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Admr. of Hiram Jordan vs. Margaret Swann, etc: Chancery Cause, Frederick County (Part 1 of 4)

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The answer of Lucinda Jordan to a bill in Chy against her and others in the Circuit Court of Frederick county by O. M. Brown. This defendant says she is the daughter of Catherine Jordan a free coloured woman, named in the proceedings - that Sylvester Jordan respondents father was a slave and was bought by her mother, as will appear by the bill of sale herewith exhibited marked A. Respondent further shews that her mother died between seven and eight years ago leaving her father living with respondent, who nursed and attended to him until his death in November 1857. Respondent has paid all the funeral expenses of her father, of which she exhibits the bills, or some of them, and her father was also indebted to her between one and two hundred dollars before his death. Hiram Jordan also owed her money. The truth is that respondent has always worked hard, and earned money all of which has gone to the support the family, and to pay for what property they had. She therefore claims all that the law will allow her both as creditor and as heir. If required she can prove her account against the admr &c. Corporation of Winchester, to wit: Lucinda Jordan made oath before me a justice of the peace for sd corporation, that the above is true to the best of her belief. Given under my hand this 19th Octr 1858. J W [illegible]