Depositions from the Estate File of William Ridge
State of Tennessee )
Hawkins County )
In Obediance to a Commmission to us directed from the Honorable the Judges of the court of Equity held for the district of Salisbury and State of North Carolinia we have proceeded to take the deposition of Mr. Michael BACON of lawfull age in a certain matter of controversy in the said Court of Equity depending wherein Jonathan HAINS as the next Friend of the Orphans of William RIDGE is Plaintiff and William Terrell LEWIS and others are defendants and he being sworn agreeable to law deposeth and saith that he is well acquainted with William T. LEWIS one of the present defendants and with the Family of William RIDGE and with the contract made between the said William T. LEWIS and William RIDGE.
That the said William RIDGE gave to William T Lewis two Negro Girls one bythe name of SALL and the other by the name of NAN for him the said Wm T. LEWIS to enlist a man and put him into the continental Service in the place of the said William RIDGE son Godfrey RIDGE that was a balloted man in the nine months service and refusing to march subjected him to serve three years or during the war in the Continental Service as this deponant believes was the act of Assembly of North Carolina. This deponant further saith that in consequence of the contract that was made as aforesaid between the said Wm T. LEWIS and William RIDGE that the said LEWIS did receive of Wm RIDGE one of the Negro Girls mentioned as above (to wit NAN) in the spring of the year in the month of May one thousand seven hundred and eighty and that said RIDGE was to deliver SALL but some time after said RIDGE joined the Tories and went off and that there was a Captain Cloud that raised a Company to pursue them and this deponant understood he came across the before mentioned Negro Girl SALL and sent her home to his own house some where on the waters of Dan River and that it was several months before William T LEWIS got her.
This deponant saith that from the contract aforesaid that the said Godfrey RIDGE son of William RIDGE remained at home in peace and was not after that called upon to serve, This deponant further saith that in the spring of the year 1780 William T LEWIS had a Bill of Sale of William RIDGE for the before mentioned two Negroes now in dispute SALL and NANN and that in the same year 1780 that the said William T LEWIS was robbed by one John GOINGS and one Nicholas COMBS. GOINGS is a Brother in law to William RIDGE and COMBS is a nephew to said RIDGE and that they had destroyed a great many of his papers and he supposed the bill of sale that he had got from William RIDGE among the rest that the robbers had torn and scattered said LEWIS' papers over the floor and that said LEWIS' overseer had bundled said LEWIS' papers up in a bundle and taken them to Major LEWIS in Wilks County and he shortly after understood that William T LEWIS had made search for said Bill of Sale but had not found it. This deponant was afterwards informed by William T LEWIS that he had made application to Winney RIDGE wife to William RIDGE John FEILDER son in law to the said William RIDGE and Godfrey RIDGE William RIDGE's son for them to give another bill of sail for said two Negroes they well knowing said LEWIS had enlisted a man and put him in said Godfrey RIDGE's place and complied with his contract with the said William RIDGE, and this deponant understood they had given said LEWIS another Bill of Sale for said SALL and NAN in consequence of his supposing he had lost the first and a considerable time after they had given the second, this deponant was informed by William T LEWIS found the first that was given to him by William RIDGE among some old payrols of his at his fathers Major LEWIS in Wilks County. This deponant saith that he lived in Capt. Salathiel Martins Company in the year 1780 in the County of Surry and State of North Carolina and that he had never known a Thomas RIDGE in that part of the Country nor in that Company and is also perfect and fully convinced that the said Thomas RIDGE knew nothing of the contract that was made between William T LEWIS and Wm RIDGE for SALL and NAN the said two Negroes, nor of Winney RIDGE, John FEILDER and Godfrey RIDGE'S giving Wm T. LEWIS a second bill of sale for said Negroes when he said LEWIS supposed he had lost the one got of William RIDGE when John GOINGS & had robbed him.
This deponant further gives for reasons that the said Wm RIDGE joined the Tories in the summer of the year 1780 and was said to have been killed in a battle against the Whigs at the Hangin Rock in South Carolina the same year.
This deponant further saith that the said Thomas RIDGE worked with him this deponant at his house in the fall of the year 1798 and that this deponant inquired of him to know if he was related to William RIDGE formerly of Surry County North Carolina. The said Thomas made answer that he was some what related but that he had not been in that part of the Country for many years untill the winter after the Battle of Kings Mountain which was in the year 1780 and that he had been in the State of South Carolina and Georgia and was in the Service under one Captain ROUNDTREE and was wounded in the back in an action at Augusta in the State of Georgia in the aforesaid year 1780-
This deponant saith that he hath reasons to believe that the said two Negroes bath been in the ossession of said William T LEWIS ever since.
Question 1st asked the deponant do you know any thing of the characters of John COMBS Jeremiah COMBS Thomas CODY Godfrey CODEY William CODY, John STACY or the characters of the COMBS or CODYS and STACYS in General If you do relate them
Answer They were generally disaffected and the most of them took and active part in favour of the British Some of the COMBS murdered a Mr. Bradley in Mecklenburg County No Carolinia and was detected by finding in their possession the gun and sleeve buttens belonging to the deceased-- and in Short they were charged with horse stealing and many other acts of vilany which this deponant believes to be true.
Question 2d. Do you know any thing of any other children of William RIDGES than is mentioned in the Complainants Bill of Complaint-
Answer I do know there was Godfrey RIDGE and Nancy RIDGE two elder Children of William RIDGE
Question 3d. Do you know any thing of Nathan ALLIN supporting the Children of William RIDGE after the said Nathan married the widow.
Answer I do that said ALLEN supported them about two years and if he ever was allowed any thing for it I do not remember it.
Question 4th Do you or do you not think that the recovery that was made by William COOK and Jonathan HAINS against William T LEWIS as guardians fo the children of William RIDGE in the County Court of Surry North Carolina was the worth of CATE and her three children
Answer I understood they recovered two hundred and seventy pounds & I know the Wench CATE to be verry frail and think it more than their value and further this deponant saith not. Sworn to and subscribed before us this 28th day of July in the year of Our Lord 1804
Michael (his Mark) Bacon
John Hamblen J. P. (seal)
Philmer Green J.P. (seal)
We the subscribing Justices fo the Peace of Hawkins County before whome the deposition of MIchael Bacon was taken in the suit depending in the Court of Equity for the District of Salisbury and State of North Carolina wherein Jonathan HAINS as the next friend of the Orphans of William RIDGE is plantiff and Wm T LEWIS and others are defendants Do certify that the Deposition of Michael BAcon was taken at his own house in said county on the 28 th day of July in the year of Our Lord 1804 in witness whereof we have here unto set our hands and seals this day and date above written.
John Hamblen J. P. (seal)
Pilmer Green J. P. (seal)
NC State Library and Archives, CR085.508.136, Estate Records, Rowan Co., NC, Folder: William Ridge (1785)
North Carolina Estate Files 1663-1979, Rowan Co., NC, Folder: William Ridge; viewed 9/9/2012 at www.familysearch.org
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