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Barbara: Freedom Suit, Scott County (Part 1 of 2)

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(4) so determined to destroy him or drive him off, and that the said Stephen had become so old and infirm that he could not prevent it (being about 80 years old) he gave the said Stephen forty five dollars in Silver and took his promise that they should be set free by his will, which he said he would do by altering the will in James Fullers hands, which the said Stephen fully intended to do, and sent for Mr. Fuller several times but something prevented his coming untill at length the said Stephen died, and on his death bed when he discovered that he would go soon he strove to tell about the freedom of said children but his sons present would not let him speak knowing what he intended to say.

She further states that since that time by the last will of her said Master the said Stephen, she has obtained her freedom but by a suit brought by the heirs and children of the said Stephen to cancel the said will of the said Stephen she is thrown into such difficulties that she has not had it in her power to see justice done to her said two children, namely, James Washington and Lucinda, and the said Austin Day has removed to the state of Tennessee and has been afflicted with fits so that he seems to have lost care for his said children.

She further states that the said Stephen Osborn had ten children his heirs, so that the James Washington and Lucinda could not be equally divided between them in the manner the law has provided in their case and that Wm Robinson one of sd. Stephen Osborn heir pltff, against all the other heirs Defts to take advantage of your oratrix, combining together have brought suit in your worshipful Court to have the said James Washington and Lucinda sold and divided, and have not made the said children the said Austin Day nor your oratrix in any manner Defts and at your last April term a conditional decree has passed without opposition to have the said two children sold.

She further states that an issue is directed by the Chancellor to try the validity of the said Stephen Osborn said will which issue your oratrix believes will be decided next September in her favour, and if so she believes by the assistance of some of her friends and of some debts due to