Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21183702 Details

Location:St. Louis
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Luke E. Lawless Judge of the third Judicial circuit for the State of Missouri (LAWLESS, Luke Edward)
Filing Date:1837-January-9
Ending Date:1837-January-9

General Petition Information

Abstract:Andrew petitions by his grandmother and next friend, a woman of color named Judy. He informs the court that the said Judy was born in Virginia about 1786 and was brought to Kentucky, where Robert Bunton purchased the ten-year-old enslaved girl. After this purchase, Bunton took Judy to Vincennes in the Northwestern Territory, where he kept her for more than two years; he later sent her to Kaskaskia and sold her to William Lecompte. Lecompte then removed her to his residence in St. Louis. Andrew, now owned by John B. Sarpy, maintains that he should be free according to "an ordinance passed by the congress of the United States on 13th day of July 1787." The petitioner prays that he be permitted to sue as a poor person and that counsel be assigned to him in order to prove his "right to freedom."
Result:petition granted; plea of trespass filed, granted
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PARs #21182710, #21183411, #21183613, #21183617, #21183701, #21183705, #21183806, #21183903, #21183908; Order, 9 January 1837; Plea of Trespass, Andrew, March Term 1837; Summons, John B. Sarpy, 9 January 1837; Copy of Order, 9 January 1837; Sheriff's Return, 11 January 1837; Plea, John B. Sarpy, 15 March 1837; Jury Verdict, ca. March 1837; Motion, John Sarpy, 25 August 1837; Affidavit, John B. Sarpy, 29 November 1837
Pages of Related Documents:14

People Associated with Petition 21183702

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Civil Courts Building, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Records of the Circuit Court
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  • Document Number 43
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Processing Information

Record Created:6/20/2000
Record Final Edited:7/6/2002
Record Last Updated on:5/10/2008 9:15:00 PM