Lucinda: Freedom Suit, Fauquier County (Part 3 of 4)
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Virginia: At Rules held in the Clerk's Office of the Circuit Court of Fauquier County for the month of Decr 1852. Be it remembered that heretofore to wit: on the 5th day of June 1852 Lucinda and her daughter Maria, by counsel, presented to the Clerk of the said Court in the Clerk's office thereof, their petition "to the Judges of the Court of Appeals of Virginia" in the following words: viz: [Copy II.] The following is a copy of the Record referred to in the aforesaid petition, together with the certificate of "T. L. Mone an attorney practicing in the Court of Appeals of Va." thereunder written and an endorsement thereon made by Richard C. L. Moncure, one of the Judges of the Court of Appeals aforesaid: [Copy, II II & endorsements aforesaid] And thereupon was issued from the Clerks office of the said Court a subpoena to answer against Christopher Neale admor with the will annexed of John R. Williams decd, William R. smith, admor at bonds non of Elizabeth Wallace decd R. H. Forte & Lucien Dade which together with the endorsement and return thereon made so in the following words [Copy II II II, & Endorsements] And at Rules held in the Clerk's office of the said Court for the month of July 1852 the subpoena in this case having been duly served on the defendants Wm. R. Smith admor d.b.n. of E. Wallace decd and R. H. Forte & they failing to answer it was ordered that the bill of the plaintiffs be taken for confessed and the matter thereof decreed as to them, unless the said defendants at the next rule day should shew cause to the contrary. And at Rules held in the Clerks office of the said Court for the month of August 1852, the aforesaid defendants Wm. R. Smith admor as aforesd & R. H. Forte still failing to appear, the bill of the plaintiffs so taken for confessed as to them and the defendant C. Neale admor n.w.a. of Jno: R. Wallace decd filed his answer in this case to which the plaintiff by counsel replied generally said answer and the Exhibits therewith filed, are in the following words [Copy IV & Exhibits V, VI, VII(2), VIII.] And at Rules held in the Clerks office of the sd Court