Abby: Freedom Suit, Petersburg City (Part 1 of 2)
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said deed of emancipation was executed be liable only in that proportion for his debts. He farther saith that the reason that the said deed of emancipation was executed by the said David Bradley only was this. That he lived with the said Mary until the time of her death, and that the negroes of course remained with him at the time of her death and therefore as most of the others interested in them lived at some distance and in other Counties it was thought most advisable that the deed of emancipation should be in Bradleys name exclusively. Given under my hand the sixth day of June 1804. John Osborne Alderman (13) D. The Commonwealth of Virginia to the Sheriff of [blank] Greeting We command you that of the goods and chattles of David Bradley and Eliza his wife in your bailiwick you cause to be made four hundred and sixteen pounds five shillings with five per cent interest from the 1st day of March 1791 till paid also eighty three pounds 17/6 with like interest from 15th day of May 1798 till paid also forty six pounds 4/ with like interest from the 7th day of November 1797 till paid, also $53.55 cents which Andrew Woodby and Eliza his wife and Edward Winston and Woody his wife late in our District Court held in Suffolk having recovered against them for debt also $7.68 which to the said Woodby and wife and Winston and wife in the same court were adjudged for their costs by them about their suit in that behalf expended Whereofthe, said Bradley and wife are convict as appears to us of record and that you have the same at the Clerks office of our said District Court in Suffolk on the first day of September next to render unto