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 20 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.

You don't have permission to transcribe this page.

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