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Johnson, Cato: Petition, Lynchburg

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Whereas James Hopkins deceased by his last will and testament amongst other things devised that his male negro slaves should be emancipated and set free as they respectively attained the age of forty four years to be determined and fixed by the County Court of Amherst, and whereas the said County Court of Amherst in pursuance of the powers vested in it by the will aforesaid did at its September term 1804 adjudge and determine that Cato one of the other said male slaves of the said James Hopkins deceased was born on the 23rd day of November 1782 and would consequently be free under the said will on the 23rd day of November 1826 and whereas I Oliver Towles Snr of the Town of Lynchburg have heretofore purchased the said Cato from a certain John A Pleasants to whom he belonged and he is now my property subject to the provisions of the will aforesaid to be free and discharged from service on the said 23rd day of November 1826. Now therefore these presents witness that in consideration of the good character and industrious and orderly deportment of the said Cato and for the further consideration of the sum of four hundred and fifty dollars to me secured to be paid by William B Lynch, James Bullock, John Miller and Joseph Echols, I have released and do hereby release to the said Cato the time yet to come during which he might be