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Virginia Slave Case]
FOUR DOCUMENTS ON THE SUIT BETWEEN JOHN VEST AND JEREMIAH HYLTON, CONCERNING OWNERSHIP OF THE SLAVE MARIA. VEST "WAS POSSESSED OF A NEGRO GIRL SLAVE NAMED MARIA IN THE VALUE OF ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS. THE SAID SLAVE INTO THE HAND & POSSESSION OF THE DEFENDANT BY FINDING CAME & NOTWITHSTANDING THE DEFENDANT WELL KNEW THE SAID SLAVE TO BE THE PROPERTY OF THE PLAINTIFF. ALTHO OFTEN REQUESTED THE SAID SLAVE TO THE PLAINTIFF, THE DEFENDANT REFUSED TO DELIVER." DOCUMENTS ARE DATED 1816-1818, AND INCLUDE A CRUDELY DRAFTED MANUSCRIPT COMPLAINT, BOND OF APPEARANCE, SUMMONS, AND RECEIPT OF FEES
Bedford County, Virginia, 1818. Four documents, average size, 6" x 7". The bond is preprinted and completed in ink manuscript; the other three documents are completely in ink manuscript. Light tanning and wear, old folds, a fold split with archival tape repair on verso [no text loss]. Good+ to Very Good. Documents include: 1] Complaint by John Vest against Jeremiah Hylton signed by J.B. Risque, attorney for plaintiff. [2] A bond of appearance issued to Jeremiah Hylton and Archibald Stratton in amount of $2000 to be void if Hylton appears before the judge on the stated day of October 1816. Signed by Hylton and Stratton with Martin P. Burks as witness. [3] Summons for sheriff of Bedford County to take Jeremiah Hylton to appear before the judge of the superior court to answer Vest. Signed by court clerk J.C. Steptoe [James C. Steptoe] [4] Receipt for fees paid by Vest to the clerk including clerk, attorney, writ, sheriff, witnesses, dated January 16, 1818 The case was settled in Vest's favor, Hylton paid his court fees, and Maria was returned to him. John Vest [b.1795] was the son-in-law of defendant Jeremiah Hylton [1771-1849]; he married Hylton's daughter Charlotte Hylton. James Callaway Steptoe [1781-1827] was a Bedford County plantation owner, captain in the county militia, deputy clerk of the Bedford County Court from 1803 to 1825 [acting as deputy to his father James Steptoe], clerk of the Bedford County Circuit Court from 1809 to 1827, and clerk of the Bedford County Court from 1826 until his death. His estate at the time of death in 1827 was substantial and included 53 … [Click Below for Full Description]
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