Phillis: Freedom Suit, Montgomery County (Part 12 of 20)
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1845 -83 = 1762 State of Connecticut Hartford County, ss. Suffield. Be it known that on this 18th day of June AD 1845, before the subscribers, Elihu S Taylor and Saml. S. Cowles, Justices of the Peace for said County appeared Shubael Stiles, of Southwick in the State of Massachusetts, and after having been carefully examined and duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God, did depose and say in reply to the following interrogatories, as follows: - Question by Mr. Washburn for Ptfs What is your age? Ans. Eighty two almost eighty three. Quest by same. Did you ever know a negro woman by the name of Flora? Ans. I did. Quest. by same. When and where did you know her? Ans. I never knew her till she was married to Exeter. I never knew her much after that - it was at Southwick Massachusetts Quest by same. Was she free or a slave when you knew her? Ans. She was free according to our laws, and she married a free man. Quest by same. Do you know what became of her? Ans. I don't know only by common report that Capt Oliver Hanchett came and stole her away, - she and her child. I was not an eyewitness - I was not present. Quest by same. State all you know about her. Ans. All that I know about them, it was said they were