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To the Hon. John W. Nash, Judge of the Circuit Court for Dinwiddie County. The joint Answer of Wm. W. Thompson & Charles C.S. Thompson only children & heirs of Stith Thompson late of Dinwiddie County decd & his widow Sarah B. Scott, formerly Thompson to a Bill of Complaint filed before your Honor by Thomas Berry & all the decendants & heirs of old Thomas Stewart of Dinwiddie County decd, sometimes called Dr. Stewart against them &c. These Defendants reserving unto themselves all manner of exception to the concerns & \\insufficiencies in said Bill contained for answer thereto, as fary [far] as they are advised it is material for them to answer unto, say, that they know only by hearsay of any of the main facts stated in the Bill, & can therefore neither admit or deny them to be true: That they have understood, that the lands which descended to them from their Father except the part which was assigned to his Widow, their mother, were sold under a decree rendered in the Cause aforesaid, which is particularly alluded & referred to in the Bill in this Cause to assist to pay the debts against their Father's Estate [illegible] his heirs: But they do not know this fact, nor do they know whether the said Dower land is, as to their interest in it subject to be sold to pay the debts claimed, as aforesaid to be due to the plaintiffs in this Cause: Whether the reversionarry interest in said land is reliable by Law & Equity to be sold to pay said debt, these defendants submit to the decis[ion]