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

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owing to the impossibility of making collections, in consequence of the extreme difficulty of the times, and the interference of the Legislature upon that subject this Defendent has been entirely unable to finish his Executorship, there yet being many outstanding debts against the estate of his Testator, and but inconsiderable payments made of such debts as are due the same on most of which last mentioned debts however suits have been instituted, and they are now in a fare way for collection - this Defendant therefore cannot consent to that part of the Complainants bill which prays for a final adjustment of this Defendants account with the estate of his Testator; but has no objection however that this court should now appoint commissioners to settle with this Defendant from time to time as the debts due the estate of the said Thomas Haynes as well as other property may be collected - This Defendant denies all fraud and prays to be dismissed with his cost in this behalf expended Bedford County to wit. This day William Gray personally appeared me, a justice of the peace for the County aforesaid, & made oath, that the allegations & facts stated in the above Answer so far as concern his own acting, & doing are true & so far as concerns the acting & doing of others he believes to be true. Given under my hand this 26th day of March 1810; in the Town of Liberty in the said County. Wm Dickenson