Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING: Henry, a Slave in Nicholas County, (West) Virginia

John S. Roberts of Nicholas County, Virginia (present-day West Virginia) owned one negro boy named Henry as seen in the appraisal of his estate recorded during the March 1832 term of Nicholas County court.

John S. Roberts – 1832 Appraisement Bill

“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18231-22608-67?cc=1909099 : accessed 20 January 2016), Nicholas > Will book, v. 001 1820-1899 > image 48 of 158; page 68 ; county courthouses, West Virginia.

Nicholas County to wit
In pursuance of the within order of Nicholas County Court We Robert Kelly, Robert Hamilton and William D. Cottle after having been duly sworn proceeded to appraise the Estate of John S. Roberts dec’d and make the following return.
One Cow $8.00
Two bed & furniture at $25 each $50
One folding leaf table $5.00
One dressing table $3.00
One shot gum $10.00
One cupboard furniture knives etc. $6.00
One negro boy named Henry $250.00
One set of bed steads $1.00
One ditto ditto $2.00
A pile of corn in the ears $2.50
4 Bushels of potatoes at 25 cts $1.00
One barrel and boxes $0.50
Half a Doz chairs $3.00

“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (http://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18231-22608-67?cc=1909099 : accessed 20 January 2016), Nicholas > Will book, v. 001 1820-1899 > image 48 of 158; page 69 ; county courthouses, West Virginia.

One big wheel $2.00
One weeding hoe $0.50
One pot and hooks $2.00
Two skillets and lids $2.50
One oven and lid $2.25
One tin kettle $2.00
. . . . . . (total) $343.25
all which is respectfully submitted by ous (sic)
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R. Kelly
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R. Hamilton
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wm. D. Cottle
At a court held for Nicholas County March Term 1832 This appraisement bill of the estate of John S. Roberts was returned duly certified by the appraisers and ordered to be recorded.
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Teste
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Saml Price C??

Who Was John S. Roberts?

John Shelton Roberts was the son of Alexander Roberts and Sarah Shepherd of Nelson County, Virginia. He married Adeline B. Landcraft, daughter of Nathaniel Landcraft and Sarah B. Hardin, on 6 September 1829 in Nelson County. They very likely came to the Fayette/Nicholas counties area with Adeline’s parents. By 1830 John was living in Nicholas County where he (male 20 thru 29) was seen on the census with his wife (female 20 thru 29) and two young slaves under 10 years of age. Following his death, his widow remarried.

How Did John S. Roberts Become A Slaveholder?

A quick check turned up the names of more slaves as both John’s and Adeline’s parents were slaveholders, as was Rev. Edwin Washington Woodson who married Adeline after John’s death. The names will be shared in several Slave Name Roll Project posts to come.

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True's statementFollowing my three part series on the slaves of my 5th grand-father James Sims during Black History Month in February 2015 I made a commitment to write a post on a monthly basis until I’ve RELEASED all of the names of slaves owned by my ancestors or owned by persons I’ve researched who were relatives or neighbors of my ancestors. These posts are part of the Slave Name Roll Project which can be found on Schalene Jennings Dagutis’ blog Tangled Roots and Trees

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING: Mark, Mary, Jane, Dick, and Eliza

Last month in Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Letty, Cyrus, and Nelson the slaves of William Bell who died before 10 August 1825 in Nicholas County, (West) Virginia were released.

In 1842 Elizabeth Bell, a daughter of William Bell, married William Hutchison. He was previously married and had children. In 1850 the William Hutchison household included two of William Bell’s daughters, Jane T. Bell age 53 and Hutchison’s wife Elizabeth age 50.

On the 1850 slave schedule, William Hutchison and Jane Bell are listed one after the other. William had a female black age 26 and a male black age 16 in 1850.

Ancestry.com. 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules > Virginia > Braxton

In 1860 William Hutchison had one female black age 33, one male black age 24, one female mulatto age 17, one male mulatto age 13, and one female black age 11.

Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules > Virginia > Braxton > page 1 of 2

Hannah J. Hutchison was the informant on the death of her father William Hutchison on 16 May 1866. In his last will and testament written on 6 July 1861 he mentions five slaves: Mark, Mary, Jane, Dick, and Eliza.

The Last Will and Testament of William Hutchison of Braxton County, West Virginia

 

“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-HYL4-R?cc=1909099&wc=Q8BW-MZJ%3A179688701%2C179750901 : 21 June 2016), Braxton > image 49 of 215; county courthouses, West Virginia.

I William Hutchison of the County of Braxton & State of Virginia do make and publish this my last will and testament whereby revoking and making void all formerly wills by me heretofore made: 1st: I direct that all my debts and funeral expenses be paid as soon after my decease as possible out of the first moneys that shall come into the hands of my Executor from any portion of my real or personal estate which I direct to be sold, bonds & e; 2nd: I give and bequeath to my wife Elizabeth Hutchison the farm on which I now reside which is embraced in the following boundary to wit: Beginning on the line of the survey conveyed by Nicholas Gibson to me, below the house and running a westerly course with the division fence between the lands occupied by myself & Felix Hutchison & continuing same course to Salt Lick Creek, thence up the Creek with the lines of the deed from said Gibson till where a line running with the fence which is between the land occupied by Nathan M. Hutchison & myself & with said line to the corner of the fence in the impovement (sic) the (sic) with the fence along the edge of the corn & old field to the edge of the wods (sic), thence a straight line along the lower end to the original line, thence continuing course about 10 pole, thence a straight line crossing Toms fork at two sugar trees one on each side & running to the top of the point that is opposite the house, Thence up the point along the top to the out line of a tract conveyed to me by C. Hall, C.S. Hurley, H.A. Holt and John S. Hoffman & with lines of same to join the lines of the Gibson Survey & with lines of same to the beginning, to have and to hold during her natural life time, Also my negro Slaves Mark, Mary, Jane and Dick during her lifetime, two head (sic), Six head of cattle which is to be selected by her, also my my (sic) sheep and hogs, farming implements, the grain on hands, also all the grain and grass that is on the land; Jane T. Bell is to have a maintenance to be made of the place during her natural life provided she remains on the place. Also Hannah Jane Hutchison is to have a maintenance to be made off the place during her lifetime or while she lives single provided she remains on the place, and at the decease of my wife Elizabeth, I desire that the above described tract of land be sold upon a credit of one, two, three and four years, also the property that is not made use of if any to be sold on a credit of twelve months & retaining a lien on the land to secure the payment of the purchase money & the proceeds to be applied as followeth viz: Jane T. Bell & Hannah J. Hutchison is annually to receive forty dollars each provide they live single or untill the time they marry then to cease, the residue, fifty dollars to my son Joseph Hutchison in addition to what he has received and debts which I have paid for him, the remainder to be divided into five equal parts, one part to Nathan Hutchison, one to Hannah Jane, one to Felix, one to Miles M. Hutchison, and one to Virginia Kniceley, their heirs & assigns forever. But at the time Hannah Jane receives any portion of her part the the (sic) above annuity of forty dollars is to cease. I also direct that my negro slaves Mark & Mary to have their freedom agreeable to the laws of Virginia at the death of my wife Elizabeth, and Jane and Dick to have their freedom when they arrive to the age of thirty years, agreeable to the laws of Virginia. 3rd: I also give & bequeath to my son Nathan M. Hutchison a certain boundary of land being the upper end of the Gibson Survey and running with the lines of the tract described in the second clause of this instrument and containing all that part of the Gibson Survey that lies between that line and John G. Morrisons line, to him, his heirs and assigns forever. 4th: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Hannah Jane Hutchison the following described tract or parcel of land and bounded as followeth, Beginning at a bunch of white walnuts standing on the bank of Salt Lick corner to land belonging to Eugenes Haymond & with his line a northerly course and passing his corner to the line of the original survey & with same to to (sic) top of the ridge thence along top of the ridge to a line of a Survey made for Morgan Dyer & with same to the Gibson Survey & with a line of same to the lower end of a fence thence crossing Toms fork and running up a steep bank thence along the hill side to the sharp point near the mouth of Toms fork thence to the ford of Toms fork, thence down the creek to the beginning to her and her bodily heirs forever. 5th: I give and bequeath to my son Felix Hutchison The following described tract or parcel of land bounded as viz: Beginning at the mouth of Toms fork thence up Salt Lick Creek to join the tract described in the second clause and with the same reversed to join the tract described in the 4th clause, and with same to the beginning to him his heirs & assigns forever. 6th: I give and bequeath to my son Miles M. Hutchison the described tract or parcel of land, Beginning on the hill side on the right hand side of Toms fork on a line of the tract describe (sic) in second clause an (sic) running with same crossing Toms fork and up the ridge to a line of the original survey and with same to a beech corner on the branch, on a branch which runs down from T. C. Cogers and down said branch to Toms fork & down said _ till the upper end of the hacking & crossing and running up the hill about 20 pole, thence along the hill side about twenty pole from the run cornering at different places to the beginning to him, his heirs and assigns forever. 7th: I give and bequeath to my Daughter Virginia Kniceley the place where she now resides and known as the Coger place containing one hundred acres together with twenty acres to be run off an eight hundred acre Survey conveyed to me by Joseph & C.E. Singleton, to join the line which runs from a chesnut to a beech & on the south west side of the 100 acres, to her, her heirs and assigns forever. 8th: I direct that all my personal property not heretofore mentioned be sold upon a credit of twelve months, and all lands which I

