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

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The deposition of Branch Mitchell of Sussex County taken at the home of Abraham Lee in said County according to Notice on the Fourteenth Day of April 1795, in a Suit depending in Brunswick District Court between Jesse Tucker Plaintiff & Heartwell Raines Defendant. This Deponent being of lawful Age & duly sworn deposeth & saith that he was present at the Sale of the Estate of Abraham Tucker, when after selling his Personal Estate the Securities for the [Widows?] Administration called for the Negro Man named Jack to be sold as in their opinion there was not enough of his Estate then sold to pay the Debts: The Administratrix forbad the Sale of the Negro alledging as a Reason that enough had already been sold to pay the Debts but desired that the Negro should be hired out because if he was sold She could not raise her Children. The Securities notwithstanding caused the Negro to be set up and after he was put up to Sale the Administratrix several times forbad the Sale of him and bid for him after that. In the time that the Negro was up for Sale Mr Raines went to her several times & persuaded her to leave off bidding for the Negro as he was already so high as might ruin her She at last told him that She was done bidding for the Negro, then the said Heartwell Raines began to bidd for him and the Negro was cried out to him. Question by the Plaintiff - Was the Negro called a valuable Negro, was he a Sawyer. Answer by the Deponent, he was called a good Sawyer & a good Negro tho a small one. Question by the Defendant - Do you know whether the Negro knew how to hew, lay off & keep a Saw in order. Answer by the Deponent I do not know. Question by the Defendant - Did you hear me offer to indem- nify the Sale of the Negro Answer by the Depondent No - nor did he hear in the Company that the Defendant offered to indemnify the Sale which he expects he should have done had it been the Case, and the Depondent further saith that he never heard that the Defendant offered to indem- nify the Sale untill after a Suit had been commenced by the Plaintiff against the Administratrix & her Securities in the Court of Prince George, but has since that Event heard it frequently.