Barbara: Freedom Suit, Scott County (Part 1 of 2)
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(1) Virginia In the Clerks Office of Scott County the 20th day of July 1831 Be it remembered that heretofore, to wit: At a Court held for the said County at the Courthouse thereof on Tuesday the 11th day of September 1827, came Barbara a free woman of Colour by her Attorney and filed her Bill in Chancery against Jonathan Osborn and others, which bill is in these words. Bill - "To the worshipful the Court of Scott County in Chancery setting humbly complaining sheweth your oratorix Barbara a free woman of Colour That some time past to wit, on the "[blank]" day of "[blank] " 18 "[blank]" your oratorix and her two children Sina and Wesley being the property of one Stephen Osborn were by him set free, to take full effect on the death of the longest liver of the said Osborn or his wife Comfort Osborn, by the said Stephen making and publishing his last will and Testament to that effect. She further states that at the time the said Stephen made and published his said last will &c. 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 oratrixes 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 fair raised as 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 your Oratrix time, by reason of sickness or confinement in bearing of said Child or children, the father should be entitled to it or them, and that none of your oratrixes children should ever be held in