Phillis: Freedom Suit, Montgomery County (Part 16 of 20)
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Rockbridge Country to wit. This day John Mc Taylor adm'r of James Charlton dec'd personally appeared before this subscriber a justice of the peace for sd county & made oath that in four pauper suits now pending in the Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery for Rockbridge County in which Unis & others slaves of the estate of sd James Charlton are plffs & this affiant & others are defendants the sd plffs before the last trial of sd causes in the sd court obtained a commission to take depositions in the state of Massachusetts & also a commission to take depositions in the state of Connecticut to be read as evidence in sd causes. That your affiant & the other defendants being duly notified of the times & places of taking sd depositions sent an agent to those states to attend the taking of the same. That sd agent has informed affiant & he verily believes the following facts - viz that he did attend the taking of sd depositions & cross examined the witnesses. That said witnesses who were examined for the purpose of identifying the ancestors of the plffs & proving their right to freedom, one of sd witnesses and in his depositions a very erroneous description of Flora their common ancestor deposing that she was a bright mulatto or something to that effect, & other points of description equally false. & that sd depositions being as taken sd agent left in the expectation that they would be sent on & filed in the cause. Your affiant states that sd depositions never were sent on or filed to this day but that others as he believes of the same witnesses