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Gee, James S.: Petition, Petersburg

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In the name of God Amen! I Judith [Augus? Angus?] a free person of colour of the town of Petersburg on being convinced of the uncertainty of life do make this my last will and testament. I give and bequeath to my daughter Polly Augus, the large horse (Dark sorrel) and the carryall, to belong to her & her heirs[.] It is my will and desire that my son George Augus from and after my decease be free; provided however if my son Moses Augus shall come in from Tennessee, my son George, above named shall belong to him and be at his disposal. My Grand Son Henry Augus I leave to the care and under the direction of my son Moses until he arrives at the age of twenty one years, at which time he will be under the necessity of leaving the State in order to secure his future freedom, or remain as the property of my son Moses. It is my will and desire that James S. Gee and Joshua Poythress shall hire out and secure the amount of hire arising from George and Henry Augus, and the money arising from the rest of my real estate in purchasing the freedom of my son Frank Augus who now belongs to Mr. Carter Edloe. If in case they shall fail in purchasing the freedom of my son Frank then my remaining property and effects shall be divided equally between my children, as well as the proceeds of the hire as above named. My servant Jimmy and [Docy?] shall work until they obtain money enough to enable them to leave the state, and thereby secure their freedom according to the laws of Virginia. In the event of their remaining here they shall belong to my son Moses. Given under my hand and seal as my last Will and Testament (revoking all others) this 21st June 1832. Judith (her X mark) Augus (seal) Signed, sealed & acknowledged in the presence of M Thrift

The above is a time copy taken from the original, which is filed in the Hustings Court of the town of Petersburg, and which has not been admitted to probat. Given under my hand this 30th day of November 1843. P.J. Ashby D.C.