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

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distributed as I before have loaned them." Your orators and oratrixes aver that your orators the said Daniel and Abraham, and your oratrixes, the said Mary Sr, and Leah, are the same who are mentioned in and emancipated by the said Will, and that they were in the possession of the said Nancy White and claimed by her to be her slaves at the time of her death and for many years previously, and that the said George Sr, is the child of the said Mary, born since the death of the said Nancy White, and your orators and oratrix the said George Jr, Mary Jr, Jimmy and Joe, are the children of the said Leah, born since the death of the said Nancy White. Nancy White, the said James H. White took possession of Mary Sr, and the said Polly Frost took possessions of your oratrix the said Leah, under the said Will, and that as those born since the death of the said Nancy White faithfully served the said James H. White and the said Polly Frost, (together with a certain William Wilson of said County, who had intermarried with the said Polly Frost and who is now the husband of the said Polly Frost,) respectively, until the year 1849, when they expected to be allowed to go free and leave the state of Virginia in compliance with the requisitions of said Will but the said James H. White and the said William Wilson and Polly, his wife, formerly Polly Frost, refused to allow them to do do, and still detained them as their slaves whereupon your orators and oratrix, Daniel, Abraham, George Sr, and Mary Sr, sometime in the year 1850, instituted a suit against the said James H. White, in the Circuit Court of the said County of Northampton for the recovery of their freedom: in which said suite a decree was pronounced by the said Circuit Court, on the 12th day of day of December 1851, declaring your orators and oratrix the said Daniel, Abraham, George Sr, and Mary Sr. to be free; and that they were emancipated and set at liberty accordingly, all which will fully appear by reference to the record of said suit which your orators and oratrixes do say may be made part of their bill if necessary. That the said James H. White is the only child and sole heir and distributee of the said Nancy White, of her late husband Obedience White deceases, hereafter mentioned. Your orators and oratrixes further shew that on the 20th day of May in the year 1824, in the circuit Superior Court of the said County of Northampton, a certain Major S. Pitts obtained a judgment against a certain Obedience White, of said County, for the sum of $1575.94c with interest thereon from the 19th day of July 1823 and for $8.71c costs of said suit on which said judgement an execution of Fieri Facias was on the 5th day of February 1825 paid from the Clerk's office of said Court against the goods and chattels of the said Obedience White, on which said execution there is the following return, "Countermanded by plaintiff. I. Addison, D.S. for J. G. Parker, Shff (a copy of said execution herewith field marked, B,) that the said Obedience White having died, a certain William W. Cutler, qualified as his administrator in Northampton County Court, by order of said Court, on the 9th day of March 1835 (a copy of said order granting such administration herewith filed, marked, C.) That the said William W. Cutler having died, the said James H. White qualified in said County Court, on the day of 18, as admin'r de bonis non of said Obedience White, that the said Major S. Pitts, having died, a certain William G. Pitts, in the said County Court on the day of 18, qualified as the administrator de bonis non with the will annexed of the said Major S. Pitts deceased. That on the 2nd day of March