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Gentry, Edward S.: Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City

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Edward S. Gentry vs. The Commonwealth } In the Hustings Court of the City of Richmond, Sept. 12, 1861


Be it remembered that Edward S. Gentry, claiming to be a person of mixed blood resident in said City of Richmond made application to the Court for a certificate that he is not a negro, and introduced three white persons who deposed [proved?] that Gentry was born in Hanover County & that by [common?] & general repute in that neighborhood & community his father was ____ Jones a white man, and one of said witnesses stated that said Jones had stated to him that he was the father of said Gentry: and the said witnesses further stated that Gentry's reputed grand-mother by the mother's side was a white woman, and that Gentry's reputed grand-father by the mother's side was a man of mixed Indian & negro blood of a gingerbread colour, who came from a neighborhood in King William County, whence there were a good many persons of that description; it was stated by several [witnesses?] as well of the [?] of said Gentry that Gentry's own complexion is a fair as that of many white men,