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

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liberated and set free the said negroes by his instrument of emancipation as he hath been made to believe. Query by the defendants. Have you ever set up any claim to the said negroes Abby, Sally and others. Answer, I have not. Query 2nd. did you ever consent to an emancipation of the said negroes? Answer my consent was never asked. David Sturrock The deposition say affidavit of Mrs. Mary Sturrock taken in the said suit being first sworn saith, that charging her recollection as correctly as she can, being unable to speak in positive terms believes the foregoing affidavit of David Sturrock to be proper and true. Query by the defendant. Did you ever hear your mother express a wish or desire that negroes Abby and Sall & others should be emancipated. Answer. I never did, nor do I know that my mother ever possessed more than one negro by the name of Cloe, and have always understood and do believe negoes Abby and Sally to be the children of the said Chloe. Mary Sturrock Town of Petersburg July the 14th 1804. The foregoing affidavits of David Sturrock and Mary Sturrock were taken before me this day by consent of the defendants and the attorney for the plaintiffs. Given under my hand and seal. John Baird Aldern. By consent of both parties the affidavits of David Sturrock and his wife are to be taken before any one or more magistrates of the Town of Petersburg on this day and to be read as evidence in the suit in the Richmond Chancery District Court, between Abby, Sally & others pltffs & Andrew Woodley and Eliza his wife and Edward Winston and Woody his wife and David Bradley defendants. G. K. Taylor atty for pltffs Andrew Woodley, Edward Winston Saturday July 13th 1804 And at a superior Court of Chancery holden in Richmond the second day of March 1805. This cause by consent of parties came on to (23)