George W. Washington vs. J.B. Slaughter, Trustee, etc.: Chancery Cause, King William County (Part 2 of 2)
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40 Washington v. Slaughter, Trustee, &c. lot, which costs about seventy-five dollars. I report that Mr. Robinson told me distinctly that it was George Washington's house and lot, that he bought it for him and no one else. JAMES H. HARRIS. Witness, J. N STUBBS Subscribed and sworn to before me, a notary public for the county of King William, this 20th day of June, 1874. W. D. POLLARD, N. P. page 70 } The following is Washington Fields' statement to be read in the same motion: I , Washington Fields, am a carpenter by trade, and in the spring of 1866, (on the 7th of April, 1866) I was employed by George Washington to rebuild and fix up the house in which George Washington now lives, at West Point, and I told George Washington that I had rather build a new house, but of course if he (George W.) wished it, I would rebuild and fix up the honse. The house was in a bad condition, all the windows and doors destroyed and gone, shingles were torn off, most of the weather board gone, no floors below; cows and horses frequented for a shelter, no plastering at all; chimney in a bad condition; in fact, there was nothing standing but a mere shell of a house. I furnished everything and rebuilt and fixed up the house for George Washington for six hundred dollars, and George Washington paid me. I was a slave before the war, owned by Mr. James, and was one of his carpenters that built the house, originally, in the winter of 1860-61, Mr. James being the undertaker; Mr. Gwynn was spoken to by George Washington to do the work, but of course at that time I do not know who paid Mr. Gwynn for his work, for I had nothing to do with the pay; but I do know that while we were working George Washington was with us all the time, superintending the work, furnishing the workmen with refreshments, such as liquor, &c. Mr. Robinson, while the work was being done, did not come around or interfere with us at all. page 71 } WASHINGTON FIELDS. Subscribed and sworn to before me, a notary public at West Point, King William county, Virginia, this 20th day of June, 1874 W. D. POLLARD, N. P. Washington v. Slaughter, Trustee, &c. page 72 } Milton Carlton, of West Point, makes the following statement: When James Harris and George Washington settled up their partnership affairs, George Washington took Mr. B N. Robinson's account, and accounted to James Harris for his (James Harris') interest in Mr. Robinson's account. Subscribed and sworn to before me, a notary public, at West Point, King William county, Virginia, this 20th day of Jund, 1874 "Exhibit D." In King William, Circuit Court, April 21st, 1874. George W. Washington, plaintiff, against. John B. Slaughter, trustee, &c., df't's. } In chancery. This cause came on this day to be heard on the bill of the plaintiff, the answer of the defendants, and the exhibits filed, and on the injunction heretofore allowed the plaintiff, restraining and enjoining the defendants, J. B. Slaughter, trustee, Bolivar Starke, the assignee in bankruptcy of Benjamin N. Robinson, page 73 from the piece or parcel of ground in the bill and proceedings mentioned, and was argued by counsel. Upon consideration whereof the court being of opinion that the claim attempted to be asserted by the plaintiff, Geoge W. Washington, to the real estate in the bill and proceedings mentioned, is without foundation and cannot be sustained. Upon the motion of the defendants dotn dissolve the said [blank] and without at this time deciding any other questions in the cause; the court doth adjudge, order and decree that the said John B. Slaughter, trustee, shall proceed after having first duly advertized said property according to the terms prescribed in the deed of trust, executed to him as trustee by Benjamin N. Robinson and Lucy H. his wife, to make sale thereof according to the provisions of said deed; and it appearing to the court that there are conflicting claims as to how the lands accruing from said sale shall be distributed, the court doth adjudge, order and decree that the said Slaughter, trustee as aforesaid, after paying the expense of sale, shall deposit the balance in the Richmond