Jacob: Chancery Cause, Halifax County (Part 1 of 2)
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To the honourable William Leigh Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery for the County of Halifax humbly complaining shew unto your Honour your Orators & Oratices Jacob, Mary, Sam, Meriwether, Patty & Matilda persons of Colour who [with?] the leave of the Court sue in forma pauperis that Philip E. Vass late of the County of Halifax departed this life in the year 1832 having duly made and published his last will and testament, which was admitted to probate by the County Court of Halifax and an attested copy of which is herewith exhibited as part of this bill: the said will among other devises and bequests contains the following to wit: "My wish and desire is that my two servants Mary and Jacob and all my interests in the undivided servants belonging to my father's Estate be emancipated, that the sum of two thousand dollars be appropriated out of my money belonging to my Estate to purchase in the State of No. Carolina a tract of land not less than 250 acres nor more than 300 the said land is to be of good quality and such as will command four or five dollars per acre and higher than five I do not wish to be paid, if there is no houses on the land sufficient for my servants to occupy my wish and desire is for them to be built out of good oak logs three logs above joist with cabin roof well covered with good slabs, and if there should be more than one house necessary my desire is for it not to be put up nearer than two hundred yards each other nor further apart than three hundred yards my wish and desire is that my negroes be furnished with two good work horses and the