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To the Honb.le John Scott, Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of law and chancery for the County of Alexandria - Humbly complaining sheweth unto your Honor, Moses Hepburn a free man of color, of the Town and County of Alexandria, who states and charges - That William Hepburn formerly of said Town and County, departed his life about the [blank] day of [blank] 1817 having first duly made and published his last will and testament, which was admitted to probate in the Orphans Court of Alexandria County, on the 26th day of May 1817 - a certified copy of which is herewith filed as an exhibit marked (A.) - That the said will among other things thus provides - "I give unto Moses (meaning your orator) the son of Esther, aforesaid, the houses and lots, where I now live (one of the aforesaid lots I bought of William Herbert Junr. trustee for the creditors of Robert Conway and the other I bought of Joseph Mandeville) together with my fishing shore during his natural life, and to this children if he should have lawful issue - if not, then I give the said lots and fishing show at his decease to my grand-children equally and their heirs forever. "That certified copies of the deeds from William Herbert Jr trustee, and from Joseph Mandeville to the said testator conveying and more particularly describing the property above referred to, are herewith filed as exhibits marked (B & C) - about the year 1827 your orator intermarried with Amelia R. Braddock and has had by her the following children, Prudence Crandell, Moses G., Amelia Rebecca, Julia Ann, and Thomas all of whom are infants under the age of fourteen years.

That at the March term of the county court of Alexandria, your orator qualified as guardian for said children having first entered into bond with approved security as required by law.

Your orator further sheweth to the court, that he is not aware of any other property real or personal belonging to his said children, except their revisionary