
Plaintiffs further state that the defen-
dant. Norcum in the month of October 1849
when plaintiff on charge of being runaway slaves were imprisoned and seized to
the plaintiff the following certificate in
word and figures as follows to wit.

New YorkYork . Oct. 5th 1849

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This is to certify that [ negroe ] woman HesterHester
& children formerly my slaves in St. LouisSt Louis
are free and have all the rights to to go where
they please that other coloured peoplehave

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they were set free by me in January
last.

(signed) F. Norcum

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Thereby recognizing and ratifying the previous
deed of manumission. all of which
will man freely appear, by reference to the
said certificate. marked (a) and made
a part of this petition

Plaintiff further charge that the defen-
dants McAfee & Blakey & Moore was before they purchased
plaintiff (if they have purchased them) aware
of all the facts set forth in this petition
and of the freedom of the plaintiff.
but not regarding their rights - both the
said defendants with force and arms
arrested the said plaintiffs. at
the Circuit aforesaid on the 9th day ofNovember October 1853. and then and there seized
and laid laid hold of the said plaintiffs
and with force and violence pulled and
dragged about the said plaintiffs and
then and there forced and compelled the
said plaintiffs to go from and out of
a certain public house situated and being
in the county of St. LouisSt Louis into the public
street there, and then and there forced and
compelled them to go in and along
several streets, to a certain negro jail
situated in the county aforesaid and
owned and kept by the defendant
McAfee, & Blakey Moore and then and there impris
-oned the said plaintiff without any
reasonable or probable cause whatsoever for
a long space of time and against the
will of plaintiffs.

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Plaintiff further aver that before and
at the time of committing the grievances
complained of they were and
still are free persons, and that
the defendants held and still hold
them in slavery

They therefore ask that the defendants
be compelled to answer the allegations
of this petition as specificallyas if they
were here again repeated by way of
interogatory, and that upon a formal
hearing of this case judgment of freedom may be
awarded to your petitioners (the
plaintiffs) and damages to the amount
of five Hundred Dollar for which
they ask judgment.

Blackburn & McLean
Attys

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JordanJordan MM Early EarlyM Early for PriscillaPriscilla Williams
WilliamsPriscilla Williams andEllaElla Williams WilliamsElla Williams minors and
for HesterHester WilliamsWilliams makesoath &
says thathebelievesthe matters & things
stated in the foregoingpetition as stated
are true

J MEarly

Sworn to & subscribed
beforeme this
Oct

1853 M S CerreM S Cerre clk

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St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams Priscilla
PriscillaWilliams Priscilla WilliamsWilliams
by hernextfriend
Early and EllaElla Williams
WilliamsElla Williams by hernext
friendMM Early EarlyM Early
vs

G. B.

Petition in trespass
for Freedom

B & McLean
Attys

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To the Clerk of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court

The petition of Priscilla
and MaryMary EllaElla Williams WilliamsElla Williams children of HesterHester WilliamsWilliams
ask the appointment of JordanJordan MM Early EarlyM Early as
theirnext friend to enablethem to bring a suit
for their freedom against FrederickFrederick Norcum
and A. B. [ Macaffe ].

PriscillaPriscilla Williams Williams

Mary Ellen WilliamsPriscilla Williams

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I consent to act as next friend for
PriscillaPriscilla Williams WilliamsPriscilla Williams and MaryMary EllaElla Williams
WilliamsElla Williams minors in suit about to
be instituted by them for freedom
against Norcum & [ Macaffe ]

St. LouisSt LouisOct 11th 1853

J M Early

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I approve thewithin and appoint JordanJordan N Early,
as next friend to sue for the plaintiffs in
said cause

M SM S Cerre CerreM S Cerre Clk CirCt

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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 A BA B McAfee McAfeeA B McAfee and FrederickFrederick
Norcum Glenville BlakeyBlakey and WilliamWilliam E Moore
to appear
before the Judge of our Circuit CourtCircuit Court , on the first day of the next term
thereof, to be held in the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, within and for the
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis, on the third Monday of November
next: then and there to answer the complaint of HesterHester WilliamsWilliams Priscilla
PriscillaWilliams Priscilla WilliamsWilliams and Ella WilliamsElla Williams by their next friend
JordanJordan M EarlyM Early
as set forth in the annexed petition
and have you then and there this writ.

