Shelton, Admx. of Abner C., etc. v. Royall, Francis L., etc.: Chancery Cause, Halifax County (Part 1 of 6)
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(Amended bill) p. 1. To the honorable WIlliam Leigh Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Halifax humbly complaining shew to your honor, your Orator & Oratrix John R. Bennett & Eliza M Bennett his wife, who is adm'x of A. C. Shelton dec'd that they heretofore filed their original bill against Frances L. Royall John. B. Royall & James J. Easley in this Court, shewing that the said F. L. Royall, & Jno. B. Royall were securities upon a note or bond due the New Bern Bank of No. Carolina Executed by them and said Shelton for the sum of [blank] dollars. that to idemnify them the said Royalls the said Shelton in his life time had executed a deed of trust on some slave property to said Early as trustee to sell & pay said debt or to refund any sums paid by said securities and alledging that their debt aforesaid had been paid off, a portion by said Shelton himself and the residue by said F. L Royall out of funds furnished by said Shelton or by his adm'x after his death for that purpose, that notwithstanding the [premises?] the said trustee had, at the instance of said F.L. Royall, who pretended he had used his own monies in the payment of said note, advertised the slaves aforesaid for sale, & praying an injunction to such sale, or settlement &c of the matters aforesaid & other & further relief - all which will now fully appear by reference to said bill &c. And now by way of amendment & supplement to said bill, your complainants humbly shew that having proved payments made to a considerable [illegible] by the compt against or for her by a certain Wm Royall the said 4 [illegible] L. Royall by his answer to said bill, pretends and alleges