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Jackson, Francis: Freedom Suit, Campbell County (Part 1 of 2)

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after the year AD 1780 and was free by the laws of this State at the age of twenty eight years. She was married some years after she became free, and gave birth to a number of children, of whom said Francis is the Eldest. Said Francis is according to my best recollection, from five feet seven inches to five feet nine inches in height. When young, stammered in speaking-- and altho he had no inter mixture of white blood, to my knowledge, yet he was not as black as many other negroes; When young was fond of music & dancing. I am satisfied that the said Francis must be the same person, from the fact that in a letter recd by me, from a gentlemen in Virginia, written by request of said Francis, as communicated in said letter, in which reference was made to many of the citizens of this place & also from a conversation which I had with the Rev George Junkin DD President of Lexington College, Va-- who is is also acquainted with some of the facts to which I testify. Wm Stewart Sworn & duly certified Before me at my office in Mercer. Mercer County PA this 11th 1853 Wm S. Rankin