Phillis: Freedom Suit, Montgomery County (Part 16 of 20)
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Rockbridge County To Wit This day personally appeared before the subscriber a justice of peace for said county. John McC Taylor adm'r of James Cahrlton dec'd & made oath that he is the defendant in two out of four suits now depending in the Circuit Sup'r Court of Law & ch'y for Rockbridge County in forma pauperis in the names of Unis & others vs. Charlton's adm'r & others for the recovery of freedom by the slave plaintiffs. That said suits were instituted in the year 1826 in the county of Montgomery by the plffs a family of slaves are claiming the same title to freedom & are relying on the same evidence to sustain their claim. The defendants all relying on the same evidence to rebut sd claim or title. That the sd suits have proceeded together or been tried together ever since. That numerous trials have been had - viz two in Montgomery one in Giles, one in Smyth, one in Roanoke. From which last mentioned county they were removed to this court that sd causes were removed by affidavit of the plffs from the county of Montgomery in the year 1829 twenty years ago since which time a new generation has sprung up in that county wholly unacquainted with the cause or unprejudiced on either side. That all the parties plff & defendant have their evidence in Montgomery & in Pulaski joining it & in great part taken off of it except the heirs of Cyrus V Robinson who reside in Missouri. That the witnesses in Virginia all reside in either Montgomery or Pulaski & are very numerous making the costs of the trials very heavy. That your affiant has been informed & believes that the reason for removing sd causes away from the Montgomery Circuit was