The Trial of Nancy Morton vs. Capt. Caleb Jones in 1800, played an important role in the abolition of slavery in New Brunswick. Nancy was a slave and Caleb Jones was her master. After escaping, Nancy was brought to court in attempt to gain her freedom. Nancy was represented by Ward Chipman and Samuel Denny Street who were both very well recognized lawyers at the time. Although unsuccessful in gaining her freedom and forced back into slavery for fifteen years, once Nancy's case was brought before the Supreme Court the decision was split which marked the unofficial decline in the popularity of slavery in New Brunswick. The court could not prove that slavery existed or did not exist making the ownership of slaves of little value to people.