Free Negro Bond for John Scipio Beard
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Know all Men by These Presents,
That we, John Scipio Beard as prinipal
, and Wilson Primm as security,
are held and firmly bound unto the State of Missouri, in the just and
full sum of fivehundred Dollars, lawful money of the
United States, for the payment of which we bind ourselves, our heirs,
executors and administrators, firmly by these presents, sealed with
our seals, and dated this 20th day of May A.D. 1861

The condition of the above Obligation is such, that whereas,the said
Beardhas applied to the Board of
County Commissioners of St. Louis County for, and obtained a
license to reside in the State of Missouri, during good behavior:
Now, if the said applicant shall be of good character and behavior
during his residence in the State of Missouri, then this
obligation to be void, else of full force and virtue.

John Scipio his X mark Beard


Wilson Primm



5 7 3/4 -21- mulatto. scar on
left cheek & left side of forehead.
stammers in speaking. laborer.

PdH 1.

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John Scipio Beard
Free Negro

May 20 1861.
S. W. Eager Jr.