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Joseph Dillard vs. Adms. of Thomas Clasby: Chancery Cause, Amherst County (Part 1 of 4)

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The affidavit of James Spencer of lawful age taken at Peachy Franklins Tavern in the town of New Glasgow on Friday the 27 day of February 1824 agreeable to notice given to William Bourne one of the admrs De bonis non of Thomas Clasby Decd to be read as evidence in an Injunction in the County Court of Amherst wherein Joseph Dillard is Plaintiff & William Bourne & Creed C Carter admrs De bonis of Thomas Clasby Decd are Defendants being first duly sworn deposeth & saith, that he lived three or four hundred yards from W. Thos Aldridge Still House & was there in the winter of 1817 and was [prest] when Mr John Bowles took up a runaway negro man by the name of Edmund the property of Thos Clasby. It was in very cold weather, snow on the ground the sd negroe Edmund was very badly Frost bitten so much so that he could not walk, his feed and ancles were blistered as large of Dollars and thought if the Irons had not been taken of he must of had Deed. The negroe was taken hom by Mr Wm Clasby his brother, he was the same negroe Mr Th.s Clasby sold to W Dillard aftewards. This affiant assited to put the negroe behind Wm Clasby on his horse as he could not walk a step. James Spencer Feby 27 1826 Subscribed & sworn to according to Law E [illegible] At the taking of the above affidavit the defendants were not present, but coming forward after closing the affidavit the same was again opened on the same day and at the same place the parties being present & the Plt consenting. Question by the defendat. What time in the year 1817 ^was it^ that you saw the negro man in the situation you have mentioned above. Answer. I only recollect that it was in winter & do not know the precise time. Question. Did you take off the negroes shoes and examine his feet particularly? Answer. I did not, but his shoes were