Affidavit of Dereck A. January for the Free Negro Bond for Margaret Rose alias Margaret Smothers
State of Missouri
County of St. Louis

Dereck A January of
lawful age being duly sworn on his oath
states that he is acquainted with Margaret
Rose alias Margaret Smothers, that he has
known said Margaret for the last five of
six years during which time she has continued
to reside in the city of St. Louis deponent
knows said Margaret, has been
as a free person and he verily believes she
is free, said Margaret resided a part of
the time with deponent and from all that this
deponent has been able to learn in
to said Margaret, he verily believes she is free
deponent states that said Margaret is of
good character as far as this deponent
knows & believes.

Sword to & subscribed before
on this 4th day of May 1843

Geo A Hyde

Justice of
the Peace St Louis County Mo

D.A. January