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James LISBON, Ottawa, IL
I came across an article in the "Chicago Press and Tribune" dated 15 Sept 1859 about "A Colored Citizen of Ottawa, Ill" , James LISBON,a free person who was on his way "to Pike's Peak" [CO] and was arrested by a sheriff of Buchanan Co., MO (at St.Joseph, MO.)
James LISBON was "tied up, whipped and forced to say he was a slave." Lisbon employed an attorney to send to Ottawa [IL] for proof of his free status but the lawyer "pocketed the fee." After being confined in the St. Joseph, MO jail for four months, James Lisbon was sold to a trader going South for $1044.
Hope this information will be helpful to someone.