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Jack, etc., Trustee of v. Vass, Exr. of Philip E.: Chancery Cause, Halifax County (Part 1 of 2)

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To the honourable William Leigh Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery for the County of Halifax humbly complaining shew unto your Honour your Orator James Young, and your Orator and Oratrices Jacob, Patsey, Meriweather, Mary, and Mathilda free persons of colour; that the said Jacob, Patsey, Meriweather, Mary and Matilda, and also one other man named Sam who has since departed this life were emancipated by the last will & testament in writing of Philip E. Vass dcd which was duly proved and admitted to record by the County Court of Halifax, and a certified copy of which is herewith exhibited as part of this bill, marked A. A certain Isaac Medley was appointed Executor of the said will and duly qualified as such; and on the 29th day of April in the year 19840 your Oration and Oratrices the said Jacob, Patsey Meriweather, Mary and Matilda, together with the said man Sam in his life time exhibited their bill in this honourable Court against the said Isaac Medley claiming their right to freedom under and by virtue of the said last will & testament of Philip E. Vass dcd and at the April term of the said Court in the year 1841 it was decided and decreed that the plaintiffs in the said suit were duly emancipated by the will of the said testation according to the laws of this Commonwealth; which will appear by a regularly certified copy of the decree in the said suit, herewith exhibited as part of this bill, marked B. The will of the said Philip E. Vass contains the following provisions to wit: "Item 12": My wish and desire is that my two servants Jacob and Mary, and all my interest in the undivided servants of my father's be emancipated, and that the sum of two thousand dollars be appropriated out of any monies belonging to my Estate to purchase in the State of North Carolina a tract of land not less than 250 acres nor more than 300" &c. &c