Making History: Transcribe is made possible in part by federal funding provided through the Library Services and Technology Act program administered by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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

image 2 of 37

Zoom in to read each word clearly.
Some images may have writing in several directions. To rotate an image, hold down shift-Alt and use your mouse to spin the image so it is readable.

This transcription is complete!

as respects her children, vested in the said Edward Hughes, and remained in him: and upon his death passed to his legal representatives. That the said slave Ann during her said term of six years was sold to one Henry Chatham for the residue of her term, by whom she was sold to one Frederick Vaccari for the residue of said term and while in his possession she had a daughter, born in the early part of 1833 who was named Mary Catharine, which said Mary Catharine, though belonging to said Vaccari only till she should reach the age of 25 years, was by him sold on the 16th day of February 1849 to one Joseph Bruin through his agent or partner James Simpson as a slave for life, though with notice both to the said Bruin and to the said Simpson, that the said Servant was only held by the said vendor Frederick Vaccari for a term of 25 years from her birth. That the said Joseph Bruin and James Simpson are traders in negroes & the said slave was sold to them and taken possession of by them as a slave for life, and for the purpose of being transported out of the state of Virginia, with full knowledge on their part that the said Frederick Vaccari had only a limited interest in said slave for a term of years. These complaints charge that said slave was