“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-HYLS-Y?cc=1909099&wc=Q8BW-MZJ%3A179688701%2C179750901 : 22 June 2016), Braxton > image 50 of 215; county courthouses, West Virginia.

may have except such as before mentioned to be sold on a credit of one two and three year, and the moneys arising from bonds obligations, sale of property and land be applied to the payment of my just debts, and to effectuate this intention I do hereby vest in my Executor full power and authority to dispose of such real estate in fee simple or by special warrantee as he may think best, as I could myself do if living, and if there should be any surplus in the money arising from the sale of the last mentioned land, property & bonds I direct that such surplus if any be equally divided with my wife and six children. 9th: I give and bequeath my Daughter Hannah Jane Hutchison my Negro girl Eliza, to her, her heirs and assigns forever. 9th: If any of the lands heretofore bequeathed should be taken with any other title I direct that they be made equal to the other heirs out of the the (sic) proceeds of the sale of the home place. I Testimony I have signed and seal this my last will and testament this 6th day of July 1861.
William Hutchison *Seal*

West Virginia County of Braxton S.S.
Recorder’s Office September 10th 1866 being the 2d Monday in the month The following proceedings were had before the Recorder of said County.
A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Wm Hutchison deceased was produced before me in my office, and there being no subscribing witness thereto, Allen S. Berry, David H. Bright, Homer A. Holt, and Wm L. Corley, were sworn, and severally deposed that they are well acquainted with the testators hand writing and verily believe the the (sic) said writing and the name thereto subscribed to be wholly written by the testators own hand, whereupon, the said writing is ordered to be recorded as the true last will and testament of the said Wm Hutchison deceased.
Teste. M. H. Morrison Recorder

Are Mark, Mary, Jane, Dick, and Eliza the names of the slaves seen on the 1860 slave schedule: one female black age 33, one male black age 24, one female mulatto age 17, one male mulatto age 13, and one female black age 11? I tried to find persons in the 1870 who would match these five. I believe I may have traced Mark and Eliza but cannot bring forth positive proof and therefore will not share the guesswork in this post.

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True's statementFollowing my three part series on the slaves of my 5th grand-father James Sims during Black History Month in February 2015 I made a commitment to write a post on a monthly basis until I’ve RELEASED all of the names of slaves owned by my ancestors or owned by persons I’ve researched who were relatives or neighbors of my ancestors. These posts are part of the Slave Name Roll Project which can be found on Schalene Jennings Dagutis’ blog Tangled Roots and Trees

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Letty, Cyrus, and Nelson

RELEASING: One old Negro woman, 1 Negro woman named Letty, one Negro boy named Cyrus, one Negro boy named Nelson, and a child born to Letty.
In Nicholas County, (West) Virginia, William Bell died before 10 August 1825. He did not leave a will. An appraisement and inventory of his estate were ordered on 10 August 1825 and a list was made on 24 August 1825 by four commissioners.
“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-4L57-N?cc=1909099&wc=Q8B7-1PJ%3A179686001%2C179686002 : 22 June 2016), Nicholas > image 23 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.
“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-4L56-X?cc=1909099&wc=Q8B7-1PJ%3A179686001%2C179686002 : 22 June 2016), Nicholas > image 24 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

On the second page of the inventory and appraisement are four slaves who were held by William Bell.

1 old Negro woman valued at nothing from old age
1 Negro woman aged 30 named Letty valued at 250
1 Negro boy named Syrus 150
1 Negro boy named Nelson. Deformed (value blank)

The estate sale took place on 17 November 1825.

“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-4L56-X?cc=1909099&wc=Q8B7-1PJ%3A179686001%2C179686002 : 22 June 2016), Nicholas > image 24 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

The enslaved people of William Bell were not sold at the estate sale and the estate was not settled until 1833.

“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-4L59-V?cc=1909099&wc=Q8B7-1PJ%3A179686001%2C179686002 : 22 June 2016), Nicholas > image 51 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.
“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-4L5R-F?cc=1909099&wc=Q8B7-1PJ%3A179686001%2C179686002 : 22 June 2016), Nicholas > image 52 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

On the second page of the 1833 settlement of the estate two slaves named in the inventory, Letty and Cyrus, were found.

By the sale of Letty and her child under a Trust deed 100.-
By sale of Cyrus under Trust deed 100.-

I checked the 1820 census and found William Bell was over 45 years old, with a woman who was also over 45 years old (wife), and seven other persons (2 females under 10, 1 female 10 thru 15, and 4 females 16 thru 25. Slaves in the household were: 2 males under 14, 1 male 14 thru 25, and 1 female 14 thru 25 (Letty).

By 1830, after William Bell had died, there were 2 females 15 thru 19 and 3 females 20 thru 29 in the household of Mary Bell who was 60 thru 69. I assumed Mary was the wife of William Bell. Further research shows this to be the correct household. In her household were five slaves: 2 males under 10 (Cyrus age 9), 1 male 10 thru 23, 1 female 24 thru 35 (Letty), and 1 female 55 thru 99 (old unnamed woman).

In 1840 Mary Bell was found in the newly formed Braxton County. She had 2 females 30 thru 39 in her household and she was seen as 60 thru 69. She still owned slaves: 2 males under 10, 1 male 10 thru 23 (Cyrus age 19), 1 males 36 thru 54, 1 female 10 thru 23, and 1 female 24 thru 35 (Letty).

In 1842 Elizabeth Bell, a daughter of William Bell, married William Hutchison. He was previously married and had children. In 1850 the Hutchison household included Jane T. Bell age 53, Hutchison’s wife Elizabeth age 50, and his children from the first marriage. On the slave schedule, William Hutchison and Jane Bell are listed one after the other. Jane Bell appears to have Cyrus age 33 and Letty age 52 as well as another male age 54, likely the male seen in her mother’s household in 1840.

Ancestry.com. 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules > Virginia > Braxton

In 1860 Jane Bell was still living in the household of her brother-in-law William and her sister Elizabeth. Although there was an entry for William Hutchison, there was no entry for Jane Bell on the 1860 Slave Schedule. The possible names of the slaves of William Hutchison will be shared in a later post.

Ancestry.com. 1860 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules > Virginia > Braxton > page 1 of 2

In 1866 Hannah J. Hutchison was the informant on the death of her step-mother Elizabeth on 28 February, for Jane T. Bell on 21 March, and for her father William on 16 May.

The last will and testament of Jane T. Bell was located in Braxton County, West Virginia. She mentions Letty and Cyrus.

“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-HY21-J?cc=1909099&wc=Q8BW-MZJ%3A179688701%2C179750901 : 21 June 2016), Braxton > Will book, v. 003 1862-1879 > image 52 of 215; county courthouses, West Virginia.

