Lemmon: Freedom Suit, Augusta County
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The Honourable John Brown Esq. Judge of the Chancery district Court Holden at Staunton Your Orator Lemmon a black man late in the property of Joseph Holmes deceased, of Kanawha County, and State of Virginia Humbly Complaining therewith unto your Honour. That early in the Spring of the Year One Thousand Eight Hundred and Eleven, the said Joseph Holmes, being in an ill State of Health, but of sound disposing mind, made signed dated; and published his last will and testament. In which said last will and testament of the said Joseph Holmes deceased, there was a Clause to the following effect. "It is my will and desire that my Negro man Lemmon should have and enjoy his freedom after my death, and for his attention and friendship during my illness it is my further will and desire that he should have my Sorrel Horse with a saddle and bridle, and Ten Dollars in Cash" Which said Will, will more fully appear a reference being had to a Copy of the record of the County and Superior Court of Kanawha County which is hereunto annexed and filed, and prayed to be taken as part of this, like the same as if it was herein fully set forth and inserted. Which said Will, thus regularly made and published by the said Joseph Holmes. was inadvertently lost, and destroyed, as will more fully appear by the record, that at the August Court 1811 the Same was reduced to writing and put on record, and letters of administration was granted to a Certain John Reynolds, Esq. who detained Your Orator in Custody on probation, as the property of Joseph Holmes deceased. That after the said Will was reduced to writing and put on record, Your