Cornelius v. Wash, Breese 63, ( 1825) George, a black man, brought action against Robert Whiteside and F. Bradshaw to recover his freedom. Joseph Cornelius hired R. Wash to litigate the case on George's behalf. A lower court held for George and awarded him $400 in damages. Whiteside appealed but the decision was sustained.
Cornelius v. Cohen, Breese 92, ( 1825) In 1804, Rachael, a "free negro woman," signed an indentured servant contract with Cornelius. During the term of service she gave birth to a girl. Cornelius claimed her service under Illinois law. The court ruled for Rachael because of a procedural error committed by the plaintiff.
Coles v. County of Madison, Breese 115 ( 1826) County commissioners brought action against Edward Coles for bringing slaves into an Illinois county without paying. Illinois law required masters to pay $1, 000 for each enslaved African American brought into the state by a visiting slave holder in order to emancipate his slaves. An 1825 law freed masters from the state statute adopted in 1819 prescribing this penalty. The court upheld this law, concluding that the "legislature have the constitutional power to pass the act of 1825, releasing Coles."
Mears v. Morrison, Breese 172 ( 1827) This case involved the transfer of an African-American indentured servant under Illinois law, which provided for a system of indentured servitude.