                                               Jane T. Bell’s Will
I, Jane T. Bell of Braxton County, Virginia being of sound mind do make this my last will & testatment. First. I give and bequeath unto my two slaves Letty and Cyrus their freedom if they will accept of it according to the laws of Virginia. And if the said slaves do no make choice of Emancipation my will and desire is that they may have the right to make choice of their masters. 2nd. I give and bequeath unto my sister Elizabeth Hutchison all the real and personal property of every kind that I may have at the time of my decease & all money or bonds that is due me at that time except the two above named slaves. Signed and sealed this first day of November 1858.
In the presence of                                                            Jane T. Bell *Seal*
Nathan Hutchison                                                                 her + mark
Felix Hutchison
Braxton County SS.
Recorders Office October 9th 1866. A writing purporting to be the last will and testament of Jane T. Bell decd was this day proven before the undersigned Recorder of Braxton County by the oaths of Nathan Hutchison & Felix Hutchison the subscribing witnesses thereto who declared on oath that the testator acknowledged this will in their presence and that each of said witnesses subscribed the said will in the presence of the testator. And thereupon the said will is admitted to record.
                                                                Teste. M. H. Morrison Recorder

By 1870, Cyrus and Letty were free persons and using the Bell surname. Although not free at the time Jane wrote her will, they became free people with the Emancipation Proclamation in 1863 and the Thirteenth Amendment in 1865 when slavery was abolished. In 1870 Cyrus was seen with Sarah E. 34 and children Eliza A. 15, Mary J. 12, Margaret E. 6, and Cora 2. Also in his household were John Alexander age 68 and Letty B. Bell age 70.

Year: 1870; Census Place: Clay, Braxton, West Virginia; Roll: M593_1685; Page: 400A; Image: 140850; Family History Library Film: 553184 (Ancestry.com : accesssed 26 March 2017)

Letty‘s 1876 death record shows she died at the age of 84 years 4 months in October 1876. Her parents were unknown and she was born in Augusta County, Virginia. She was a farmer and died of old age. Cyrus Bell was the informant and his relationship is seen as son of the deceased.

By 1880 the family of Cyrus Bell had increased by four with the births of William 1871, Ruskia 1874, Julia 1877, and Alison 1880. Sarah and Cyrus were not legally married until 11 May 1877. Sarah died 6 October 1887. Marriages were found for several daughters, three married men with the surname Johnson. I was not able to find them in 1900 or later. No death record was found for Cyrus who died after the 1900 census.

After finishing this post, I did a quick search for Letty and Cyrus to see if I had overlooked any kind of information already on the internet. I found a page with information on Braxton County African Americans in the Census and African Americans in the Braxton County 1880 Census.

I began this post, intending to share only the transcription of the documents with the names of the slaves. However, I could not leave it there. The genealogist wanted to follow the people. And because I did, I learned Letty was Cyrus’ mother. And this in turn makes me wonder if the older woman mentioned in the inventory and appraisement may have been Letty’s mother.

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True's statementFollowing my three part series on the slaves of my 5th grand-father James Sims during Black History Month in February 2015 I made a commitment to write a post on a monthly basis until I’ve RELEASED all of the names of slaves owned by my ancestors or owned by persons I’ve researched who were relatives or neighbors of my ancestors. These posts are part of the Slave Name Roll Project which can be found on Schalene Jennings Dagutis’ blog Tangled Roots and Trees

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Matt, Egg, Judge, Jinny, Jack, Rachel, Mose, Mary, George, Franky, and Wilson

RELEASING: Matt, Egg, Judge (Jude), Jinny, Jack, Rachel Mose, Mary, George, Franky (Frank), and Wilson

The names listed above were found in the Appraisement Bill of the Estate of James Robinson of Nicholas County, (West) Virginia as well as in his Last Will and Testament.

The estate was appraised on the 23rd day of November 1831 by Samuel Price, Samuel McClung, and R. Kelly.

1831jamesrobinsonappraisementbill1
“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-4LPR-7?cc=1909099&wc=Q8B7-1PJ%3A179686001%2C179686002 : 22 June 2016), Nicholas > image 45 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

Included in the appraisement (below) were:

Wilson a negro man $450.-
Frank a negro girl $300 (sic, Franky per will below)
Mary a negro girl $50

1831jamesrobinsonappraisementbill
“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-4L5N-2?cc=1909099&wc=Q8B7-1PJ%3A179686001%2C179686002 : 22 June 2016), Nicholas > image 46 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

The personal property of James Robinson was sold on the 24th and 25th of November 1831. The Bill of Sale was presented to the court held for Nicholas County January Term 1832. No slaves were sold.

The Last Will and Testament was presented and proven during the March Term 1832 and April Term 1832.

1828jamesrobinsonwillproved1832part1
“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-4LR3-V?cc=1909099&wc=Q8B7-1PJ%3A179686001%2C179686002 : 21 June 2016), Nicholas > image 48 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.
James Robinson Will

I James Robinson of the County of Nicholas do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following that is to say.
1st I desire the perishable part of my estate be immediately sold after my decease and out of the monies arising therefrom all my just debts and funeral expenses be paid. Should the perishable part of my property prove insufficient for the above purpose then I desire that my executors hereafter names may sell my land that lies between the land of James Reed and David McCay’s survey of five hundred acres on Glade Crick and out the monies arising from the sale of said part of three hundred acres pay and satisfy such of my just debts as remain unpaid out of the sale of the perishable part of my estate.
2dly After the payment of my debts and funeral expenses, I give to my wife Elizabeth Robinson one third part of my estate both real and personal which is to include four negroes to wit my negro man Matt & two black women Egg & Judge her youngest child & Jinny for and during her natural life and after her decease I give the three first mentioned negroes Matt, Egg and Jude to my children herein after mentioned to wit Cynthia Callison, Rebecca Hamilton, Peggy Perkins, Miriam L. Robinson, Agness Robinson and Elizabeth Robinson the three negro’s above mentioned to be sold and the proceeds of their sales to be equally divided among my sid children daughters above named to be enjoyed by them forever. And the last mentioned negro woman Jinny after the decease of my wife Elizabeth Robinson may go to any of my heirs that she the said Jinny may choose to live with.
3dly Whereas I have conveyed to my son John H. Robinson three several parts of land and one negro boy named Jack which is more than his equal part of my estate with my other heirs I therefore or give give no part of my other estate either real or personal to him the said John H. Robinson more than the

1828jamesrobinsonwillproved1832part2
“West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-4L58-S?cc=1909099&wc=Q8B7-1PJ%3A179686001%2C179686002 : 22 June 2016), Nicholas > image 49 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

three tracts of land & the negro boy Jack before mentioned which I conveyed by deed of gift to him but will the residue of my estate to my other heirs in manner following that is to say.
4thly I give to my daughter Cynthia Callison wife of Isaac Callison the part of land whereon the said Isaac Callison now lives containing two hundred acres and all the property & stock which I before gave her for her share of my estate.
5thly I give to my daughter Rebecca Hamilton wife of John McKee Hamilton one negro girl named Rachel.
6thly I give to my daughter Miriam L. Robinson one negro boy named Mose.
7thly I give to my daughter Peggy Perkins wife of David Perkins one negro girl calld Mary.
8thly I give to my daughter Agness Robinson one negro boy called George.
9thly I give my youngest daughter Robinson one negro girl calld Franky.
10thly I desire that my yellow boy Wilson be hired out and and the hire of said Wilson to be applied by my executors to the benefit of my wife Elizabeth Robinson & my youngest daughter Elizabeth.
11thly I desire that all the rest of my estate both real and personal of what nature and kind so were it may be not herein before particularly disposed of may be equally divided between my six daughters Rebecca, Miriam L., Peggy, Agness & Elizabeth (sic, only 5 names) herein before named which I I (sic) give to them their heirs & forever.
And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my friends John Boggs and Thomas Callaghan Executors to this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other wills and testaments heretofore made. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this twenty fifth day of February in the year one thousand eight hundred and twenty eight signed sealed and delivered as and for the last will of the above named James Robinson in presence of us
E. R. Hutchison                                                           James Robinson *Seal*

Samuel Hutchison
At a court held for Nicholas County March Term 1832 The execution of this the last will and testament of James Robinson deceased was duly proved by the oath of E. R. Hutchison a subscribing witness thereto and at the April Term of said Court 1832 it was duly proven by the oath of Saml Hutchison the other subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded accordingly.
Teste
Saml Price *Seal*

Notes for further research

The will was written in 1828, James Robinson died 9 October 1831. In 1830 the census included 3 slaves while in 1820 4 were listed:

1830 U.S. Federal Census
Slaves -Males – 24 thru 35: 1 (Wilson)
Slaves – Females – Under 10: 1 (Mary)
Slaves – Females – 10 thru 23: 1 (Franky)

The appraisement and sale of the estate of the widow Elizabeth Robinson were noted in the same Will Book on pages 73 and 74. No slave names were found.

