George: Freedom Suit, Cumberland County
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In the suit of Sam, John & George, three negroes, before the Circuit Court of Cumberland to establish their right to freedom. Osborne Jones died in 1820. He left a will wh contains the following clause, "After the payment of my just debts I lend to my sister Betsey Jones during her natural life nine slaves namely Essicks, Sall, Sam, John, George, Branch, Betsey, Nancy & Henry & their increase, & at the death of my sd sister Betsey, I wish & desire the above named Essex, Sall, Sam, John, George, Branch, Betsey, Nancy & Henry & their increase be emancipated by my executors hereafter to be named." This will was admitted to record by the county court of Cumberland at its August Term 1820. Charles Womack qualified as executor of the said will. afterwards in the year 18 Charles Womack died & at the Term of Cumberland County Court in the year 18 John P. Woodson qualified as the administrator de bonis non with the will annexed of the said Osborn Jones decd. In the year 18 the said Betsey Jones died. Since that time the negroes Sam, John & George have been held in slavery by John P. Woodrow admor as aforesaid. The above is a statement of the material facts in the suit of Sam, John, & George against John P. Woodson Admor de bonis non with the will annexed of Osborn Jones decd on the above statement I am of opinion that Sam, John & George are illegally detained in slavery and are entitled to their freedom. John T. Thornton