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Hannah: Freedom Suit, Arlington County (Part 1 of 3)

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To the Honorable Judges of the Circuit Court of the District of Columbia, sitting in Chancery at Alexandria- Humbly complaining then unto your Honors your Complainants Hannah and Rebecca her child, and Peggy and her children Billy, Arnold, Sophia, Hannah, William and Robert - that your complainants Hannah and Peggy are the children of a free man of color named Charles Jackson and of his wife Rebecca, a woman of color formerly the property of Stephen West, who is now deceased. That some time in or about the year 1793, it was agreed between the said Charles Jackson and the said Stephen West, that the said Charles should serve the said Stephen as a servant for the term of seven years, and that the said Stephen in consideration thereof should emancipate the said Rebecca - That the said contract was faithfully executed by the said Charles - But the said Rebecca never did receive any deed of emancipation, and departed this life soon after the expiration of the said term of the service of the said Charles. That the said Rebecca left two children by the said Charles, your Complainants Hannah and Peggy - and that it was agreed between the said Stephen West and the said Charles Jackson that the said Charles should serve said Stephen as a servant for another term of seven years, and that in consideration