Zenos Baldwin, 1800 Deposition,

Davidson County, Tennessee

Depositions from the Estate File of William Ridge

State of Tennessee )
Davidson County   )

In obediance to a Commission to us directed from the Honorable the Judges of the Superior Court of Law and Court of Equity held for the District of Salisbury and State of North Carolina we have proceeded to take the deposition of Zenos BALDWIN of lawful age in a suite now depending in said Court of Equity wherein Jonathan HAINES as the nearest friend of the orphins of Wm Ridge is plaintiff and Wm T. LEWIS, Wm COOK and others are defendants at the house of Mr. John CHILDRESS on the 6th day of December 1800 and he being sworn agreeable to law deposeths and sayeth that he has been acquainted with Wm T. LEWIS one of the present defendants twenty odd years also well knows the negrows now in dispute and that he has ever understood from the year 1780 that Wm Ridge gave to W. T. LEWIS two of said negrows (to wit) SALL and NAN for said LEWIS to put a man in the Continental Servis in the place of his son Godfre RIDGE that was a balloted man into the Nine Months Servis and refusing to march which subjected him to serve three years or during the war as the Deponant beleaves was the the law under which said Trupes was raised-- further sayeth that he has ever understood that said LEWIS did Inlist the man and put him into the Continental Servis and cleared said Godfre son to Wm.

This Deponant further saith that he knows Nan to be in the possession of said LEWIS in the year 1780 and Sall he thinks in the winter of the same year in configurance of the traid afoursaid as this Deponant understood.

This Deponant further sayeth that he was present in the month of April in the year 1780 when Wm T. LEWIS purchased of Thomas AYRES other Negrows now in dispute that is to say CATE and three children belonging to said wench the negrows not being present he gave his son John AYRES a power of Attorney to go and deliver them to said LEWIS which he did on the same day.

This Deponant further sayeth that some time in the month of July 1780 that John BOSTICK Deputy Sheriff of Surry County Executed said negrows (to wit) CATE and her three Children for fees due in a suite brought by Winniford RIDGE in the County afoursaid-- and that he this Deponant understood that the conditions of the sail was such that he that would give most of the shortest term of time was to be the purchase and that on the 13th day of July 1780 said negrows was exposed to sail by said BOSTICK Sheriff as afoursaid but previous to the sail said LEWIS forbid it and told him said BOSTICK that they were his negrows that he had bought and paid for them. Bostick said that he would tell that Joseph WILLIAMS which was then Clerk of Surry County had blamed him for returning the Execution nothing found when he said that there several negrows upon which the negrows was ?bot up and sold for ten years and said LEWIS purchased them and said that he wanted to give what they sold for rather when they should be Taken out of his possession.

Question asked the Deponant: do you know the carrictors of Thomas COODY Wm COODY Godfre COODY John COOMBS Wm COOMS Mason COMBS or the carrictors of the COODYS or COMBS in general if your relate it. Answered by the Deponant that were generally called disaffected to the American Cause and that most of them went off to the Brittish and Thomas COODY said to be a Captain of them and they were generally said to be rogish having murdered. Some of the COMBS was said to have murdered a Mr. Bradley in Macklinburg County No Carolina and that said Bradleys gun & silver buttins was found in possession of said COMBS.

Question the 2nd. Do you know anything of a Thomas RIDGE and if you do relate when you first saw or hearn of him and what was his carrictor. Answered I lived in the neighbourhood of said LEWIS and Wm. RIDGE and I never saw nor hearn of Thomas RIDGE until after the Battle of Kings Mountain and that was long after Wm. RIDGE joined the Tories and was said to have been killed and that he was said to be a House Burner and a man of most infamous carrictor.

Question the 3rd. Do you know of any other children of Wm Ridge then is said to be in the complainants said Bill of Complaint. Answered I do. well remember Godfre RIDGE, Wm RIDGES eldest son and his daughter Nancy claimed or acknowledged by him said Ridge as his children.

and further this Deponant saith not.

Zenas Baldwin

We do certify that the above Zenith Baldwin sworn & interrogated at the house of John Childress in the 6th day of December 1800 before us.

E. Gamble, J.P.

Robt. Hewitt.

References Cited

NC State Library and Archives, CR085.508.136, Estate Records, Rowan Co., NC, Folder: William Ridge (1785)

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