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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 Frederick G. Peters of lawful age taken at the tavern house of Nathan G. Anderson in the town of New Market in the County of Nelson state of Virginia to be read as evidence on the trial of a suit non depending and undetermined in the Circuit Superior Court of law and Chancery for the county of Amherst wherein William J. Isbell, Maurice H. [illegible] administrator with the will annexed of Christopher Isbell deceased and Robert Isbell are plaintiffs [illegible] Elisha Peters and others are defendants. This deponent having been first duly sworn according to law deposeth and saith. Question by the defendant Peters. How long have you known the boy Edmund who is the subject of this controversy. Did he at any time live with you and what was his health whilst you knew him? Answer. I was well acquainted with him from a very small boy up to the latter part of the year 1832 and I saw him in the year 1833 I think, at that time I last saw him he informed me he was sold and at that time when I met him he was singing a very lively tune near the bridge at Lynchburg. He lived with me four or five years and was on the plantation and [illegible] my control, both in Bedford and afterwards in Nelson and remained under my control until he left the plantation where Mr. Proffit was overseer in June 1832. After leaving Mr. Smiley he staid with me at New Market until he was sent to Mr. Brothers Wilson Peters at Livingston for sale. I always regard him whilst I knew him as sound as any negro in the world. I always regarded him as remarkably healthy. I am the son of the defendant and further this deponent saith not. Fredrick G. Peters The Plff William J. Isbell was present but declined asking any questions. Nelson County to wit. The foregoing deposition was taken subscribed and sworn to before me in due form of law at the place and on the day mentioned in the caption given under my hand as commission appointed by the Circuit Superior Court of law and Chancery for Nelson County for taking depositions. Charles [illegible]