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Alfred: Freedom Suit, Amelia County

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To the Honorable John W. Nash, Judge of the Circuit Court of Amelia County. The petition of Peggy and her five children Ben, Joseph, Sydney, Julia, and Dibble; Anne and her four children, Henry, Roase, William, and Harriet. Maria and her three children, James, Lee, and an infant child, name not known; Milly and her two children Paschal and Alfred; and Mary and her two children Lucy and Matt. Thomas and Washington, negroes who were detained in slavery by Jordan Anderson, the younger, in his lifetime, and are now detained in slavery by Benjamin Watkins Bailey and his mother Mrs. Mary W. Bailey [[* vertically written in left margin] *all of them being in possession of the said Mary Bailey except four towit [to wit]: Alfred & Mary and her two children Lucy and Matt which are in possession of Ben W. Bailey] but who claim to be free, humbly represent that they are descendants of Rachel, a negro woman who was the slave of Jordan Anderson, the elder, but was emancipated by deed made by him the 7th and recorded in the County Court of Chesterfield County on the 8th day of April 1790, and by the will of Jordan Anderson, the elder dated 1st January 1805, and a codicil thereto, which were proved in the County Court of Chesterfield on the 9th of Decr 1805, as will appear in reference to the said deed will and and codicil, copies of which will be filed with this petition. That the said Rachel had four children born before the death of Jordan Anderson the elder, and then living towit [to wit], Betty, Milly, Isabell and Esther from whom your petitions have descended. The testator departed this life in December 1805, and his widow who survived him, died in the latter part of the same, or in the following year. The said Jordan Anderson Jr qualified as one of the Executors, and accepted