Bob: Freedom Suit, Powhatan County
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B Carly a Witness Says he was going down to see his brother who died 7 May 1821 the Midwife on the day I went down came out to us. She was there with Bob’s Mother at the Delivery of Bob[.] He says Dr Mayo & family lived in Richmond the year Mayo’s Bridge was washed away from the Toll House to Richmond. That he thinks was in 1821. The Midwife spoken of was Rachel Cole[.] Jas. E. Mayo - says he thinks his father & family went to Richmond in 1820 or 1821 & staid about a year when he came back Bob was a boy running about the yard - and was carried over to the Island to be nursed & left under a tree while his Mother was at work was living in Richmond when Mayos’ Bridge was carried away. Don’t know where Bob was born it was while [his father?] lived in Rich[mon]d[.] The Bill of Sale from Ed Mayo to J. E Mayo dated 14 Octr 1840 states that he “supposed Bob to be about 18 years old”[.] P. J Leake says he was sick at Dr Mayo’s in 1826 in Sept and Bob waited on him brought water in a can and kept off flies. He thinks he could not have been less than 6 years old from his size he should have thought he was 7 [.] He thinks Dr Mayo went to Rich[mond in the Fall of 1821 or early 1822. He taught school at Dr. Mayos in 1820 and Dr. Mayo moved to Rich[mon]d after he left there and he was there in the Spring of 1821 & probably in the Summer & Dr. Mayo was living then at Fine Creek Know London he waited about the house did not wait upon me. He was smaller than Bob but passed for older. He was not as tall as Bob at least that is his impression