In 1840 John H. Robinson (Jack) had two slaves, a female under 10 and a female 36 thru 54; Isaac Callison, husband of Cynthia Robinson who received no slave, had no slaves; John Hamilton, husband of Rebecca Robinson (Rachel), had one male slave 10 thru 23; Margaret Perkins, possibly Peggy Robinson (Mary), had no slaves; Miriam (Mose) and Agnes (George) married Rader men who did not have slaves in 1840.

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING 9 Slaves of Braxton County, (West) Virginia

RELEASING: Mary and her husband; their children Washington, Granville (a girl), Catharine, and Lucinda; Maddison, Callohill, and Granville (a woman).

Last month I wrote about Cato who was sold on Christmas Day in 1821 to Robert Kelly.

Robert Kelly was found on the Nicholas County, (West) Virginia, slave schedule in 1850 but he was enumerated in his son’s household in the neighboring county of Braxton.

1850robertkellycensus
Ancestry.com. 1850 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Year: 1850; Census Place: District 4, Braxton, Virginia; Roll: M432_937; Page: 211A; Image: 82
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Ancestry.com. 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Year: 1850; Census Place: District 43, Nicholas, Virginia.
Cato was a young man in 1821 and would have been at least in his late 40s in 1850. From the above slave schedule listing, Cato was very likely no longer owned by Kelly who had 8 slaves in 1850. Robert Kelly’s last will and testament was located in Braxton County and names 8 enslaved persons and mentions one unnamed man.

RELEASING: Mary and her husband; their children Washington, Granville (a girl), Catharine, and Lucinda; Maddison, Callohill, and Granville (a woman).

The Last Will and Testament of Robert Kelly of Braxton County, (West) Virginia
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Citation: “West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-HYK7-4?cc=1909099&wc=Q8BW-MZL%3A179688701%2C179712101 : 21 June 2016), Braxton > image 160 of 177; county courthouses, West Virginia.

Know all men by These presents that I, Robert Kelly of the County of Nicholas and State of Virginia do hereby make my last will and testament in manner and form following, That is to say,
1st. I desire that the perishable part of my Estate be immediately sold after my decease (with the exception of such property as is hereafter willed) and out of the monies arising Therefrom all my Just debts and funeral expenses be paid.
2ndly. I will and bequeath to my two sons John McH. Kelly and Charles William Kelly my farm on Elk River lately purchased from George Molahon and bind my said two sons to pay to said Mollahon five hundred dollars being the last installment of the purchase money due forsaid land, and also to board, clothe and take care of my daughter Mary Virginia Kelly during her natural life and in the event of my Daughter Mary Virginia Kelly being unwilling to live with either of them then in that event they shall out of the value of my land this day willed to them pay to such person as may board clothe and take care of her in a genteel manner a reasonable amount for such board and clothing.
3rdly. I will and bequeath to my son John McH. Kelly my negro man slave Maddison to him and his heirs forever.
4thly. I will and bequeath to my son Charles William Kelly my negro slave Callohill to him and his heirs forever.
5thly. I will and bequeath to my daughter Rebecca Jane Ann Duffy Two negro girls named Catharine & Lucinda The children of my negro woman slave named Mary to her and her (sic) and the heirs of her own body forever together with the future increase of said negro girls to her and her heirs forever.
6thly. I will and bequeath to my son David O. Kelly my negro boy Washington and my negro girl named Granville two children of my slave Mary. The said negro boy Washington to serve my said son David O. Kelly or his heirs until he arrives at the age of thirty years, and at that age the said negro boy Washington to be free, to him and his heirs forever.
7thly. I will and bequeath to my Daughter Mary Virginia Kelly my negro slave named Granville, one feather bed and bedding to be enjoyed by her during her natural life and at her death I will and desire that the negro woman slave Granville share be free, in consequence of her kindness and attention to my family.
8thly. I will and order that any executors herein after named and my heirs shall if atall in their power conveniently to try and prevent the seperation of my negro woman slave Mary & her husband.
9thly. I will and bequeath to my two sons John McH. Kelly & Charles William Kelly each of them one feather bed and bedding to them and their heirs forever.
10thly. I will and bequeath that all my Estate both real and personal not herein before willed shall after my death be sold and out of the monies arising therefrom first my two sons John McH. Kelly & Charles William Kelly are each to have one hundred dollars and the balance of said proceeds of said sale to be equally divided amongst all my children or their heirs.

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Citation: “West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:9392-HYV1-D?cc=1909099&wc=Q8BW-MZL%3A179688701%2C179712101 : 21 June 2016), Braxton > image 161 of 177; county courthouses, West Virginia.

And lastly I do hereby constitute and appoint my two sons John McH. Kelly and Charles William Kelly Executors of this my last will and testament hereby revoking all other or former wills or Testaments by me heretofore
made. In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 2nd day of August 1849.
Signed sealed published and declared by              R. Kelly *Seal*
Robert Kelly as and for his last will
and Testament in the presence and
hearing of us who at his request and
in his presence have subscribed our
names as witnesss.
David Eagle
John McD. Grose
Ro. Hamilton
Codicil to the foregoing last will & testament of Robert Kelly, viz. when the foregoing will was made I thought that the two slaves viz. Washington and Granville could be freed by me, at the time mentioned in said will without any confliction with the laws of Virginia. But on mature reflection, I have concluded that if the new constitution of Virginia shall be adopted, which I believe it will that in that event the said Washington‘s freedom is hereby revoked by me, and that he shall be and remain the property of the said D. O. Kelly to him & his heirs forever, and the said Granville‘s freedom is revoked so far as this, that she shall remain & live with my daughter Virginia so long as she lives, and at her death she shall have a right to live with any of my children that she choses during her lifetime. And it is my desire that whichever child of mine that she should make choice to live with to pay her revenue tax as a slave, so as to secure to her a right to live in the state, without her being molested or disturbed by the laws of the state. This codicil signed & sealed by me on this 26th day of September 1851.
Teste                                                R. Kelly *Seal*
Jno. P. Byrne
W. Newlon
Braxton County Court September Term 1853.
The last will and testament of Robert Kelly Deceased, with a codicil Thereto [illegible] was this day produced in Court, and the will was proved by the oaths of David Eagle and John McD. Grose subscribing witnesses thereto, and the codicil was proved by the oaths of William Newlon & John P. Byrne subscribing witnesses thereto, which will together with the codicil thereto is ordered to be recorded.
Teste Jno. P. Byrne Clk

Due to blog format I transcribed without line breaks in the main text of the will and placed numbered items at the beginning of a new line.

Robert Kelly a Resident of Nicholas and Braxton Counties

Robert Kelly appears to have lived in the part of Nicholas County which became Braxton County – his land likely lying in both counties. Note: Braxton County was formed in 1836 from parts of Lewis, Kanawha and Nicholas counties.

In 1820 Robert Kelly had 5 slaves in his household: 1 male under 14 and 4 females 14 thru 25. In 1830 he had 7 slaves in his household: 2 males under 10, 1 male 24 thru 35, 2 females under 10, 1 female 10 thru 23, 1 female 24 thru 35. In 1840 he had 6 slaves in his household: 1 male under 10, 1 male 10 thru 23, 1 male 24 thru 35, 1 male 36 thru 54, 2 females 10 thru 23.

From the information on the 1850 slave schedule and the will of Robert Kelly, I believe these are the names and ages of the enslaved persons. The name Granville was mentioned twice in the will, for a girl and for a woman. Mary’s husband’s name was not given.

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Ancestry.com. 1850 U.S. Federal Census – Slave Schedules [database on-line]. Year: 1850; Census Place: District 43, Nicholas, Virginia.
I analyzed the ages of the slaves in the pre-1850 census, compared with the 1850 schedule and the will. I believe it is possible Cato was the father of Granville, Mary, and Callohill and may have died before the will was written. This is an assumption on my part and I have no documentation to back it up.

