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Hill, Henry v. Taylor, Humphrey: Chancery Cause, Madison County (Part 3 of 10)

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The deposition of Fontain Stonesiffer taken at the office of J. C. Gibson at Culpeper Court house on Saturday the 11th day of May 1844. between the hours of 3 oclock in the evening & six in the evening of the same day, to be read as evidence in a Suit in Chancery now defending in the circuit Superior court of Law and Chancery for the county of Madison in which Henry Hill is plaintiff and Humphrey Taylor defendant. This deponant after having been first sworne deposes and says in answer to the following Interrogatories as follows: Question by plaintiffs agent - State if you have any knowledge of any copartnership having existed between Henry Hill and Humphrey Taylor in negroe trading or the buying and selling of negroes. if so state it. and say how you acquired that knowledge - Answer - Only what they have told me. In the fall of 1834, to the best of my recollection as to the year, I was in the employment of Gibson Mallory, and during his absence on some occasion, Humphrey Taylor came to Mallory's to receive some negroes he had bought from him. Mallory being absent Taylor waited nearly two days till his return - One of the days was a rainy day and I was a good deal with Taylor - During conversation with him