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Ruth: Freedom Suit, Montgomery County (Part 1 of 5)

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From the information from which I have been able to collect Ruth was born in the state of North or South Carolina in the condition of a slave. That she together with her mother were taken by the British during the invasion of those states in the course of the Revolutionary War. that Ruth & her mother were taken by a party of Americans & sold by there captors to a man of the name of Zechariah Pig residing the County of Pittsilvania [Pttsylvania] in this state that pig dying, his right became vested in a [illegible--man?] of the name of Gracy who brought her to this County & sold her as a Slave to James Sallust about the year 1792 or 1793. Some time after the sale to Sallust a man of the name of Lowry residing in one of the Carolinas & holding the right of the person from whom she had been taken by British instituted his action in the County Court of Montgomery & recovered her by judgement of said Court at the June term in the year 1795- It further appears that after the recovery above referred to Lowry sold Ruth to Sallust in whom she has ever since been held in slavery

Very respectfully,

Allen Taylor