In 1860, several of Robert Kelly’s children are on the slave schedule of Braxton and Nicholas counties:

  • Braxton: Charles William Kelly with a 23 yrs old male mulatto (Callohill)
  • Braxton: Mary Virginia Kelly with a 40 yrs old female mulatto (Granville) and a 3 yo female mulatto
  • Braxton: John McHamilton Kelly with a 33 yrs old male black (Maddison)
  • Nicholas: David Oliver Kelly with a 30 yrs old female mulatto, a 23 yo male mulatto (Washington), a 6 yo male mulatto, 4 yo male mulatto, and a 2 yo male mulatto.
The Codicil

Robert Kelly, at the time he wrote his will, believed he could easily arrange for two of his slaves to be freed. Within two years he was writing a codicil to the will as he expected a new constitution to be adopted by Virginia which would make it impossible to carry out his wishes.

This codicil makes me wonder how many slave holders changed their minds about freeing their enslaved people because of the laws of their state?

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Cato, Sold on Christmas Day 1821

On Christmas Day, one hundred and ninety-five years ago, Sophia and her child as well as a boy named Cato were sold in estate sales in Nicholas County, (West) Virginia.

William Hamilton (1795-1821) died about a month after his sister Jane. His inventory and sale were recorded at the same time as Jane’s which were shared last month in the post releasing Sophia and her child.

William Hamilton owned a man named Cato as seen in the Inventory & Appraisal of his personal estate:

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Citation: “West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18231-21772-76?cc=1909099 : accessed 20 January 2016), Nicholas > Will book, v. 001 1820-1899 > image 18 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

William Hamilton
Inventory & Appraisal
(in margin)

We the Subscribers agreeable to an an order of the
Worshipfull the County Court of Nicholas County,
the November term 1821 of Said Court being first
Duly Sworn have proceed to appraise the personal
estate of William Hamilton Dec’d as produced
to us by Robert Kelly & John Mc. Hamilton the
administrators on said Estate to wit, on the
18th day of December 1821
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $ – Cts
one Negro man named Cato . . . . . 400 – 00
Watch & Chain . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .20 – 00
one pair of Saddle Bags . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 – 00
one horse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 – 00
one Bed & furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17 – 00
one Book History of America . . . . . . . .  – 75
one Sword & Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 – 00
tow appletts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 – 00
one pair of spears . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . – 75
one Saddle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12 – 00
two Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 – 50
Razor Box & Razor . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 – 00

. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Samuel Neil
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Groves
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Nathaniel Foster
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . John Fitzwater
. . . . . . . . . . . . Sworn to before me Edward Rion
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . R. Kelly . . . . . . . . . .adminst
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . J. Mc. Hamilton . . adminst.

At the time of the sale of the estate which took place on Christmas Day in 1821, Cato was described as a boy and sold to William Hamilton’s brother-in-law and partner Robert Kelly:

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Citation: “West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18231-21768-88?cc=1909099 : accessed 20 January 2016), Nicholas > Will book, v. 001 1820-1899 > image 29 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

W. Hamilton . . . .An account of the Sale of the Estate of William Hamilton Dec’s on
account of sale . . . . . . .the 25th of December 1821 to wit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $
Robert Hamilton . . . . 1 Saddle of the appraisement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 – 00
. . . . . ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . .History of America . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  – 75
Robert Kelly . . . . . . . . .one negro Boy named Cato . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 505 – 00
. . . . . ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . .one Bed & furniture, the head & Layings Excepted . . 15 – 00
. . . . . “. . . . . . . . . . . . . . Two Books . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 – 75
Miss Mary A. Hamilton . . one Horse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .65 – 00
Edwar Rion Guardian . . 1 Watch : . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .22 – 00
of David Hamilton
Robert Kelly . . . . . . . . . 1 Pair Saddle Bags by appr. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 -00
. . . . . ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Appaulett. . . . . . . . .do. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8 – 00
. . . . . ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 pr.  Spears. . . . . . . . .do. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . – 75
John Hamilton . . . . . . . 1 Sword & Belt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .12 – 00
. . . . . ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1 Epauten . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 – 00
                                                    R. Kelly
                                                    J. Mc. Hamilton administrators

Jane Laverty Hamilton (1793-1821) and William Hamilton (1795-1821) were two children of John Hamilton (1748-1818) and Rebekah Laverty (1765-1811). In 1820 their older married brother Robert Hamilton had three slaves in his household, two males under 14 years of age and one male 45 years or older. There were several white adults in the household but since Jane had a female slave she was probably not in this household. Robert was the only Hamilton on the 1820 census. One or more of his unmarried brothers, perhaps William, may have been in this household.

Jane and William’s older sister Margaret was married to Robert Kelly who had five slaves in his household, one male under 14 years of age and four females between 14 and 25 years of age. As in Robert Hamilton’s household, there were several white adults in Robert Kelly’s. It is more than likely that Jane was in this household as it also included a female enslaved person who may have been Sophia who was released in last month’s post.

William may have been in either household as both included male slaves under the age of 14 years. As Cato was seen as a man in the inventory and then as a boy when he was sold, he could have been nearly 14 in 1820. It is more than likely that William and Cato were in the household of Robert Kelly as the brothers-in-law were partners in the firm Kelly & Hamilton. The inventory and appraisal of the estate of the firm Kelly & Hamilton followed the inventory and appraisal of the estate of William Hamilton and did not include any slaves. As seen above in the sale of the estate, Robert Kelly became the slave holder of Cato.

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Sophia and Her Child

Releasing one Negro Woman and child mentioned in the inventory of the estate of Jane Hamilton presented to the Court of Nicholas County, (West) Virginia, during the November term of 1821.

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Citation: “West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18231-21651-60?cc=1909099 : accessed 20 January 2016), Nicholas > Will book, v. 001 1820-1899 > image 17 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

In the left margin:
Jane Hamilton
Inventory & appt

We the Subscribers agreeable to an order of the Worshipful the
County Court of Nicholas at the November term 1821 of
Said Court being first duly sworn have proceeded to appraise
the personal Estate of Jane Hamilton Dec’d – as produced
to us by Robert Kelly & John Mc. Hamilton The administra-
=tors on said Estate to wit, on the 18th day of December 1821
                                                                  $ – Cents
one Negro woman & child                  425=00
Saddle Sddle (sic) bags & Bridle           17=00
Bed Stead Bed & beding                        40=00
one Wheel                                                 3=00
one Set of Silver tea spoons                    6=00
one trunk                                                     2=00
Morses Geography                                    0=75
Wool & Cotton & thread                         11=00
Callico for a quilt                                       3=00
one Umbrilla                                               2=50

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Citation: “West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18231-21772-76?cc=1909099 : 22 June 2016), Nicholas > Will book, v. 001 1820-1899 > image 18 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

                                                  Samuel Neil
                                                  John Groves
                                                  Nathaniel Foster
                                                  John Fitzwater
Sworn to before me Edward Rion

The inventory of the Estate of Jane Hamilton was sold on 25 December 1821. The enslaved woman and child are seen as Sophia & child and were sold to Jane’s brother John Hamilton for $585.

jane-hamilton-estate-sale
Citation: “West Virginia Will Books, 1756-1971,” database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/pal:/MM9.3.1/TH-1-18231-21768-88?cc=1909099 : accessed 20 January 2016), Nicholas > Will book, v. 001 1820-1899 > image 29 of 158; county courthouses, West Virginia.

Jane Hamilton
a/c                                     Jane Hamilton’s Estate, an account of the sale thereof
Sale                                    on the 25 of December 1821 by the Admtr. to wit
                                                                                                            $  Ct.
Polly Hamilton . . . . . . . . 1 Spindle Wheel Inventry . . . . . . . . . . .3 00
John Hamilton . . . . . . . . Sophia & Child . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 585 00
Polly Hamilton . . . . . . . . Saddle wo. Bridle & Saddlebags Inventry . .17 00
      ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Bed & furniture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46 00
      ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Set of Tea Spoons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 87 1/2
      ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1 Trunk . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3 00
      ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Wool & Cotton thd. Invy . . . . . . . . . . . 11 00
Robert Hamilton . . . . . . Morses Geography Invy . . . . . . . . . . . . . .75
Miss Mary A. Hamilton . 1 Umbrella . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 50
      ” . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Callico for a quilt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 00
                                                                                 R. Kelly
                                                                                 J. Mc. Hamilton   Adtrs.

Jane Laverty Hamilton (1793-1821) was the daughter of John Hamilton (1748-1818) and Rebekah Laverty (1765-1811). In 1820 her older married brother Robert Hamilton had three slaves in his household, two males under 14 years of age and one male 45 years or older. There were several white adults in the household but since Jane had a female slave she was probably not in this household. Robert was the only Hamilton on the 1820 census. One or more of his unmarried brothers may have been in this household.