Witness, Michael S. CerreMichael S Cerre , Clerk of said Court,
with the Seal thereof hereto affixed, at office in the
City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this eleventh day of October in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and fifty three

M S CerreM S Cerre 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 11th day of October 1853

J W Early

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L.S.
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On reading & considering the within petition it is ordered
that said petitioners be allowed to sue on and giving Se-
curity satisfactory to the Clerk for all costs that may be
adjudged against petitioners, and it is further ordered
that said petitioners have reasonable liberty, to attend Counsel
and the Court as occasion may require that they be not removed out
of the jurisdiction of the Court and they be not subject to any severity
on account of their application for freedom

A True Copy attest

A. HamiltonAlexander Hamilton Judge 8th Jud. Cir MO

M. SM S Cerre . CerreM S Cerre Clk.

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No. 119

St. Louis CircuitCircuit Court CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1853

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams Priscilla , EllaElla Williams
WilliamsElla Williams PriscillaWilliams Priscilla WilliamsWilliams
by their next friend JordanJordan M EarlyM Early
vs
A BA B McAfee McAfeeA B McAfee and
G. C. Blakey
Fred. Norcum
WilliamMoore
Pet for freedom
McLean

Issued Oct 11th 1853

Md CerreCerre

Jury fee & writ $3. his by J M Early
Copy $1.50
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Executed this writ in the County ofCounty of St Louis
St. LouisCounty of St Louis on the 12th day of Oct. 1853 by
leaving a certified copy of the writ & petition
at the usual place of abode of A. B. McAfee
with a white person a member of his family
over the age of fifteen years - also by leaving
a copy of the within writ, at the usual place
of abode of Granville Blakey, with a white
person a member of the family, over the age
of fifteen years - FrederickFrederick Norcum not
found in my county.

Jn M. Wimer

by Jm C BlakeyBlakey dept

Service 2.00 Non est 50 $ 2.50
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Executed this writ further in the county of St. LouisSt Louis on the
12th day of Oct. 1853. by delivering a certified copy of the within
writ to Wm E. Moore & by offering to read the within petition to him
which he refuses to hearfee$1.00Jn MWimer Shff

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State of Mo
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

In the St LouisCircuit Court
Circuit CourtCircuit Court - Nov Term 1834

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams & others.
vs
FrederickFrederick Norcum&c

Declaration under statute
for freedom

Defendant for plea to the amended declaration
filed in the above case on 20th November 1834, says,
that he is not guilty of the trespass and imprisonment
as charged in the said declaration; and defendant
denies that plaintiffs were ever or are now free
persons, and of these things he puts himself
upon the County

Willis L Williams
Atty for Deft

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No 119

In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams & others
vs
FrederickFrederick Norcum

Answer of defendant to amended
declaration filed 20th Nov 1834.
Plea not guilty & that
plaintiff not free

Filed November 24, 1854

WmWilliam J Hammond J HammondWilliam J Hammond Clk

WilliamsWilliams p.d

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In the St Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court .
November Term 1854

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams & others
vs

FrederickFrederick Norcum

1st. Defendant moves to strike from the record,,
the paper marked "filed Nov. 20th 1854.," for
the reason

1. That said paper is not filed in accordance
with, but directly in derogation of the rule of
this court.

2. The said paper is not an amendment of
the original petition, nor is it a petition itself,
for freedom, as the suit purports to be.

3. The said paper is not an frivolous
and of no sort of application to the matters
in issue.

2. Defendant asks the court to make an order that
the Sheriff deliver the plaintiffs to the defendant
NorcomNorcom or his agent, to be dealt with as his slaves

WillisL Williams p.d.

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HesterHester WilliamsWilliams & others
vs
Frederick Norcom

Motion to strike paper
marked "filed Nov. 20 1854"
from - and
for final order in the
case.

