Her son, Arthur, was in the courtroom. Wood had two days earlier told the court that she was born enslaved in Kentucky and was freed in Cincinnati in 1848. However, five years later, Ward kidnapped her and sold her. She was subsequently enslaved on a Texas plantation until after the Civil War when she came back to Cincinnati freed from slavery in 1869. In 1870, she sued Ward.
Source: The resilience of Henrietta Wood, a former slave who sued her captor after 25 years and won – Face2Face Africa