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Ned: Freedom Suit, Charles City County (Part 3 of 6)

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The deposition of Francis Collier of lawful age, taken at Little Plymouth in the County of King & Queen this 1st day of Novr 1832 before us James H Henry & Thos F Spencer Justices of the peace for the county afd in the presence & by the consent as Will of John Booker & his attorney John D McGill as of Rich'd Gaines attorney for James, Peter, Ned & Priscilla to be read in evidence in a suit now depending & undetermined in the Superior Court of Law and Chancery for the County of King & Queen in which the said James &c are pltfs and the said Booker and others are defts. This deponant being first duly sworn deposeth and saith by way of Question Answer. Question by Pltfs atto. Please to state at what distance you resided from Richd Moore Senr about what year he died. Who administered upon his Estate. Whether he left a will. And if you know what were its provisions in regard to the Land upon which he lived? Answer. I lived about a mile from him when he died. I cannot answer as to the year of his death, but believe it to be thirty large odd years since. His son John administered upon the estate, I was at the sale & bought property He either administered or was left Exor I don't know which, but he sold the estate off. He left a will as my brother told me he was a witness to it, but I never saw the will. I know nothing about the provisions except what my brother Jas told me. He told me that George was the have the land except thirty acres, which John was to have provided he gave George learning or sent him to school I don't know which. Question by the Same. Who had the dwelling house built that was put up shortly before the old man's death. Did the sons live upon the farm after the old man's death. Who left it first - in what year did John leave it and in what year did either or each of the others leave it. did either of them rent it and from whom & in what years - and at what price ? Answer. The old man had begun it before he died. he

hired a negro workman and got part of the framing and had

it partly framed. At times the sons lived upon the farm. I can't say who left it first. George & Tom left it before Jack and went to Tennessee. I can't recollect in what year John left it. I think it has been 15 or 18 years perhaps more. George told