Ned: Freedom Suit, Charles City County (Part 1 of 6)
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At a Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery held for King and Queen County at the Courthouse on Monday the 23rd day of April 1832
Ned, James, Priscilla and Peter } Plffs.
John Booker, the said John Booker administrator with the Will annexed of George Moore deceased, and Frances, Alexander Josephus, Baylor, Walker and
Children of Thomas Dudley deceased and infants under the age of twenty one years by Tignal Dudley their guardian ad litem } Defts.
On the petition of the plaintiffs they are allowed to sue in forma pauperis and Richard Gaines and John B Christian are assigned Counsel to prosecute their suit and this cause coming on by consent to be heard on the Bill and answer of the Infant defendants by Tignal Dudley their guardian ad litem, and exhibits filed and was argued by Counsel: On consideration whereof the Court doth appoint John Mann Jr to act as trustee, under the Deed from George Moore to Dudley filed as an exhibit in the causes and John Mann sen'r is appointed a Commissioner on behalf of the Infant defendants to convey to the said John Mann, Jr. the land and slaves conveyed as aforesaid to Thomas Dudley and the said trustee is required to sell the said Land and other property conveyed by said deed after one months notice at the Courthouse of King and Queen County and other most public places in the said County on a credit until the 1st day of January 1833 and take from the purchaser bond with good personal security and a deed in trust on the land to secure the purchase money and report his proceedings to Court with the bond and deed of trust to be taken for said sales And on the motion of the plaintiffs the Court doth order that John Mann, Jr. take possession of the Plaintiffs and hire them out until the end of the year taking bonds and security for the said hires, unless the Defendant John Booker shall within ten days after he shall have been served with a Copy of this order enter into bond before the Clerk of this Court payable to the present Chief Magistrate of this Commonwealth and his successor in office in a penalty of One thousand dollars with good security and a Condition that he will not Maltreat the said Ned James Priscilla and Peter and that he will freely permit them to go to the Clerks office of this Court to attend to this their suit and to attend their Counsel in this cause and in case the said John Mann, Jr. shall act under this order he is required to return to this Court the bonds taken for the hires as herein before directed But so much of this decree order as appoints the said John Mann, Jr. trustee and to take possession of the slaves and hire them out is suspended until the said John Mann shall