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Bob: Freedom Suit, Arlington County

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Negro Bob v Hutchinsons Adr } Petition for Freedom We of the jury Swore to speak the truth upon the issue joined, upon our oaths Serve, that a certain Mary Ann Hutchinson departed this life on the [blank] day of [blank month]18 [blank year]. Having first only made and published her last will & testament bearing date on [blank] the 10th day of October 1841. which service will [illegible] duly proved & admitted to record in the County Court of Fairfax County, Virginia, at its April term in the year 1845. That by the said will the said Mary Ann Hutchinson desired & bequeathen as follows (a copy of the will is hereto appended & made part of this verdict). We further find that the petitioner is the said negro Bob in the ninth Section of Said will mentioned and that he was, at the time of the Said Mary Ann Hutchinson's death the Slave of the Said testatrix[.]

We further find that the Executors named in the Said Will, to wit, G.M. Shurman, Thos M. Shurman & Corbin F Hancock declined to act as Such, and that thereupon administration with the will Annexed was granted to Silas Hutchinson at the [blank] Term of said Court, who as such adr: holds and [delivers?] on Said negro Bob as a Slave. But whether or not upon the whole matter aforesaid the issue joined before the Plaintiff or for the defendant, as of the jury do not know & therefore pray the advice of the Court: And if upon the whole matter aforesaid, it shall Seem to the Court, that the issue is for the plaintiff, then we of the jury