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

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The deposition of John Bland Junr of lawful age taken by the [illegible] and in the presence of and Rich'd D. Gaines attorney for the Plaintiffs, and John D. McGill attorney for John Booker, at Little Plymouth, in the County of King & Queen on Wednesday the 31st day of October 1832, before Jas. H. Henry and Francis Rowe Justices of the Peace, in and for said County to be read as evidence in a suit depending in the Circuit Superior Court of Law & Chancery for the County of King & Queen in which suit Ned James Priscilla & Peter are Plaintiffs and the said Booker and others are Defendants. Question by Booker's attorney. How long have you been living in the neighbourhood of the place now called Centreville in the County of King & Queen? Ansr. I have lived since 1801 within a mile of Centreville. Question by same when you first came to live there was Richd. Moore Senr alive; if not, about what time did understand that he died? Ansr. He was not alive I do not know when he died. Question by same Who was living on the land left by him when you first knew it? Ansr. I think the four sons & three daughters were living on the land Question by same? Did they all continue to live on the land. If not, say about what time they respectively left it, and as near as you recollect, how long were they absent? Ansr. Tom & George got in debt to Hally and & Nicholas were & on that amount went off and remained five or ten years. Tom gave his bond to Nicholas Ware & George was his surety and it was on that amount that extents were had upon the lands George & Tom owed the money to Hallyard & to Ware also and for there two debts the extends were laid upon the land. Richard was sent to the penitentiary for five years and John Moore left there when he got married but cultivated the thirty acres until he died. Question by same While they lived on the land