Barbara: Freedom Suit, Isle Of Wight County (Part 1 of 4)
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2 Warren & a daughter Margaret Warren his distributees at law. The widow Cherry Warren on the 20th of September 1820 qualified in the County Court of Surry as the guardian of her infant children Samuel & Margaret, the former died about the year 1829, leaving his mother & brother & sister surviving, about the year 1827 your respondent intermarried with the said Margaret Warren that about the year 1835, the other distributees of Sam'l Warren made a division of the negroes of his estate including their increase since his death. This division of the negroes was without your respondents knowledge or consent & possibly injurious to him, as the share allotted him in right of his wife was much less valuable than that of the other distributees, although his long acquiescence bars him from now disturbing or attempting to disturb said division in this distribution of the negroes of Sam'l Warren's estate the widow received as her dower negro Isham & in fee as her portion of her deceased son's (Samuel H) than a negro girl Amelia Ann - Doct Dawson Warren received Tempe a negro woman & her two children Minerva & Dary & an old man [Dary?]. Your respondent received in right of his wife the said Margaret old Charles, Martha & Rachel. This was the only settlement made with your respondent by the said Cherry Warren, who never returned any account as guardian of the said children, nor did she ever settle with your respondent as guardian of his wife as aforesaid, with the exception of a payment of two hundred dollars made by said guardian to respondent about the month of [blank] 1833. that about the year 1846 the said Cherry Warren departed this life in the County of Surry intestate & possessed of personal estate valued at about $300 exclusive of the following negroes, to wit, Isham, Amelia Ann, or
3 Cernelia Ann, an old man Peter bought by Mrs. Warren after her husbands death, a woman Barbara, also bought by Mrs. Warren after her husbands death & the following children of Barbara born after her purchase, Lucy Ann, Jim, Pocahontas, Anaka, Solomon, & perhaps Elizabeth, your respondent not recollecting whether she was born before or after Mrs. Warrens death; there was never any qualification on the estate of the said Cherry Warren during the life of the said Dawson Warren, who took possession of the whole estate including the said negroes & kept the whole property until his death in the year 1849, with the exception of two of Barbara's children, to wit Lucy Ann & Solomon & Amelia Ann or Cernelia Ann, which three negores were sent your respondent in part satisfaction of his portion of Cherry Warren's estate in right of his wife Margaret daughter of said Cherry. There has been no valuation or division of the other negroes besides that just mentioned. no such division as that charged in the complt's bill, under which Dawson Warren received Isham, & the two children of Barbara, Jim & Pocahontas as his share, but the said Dawson Warren retained the said Isham Jim & Pocahontas as he did Peter, Barbara Anaky Elizabeth & Lewis (young) an infant child of Barbara born since Mrs. Warren's death. in which said negroes left by Cherry Warren your respondent had an equal interest in right of his wife the said Margaret, with the said Dawson Warren her brother. Your respondent denies that he ever comented to any agreement by which the said Dawson Warren was to have Isham, Jim & Pocahontas as equal in value to the three negroes belonging to Cherry Warren sent by Dawson Warren to your respondent