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Tucker, Jesse v. Raines, Heartwell: Judgment, Brunswick County

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Brunswick County Sct Jesse Tucker complains of Heartwell Raines in custody &c of a plea that he render to him a negro man slave named Jack of a value of one hundred & twenty pounds taken from him he unjustly detains And thereupon he saith that on the first day of September in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred & ninety was possessed of the said negro man slave Jack as of her own property and at the being so possessed Parish of Meherrin in the same county he casually lost the said slave out of his hands & possession and the said slave afterwards to wit on the day & year aforesaid came to the hands & possession of the said Heartwell by finding at the said parish by which a rights accrued to the said Jesse to demand & have of the said Heartwell the said Slave: Yet the said Heartwell well knowing the said Negro slave Jack, to be the property of the said Jesse & to the said Jessie of [illegible] to [illegible] & belong altho often thereto require hath not delivered the said Slave to the said Jesse but he therto hath refused & still doth refuse to deliver the same negro slaved to the sd Jesse & doth detain the same negro slave from the possession of the [illegible] Jesse. Wherefore the said Jesse with that he is the worse, and hath damage 350 pounds & thereof he brings suit.

Taylor for plt.