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Richard W. Backus v. Admr. of John B. Williams, etc.: Chancery Cause, Prince Edward County

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The allegations herein contained and to order and decree a division of the said slaves among those entitled thereto according to law and as in duty bound your Complt will ever pray &c The Answer of Jas. S. Gee Adm'r. de bonis non of Jno B. Williams and in his own right as one those entitled to distribution under the will of Rich'd Williams in right of his Wife Julia A Backus This Respondent saving and reserving &c for answer to the foregoing Bill saith he admits the allegations to be true and is willing the Court should pronounce such a Decree as is therein asked and having answered prays hence to be dismissed &c Decree Backus vs Gee Admr of Williams } This day this cause was heard by consent and upon the hearing the Court doth order adjudge and decree that Augs't Burge Drury Birchett Thos. Daniel & Joseph Taylor or any three of them in as much as the sd slaves devised by Richard Williams to Mary Williams for life in the Bill mentioned cannot be divided in kind that the sd Commissioners after duly advertising the day and place of sale proceed to sell the said slaves to the highest bidder on a credit of three months taking bonds with good security for the amount of sales to those entitled under the sd Will of Rich'd Williams in the following manner a bond or bonds to Jas. S. Gee as Admr. de bonis non of Jno. B. Williams for one half s'd amount of sales or to him in his own right for one fourth part of s'd amount of sales & bond or bonds to Rich'd W. Backus for the other fourth part of said sales, & The s'd Commissioners are hereby directed before they make a division of the amount of sales of such slaves belonging to the Estate of Rich'd Williams devised to Mary Williams for life for in as much as it is likely some of the s'd slaves will be of no value to let the keeping of the said slaves for life to the lowest bidder [illegible] & deduct the amount from the whole amount of sal[es] before they make distribution of the amt of sale as before directed & make report of their proceedings in order to a final decree