Barbara: Freedom Suit, Scott County (Part 1 of 2)
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To the worshipful the court of Scott County in the chancery Sitting, Humbly complaining sheweth your Oratrix Barbara, a woman of colour. That some time past, to wit, on the "[blank]" day of "[blank]" 182 "[blank]" a certain Stephen Osburn of the said county of Scott departed this life, having on the "[blank]" day of "[blank]" 18 "[blank]" duly made out and published his last Will and Testament which is of Record in the Clerk's office of your said County In the words and figures following, to wit, By which will he the said Stephen being the master and property owner of your Oratrix and her children, Emancipated her your Oratrix, and two of her children, to wit, [Liny?] and Wesley which Emancipation is to take full effect on the death of Comfort Osburn the then wife, and now the widow of the said Stephen Osburn deceased. The said Stephen Osburn left also ten children to wit, Jonathan John WIlliam James Molly Maria Molly Alley wife of Sam'l Alley in the state Indiana Sarah "[illegible]" Sarah Hare wife Jeremiah Hare in same state Jane now Jane Kilgore wife of William Kilgore of Scott County Va Esther now Esther Richmond wife of Isaac Richmond of Franckland County State of Tennessee Jemima now Jemima Dollorhide wife of John Dollorhide in Scott County VA and Elizabeth wife of Jonathan Osburn son of James in the state Indiana who are to have his estate by the terms of the Said will equally divided between them, at the decease of the said Comfort Osburn, but for and during the life time of the said Comfort Osburn she had all the estate both real and personal left to her or rather in her possession and full enjoyment of the profits thereof. She further states that the said Comfort Osburn is a very ancient woman near 90 years old and has become quite incapable both in body and mind to conduct her own business and the said Children all of them so far as your Oratrix can understand and as She is informed and believes to be true have combined together to send your Oratrix off to distant parts and cause her and her said children to be detained forever in Slavery [illegible] that they have brought a suit to set aside said will and that one of the said Stephen Osburns [sons can have?]