Lucinda: Freedom Suit, Fauquier County (Part 3 of 4)
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Know all men by these presents that we Thomas L Moore and John Porter are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Virginia in the just and full sum of twelve hundred dollars of lawful money of Virginia To the payment whereof well and truly to be made we bind ourselves jointly and severally, and our heirs, assigns firmly by these presents, Sealed with our seals and dated this 12th day Dec. 1854. The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas in a certain suit depending in the Circuit Court of Fauquier County in the name of Lucinda and her child Mariah (who are suing for their freedom as paupers) against Christopher Neale administrator with the will annexed of John R Wallace decd. and others (The above named Mariah has died since the institution of the suit) an order has been made by Rich'd C L Moncure one of the judges of the Court of appeals of Virginia directing the Sheriff of Fauquier County having said Lucinda and child Mariah in possession to hire them out, taking bond with security by him deemed sufficient in a penalty equal to twice the value of s'd [said] Lucinda and her child Mariah from the hirers, Conditioned for the payment of the hire and return of the complainants Lucinda and her child Mariah at the expiration of the term of hiring, or upon the demand of the Shff [Sheriff] or the order of the Court, and whereas the said Thomas L Moore hath agreed with Wm R Smith said Sheriff of Fauquier County to hire said Lucinda until the 1st day