I just finished reading "Church & Slave in Perry Co., MO," which states that free black people required a license to live there before 1836. I am researching a free black woman, Priscilla Johnson, who lived there at least between 1830-1838 (the year of her death) and her children. Does anyone know where I would find such licenses for her and any/all of her children? To the best of my knowledge, her three children known to have married, all had white spouses; however, Priscilla Johnson is described in one public record (from Cape Girardeau Co.) as "a free woman of color," so someone must have been aware of her race. She was the common law wife of my 5th ggf, John Edwards, a former U.S. Senator from KY. I am very anxious to learn as much as I can about her and the children, who were, I am certain, also the children of my 5th ggf. I'm hoping to make contact with descendants. Any help would be greatly appreciated.