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William J. Isabell vs. Elisha Peters, etc.: Chancery Cause, Amherst County (Part 1 of 3)

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The deposition of James Profitt of lawful age taken at the tavern house of Nathan Anderson in the town of New Market in the County of Nelson to be read as evidence on the time of a suit depending and undetermined in the Circuit Superior Court of law and Chancery for the County of Amherst wherein William Isbell and Maurice H. Garland administrators with the will annexed of Christopher Isbell deceased and Robert are plaintiffs and Elisha Peters and others are defendants. The deponent having been first duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith as following. Question by the defendant Peters. How long have you been acquainted with the boy Edmund who is the subject of this controversy and state all you know about his health or disease which you knew him and when you last saw him as near as you can? Answer. I lived as overseer over the boy Edmund two years, that is in the years 1829 and 1832 I did not know the boy before or since. I never heard of any sickness or complaint but once whilst I was his overseer, and that was a [illegible] which were off in the course of a day, that was the only complaint whilst he was under me and he did not stop his work for that. The boy quit the plantation where I lived about the first June 1832 and went to New Market and there staid some time in that year where I frequently saw him and always considered him perfectly sound and as [illegible] and hearty as any negro I ever saw and further said not. James Profitt The Plff William J. Isbell was present but declined asking any questions. Nelson County to wit I Charles [illegible] commissioner of the Circuit Superior Court of law and Chancery for the County of Nelson duly appointed as such do hereby certify that the foregoing depositions of James Profitt was taken subscribed and sworn to in due form of law as the place and on the day mentioned in the caption. Charles [illegible]