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

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The answer of Isaac Medley Sr as administrator with the will annexed of Philip Vass Sr decd. and as curator of the estate of Philip E Vass decd. to the bill of complaint filed against him in the county court of Halifax by George B Ewing and wife and others this defendant having &c for answer says that he admits that he is the administrator with the will annexed of Philip Vass Sr decd. that he holds the three fourths of the proceeds of the sale of the land as is charged in the plaintiffs bill subject to division: Also about seventeen slaves remainder of his testators estate and is ready to settle his account and ascertain whether any remainder in money and if any to distribute it to them entitled But this respondant begs leave to State that Preston Parker has instituted a suit in which he claims in right of his deceased wife formerly Ann Vass one fifth part of the money and property aforesaid this respondent does not chose to take the responsibility upon himself if deciding whether the claim of the said Parker be well or ill founded he is however unwilling to make any distribution of his testators estate except by retaining in his hands a sufficiency to meet the claim set up thereto by the said Parker and to avail the event of the suit or for suits of the said Parker for the recovery of the same this defendant admits that he is the curator of Philip E Vass deceased and having fully answered begs to be hence dismissed with &c Halifax County November Court 1832 George B Ewing & oths. against } In Chancery Isaac Medley Sr admr This day this cause came on to be heard by consent on the bill answer examinations of witnesses exhibits and was argued by Counsel whereupon the plaintiffs being willing to divide four fiths of the property and money in the bill mentioned leaving one fifth to meet the claim of Preston Parker.