Barbara: Freedom Suit, Scott County (Part 1 of 2)
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To the worshipful the County Court of Scott in Chancery sitting the supplemental bill of Barbara a free woman of colour who filed her bill in this Court in February 1823, against Isaac Richmond, and others on behalf of herself and her children Sena and Wesley, which bill and the several orders and [illegible] therein and the proceedings she prays to be taken as part of this bill. Your oratrix charges that the object of the said bill was to establish her right to freedom under the will of her former master Stephen Osborne, dcd, and particularly to prevent the said Richmond or his co-defts from removing her beyond the jurisdiction of this court, as will more fully appear by reference to the said original bill; this worshipful court entered an Order in said suit directing the Shff of this county to take possession of your oratrix and her said children till the further order of the court. It will appear by reference to the will of her said former master that your oratrix was entitled her freedom at the death of his widow Comfort Osborne. Your oratrix further states that subsequent to the order aforesaid the said Comfort has departed this life in consequence of which your oratrix is advised that she is entitled to the [illegible] of a free woman. The said Isaac and his co-defts have however since the filing of her original bill in this court filed a bill in this high court of chancery making your oratrix a deft in which it is alleged by the compts that the said Osborne was of unsound mind when the will was made and that the said will was fraudulently obtained, the high court of chancery has order'd an issue to be tried at the bar of the Superior Court of Law of this County to ascertain whether the said will was the will of said Osborne or not. Your oratrix is advised and believes that she will be able to establish that the said instrument is the will of said Osborne, if do that she will be intitled to her freedom; the said Richmond moved from this county some time ago to Alabama, and has recently returned to the county and has on this day come to the Town of Estilville where your oratrix and her children have resided ever since the order aforesaid was made, and has threatened to take and