Provincial Case File No. 22138, New Hampshire State Archives - Petition of Phebe Nung
Article 1, footnote 57
Chapter 2, footnote 17
She [Phebe Nung] brought an action of replevin against her alleged owners, Vincent and Lois Tarr, to test who had the superior right to possession of herself, the subject of the action. The Sheriff promptly seized her pendente lite--that is, he took an appearance bond from Nung--and the case was tried to a jury. It found in her favor and the same result was reached on appeal, with the court ruling that she was “a free woman and that she enjoy her freedom.