Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21183908 Details

Location:St. Louis
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Honorable Luke E. Lawless Judge of the circuit court of St. Louis county (LAWLESS, Luke Edward)
Filing Date:1839-July-8
Ending Date:circa 1839-July-8

General Petition Information

Abstract:Andrew petitions by his mother and next friend Celeste, charging that "he is now held in slavery by a certain Peter Sarpy contrary to law." He informs the court that the Circuit Court of St. Louis recently declared that Judy, his maternal grandmother, and other family members, including Celeste, "to be free." He submits, however, that Sarpy claims him as his slave and that he fears Sarpy will remove him from the jurisdiction of the court. Andrew therefore prays that "he may be permitted to bring suit as a poor person ... for the recovery of his freedom against the said Peter Sarpy." He further requests that Sarpy "be compelled to give bond and security to have your petitioner forthcoming to answer and abide by the Judgement of the court in the premises."
Result:petition granted; plea of trespass filed
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PARs #21182710, #21183411, #21183613, #21183617, #21183701, #21183702, #21183705, #21183806, #21183903; Order, ca. 8 July 1839; Plea of Trespass, Andrew, November Term 1839; Summons, Peter Sarpy, 8 July 1839; Sheriff's Return, 8 July 1839; Plea, Peter Sarpy, 2 February 1841
Pages of Related Documents:7

People Associated with Petition 21183908

Free Persons of Color:2
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Civil Courts Building, St. Louis, Missouri

  • Records of the Circuit Court
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  • Document Number 20
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Processing Information

Record Created:6/21/2000
Record Final Edited:7/13/2002
Record Last Updated on:5/11/2008 1:42:00 PM