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Barbara: Freedom Suit, Scott County

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On the motion of Barbara a free woman of color, who filed her Bill and made oath thereto in Court, against the Heirs of Stephen Osborn decd. and others Defts. praying on behalf of her infant children I & L to be made parties to a suit in Chancy brought in said Court by Wm. Robinson vs Jonathan Osborn & others praying for the sale of the said children. The Bill of the said Barbara suggesting that the said children are entitled to their freedom. And praying to set aside the conditional decree made in the said suit brought by William Robinson directing the sale of the said children. And praying also to restrain John S. Martin a Trustee under a Deed of Trust executed to him by Isaac Richmond to secure Jonathan Osborne for a debt for which he had been security for the said Richmond to Benjamin Estill. And also that the said Barbara may be appointed guardian ad litem for the said Children and be permitted to sue in this court for them as their guardian, for their freedom without costs: All of which, was accordingly ordered by the Court pursuant to the prayer of the said Bill. And it is further Ordered that the Sheriff of this County take possession of the said Children and hold them in his possession in safe keeping to answer the final decree of this court in the premises, unless the Defts to the said Bill or some one of them shall enter into Bond with good security in the sum of one thousand dollars conditioned as the law directs to have the said children forthcoming to answer the final decree of this Court in the premises. Whereupon Jonathan Osborn together with his security entered into and acknowledged their bond payable to the Govr. and his successors with a condition as required by law and the foregoing Order, and thereupon