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Abby: Freedom Suit, Petersburg City (Part 1 of 2)

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of Isle of Wight Court to have her bound to him. Yet he should contend for his right by instituting an action against him for her recovery. Richard Yarbrough Nansemond County to wit Richard Yarbrough maketh oath before me a Justice of the peace for the said County that the foregoing statement is true. Given under my hand the eleventh day of September eighteen hundred and four. J. W. Jones The within affidavit taken in the presence of Richard H. Byrd Esqr. attorney for the negroes by the request of Geo. K. Taylor Esqr. J. M. Jones Suffolk 11th Sept. 1804 The affidavit of David Sturrock, taken in a suit in Chancery now depending in the Richmond Chancery District Court between Abby, Sally and others paupers plaintiffs and Andrew Woodley and Elizabeth his wife and Edward Winston and Woody his wife defendants. He the said David Sturrock being first duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, deposeth and saith that as well as he recollects at this distant day the plaintiffs Abby and Sally were declared by Mary Bradley to be her property on or about the year 1790. That the said Mary died on or about sometimes of the said year and intestate (leaving no will) that since the decease of the said Mary he hath understood and of his own knowledge knows, that an interest and claim hath been set up to the said slaves by David Bradley who possessed himself of the said negroes and held possession thereof two years or there abouts after which time he the said Bradley (22)