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Sarah: Chancery Cause, Bedford County (Part 1 of 4)

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The answer of William Gray Executor of Thomas Haynes dec'd to a bill in chancery exhibited against him in the County Court of Bedford by Sarah, Sam, Harry, Dinah, Isabel, Peter, Ned, George, Rachal, and Mildred over the age of twenty one years; and James, Hannah, Washington, Flanders, Daniel, Caleb, Ann, Pleasant, Braxton, and Sophia infants under the age of twenty one years by Thomas Logwood their Guardian (free negros) - This Defendant saving and reserving to himself all benefit of exception to the many errors in the complainants bill, for answer thereto, or so much thereof as materially concerns this Defendant to make answer unto he answereth and saith; that Thomas Haynes the Testator of this Defendant departed this life sometime in the year [blank] having first made his last will and testament, by which the Complainants were emancipated from a state of slavery, and under which by a decree of the high court of Chancery became absolutely entitled to the whole property of the said Thomas Haynes both real and personal, as the Complainants have in their bill alledged; also that this Defendant who is one of the Executors appointed by the said will, has duly qualified to the same, and has since been continually engaged in discharging the duties of his Executorship, both as it relates to the collection of debts due the said Thomas Haynes previous to his death, and such as have been contracted by sales of property since made, but