Daniel Carter, 1804 Deposition, Greene County, Tennessee
Depositions from the Estate File of William Ridge
State of Tennessee or )
Green County )
In obedience to a commission to us directed from the Hon'ble the Judges of the Court of Law and Court of Equity held for the District of Salisbury and State of North Carolinia we have proceeded to take the deposition of Daniel CARTER Esquire of lawful age in a certain matter of controversy in said Court of Equity depending wherein JONATHAN HAINS as the next friend of Wm RIDGES Orphans is Plaintiff and WILLIAM T. LEWIS and others are defendants and he being sworn agreeable to law deposeth and saith,
that he lived in the bounds of Capt. Salathiel MARTINS Company in Surry County No Carolinia at the time the legislature of that State passed a law for the purpose of balloting men into what was called the nine months or new levy service, and that this deponant doth well remember that Godfrey RIDGE son of William RIDGE was one of the men that was drafted and that he lay out and would not serve when subjected him to service three years or during the war as this deponant believes was the law as the Contintental Service. Said RIDGE drafted out of the company aforsaid. This deponant further saith that he well knew a certain mullato girl called NANN that was once the property of William RIDGE to be in the possession of William T. LEWIS in the spring of the year and summer of the year 1780 and an other called SALL in the fall and winter following and that they were as he understood given to William T. LEWIS by William RIDGE for him said LEWIS to enlist a man and put him in to the Continental Service, in place of said William's son Godfrey RIDGE, the said two negroes SALL and NAN two of the negroes now in dispute. This deponant further saith that he thinks to the best of his recollection that in the month of marching the year one thousand sevin hundred and ninety that he this deponant was present and heard Stage COOK prove a Bill of Sale that was given to William T LEWIS by William RIDGE for SALL and NAN two of the negroes now in dispute before Colo. Joseph HARDIN
Question 1st. asted the deponant. Do or do you not know any thing of a Thomas RIDGE in your company. Answered I do not remember any such a man.
Question 2'd. Do you or do you not remember in the year 1780 to have heard that William T LEWIS was robed by one John GOINS, and that he said LEWIS had lost some of his valueable papers. Answered I do and further this deponant saith not. Sworn to before us the subscribing Justices of the Peace for the County aforesaid at the Court house of said County this 4th day of August in the year of Our Lord 1804. In witness whereof we have set our hands and afixed our seals the day and year above written.
Rob't Wyly J. P. (seal)
B'r McNutt J. P. (seal)
We the subsribing Justices of the Peace of Green County before whom the Deposition of DAniel CARTER Esquire was taken in the suite depending in the Court of Equity for the District of Salisbury and State of North Carolinia where in Jonathan HAINS as the next friend of the Orphans of William RIDGE is plaintiff and Wm T LEWIS and others are defandants do certify that the deposition of Daniel CARTER was taken at the Court house of Green County on the 4th day of August 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.
Ro/t Wyly J. P. (seal)
Br McNutt (seal)
NC State Library and Archives, CR085.508.136, Estate Records, Rowan Co., NC, Folder: William Ridge (1785)
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