Sarah: Freedom Suit, Loudoun County (Part 2 of 6)
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The Commonwealth of Virginia To the Constable of Loudoun County Greeting, Whereas Negroes Sarah and her children Henry, William, Albert and Elizabeth and Grace and her children John and George, and John, heretofore exhibited to the Superior Court of Chancery for the late Winchester District, their bill of complaint against William Ellzey adm'r's. of [Thornazin] Ellzey dec'd. and Sundry others, whereupon sundry proceedings have been had as appears from the files of the said Court of Loudoun County and of the Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery to which Court the said cause was removed--but before a final decree could be pronounced in the cause, the said William Ellzey one of the Defendants departed this life. And administration of all and Singular the goods & chattels, rights and credits of the said [Thornazin] Ellzey an administrator by the said William Ellzey deceased, hath been in due form committed to Notley C. Williams Sheriff of Loudoun County in his said character of sheriff, and teh [the] said Negroes Sarah and others having supplicated us for a proper remedy on this behalf; and we being willing that what is right and just should be done. Therefore we command you, that you make known according to law, to the said Notley C. Williams Shff. &c that he be before the judge of our Said Circuit Superior Court of Law and Chancery, at the Court house of Loudoun County, on the 1st day of the next Term, to show cause of any thing for himself he have or know to say, why the said suit should not be proceeded in to a final decree against him in his character afs'd.. and he in all things in the Same plight and condition as it was at the time of the decease of the said William Ellzey and further to do, and receive what our said court shall in that part consider. And have them there this [Writ?] Witness W. A. Powell clerk of our Said Circuit Court the 5 day of July 1836 and in the 61st year of the Commonwealth. W A Powell