Sample Debt

Annis Merrill Assignee &c vs John Pulliam, 1840
Circuit Court Case File 4533: Debt
St. Clair County, Illinois

Transcription. The File Jacket does not cite the Record Book in which this case is recorded.
Paper case file located at the Illinois State Archives, Springfield

Words in [square brackets] are additions or guesses by the transcriber.

[Document 1 – Summons]

“State of Illinois} ss.
St. Clair County }

The People of the State of Illinois
To the Sheriff of our said County, Greeting.
We command you [black space] that you Summon John Pulliam and Samuel Townsend late of our said county, if they may be found in your bailwick, so that they be and appear before the Judge of our Circuit Court next to be holden in Belleville, within and for said county on the third Monday of August next; on the first day of the said term, then and there in our said Court to answer unto, Annis Merrill assignee of Alexander M. Jenkins of a plea that they render unto him the Sum of One hundred and twenty five dollars which to him they owe and from him unjustly detain to the damage of the said Annis Merrill assignee of Alexander M. Jenkins the sum of One hundred Dollars, to be before us exhibited. And have you then and there this writ.

Witness John Hay Clerk of our said Court, at Belleville, this Sixteenth day
of June in the year of our Lord eighteen hundred and forty.
John Hay”

[reverse side of Document 1]


“Annis Merrill asseeof }
A.M. Jenkins }
Jno Pulliam & Saml. Townsend}
Sum. debt Debt $ 125.00

Dm [Damages] & $ 100.[00]

Retble Augt term 1840″

“On the 23d day of June 1840 I served the within Summons on John Pulliam & Samuel Townsend by reading the same to them

Saml. B. Chandler, Sheriff
St C. C.

paid ChandlerTo Serving Sums— 1.00
returning do— 12 [cents]
[Total]———— $1.12″

[Document 2]


“Annis Merrill assignee }
of Alexander M. Jenkins }
John Pulliam Samuel Townsend }
Debt $125
Damages $100

The Clerk of the St. Clair Circuit Court
will please issue Summons in this case
returnable to next term

Trumbull Atty for Pltff.
Belleville June 16 – 1840″

[reverse side of Document 2]

“Anis Merril assee &c vvs
Pulliam & Townsendfiled 16thJune 1840″

[Document 3 – Receipt]

“Belleville July 17, 1840
Received of Pulliam and Townsend, by the hand of Pulliam, one hundred and twenty nine dollars and 25/100; it being in full for a note and charges on said Pulliam and Townsend, given to A.M. Jenkins, and by him transfered to me, of $125. dated [blank] day of July 1839 [sic] Provided said Pulliam and Townsend shall well and truly pay, to the Clerk of the County Court, the costs that have accrued thereon since suit was commenced on the same. A. Merrill.”

[End Annis Merrill Assignee &c vs John Pulliam, 1840, Circuit Court Case File 4533: Debt]

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