Ned: Freedom Suit, Charles City County (Part 1 of 6)
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In the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of Charles City the 20th day of May 1840 Ned, James, Priscilla and Peter paupers Pltffs against John Booker, George W. Booker, Susan Ann N. Booker and Mary T. Booker infants under the age of twenty one years by the said John Booker their guardian ad litem Defts This cause came on this day to be heard on the papers formerly read and the answers of the infant defendants, children of Eliza Booker decd by John Booker their guardian ad litem, the replications thereto filed, and was argued by counsel; and it appearing to the satisfaction of this court that John Mann Jr heretofore appointed Trustee to take charge of and hire all the persons plaintiffs in this cause has removed beyond the limits of this estate; on consideration whereof the court doth adjudge order and decree that John Summerson be and he is hereby appointed Trustee in the place of the said John Mann, Jr. to take charge of and hire out from year to year the said plaintiffs until the further order of this court; and that the said John Summerson be authorised [authorized] and directed to receive of the said John Mann Jr any moneys or bonds remaining in his hand arising from the hires thereof: And it is further ordered and decreed that the said John Summerson ascertain all debts which still remain due from the estate of George Moore decd. and report the same circumstantially to this court in order to its further action: And the said Trustee is ordered and directed to pay any such sums of money to the attorneys employed in this cause as shall have been heretofore directed to be paid by the former Trustee and which remain unpaid. But the effect of this order is suspended until the said John Summerson shall have a duly executed a bond payable to Robert W. Christian clerk of this court and his successors in office in the penalty of one thousand dollars with sufficient security verified on the usual form before some Justice of the peace for the County of King and Queen with credit on faithfully and properly to discharge his duties as trustee aforesaid and well and truly to account for and pay over all monies which may come to his hands by virtue of his said appointment when thereto required and returned the said bond to the Clerks office of this Court to be [posted?] in the papers in this cause. A Copy Teste
Ro. W. Christian [illegible]