Tucker, Jesse v. Raines, Heartwell: Judgment, Brunswick County
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The Deposition of Charles Raines of Sussex County taken at the house 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 Depondent being of lawful age & duly sworn deposeth & saith, that sometime in the Month of December 1776 there was a Sale of Abraham Tucker's Estate at which the Deponent was present, that after the Personal Property was sold a Negro Man belonging to the Estate named Jack was ordered to be put up for Sale by the Securities for the Administration of Susanna Tucker on her Husband's Estate, that this said Susanna Tucker as Adminis- tratrix forbad the Sale of the said Negro because there was already enough sold to pay the Debts of the Estate and the said Heartwell Raines Defendant in this Suit told them to sell on for he would have them harmless, the Administratrix then bid over an Hundred Pounds for the Negro & stopped Bidding, on which the said Heartwell Raines asked her if she was done bidding to which She answered Yes. The Deponent does not know that the said Heartwell Raines bought the Negro, but he understands since that he has possession of him. Question by the Defendant - Did he publickly & loudly so as to be heard by all the Company declare that he would indemnify the Sale? Answer by the Deponent Yes. Question by the Depondant. After the Negro was set up to Sale by the Crier, did you hear any one forbid the Sale. Answer by the Deponent - No Charles Raines Sussex Sect The above Deposition sworn to before us the day & year above Written John Trezvant Pleasant Hunnicutt