Jane’s older sister Margaret was married to Robert Kelly who had five slaves in his household, one male under 14 years of age and four females between 14 and 25 years of age. As in Robert Hamilton’s household, there were several white adults in Robert Kelly’s. It is more than likely that Jane was in this household as it also included a female enslaved person who may have been Sophia.

William Hamilton died about a month after his sister Jane. His inventory and sale were recorded at the same time as Jane’s and will be shared next month.

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True's statementFollowing my three part series on the slaves of my 5th grand-father James Sims during Black History Month in February 2015 I made a commitment to write a post on a monthly basis until I’ve RELEASED all of the names of slaves owned by my ancestors or owned by persons I’ve researched who were relatives or neighbors of my ancestors. These posts are part of the Slave Name Roll Project which can be found on Schalene Jennings Dagutis’ blog Tangled Roots and Trees

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Jinney (Johnson) SLAUGHTER 1803-1879

In the Last Will and Testament of Henry Honaker (1795-1863) transcribed in Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Jinney, Aaron, Hannah, James, Peggy, Abby, and Charles, Henry wrote:

When the Executors have sold the property and collected the money and paid all just debts and expences then I wish them to retain money enough in their hands to pay all expences of taking care of my old black woman Jinney, during her life.

Why am I repeating a name I have already released? Ta Lee, who I have been corresponding with, has researched the Honaker slaves as they marry into her Hall line. Like any good researcher she has applied the FAN Principle (Friends, Associates, and Neighbors) to answer questions she has for her enslaved families.

She pointed out to me that I had missed a very important clue in the chancery records in which I found the last will and testament of Henry Honaker. I thought 1. she meant I had overlooked something in the will or 2. the copy in the chancery records may have not been a true copy of the original. But these were not the case. Ta pointed out that I failed to notice documents included in the chancery package which give more information on the slave named Jinney.

Ta caught me not being thorough. I had not read all of the 228 pages of the chancery package as I had only been interested in transcribing the will included in the file. I went through the records again and found the documents Ta was hinting about.

Support of Jinney

As was required by her slaveholder in his will, Jinney was supported by the Henry Honaker estate. Slips of paper were found in the chancery package documenting the monies which were received by Jinney‘s husband Barnet “Barney” Slaughter for her support in 1868, 1869, 1870, and 1871.

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[http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=155-1881-015 : image 115]
We do hereby certify that by the direction
of John S. Draper we paid to Barnet
Slaughter fifty Dollars for keeping his
wife Jinney through the year 1868 and that
the said J. S. Draper settled the amount with
us.        Given under our hand this
9th day of August 1870.
                                         James D. Calfee
                                          Joshua A. Holmes

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Received of John S. Draper and
John C. Graham Executors of Henry Honaker
Dec’d fifty Dollars for the support of my
wife Jinnie (for whom provision is made by
the last will and testament of said Honaker)
this is for the year 1868 and by the hands of
Messrs. Calfee and Holmes. Given under my
hand this the 11th day of August 1870.
Teste                                         his
Wm B. Calfee               Barnet  X Slaughter
                                                 mark

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Received of John S. Draper
and John C. Graham Exevutors
of Henry Honaker Dec’d fifty Dollars
for the maintenance of my wife Jinnie
for whom provision is made by sd Honaker
in his last will and testament. This is
for the year 1869. Given under my hand
this 24th day of November 1869.
                                          his
Teste                      Barnet X Slaughter
Margaret I. Draper      mark

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Received of John S. Draper twenty five Dollars
for the support of my wife Jinnie for whom
provision is made in the last will and testa-
ment of Henry Honaker Dec’d, it being for
the first half of the year 1870. Given under
my hand this the 22th day of August 1870.
Teste                                        his
Wm B. Calfee           Barnet X Slaughter
                                                mark        

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December the 17, 1870
Janie Slughter. Received of
J. A. Holmes Seventy five Dollars
for his seport ordered By John S. Draper
Administer of Henry Honaker Dec’d.
                                    his
                      Barney X Slughter
                                mark

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February 7 day 1871
Mr. John S. Draper please send
me by Moses Slaughter 100 pounds
of Baean (sic) and 10 bushels of wheat
by Soaaing(?) you will Oblege me
                                Barnet Slauter

The above slips of paper are likely the vouchers referred to in the following:

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John C. Graham and John S. Draper will be due to the estate the sum of $51.04 as of the 15th day of October 1874. The said Executors are required by the will of the testator after paying all debts and expenses to retain sufficient sums no then hand to pay for the support and maintenance of his old black woman Jinnie during her life. The amount paid yearly for her maintenance for the last several years has been $25.00 per year. And if no greater amount is required for her support yearly in the future, your Commissioner is of opinion that the Exors should retain for the maintenance of the said Jinnie about the sum of $372.71 providing that your Honor does not allow the accounts of Waller B. Staples and Baskerville & Walker. But should your Honor allow those accounts these will only be the sum of $51.04 which will only support the said Jinnie for two years. I would respectively state that John S. Draper one of the Exors stated before your Commissioner that the yearly amount paid for the support of the said Jinnie is fifty dollars instead of twenty five dollars. Your Commissioner could not find vouchers in the settlement of the Exors “CC” for fifty dollars per year. Your Comm. would state here that he believes the statement of John S. Draper to be true and correct and the said Jinnie being now supported by one Barney Slaughter, a colored man. It is more than probable that he has not presented his claim properly before the Executors for settlement. 

Source:
Chancery Records Index
Locality: Pulaski County
Index Number: 1881-015
Plaintiff(s): Admr of William Hoge, Exrs of Henry Honaker
Defendant(s): Admr. of William Hoge Etc., Exrs of Henry Honaker Etc.
Surname(s) : Aaron~, Abby~, Allison, Breeding, Charles~, Comer, Draper, Fugate, Galbreath, Graham, Hannah~, Hoge, Honaker, James~, Jordan, Kirkner, Newman, Peggy~, Shaffer, Summers
Wills: 1863 Henry Honaker of Pulaski County, Virginia (images 145-151)
Format: Scanned (228 images)
http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=155-1881-015

Why Are These Documents Important?

When we research our ancestors documents reveal information we may not notice on first glance. In the vouchers, the relationship of Jinney to Henry Honaker is not clearly stated. However, if we go back to the will mentioned, we see she was an enslaved person of Henry Honaker. These little slips of paper also give genealogical information. Jinney was the wife of Barnet or Barney Slaughter. They were written and signed after the Civil War when Jinney was a free person and clearly state Barney Slaughter was her husband.

Jinney came to Henry Honaker (1795-1863) through the last will and testament of his father Henry HONAKER (1756-1830) in 1830.  [Source: The Honaker Family in America, a book edited by Frieda Patrick Davison, 1998 © The National Association of Hans Jacob Honaker Families.]

Jinney’s name was spelled Jinney, Jinnie, Janie, and Jennie. She died 30 May 1879 in Pulaski County, Virginia. At the time of her death, her name was given as Jennie Slaughter on her death record. She was 76 years old, a housekeeper, daughter of Peter Johnson and Hannah, and wife of Barney Slaughter. [Source: Ancestry.com. Virginia, Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917.]

Barney predeceased his wife Jinney, dying on 14 July 1875 in Pulaski County, Virginia. He was born in Richmond City and was 78 years old at the time of death. [Source: Ancestry.com. Virginia, Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917.]

Another record was found to support Jinney’s maiden name, the name of her husband, and a parental relationship to the deceased. Dilsy Miller, a black, female, age 73 died in Dublin, Pulaski County, Virginia, on 19 October 1912. Her parents were listed as Barnett Slaughter and Jennie Johnson. [Source: Ancestry.com. Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014.]

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING 30 Slaves of Pulaski County, Virginia

The enslaved Pack family I wrote about in my July post, Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Amy, Addison, Henry and his Enslaved Family, was recognized by Ta Lee who wrote: “Such a surprise when True A Lewis shared your blog posting. I was totally in shock. These are my folks!!! I have more info on Henry Pack. The Halls are my family. Margaret Pack nee Hall was the sister to my grandfather’s grandmother.”