Filed November 24, 1854

Wm J.Hammond Clk

WilliamWilliam p.d.

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Court House Papers
St. LouisSt Louis

To the Judge of the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court
of the County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis and State ofMissouri
MissouriMissouri

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The petition of HesterHester WilliamsWilliams
humbly represents, that in January D
1849 she known by the name of H Esther was the slave for life of F
Norcum and also has two children one
a girlagednow five years named MaryMary
Ella and the other afore named Priscilla
aged nine years. And that at said time
her then Master F Norcum, set her free
by granting to her and her two children
a deed of Emancipation, and your
petitioner represents that said
as she was informed and
has a force once free discharged from ser-
vice of herself and her the children
and your petitioners further charges that
she retained said deed of Emancipation
in her possession from the day of its
Execution some time in January 1849
up and [ untill ] on or about the seventh
of October AD 1853 when she at the request
of the said NorcomNorcom him the deed
to have the same recorded as hewas
informed that some further act had
to be done by the said NorcomNorcom , before the
said paper could be recorded, and
your petitioner states that said NorcomNorcom
toldherto come back on the next morn
ing & he would give her the said papers
properlyrecorded and certified, and
petitioner states that whenshe came

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to the saidNorcomNorcom for said paper that she
was informed that she was together with her
twochildren sold by the said Norcum to
one A. B. [ Macafee ] a negrotrader
by whom she was taken possession of
and is now confined in his negro yard
in the city of St. LouisSt Louis, and is informed
and verilybelieves that the said [ Macafee ]
intends forthwith to remove her
without thelimits of this state, and
jurisdiction of this court

Your petitioner further states that in
October 1849 and after the execution
of the deed of Emancipation she was
as a runaway, and F Norcum then who
was in the city of New YorkYork sent to her
to procure her released the certificate
hereuntoattached& made a part of this
petition

And your petitioner prays that
an order may be permited by your Honor
to allowher tosue as a poor person
she having means&
that your Honor will also permit an
order that she may have reasonable
liberty to attend her counsel and the
the
Court as may require
and that a warrant may issue for
your petitioner the and
that she may have such reliefas well
as the lawprovides and the necessity
of the case .

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams by

Blackburn & McLean

her attys.
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Milton N. McLean being duly sworn saith
that he nelieves the matters & things set
forth in the foregoing petition are true
and there makes an order is granted by the
Circuit CourtCircuit Court that saidHesterHester and her
two children Ella & Priscilla Martha
command one of the presentence of the
Court

Sworn to& subscribed
before me this11th Oct 1853

M. S. CerreM S Cerre Clk

M. N. McLean

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On reading and considering
the within petition it is ordered that the said
petitioners be allowed to sue on giving security
to the clerk for all costs that may
be payment petitioners

And it is further ordered
that said petitioner has reasonable liberty
to attend counsel and the Court as
may require. That they be not removed
out of the jurisdiction of the court, and
that they be not subjectto anyseverity
on account of their application for
freedom

St LouisSt Louis Oct 11th

A. HamiltonAlexander Hamilton

Jug o 8th JudicialCir. Mo
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75

Petiton of HesterHester
WilliamsWilliams Known as
HesterHester and Ella
& Priscilla

Filed October 11th 1853

M. S. CerreM S Cerre Clk

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Nov. Term 1853. Demurrer to petition filed. 24 p 82.Demurrersustd
leave to amend on or before the first day of next term24 p 114.April 2 1854
Declaration under the statute filed. 24 p 128. Cont by Consent 4 p 142
Motion to strike out paper filed & sustained & motion for final order filed & overruledLeave to
to amend on or before the first day of next term24 p 298.November Term 1854
Amended Declaration filed 24 p 319. Motion to strike out filed
and orvrd with leave to plead. plea filed 24 p 342contd as on
affidavit of pltf to procure testimony of Fred Norcum 24 p 484.Dedimus to New YorkYork . by plaintiff 24 p 497. Oct. 5'55Contd25 p 206. March 3 '56. April
17. & Judgt of freedom plaintiff to pay costs25 p 372.

