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Halifax county to wit the affidavit of [william?] thomas [illegible] [ago?] taken before me James Vaughn of the Justice of the peace for the county aforesaid & made oath that he has examined the Petition of Abraham Walters, and do know that a part [illegible] the remainder he believes to be true respecting the four slaves therein mentioned to wit David [illegible] Bob and Paul they were raised in the state of Virginia and [he?] said Walters [carried?] them and of the said state and [carried?] to the same state of Virginia and that the negroes he brought back with him were the same he carried away- which are mentioned in his Petition William Thomas Sworn to before me one of the Justices of the peace for the county of Halifax 27th [octo?] \ James Vaughn