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Smith, John S.: Petition, Prince William County

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Prince Williams to wit On this 2d day of October 1809, John S. Smith of the county aforesaid appeared before me Alex. Henderson one of the commonwealths [Justices?] for the County aforesaid and made oath that in 1805 at the time of his removal from the State of Maryland into the said County he took the Oath prescribed by Law as to such Slaves as he then brought with him. that two [illegible] slaves which he intended to have brought with him absconded and one of them only has as yet been found, to wit, Jack, about forty eight years of age who was taken up in Maryland and brought home to him in the County aforesaid on this sixth Day of August in the present year[.] And further made oath that the said Negro Jack has not been imported from Africa or any of the West Indian Islands since the first day of November one thousand seven hundred & seventy eight[.] Given under my hand[.] Alx Henderson and on this 27th Nov 1809 before me appeared John Fawcett of the said County (a man of good reputation) and made oath that Negro Jack above mentioned is one of the slaves belonging John S Smith who remains on his owners removed to this Commonwealth and was not found until the month of August last as above mentioned. Given under my hand Alx Henderson