Barbara: Freedom Suit, Scott County (Part 1 of 2)
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Know all men by their presents that we Jonathan Osborn and Patrick Neil of the County of Scott are held and firmly bound unto Barbara a free woman of Colour guardian ad litern for her infant children James Washington and Lucinda in the just and full sum of one hundred dollars, to be paid to the said Barbara guardian &c., her certain attorney, her executors, administrators or assigns; for the payment thereof well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves our heirs, executors & administrators, jointly & Severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our Seals, & dated this 10th day of August 1831. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas at a Court held for Scot County at the Courthouse thereof on the 11th day of September 1827. On the motion of the said Barbara who filed her bill against the said Jonathan Osborn & others heirs of Stephen Osborn dec'd - it was among other things ordered by the said Court, that the said Barbara be appointed guardian ad litem for her infant children James Washington & Lucinda and be permitted to sue in the said Court as such for their freedom without costs, that she as such be made a party Defendant to a suit brought in the said Court by William Robinson one of the heirs of Stephen Osborn dec'd against all of the other heirs of said Osborn for the sale of said children, that the conditional decree in the said cause be set aside, and that John S Martin the trustee under a deed of trust executed to him by Isaac Richmond for the benefit of Jonathan Osborn be restrained from further proceeding thereon &c. from which order the said Jonathan Osborn by his petition prefered to the Honourable Benjamin Estill Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Scott, hath obtained an appeal to the said Court; If therefore the said Jonathan Osborn shall prosecute the said appeal with effect, or pay and satisfy all such costs and damages as shall be awarded against him in case the said order shall be affirmed, then this obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue. Jonathan Osborn (Seal) Patrick Neil (Seal)