Barbara: Freedom Suit, Isle Of Wight County (Part 1 of 4)
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To the Hon: Rich'd H Baker Judge of the Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery for the County of Isle of Wight Humbly complaining sheweth unto the Court your Complts: Barbara in her own right and in behalf of her seven children to wit Lucy Ann, Jim, Pocahontas, Solomon, Anaka, Elizabeth and Lewis, Isham, Tempe Amelia Ann, Virginia and Rufus persons of Colour sueing in forma pauperis[.] Respectfully represent that some time since Doct. Dawson Warren of the County of Surry departed this life after having made and published his last will and testament which has been duly proved and admitted to probate in Surry County Court an attached copy marked A is herewith filed and prayed to be taken as part of their bill, by which your Complts were emancipated and set free Should they so elect, and also a legacy in money to each, your Complts charge that Jim Pocahontas and Ishum belonged absolutely to the said Warren, that a division of the four Oldest Children of Barbara was made between the said Delk and said Warren in his life time when Jim & Pocahontas fell [towrd?] Warren and Lucy Ann & Solomon [towrd?] Delk and that Barbara and her youngest children were held in Common by said Warren and Jeremiah Delk in right of his wife Margaret formerly Warren did your Complts charge that it was the intention of their testator that they should be the recipients of his bounty at least to the extent of that inestimable boon, freedom. That he has made ample provision for the indemnity of said Delk for his interest, and as your Complts are informed and so charge