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Court House Papers
St. Louis

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisSt Louis

The State of MissouriMissouri

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M. N. McLean having sworn saith that
HesterHester WilliamsWilliams and her two children Priscilla
& Ella are in the custody of one
EdmondEdmund Loyden who he maintains &
believes is the against of A. B. McAffe and
Granville & Blakeypartners trading in
negros in the city of St. LouisSt Louis and who has
the said negros in change at the instance
of FrederickFrederick Norcum
sworn to &subscribed
beforeme this 12 Oct 1853.

B JHammond Clk

M. N. McLean

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To the Circuit CourtCircuit Court of St. Louis
County

M. N. McLean moves to
amend the petition for to same
filed on behalfof HesterHester WilliamsWilliams
& herchildren against FrederickFrederick
Norcum and A BA B McAfee McAfeeA B McAfee byadding
thereto the names of Granville C
Blakey & Edmond Loyden the
said Loyden being the agent of
McAfee & Blakey

St. LouisSt LouisOct 12 1853

Blackburn & McLean
Attys

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State of MissouriMissouri
County of St LouisCounty of St Louis

The State of MissouriMissouri to the
Sheriff of the County of St LouisCounty of St Louis Greeting

You are hereby commanded
to seize HesterHester . Ella & Priscilla known asHesterHester WilliamsWilliams & hertwochildren
where ever they may
be found and bring them before me at the Court
House in the room of the Circuit CourtCircuit Court at the Court House on the 12th day of Oct 1853 at 9 O'clock and to summon
AA B McAfee B McAfeeA B McAfee in whose possession they now are to
appear at the same time and place

Given under my hand this 11th day of October 1853

A HamiltonAlexander Hamilton

Judge 8th Judi-
cial Cir. Mo.
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Executed the within order from the
Honr. Alex Hamilton, by having the within
named parties in court on the 12th day of October 1853.

AB. Mc.Afee not found.

Fee $3.00

non est 0.50

$3.50

Jn. M Wimer
Shff

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

To the State of MissouriMissouri to the
Greeting

You are hereby Commanded to seize
HesterHester Ella & Priscilla known as HesterHester WilliamsWilliams & her
two children where ever they may be found, and bring
them before me at the Court House in the Room of the Criminal Court at the Court house. on the 13th day of Oct 1853 at 9 O. Clock A. M. and to sieze
msr A. B. McAfee Granville C. BlakeyBlakey and EdmondEdmund Loyden
Wim C MooreMoore in whose possession they now are to appear at the same
time and place

Given under my hand this 12th day of October 1853.

Courthose Papers
St. LouisSt Louis

A HamiltonAlexander Hamilton
Jud 8th Ju-
dicial Cir. Mo

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Executed the within order on the 13th of October 1853, by having, HesterHester , Ella and Priscilla before
the Hon Alex Hamilton, & by summoning Wm
E. Moore to appear in court at 9. 0'clock a.m on this
day- A. B. McAfee. Granville C Blakey &
Edward Loyden not found.

Fee # 4.00

1.50

# 5.50

. M
Shrff

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In this circuit court
Novr. Term 1853

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams Priscilla
PriscillaWilliams Priscilla Williams &
Ella WilliamsWilliams
against

Defendant NorcomNorcom byhisattorneycomes and
demurrsto the Plaintiffs' petition filed in the
aboveentitledcause that the
facts alleged as stated in saidpetitionare
not sufficient to entitle in behalf authorize
the judgement asked for by the Petitioners

Willis L Williamspd

Court House Papers
St. LouisSt Louis

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HesterHester WilliamsWilliams & others
vs
FrederickFrederick Norcum & others

Demurrer to
Plffs petition

Filed,

February 24, 1854

Wm J. HammondWilliam J Hammond Clk

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Court House Papers
St. LouisCircuit Court

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

St. LouisSt Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit Court
November Term 1854

