Robin: Chancery Cause, Fauquier County (Part 3 of 4)
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At a Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery of the county of Fauquier held at the Courthouse of the said County; on the 12th of Octo. 1839. Charles Hunton, Edwin Hunton & William G. Hunton executors of William Hunton deceased plaintiffs against Robin, Cyrus, Charles, Winny, Harry, Delilah, Charlotte, Harriet, Richard [Gustavus?], Harrison, Lewis, Peter, Amey, George, Sarah Ann, Henry, Mary, Lizette, Elias, Alfred, Lucy, Thomas, Eliza, Robert, Polly, Celia, Margaret Susan, Horace, Washington, Mary, Louisa, & Adeline, slaves Uphemia R. Hunton, Mildred Jane Hunton, Spencer C. Hunton and Joseph R. Hunton defendants }
In Chancery On the motion of the plaintiffs, by counsel, the Court doth appoint William F. Phillips, guardian of the defts., Mildred Jane Hunton, Spencer C. Hunton & Joseph R. Hunton, who are infants, for the purpose of defending them in this suit and doth appoint Thos: L. Moore, guardian of the defendants Lizette, Elias, Alfred, Lucy, Thomas, Eliza, Robert, Polly, Celia, Margaret, Susan, Horace, Washington, Mary, Louisa, & Adeline, who are also infants; for the purpose of defending them in this suit. And thereupon the pltfs., filed their bill, and the defts. put in their answers thereto: and this cause came on to be heard, by consent of the parties, by counsel, on the bill, answers, and exhibits, and was argued by counsel; On consideration whereof the Court doth adjudge order and decree, that on of the Commissioners of the Court, do ascertain which of the slaves, if any are willing to accept; upon the terms stated in the will of William Hunton decd. in the bill mentioned, the freedom, thereby tendered to them: and also the probably age of each, if any, accepting his or her freedom; and enquire [inquire] & ascertain whether any and what provision is made, or can shortly be made, by the Society for the Colinazation [Colonization] of the free negroes or colored population, of the United States, in Africa, for the transportation of the slaves in the bill mentioned, to Liberia; and whether any other and what provision is already made or likely, to be made shortly, by the state of Virginia, or the government of the United States, for the transportation of the sd. slaves thither and report his proceedings therein to the Court, with any matter specially stated that he may deem pertinent, or any party may require to be so stated. A Copy - teste,
William F. Phillips, Clk.