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Petition of Winny, a free woman of color, to the St. Louis Circuit Court, May 16, 1825

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Identifier: D01695

Title: Petition of Winny, a free woman of color, to the St. Louis Circuit Court, May 16, 1825

Description: States that she and her three children (7-year-old Malinda, 4-year-old Harry, and 1-year-old Lorinda) are held in slavery by Rufus Pettibone, who purchased or obtained them from Thomas Whitset and Owen Wingfield. John Whitset (alias John Whitesides), his wife, Phebe, and son Thomas possessed Winny as a slave, and moved (circa 1792) from Kentucky to the Territory of the United States North West of the River Ohio, at or near a place then known as New Design or Whitesides' Station. Winny contends that she was held in slavery in violation of the laws of the Territory of the United States North West of the River Ohio. Around 1796 John, Phebe, and Thomas Whitset moved to Upper Louisiana in the neighborhood of St. Louis, and brought Winny with them in slavery, against her consent. Upon the death of John Whitesides, Winny remained enslaved to Phebe and Thomas Whitesides until about 1817 or 1818, when she was purchased by Rufus Pettibone. Winny further states that she successfully sued Phebe for her freedom in the Missouri Supreme Court, yet Rufus Pettibone refuses to liberate her. Also includes affidavit of Winny, dated May 16, 1825.

Rights: NoC-US

Place:

Dates: 1825-05-16

Type(s): Petition

Maker/Creator: Ferguson, Peter

Subjects: Free blacks
Slaves
Slaveholders
Slavery
African Americans
Women
Children

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