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Daniel: Freedom Suit, Northampton County (Part 1 of 3)

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To the Honorable John B. Clopton judge of the 6th Circuit [in this?] third judicial district of the third judicial section of Virginia.

Complaining, shew unto your honor your orators and oratrixes Daniel, Mary Sr, Abram (Alias Abrahan), Leah, George Sr. , George Jr, Mary Jr, Jimmy and Joe, which said Abram, Leah, George Sr, George Jr, Mary Jr, Jimmy and Joe are infants and due by this said Mary Sr, their next friend, that sometime in the latter part of the year 1837, a certain Nancy White of Northampton County departed this life, after having first made and published her last will and testament for passing real and personal estate, which was duly admitted to the record in the Clerks office of said County by the County Court of said County on the 8th day of January 1838, as the true last will and testament of the said Nancy White, deceased, and the said a certain James H. White qualified as executor of the same a copy of which said Will, together with the order of said Court admitting the same to record, and herewith filed as part of this bill, marked A. That the third item of said will is as follows, to wit: "my negroes Mary, Daniel, and Abraham, and the increase of Mary, I desire should serve my son James H. White untill the year Eighteen Hundred and forty nine, by their remaining in the county:" That a part of the 4th item of the said Will is as follows, to wit, my negro girl leah and the increace of Leah, I desire should serve Polly Frost untill the year Eighteen Hundred and forty nine, by their remaining in the County." That the 5th item of the said Will is as follows, to wit: "It is my will and desire that my negroes regularly and legally be emancipated in the year Eighteen Hundred and forty nine, by their complying with the [requisitions] of the laws of Virginia, but in case of their non compliance and leaving the state as required, it is my will and desire that they be brought into my estate, and