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Perrin, Ann : Commonwealth Cause, Richmond City

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Commth v Perrin - Dep's of wits Thomas W Doswell sworn deposed that about the middle of January he received information that a party of negroes were going to the Yankees and witness went out to catch them and after waiting a short time he saw the negroes coming and Wm St: George Gum [Gunn] in charge of them. From information received from Gum [Gunn] witness went to the house of Ann Perrin and asked her if she had not aided in running off a free negro in the employment of Mrs Days and a negro named Vina belonging to Mr. Holsted. She denied it and witness asked her if she had not received some silver spoons from Mrs. Day's negro and a silk dress from Mr. Holsted's negro and she admitted that she had. Witness arrested her and committed her to Castle Thunder.

John Reese sworn deposed that he went with Doswell and Craddock to the prisoners house and asked Perrin for the spoons and she said what spoons and she then gave them up and said that she bought them from an old black woman - Witness then asked her for the silk dress and she got it out of the bureau and she said she bought the dress. She denied aiding negroes to escape to the enemy - A boy named Childress was also arrested

Robert B. Craddock sworn deposed that he was with Doswell and Reese and corroborates their testimony witness arrested Gunn in Company with Mrs Gambles girl on their way to the enemy - Mrs Perrin said that she got the spoons from One negro & the dress from another the spoons had been advertized as stolen.