1828 Fredericksburg Virginia legal Superior Court Case – Slaves. 52 pages
1828 Fredericksburg Virginia legal Superior Court Case – Slaves
52 page contemporary manuscript copy – 12-7/8 x 8 inches. Stitched. Last page loose with edge tears. Overall very good condition.
Seddon vs Green – Records and proceedings
Judge: Honorable William Browne, Superior Court of Chancery for the Fredericksburg District
Thomas Seddon and Philip Alexander bill of complaint against General Moses Green, Bernard Peyton (of Richmond, son in law of Green) and Murray Forbes
A Complete copy of the record – teste – A. W. Morton, C.C. [Clerk Council]
– Records and proceedings Judge: Honorable William Browne, Superior Court of Chancery for the Fredericksburg District Thomas Seddon and Philip Alexander bill of complaint against General Moses Green, Bernard Peyton (of Richmond, son in law of Green) and Murray Forbes Thomas Seddon and Philip Alexander trading under the firm of Seddon and Alexander Moses Green of the county of Culpeper March 1821 - $3,079.36 / note assigned by Daniel & George W. Ward – deed of Trust conveyed to Murray Forbes a tract of land, 300 acres in Culpeper and also slaves by name: Susan (14), Evelina (11), Gabriel (9), Essea (8), Frederick (6), Julia (4) & Susanna (2). Abby (woman) & Sally (woman) Thomas Green, John T. Lomax (Fredericksburg), P. Echols (slave trader), Moses Green: p. 25. ...he carried Sally & her children to Fredericksburg to be sold, he carried Abby 7 others also. ... met with a Mr. Echols a negro trader and agreed with him as to the price of Sally & her three youngest children – Frederic, Julia & Susanna – respondent got Mr. Stone and some other disinterested person to value Abby & her children which they did – making it seventy dollars less than Sally and her three – Mr. Echols agreed to take Abby & her children at that price and thus the exchange was made. But Sally's youngest child Susanna which was valued at $70. Was never taken from respondent's possession, and has since been sold for $100 as stated in the bill ... Moses Green ..... Susanna returned to my house and remained in my possession until the spring of 1826 when she was sold for one hundred dollars by the trustee Murray Forbes. The other three Sally, Frederick and Julia were sent on some time after the sale from my house to Col. Peyton in Richmond ... property. "I think it was in December 1821 or January 1822 that Genl Moses Green brought some negros to the Town of Fredericksburg for sale. At which place I was then stationed for the purpose of purchasing that kind of property for Joseph Echols of Lynchburg – I did purchase of said Green a number of slaves, but it not being now in my power to refer to the books of Joseph Echols ... I have no recollection whatever of Genl Green having mentioned that Seddon & Alexander had a lien on the slaves, and think it certain that he did not, as I always made it an invariable rule never to make a purchase where there was the least doubt or dispute as to the title ... I should have seen him [Seddon] on the subject, as it was very easy for me to have done so, he then living in the neighborhood of Fredericksburg and I had frequent transactions with him in other matters ... I do not recollect that I bought any children from Genl Green ... P. Echols (deposition of Peregrine Echols taken at the Franklin Hotel in the Town of Lynchburg, 1827) (Deposition of P. Echols taken at the tavern of James Young in the Town of Fredericksburg, 1827) "I consider Humphrey worth $400 to 4450. Sally about $300." Danl Ward (Deposition of Horace Marshall taken at the tavern of James Young in Fredericksburg .. 1827 ..) Question by Plaintiff – Were you present when Genl Moses green ... sold some negroes in this town to Mr. Echols – if so state what kind of negroes they were and particularly whether there were not some women and children and your idea of the value of the women? Answer; I was present on that occasion there were two women and five or six children and one man, all young and likely negroes, the price given by Echols was from $1800. To $ 2100. ... Q. Was Mr. Echols stationed in Fredericksburg for some time & how long engaged in the purchase of Negroes? Answer: Yes for several years. Testimony & interrogatories recorded by parties concerned. Superior Court of Chancery held in the Town of Fredericksburg on the 19th day of May 1828. ... Peyton & Green to pay $879.+ by July next or surrender the two negroes Frederick and Julia – to sell at public auction to highest bidder for cash, having first advertised the time and place of sale for five weeks in some newspaper printed in the Town of Fredericksburg ... A Complete copy of the record – teste – A. W. Morton, C.C. [Clerk Council]