Admr. of Hiram Jordan vs. Margaret Swann, etc: Chancery Cause, Frederick County (Part 1 of 4)
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The separate answer of James P Riely to a bill Chancery exhibited against him and others in the Circuit Court of Frederick County by Oliver M. Brown in his own right and also as admr of Hiram O. Jordan. This defendant making the usual reservations to said bill for answer saith - He is constrained to deny from his own personal knowledge (having transacted the affair himself as Mrs Swanns friend and agent) the first statement in the bill: Hiram O Jordan never did purchase of Margaret Swann the slave woman Maria, who became the wife of said Jordan. The facts were these: Prior to the marriage of Hiram and Maria, but after it was in contemplation, Hiram applied to Mrs Swann to know upon what terms she would agree to emancipate Maria. Maria was a very valuable servant, who would probably have sold for $1000. But Mrs Swann being very kindly disposed towards her agreed to emancipate her for the sum of Four hundred dollars; and she authorized and requested respondent to see that the payment of that sum