A 16-year-old enslaved woman named Nancy escaped from her enslaver, W.T. Christy of St. Louis, with the help of a white man named William Smith. The pair were captured on Illinois soil, four miles from Alton. Nancy was re-enslaved, and Smith was sentenced to five years in prison.
Blackett, The Captive's Quest, 148; St. Louis Missouri Republican, August 17, 18, 1856 (HMO)