Joseph Dillard vs. Adms. of Thomas Clasby: Chancery Cause, Amherst County (Part 2 of 4)
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The Affidavit of James Rosson of lawful age, taken pursuant to notice proven, at Rives & Brown's Store at Variety on Wednesday the 28th Jany 1824, to be read as evidence in an injunction, now depending and undetermined, in the County Court of Amherst, wherein Joseph Dillard is plaintiff, and William Bourne and Creed C. Carter admrs: de bonis non of Thomas Clasby dec'd defendants. This affiant being duly sworn saith, that he knew the negro Edmund sold by Thomas Clasby to Joseph Dillard from the time Mr. Clasby first got him, and I never knew any deficiency in the Negro, but one, that of running away; he has been at my house and I have been with him at different places rolling logs, and raising Tobacco houses, and he was always pert and active, as much so as any negro of his strength. I lived about three quarters of a mile from Mr. Clasby's and was there very often, and saw the negro, and he was always lively, singing at his work, to his work, and from his work. Question by the Deft. Have you any reason to believe, or do you know that the negro was frost bitten or unsound at the time Mr Clasby sold him to Mr. Dillard? Answer. I never heard of any deficiency that anything was the matter with him, I believe he sold him because he run away. And further this affiant saith not. James Rosson Nelson County, to wit: The foregoing affidavit sworn to before me a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid this day. Given under my hand this 28th day of Jany. 1824. Alexr: Brown