Race and Slavery Petitions Project

Petition 21184204 Details

Location:St. Louis
Location Type:County
Salutation:To the Hon. Bryan Mullanphy, Judge of the Circuit Court of St. Louis County (MULLANPHY, Bryan)
Filing Date:1842-November-5
Ending Date:circa 1842-November-5

General Petition Information

Abstract:Rose, a woman of color, was born in Montreal around 1768. John Stock took Rose as a slave to Prairie du Chien in the Northwest Territory of the United States, where she remained with Stock until his death in 1794. In 1798, Auguste Chouteau purchased Rose and her two children, Benoist and Tuissaint. While Rose was in Chouteau's possession, she gave birth to several more children, including Pierre, the petitioner. Upon Chouteau's death, Pierre became the property of Chouteau's wife and then the property of Gabriel L. Chouteau. He petitions the court for permission to sue for his freedom because his mother was born free and "secondly because if his mother was born a slave, she became by her residence at Prarie Du Chein ... a free person."
Result:petition granted; plea of trespass filed, granted, appealed, reversed and remanded
# of Petition Pages:2
Related Documents:PARs #21181901, #21184006, #21184302, #21184310; Transcript of Court Record, November Term 1842--15 February 1844; Bill of Exceptions, Gabriel L. Chouteau, 15 February 1844; Certification of Court Record, 24 February 1844; Supreme Court Opinion, 30 January 1845; Copy of Order, ca. November 1842; Copy of Plea of Trespass, Pierre, November Term 1842; Copy of Summons, Gabriel L. Chouteau, 5 November 1842; Copy of Sheriff's Return, 12 November 1842; Copy of Plea, Gabriel L. Chouteau, 21 November 1842; Copy of Order, 24 January 1843; Copy of Jury Verdict, 13 February 1844; Copy of Motion for New Trial, Gabriel L. Chouteau, 15 February 1844; Copy of Appeal, Gabriel L. Chouteau, 15 February 1844; Copy of Bill of Exceptions, 15 February 1844; Copy of Deed, Andre Todd, Didier, 28 October 1795; Copy of Deed, Didier, Chouteau, 8 August 1798; Copy of Deposition of Pierre Menard, n.d.; Copy of Jury Instructions, n.d.; Supreme Court Opinion, 30 January 1845
Pages of Related Documents:23

People Associated with Petition 21184204

Free Persons of Color:0
Other People:5

Citation Information

Repository: Missouri State Archives, Jefferson City, Missouri

  • Records of the Supreme Court, Case Files
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  • Document Number 34
  • Box: 34
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Processing Information

Record Created:8/20/1997
Record Final Edited:7/18/2002
Record Last Updated on:9/1/2007 5:05:00 PM