Barbara: Freedom Suit, Scott County
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To the worshipful the Court of Scott County, in chancery Sitting humbly complaining Sheweth your oratrix Barbara a free woman of colour That some time past to wit on the [blank] day of [blank] 18[blank] your oratrix and her two children Sara and [Westey?] being the property of one Stephen Osburn were by him set free to take free effect on the death of the longest lives of the Said Osburn or his wife Comfort Osburn by the said Stephen making and publishing his last will and Testament to to that effect She further states That at the time the said Stephen made and published his last will [illegible] he informed your oratrix, that she Should never Serve any of his children that she your Oratrix had been kinder to him the Said Stephen than any of his children had, nor should any of your oratixes children Serve the children of him the said Stephen but that he would not then set any of them free by his will except the two then born and who were so for raised or to maintain themselves by their labour, but he the Said Osborne then gave your oratrix Notice that if She ever had any other child or children after that time, (which was the same day on which the said will was dated) and the father of said child or children would maintain it or them and also pay him the said Stephen for any loss of