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 decd. 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 Wm. J. 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 thereupon the pltfs., filed their bill, & the defts put in their answers thereto; and his cause came on to be heard, by consent of the parties, by counsel, on the bill, answers, and exhibits, & was argued by counsel; On consideration whereof the Court doth adjudge, order and decree, that one 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 Wm. Hunton decd. in the bill mentioned, the freedom thereby tendered to them; and also the probable age of each, if any, accepting his or her freedom; and enquire & ascertain whether any and what provision is made, or can shortly be made, by the society for the 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 said slaves thither - & 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 Wm. F. Phillips, Clk.