Hughe, John E., etc. v. Bruin, Joseph, etc.: Chancery Cause, Arlington County
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John E. Hughes & als. vs Joseph Bruin & James Simpson } In Chancery The deposition of Henry Chatham and Mary Ann Masterson taken on the 14th day of October, 1850, pursuant to the annexed notice, before me a Notary Public duly commissioned and sworn for the County of Alexandria in the State of Virginia, to be read in evidence in behalf of Plaintiff in a suit now depending in the Circuit Court of Alexandria County wherein John E. Hughes and others are plaintiffs and Joseph Bruin and James Simpson are defendants. Henry Chatham a witness of lawful age having been first sworn deposes: Question 1st. Did you ever purchase a negro woman from the late Laughlin Masterson, if so, about what time, what was her name and what were the terms of the purchase? Answer. I did purchase a negro woman from the late Laughlin Masterson. I think I purchased her fourteen or fifteen years ago but I do not pretend to be certain about the time. Her name was Ann. She had some five or six years to serve at the time I purchased her. Was there any stipulation in your purchase from Masterson with regard to any child or children she might have