Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21183612 Details

State:Missouri
Location:St. Louis
Location Type:County
Salutation:To Luke E Lawless, Judge of the St. Louis Circuit Court (LAWLESS, Luke Edward)
Filing Date:1836-July-6
Ending Date:1836-July-6

General Petition Information

Abstract:Delph, a woman of color, represents that her owner, Josiah Ramsay Sr. of Callaway County, manumitted her in 1826. Since 1827, Delph maintains that she has "in fact gone at large, & acted as a free person ever since." Charging that Stephen Dorris now claims her as a slave and has attempted to forcibly remove her from St. Louis, the petitioner "prays for leave to sue in the St Louis Circuit Court as a poor person, in order to establish her said right to Freedom."
Result:petition granted; plea of trespass filed, denied, and appealed
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:Transcript of Court Record, 6 July 1836--15 June 1837; Copy of Bill of Sale, Josiah Ramsay to Jonathan Ramsay, 27 August 1807; Transcript of Court Record, 21 June 1836--9 May 1838; Certification of Court Record, 12 May 1838
Pages of Related Documents:19

People Associated with Petition 21183612

Slaves:5
Free Persons of Color:0
Defendants:1
Petitioners:1
Other People:3

Citation Information

Repository: Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, Missouri

  • Records of the Supreme Court, Case Files
  • Record Group:
  • Document Number 45
  • Box: 25
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Processing Information

Record Created:8/31/1997
Record Final Edited:6/29/2002
Record Last Updated on:9/19/2007 6:12:00 PM