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

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The affidavit of Wm Robinson, taken on Friday the 12th day of April 1833, before John Mann a justice of the peace for the County of King & Queen to be read as evidence in a suit now depending in the Circuit Superior Court of law & chancery for the county of King & Queen between Ned, James, Priscilla & Peter Plaintiffs and John Booker & others Defendants. This affiant recollects that sons of John Moore Exor from about the year 1805. At that period he believes that they were all living upon the land left by their father and had little or no property. That they lived there together, with the exception of occasional absence of one or more of them, for different periods of two or three years; until about the year 1818, when they had some some stock and began to acquire a little property. From that period George, Dick & Ben (the rest having died) lived on the land and cultivated it in common. Ben for several years before he died was in bad health; George & Dick attended to the business from home. Those two bought the plaintiff James I considered them as neutrally & equally interested in the cultivation of the land. They frequently borrowed small sums of money from me; upon which occasions Dick applied for and returned the money; George from his not writing being unable to attend to business. I held both equally answerable to me for loans, whether the application were made by one or the other as the promise would be "we will pay you" and they spoke of the crops made by them as "our crops." About the year 1826 they rented land from Mr. Fauntleroy and were jointly concerned in doing so. Question by Pltff's atty Did you not understand that the land belonged to George? Answer. I always understood that the land belonged to George excepting 30 acres which John was to have for educating George. Question by same. Did George receive any education? Answer I should suppose not as I never knew him to read or write. Question by same About what year did Richard die? Answer About 1828 but I do not recollect exactly. Question by the same What do you think would have been a fair average rent of the said land from the