Sarah: Chancery Cause, Bedford County (Part 1 of 4)
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The Commonwealth of Virginia to the Sheriff of Bedford County greeting. You are hereby commanded that you attach William Gray Executor of Thomas Haynes Dec'd so that you have his body before the Justices of our said County Court of Bedford at the Courthouse thereof on the fourth Monday in March next to answer us as will of a certain contempt by him to us offered as it is said as upon those things which to him shall then and there be objected; and further to do and receive what our said Court shall in this part consider. And this you shall in no wise omit. And have then there this Writ: Witness James Steptoe Clerk of our said Court the 14th Day of Decemr. 1809 In the 34" year of our Independence. T Steptoe "For not answering a bill of complaint exhibited against him by Sarah, Sam, Harry, Dinah, Isbell, Peter, Ned, George, Rachel, & Mildred (over the age of 21 Years & James, Hannah, Washington, Flanders, Daniel, Caleb, Ann, Pleasant, Braxton, & Sophia, Infants under the age of 21 by Thomas Logwood their Guardian. (Free Negroes) By order of Court. J. Steptoe C.B.C.