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EllaElla Williams WilliamsElla Williams and
Priscilla WilliamsPriscilla Williams by them
next for Early
and HesterHester WilliamsWilliams Plaintiffs
vs
FrederickFrederick Norcum
Granville Blakey
A BA B McAfee McAfeeA B McAfee and
WilliamWilliam E Moore
Declaration
under the
statute for
Freedom

Ella WilliamsElla Williams and Priscilla WilliamsPriscilla Williams
minors by their next friendJordanJordan MM Early
EarlyM Early and HesterHester WilliamsWilliams complains
of the above named defendants of a
plea wherefore the said defendants
withforce and armsmade an assault
upon the said plaintiffs viz on the
seventhofOctober AD 1853 at St. LouisSt Louis
on the county and State aforesaid
the said and then & there beat, bruised
& ill treated them & each of them and
then & there imprisoned them & kept &
detained them in prison without any
reasonable or probable cause, whatsoever
for a longtimeto wit for the space of
ten hours then next following contrary
to the laws & customs of this state the
said plaintiffs then & there being free
and being free for a long space of time
previous thereto viz for the period of
one year, and still being free persons

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[ tho ] the said defendants held and still hold
plaintiffs in slavery.

And otherwrongs to the said plaintiffs then
& there did to the great damage of the
said plaintiffs and against the peace
Wherefore the said plaintiffs say they
havesustaineddamages in the sum
of one thousand dollars & therefore
they sue

by

Blackburn & McLean
P attys

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75
Circuit CourtCircuit Court

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams
& others
vs
FrederickFrederick Norcum
& others

Declaration
underthe
statute

B. & McLean
Attys

Filed April 17, 1854

Wm. J. HammondWilliam J Hammond Clk

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Court House Papers
St. LouisSt Louis

In the St. Louis Circuit CourtCircuit Court

April Term A D 1854
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HesterHester WilliamsWilliams & others
vs
A. B. McAfee
FrederickFrederick Norcum & others

1 The defendants move to strike from the record
the paper marked as âfiled April 17th 1854â for
the reasons

1. That said paper is not filed in accordance with,
but directly in derogation of the rules of this
Court.

2. The said paper is frivolous and of no sort
of application to the matters in issue.

3. The said paper is not an amendment of the
original petition, nor is it a petition itself
for freedom, as the suit pretends to be.

2 Defendants ask the Court to make an order
that the Sheriff deliver the plaintiffs to the
defendant NorcomNorcom or his agent, to be
dealt with as his slaves &c.

WillisL. Williams


Atty for Defendants
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No. 119

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams & others
Vs
A. B. McAfee.

Motion to strike paper
from the record & for
said order.

WilliamsWilliams Atty pd

Filed June 27, 1854

Hammond Clk

57 75
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Court House Papers
St. LouisCircuit Court

State of MissouriMissouri
County of St. LouisCounty of St Louis

Circuit CourtCircuit Court of
St. Louis County
April Term 1854
Amended Declaration

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EllaElla Williams WilliamsWilliams Priscilla , PriscillaWilliams Priscilla WilliamsElla Williams by
JordanJordan MM Early .EarlyM Early their next friend and
HesterHester WilliamsWilliams persons of color complains
of FrederickFrederick Norcum of a plea. For that
the said defendant on the day of
AD 1854 with force and arms &c made an
assault upon the said plaintiffs to wit
at St. LouisSt Louis in the county aforesaid &
then & there beat, bruised & ill treated
them & each of them the said plaintiffs
& then & there imprisoned them & & each of
them the said plaintiffs & kept &detained
them & each of them in prison there
without any reasonable or probable
cause whatsoever for a long time viz
for the space of twelvehours then next
followingcontrary to the laws of the said
State and the will of the said plaintiffs
And the said plaintiff avers that
before and at the time of the committing
of the said grievances they were each
one of them and still are freepersins
& that the said defendant held & still
holds them in slavery to the plaintiffs
damagesdamages in the sum of ten
dollars & therefore theypray

by

Blackburn &McLean


Plff Attys
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75

Circuit CourtCircuit Court

EllaElla Williams WilliamsWilliams Priscilla &
PriscillaWilliams Priscilla WilliamsElla Williams
by their nextfriend
JordanJordan MEarly
& HesterHester Williamsvs
FrederickFrederick Norcum

Amended
Declaration

B & McLean


Attys Filed Nov. 20th 1854

Wm. J. HammondWilliam J Hammond clk

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Court House Papers
St. Louis.

