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Jacob: Chancery Cause, Halifax County (Part 1 of 2)

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To the honorable William Leigh Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery for the county of Halifax the petition of Jacob, Mary, Sam, Meriwether, Patty and Matilda persons of colour, humbly sheweth that Philip E. Vass late of the County of Halifax made & published his last will & testament in writing on the 8th day of August in the year 1831, and died on the "[blank]" day of "[blank]" in the year 1832 and that the said will has been regularly proved and admitted to record, a copy of which is exhibited with this petition. That by the said will in writing that said Philip E. Vass emancipated your petitioners Jacob and Mary by name who were then in the possession of the said Philip E. Vass and his slaves; and also such of the slaves of his father's estate as shewed be allotted to him in the division about to be made: that on the "[blank]" day of "[blank]" in the year a "[blank]" division was made of the slaves belonging to the estate of Philip Vass the elder decd. (the father of the said Philip E. Vass) and your petitioners, Sam, Meriwether, Patty, and Matilda were allotted and assigned as the portion of the said Philip E. Vass decd. in the slaves of the said Philip Vass the elder decd. Your petitioners have been advised when these facts and circumstances that they are free persons and not slaves. But Isaac Medley the executor of the said Philip E. Vass decd. expressing doubt of your petitioners right to freedom, and the possession of them as part of the estate of the