In August I continued with the Honaker slaves in the post Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Jinney, Aaron, Hannah, James, Peggy, Abby, and Charles. I wanted to do them because Ta wrote, “These people are my people too!” It has been so rewarding to make a connection with a descendant of an enslaved person I’ve written about.

I missed my deadline for my September post, but better late than never, here are the names of the 30 Honaker slaves found in The Honaker Family in America, a book edited by Frieda Patrick Davison, 1998 © The National Association of Hans Jacob Honaker Families. Please refer to the August post in which the three generations of Henry Honaker’s were discussed.

In the section of the book on Henry Honaker (1756-1830), the three generations of this family who owned slaves are listed with a chart of slaves’ names with birth, mother, and death data. They are listed in alphabetical order. I am listing them in order of birth.

RELEASING
(name of owner in parenthesis)
Amy b. ca. 1785 died Feb 1857 at the age of 62
Aaron b. ca. 1800 d. Oct 1854 at the age of 54 years of dropsy
Lewis b. ca. 1833 died at the age of 24 years (abt. 1857)
Sampson b. ca. 1843 d. 7 Jun 1860 at the age of 17 years
Charles b. 26 Feb 1854 son of Agness (Henry Honaker)
Daniel b. Nov 1855 son of Dilsey (Henry Honaker)
Elizabeth b. Feb 1857 daughter of Dilsey (Henry Honaker)
Jack Jackson b. Sep 1857 son of Agness (Henry Honaker)
Lewis b. 18 Sep 1858 son of Ann (Henry Honaker Jr.)
Isaac b. 18 Dec 1858 son of Leticia (Henry Honaker)
Jane b. 28 Dec 1858 daughter of Hannah (Henry Honaker)
David b. 8 Apr 1859 son of Hannah (Henry Honaker)
Randal b. 7 July 1859 son of Hannah (Henry Honaker Jr.)
George Wash b. 7 Oct 1859 son of Annie Amy (Henry Honaker Jr.)
June Jane b. 11 Nov 1859 daughter of Agness (Henry Honaker)
Mary b. 11 Nov 1859 daughter of Dilsey (Henry Honaker)
Margaret b. 25 Nov 1859 daughter of Agness
Gus b. 7 Feb 1861 son of Ann
Sampson b. 28 Apr 1861 son of Agness
Leticia b. 6 Jun 1861 daughter of Dilsey
Floyd b. 7 Apr 1862 son of Amy d. 8 Oct 1862 at the age of 5 mos. 27 days
Jane b. 1 Jul 1862 d. 3 Oct 1862 at the age of 3 mos. 2 days of diphtheria
Anderson b. 21 Dec 1862 son of Matilda

The source of the names in the chart from the Honaker book is not given. Ta Lee wrote, “The names in the book are some the same ones in the will. Looks like some the book information came from the slave birth registry as well…..I hope this helps for the next post. I’m super excited!”

I checked Ancestry’s Pulaski County, Virginia Births, 1853-93 and was able to add the name of the owner (in parenthesis) and correct two first names. Dates given on the chart match the indexed birth records (images are not available). The years 1861-1863 are missing in the collection due to the Civil War. The deaths noted above were not found in Ancestry’s Virginia, Deaths and Burials Index, 1853-1917.

By listing them in order of birth I discovered there may have been some mothers with the same name. Four children were born to Dilsey between 1855-1861. Agness had five children between 1854-1861, however, two children were born so close in 1859 that it is possible that there were two mothers named Agness. Note: Margaret, d/o Agness, was not found in the Pulaski births. Ann had children in 1858 and 1861. Amy had children in 1859 and 1862. Leticia had a son in 1858. Matilda had a son in 1862. Hannah had three children in 1858-1859 during a period of a little more than 6 months which suggests there may have been three mothers with the name Hannah. After adding the name of the owner, it would appear that Henry Honaker had two slaves named Hannah and Henry Honaker Jr. was the owner of the third.

Per the slave schedules prepared at the time of the census, Henry Honaker had 23 slaves in 1850 and 22 in 1860 while his nephew Henry Honaker Jr. had 6 slaves in 1850 and 10 slaves in 1860. The ages and gender of the enslaved people on the schedules need to be analyzed and compared with the names of children born between 1850-1860 and the names of slaves given in the will of Henry Honaker (1795-1863). This may give a more clear picture of the family groups similar to the a post I wrote last year during Family History Month.

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Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Jinney, Aaron, Hannah, James, Peggy, Abby, and Charles

The enslaved family I wrote about in last month’s post Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING Amy, Addison, Henry and his Enslaved Family was recognized by Ta Lee who wrote: “Such a surprise when True A Lewis shared your blog posting. I was totally in shock. These are my folks!!! I have more info on Henry Pack. The Halls are my family. Margaret Pack nee Hall was the sister to my grandfather’s grandmother.”

Ta (rhymes with day) and I did email. I told her I planned on sharing Henry Honaker’s will in my August post. She said, “These people are my people too!” It has been so rewarding to make a connection with a descendant of an enslaved person I’ve written about.

My 5th great-grandfather Hans Jacob HONEGGER was the father of 14 children with his second wife Maria GOETZ whom he married in 1753 after his 1749 arrival in America. The wife and son who travelled with him died at sea in 1749. Hans Jacob and Maria’s second son Henry was a slaveholder as were his sons and his grandson.

Generation 1:

Henry HONAKER b. 1756 d. 1830 (I don’t have the will, the excerpts below are from The Honaker Family in America, a book edited by Frieda Patrick Davison, 1998 © The National Association of Hans Jacob Honaker Families)

Henry bequeathed his two sons, Jesse and Henry, Jr., “…all my lands in Draper’s Valley which I am in possession of at this time to be divided between them in the following manner…” The manner directed that a partition line, designated in the will, be run north and south through the farm. The land on the west of the line went to Jesse, along with slaves Ephriam, Peter, Will and Reny. The land on the east of the line (on which sat the stone house) went to Henry, Jr., along with slaves Aaron, Jenney, Samuel, and Peter, Jr.
To his wife Edith, Henry left “…my negro man, Thomas, and all my stock of horses, cattle, sheep and pigs, and all my household and kitchen furniture not heretofore disposed of, also the stone house and one half the garden during her natural life, also at her death an equal division between my two sons, Jesse and Henry, of all the personal estate left to her, if any remains.

Generation 2:

1. Jesse Honaker (b. 1789 d. 1869) was the son of Henry and his first wife Ann Baker. Jesse had one son Henry and several daughters per supplements to the Honaker book. In addition to the slaves he had inherited from his father, Jesse owned at least two other slaves — Gilly, daughter of Arena, born in 1855, and probably Arena.

2. Henry Honaker Jr. (b. 1795 d. 1863) was the son of Henry and his second wife Edith Smith. He did not have children with his wife Sarah “Sally” Calfee. He left half of his estate to his grandnephew John Honaker, son of Henry Honaker Jr.*

Generation 3:

Henry Honaker (b. 1819 d. 1869) was the son of Jesse Honaker and the nephew of Henry Honaker Jr. He was also the husband of Rachel Byrnside Pack whose parents Samuel Pack and Sarah Wyatt were slaveholders in last month’s post. I don’t have his will which was written in 1867 per the Honaker Family Newsletter, Fall 1997, page 6. It is not abstracted in the Honaker book or newsletter. As Henry wrote it and died after the Civil War it would not have names of slaves.

*Note: After the death of the first Henry (b. 1756) in 1830, his grandson Henry (b. 1819) was known as Henry Honaker Jr. to distinguish him from the second Henry (b. 1795). The use of Junior caused a bit of confusion and is the reason I listed the three generations above.

RELEASING
Ephriam, Peter, Will, Reny, Aaron*, Jenney*, Samuel, Peter Jr., Thomas
Gilly and Arena
Jinney*, Aaron*, Hannah and her three children James, Peggy & Abby, and Charles
* slave names seen in 1830 and 1863 wills.