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

To Saml Glover Thos Harvey Phillip C Morehead
JohnC. RichardsonRichardson Greeting.

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You are hereby Commanded, that, setting aside all manner of excuse and delay.
you appear before our Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County aforesaid, on the 13th July 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 WilliamsWilliams is
plaintiff and McAfeeMcAfee &Norcum is
defendant on the part of Plaintiff
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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Witness, William J. HammondWilliam J Hammond , Clerk of our said Court,
with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 8th day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five

Wm J. HammondWilliam J Hammond Clerk C. C.

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Circuit CourtCircuit Court

75

WilliamsWilliams
vs
McAfeeMcAfee &
Norcum
Spafor

Saml Glover Esq

Thos Harvey Esq

John C. RichardsonRichardson

Phillip C. Morehead

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Executed by reading to J. C. Richardson &
P. C. Morehead, in St Louis County February
12/55 S. Glover & Thos Harvey not found.

Fee $120

TurnerTurner Maddox MaddoxTurner Maddox shff

By

Chas Picker Dpty

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Court House Papers
St. Louis

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

To ThomasThomas HarveyHarvey
Greeting:

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You are hereby Commanded, that, setting aside all manner of execuse and delay,
you appear before our Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County aforesaid, on the
ever at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there
to testify, and the truth to in a certain matter of controversy now pending in our
said Court, wherein HesterHester WilliamsWilliams et al are
plaintiff and Fr.Norcum and others
defendant on the part ofPlaintiffs:
and herein you are in no wise to fail

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Witness, William J. HammondWilliam J Hammond , Clerk of our said Court,
with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office, in
the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 12th, day of Feby in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-five

Wm J. HammondWilliam J Hammond Clerk C. C.

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75

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams
vsMcAfeeMcAfee et al

ThosThomas HenryHenry

pltff

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ThosThomas HenryHenry the within named not
found. Feb 12th 1855

Fee 10 cts

Turner MaddoxTurner Maddox shff

By

J. B. Hegdon Dpty

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Part House Papers
St. Louis

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

To Cicero S. Hawks, WilliamWilliam DeWittWilliam SmithWilliam Smith
& B. M. Lynch & Thomas S. HarveyHarvey Greeting:

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You are hereby Commanded, that, setting aside all manner of excuse and delay, you appear
before our Circuit CourtCircuit Court for the County aforesaid, on the 17th day of April 1856 at the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, then and there to testify,
and the truth to say in a certain matter of controvery now pending in our said Court, wherein
HesterHester WilliamsWilliams et al. by next friend &c are
plaintiffs and McAfeeMcAfee & others are
defendantss on the part of said plaintiffs
and herein you are in no wise to fail.

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Witness, William J. HammondWilliam J Hammond , Clerk of our said
Court, with the seal thereof hereto affixed, at office,
in the City of St. LouisCity of St Louis, this 15th day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and fifty-six

Wm J HammondWilliam J Hammond Clerk C. C.

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De Witt &SmithSmith not found
Executed as to others within name
April 17/56

Fee $120

TurnerTurner Maddox MaddoxTurner Maddox Shff

By

Chas Picker Depy

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75 (119 17 act. Nov. T. 53)

57 Trials Mar. T/56

In Circuit CourtCircuit Court
(for April 17th)

Subp'a for Plffs

HesterHester WilliamsWilliams
vsMcAfeeMcAfee &c

Bishop C. S. Hawks

Wm De Smith (on B.T. "Tropic")

Wm Smith (8th bet. & Elm)

B. M. Lynch (Locust bet. 4th & 5th)

Thos S. Harbey

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Court House Papers
St. LouisSt Louis

Upon the evidence in this case
plaintiff is not entitled to recover

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