Sam: Chancery Cause, Augusta County (Part 1 of 2)
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Pursuant to the enclosed Notice I have proceeded at the time & place mentioned therein to take the depositions of Wm. Chapman & others to be read as evidence in a cause now pending in the Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery for Augusta County in which Sam & a man of Colour is plff. vs Thos. Johnston is dif'd.
Jos. M. Stout a witness of Lawful age being first duly sworn deposeth & sayeth, Question by Thos. Johnston Deft. What amt. did Sam the plff. in this cause owe you on the 1st day of [Feb?] 1849 Answer - I answer he owed Seven Dollars - & forty one cts. Question by Same In whose hands did you place that a/c for collecting Answer - In the hands of Wm. Chapman Constable in the Waynesborough District. No further Question being asked further this witness deposeth not. James M Stout. Wm. Chapman a Witness of lawful age being first duly sworn deposeth & sayeth Question by Defendant Johnston Mr.Chapman in the deposition of Mr. Stout he says he placed an a/c in your hands against Sam the plff. in this cause for collection. if so you will please state to whom you applied to for the payment of said a/c. Answer I believe I applied to Sam & he directed me to apply to Mr. Johnston to whom I did apply & who paid the debt. No further questions being asked further this witness deposeth not.