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Hughe, John E., etc. v. Bruin, Joseph, etc.: Chancery Cause, Arlington County

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To the Hon. John Scott, judge of the circuit Superior Court of the Law & Chancery for Alexandria County. Humbly complaining shew to your Honor your orators John E Hughes, Robert B Hughes, George W Hughes, Nelly A Hughes, and Amelia Hughes. That on or about the 26th day of April in the year 1826 a certain negro woman, then the slave for life of Edward Hughes, named Ann, was by the marshall of the District of Columbia, through his deputy Daniel Minor, under execution against the said Edward Hughes sold to one Laughlin Masterson for a term of six years at which sale it was stipulated that any children she might have during said term should serve the said Masterson till they respectively arrived at the age of 25 years, when it was intended by said Edward Hughes, that they should be set free. The Marshall's memorandum of said sale is hereto annexed marked No. 1 but no effectual instrument of emancipation having been executed by said Edward Hughes, the remainder in the said slaves after the expiration of the term of six years as to the mother & of the 25 years