Last Will and Testament of Henry Honaker (1795-1863)

HenryHonakerWillpage1I Henry Honaker of Drapers Valley in in (sic) the County of Pulaski
and State of Virginia, do hereby make, constitute and ordain
this my last will and Testament, hereby revoking all other and
former Wills heretofore made by me.
1st. I direct that so soon after my decease as my Executors (herein=
after Named) shall think is advisable, there as much of my live
stock, and if necessary of My other personal property not herein
otherwise particularly disposed of to be Sold as will be sufficient
to pay all my just debts expences (sic) of administration & a
2nd I give to my wife Sallie Honaker during her natural
life the plantation on which I now live in Drapers Valey (sic) and
all my land adjoining the same. I also give her during her life
as aforesaid the following Slaves (viz) Aaron, Hannah and her
three children James, Peggy & Abby and the increase of the females
if any.
3rd I give to my sd [said] wife Sally Honaker and her heirs and
assigns forever the following property (to wit) all of the lands I
purchased of Sam T. Calfee in the County of Wythe. Also 3 head
of Horses, six head of Cattle, twenty head of Sheep, twenty head of
hogs, three beds and bedsteads and bedding sufficient to make and
keep them comfortable, 1 Table, six chairs, one Secretary and ?
press, it is my will that my wife shall have the privelige (sic) of choos=
ing from all the stock and household furniture I may have at
the time of my decease the above mentioned stock and furniture.
I also give to my sd wife and her heirs forever such farming utensils
kitchenware, spring houseware and loom house fixtures as my
Executors shall think necessary for the conform and convenience of her
family. I also give to my sd wife my two clocks and desire her
to leave them to some person that she thinks will keep them together

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as they were imported from Germany to this Country together. And in
case any aforesaid wife shall die before I do then and in that
case I give the property I have given to her and her heirs forever to
the following persons, (to wit) I give the lands I bought of S. T. Calfee
to her Brother James D. Calfee and his heirs forever provided he will
pay to Joshua A. Holmes, James R. Holmes, John Holmes, William Holmes,
Wilson D. Holmes, one hundred dollars each and the heirs of Jane
Miller decd formerly Jane Holmes, one hundred dollars, and also pay
to James Calfee, Emily Calfee, Henry Calfee, Amanda J. Calfee, Wm Davis
Calfee, John H. Calfee, Calvin J. Calfee, Leander S. Calfee, Mary M. Calfee, Rhoda J.Calfee,
Augusta A. Calfee and Monroe H. Calfee, the children of Evelina Calfee
each two Hundred and twenty five dollars and the stock, household &
Kitchen furniture & a to be equally divided between the four daughters
of Nancy Howard (viz) Patsey Allison, Centhia, Rhoda & Shophia Howard
and I also wish my sd wife to take my little black boy Charles and
keep him as long as she lives and then he is to live with which
ever of My legatees he may choose without them paying anything
for him, more than to clothe him and pay any expences (sic) his may be
to them.
4th I give the land I own in the upper grid of Drapers Valley
known as the Olinger tract to George H. Comer and his wife, during
their lives and at their death to their children.
5th I give to the children of Jefferson R. Fugate, Bartram Galbreath,
and Joseph Shaffer and John Honaker, son of Henry Honaker junr.
the whole of my estate not otherwise disposed of. The same to be dis=
posed in the following manner (to wit) The children of Jefferson R.
Fugate to have one fourth part, the children of Bartrum Galbreath to
have one fourth part, the children of Joseph Shaffer to have one fourth part
and John Honaker to have the other fourth part.
6th I give to the children of J. R. Fugate the land I own in the County
of Raleigh which to be sold to them at two thousand dollars.
7th I give to the children of Bartram Galbreath my plantation on which
John Black now lives, known as Story(?) Battery which place is to be
sold to them at seven hundred dollars.
8th I give to John Honaker son of Henry Honaker Jr. at the death of my
wife, the plantation on which I now live and all my lands adjoining
the same and if the sd John Honaker should die without heirs then
his next oldest Brother to have it, which place I sale to him at ten
thousand five hundred dollars.
9th I wish my executors to rent out the land I have given to my wife
and her heirs forever and the land I give to the children of Bartrum
Galbreath until my wife’s decease, and that they the lands may _?_
be _?_ I wish them to be farmed according to the improved mode
of farming in this country that is, to be kept in grass at least four
years out of every six.
I wish them also to dispose of all my personal property ?
herein before disposed of other than the Slaves to the best advantage
either publicly or privately as they may choose and as I desire that
my slaves after my decease may fall into the hands of good trustees
I desire that my Executors may allow them to choose their own Mas=
ters, and if they choose any person who is unwilling to give the amount
they are appraised at, that they the executors reduce the ?
till they take off one third part, and ? such credit or credits
as they may think proper and I desire in any case ? the said slaves
may be sold to said person they desire to go to and I wish them
to be sold as much in families as possible, the mothers choosing for
their own children then under 18 years of age.
When the Executors have sold the property and collected the money

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and paid all just debts and expences then I I (sic) wish them to ret?
money enough in their hands to pay all expences of taking care of
my old black woman Jinney, during her life.
I desire my executors to hold the money in their hands or leave it
out as they may think best and pay to the children as they come of
age, so that each ones children may receive as much as another
and if the land I have given any of them is more than their
share they are to pay to the other as I wish my land that I
have given to J.R. Fugate, Bartram Galbreath and John Honaker
and my other property to be equally divided in four parts and
each part to be divided so as each ones children may fare equally
except the little boy of J. R. Fugate who is crippled, whose name
is Henry I wish him to have as much as either too of
brothers or sisters.
The Slaves I have herein given to my wife during her life I
wish to be disposed of, at her death in the said way as I have
directed for any other slaves to be disposed of.
I desire that the following Gentlemen be appointed to appraise
my property (viz) Robt D. Martin, Anthony Owens, Jas M. Crocket, Robt
Graham.
I desire the following gentlemen may be my Executors (viz)
John B. Baskerville, John S. Draper, Charles L. Fox, and John C. Graham
In witness whereof I have herewith _?_ my name and af=
fixed my seal this 24th day of May 1859.
Henry Honaker Sr. *Seal*
Witness
Robert D. Martin
William I. Martin
Margaret J. Vermillion

HenryHonakerWillpage5I Henry Honaker do make this codicil to my last will and testa=
ment namely. I give and bequeath to Henry Honaker Miller, (a son
of David Miller who married Margaret Honaker, daughter of Joseph
Honaker) the sum of two hundred dollars. Witness my hand and
seal this 12th day of February 1861.
Henry Honaker *Seal*
Signed, recorded, published and declared
in our presence who in the presence of
each other and of the testator and at
his request have hereunto subscribed and named
as witnesses
John B. Baskerville
James D. Calfee

I hereby revoke the above codicil and direct that the legacy given in
it to Henry Honaker Miller, be paid to his mother Margaret Miller
wife of David Miller, Given under my hand this 14th Nov 1861
Henry Honaker
Witness
Edmond P. Lyon
John Baskerville
Virginia At a Court held for the County of Pulaski the 5th day of Feb 1863
The last will and testament of Henry Honaker Decd was entered in
Court and the will was proven by Robert D. Martin and William I. Martin
two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and the first codicil was proven by Jno
B. Baskerville and James D. Calfee the two subscribing witnesses thereto and
ordered to be recorded. And the second codicil was proven by John B. Basker=
ville one of the subscribing witnesses thereto and continued for further
proof.                           A Copy             Teste
Lynch A. Cur? , C.
And at a Court held for the said County the 5th day of March 1863
The last will and testament of Henry Honaker Decd was again pre=

HenryHonakerWillpage6sented in Court and the last codicil was further proven by Edward
F. Lyon a subscribing witness thereto and ordered to be recorded.
A Copy
Teste
Copies                                           Lynch A. Cu? C.
Teste
Robt. D. Gardner, Clerk
Fees $2.50

[Transcribed by Cathy Meder-Dempsey, 12 August 2016 from images 145-151 found on the Library of Virginia site at link below]

Source:
Chancery Records Index
Locality: Pulaski County
Index Number: 1881-015
Plaintiff(s): Admr of William Hoge, Exrs of Henry Honaker
Defendant(s): Admr. of WIlliam Hoge Etc., Exrs of Henry Honaker Etc.
Surname(s) : Aaron~, Abby~, Allison, Breeding, Charles~, Comer, Draper, Fugate, Galbreath, Graham, Hannah~, Hoge, Honaker, James~, Jordan, Kirkner, Newman, Peggy~, Shaffer, Summers
Wills: 1863 Henry Honaker of Pulaski County, Virginia
Format: Scanned (228 images)
http://www.lva.virginia.gov/chancery/case_detail.asp?CFN=155-1881-015

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