Depositions from the Estate File of William Ridge
State of Tennessee )
Green County )
Agreeable to a Didamous petition to us directed from the Honourable the Juges of the Superior Cort of Law and Equity for the District of Salisbury State of North Carolina we have caused to come before us David RUSSELL Esq'r and being duly sworn on the Wholy Evalingalist of almighty God in a certain matter of controversey now depending in s'd Court of Equity for the District of Salisbury in State of No Carolina, wheras Jonathan HANES is next friend to the hires of William RIDGE Deceased plaintiff and William T. LEWIS & Wm COOK and others Defendant with that on the twentyeth of march one thousand seven hundred and ninety that Stage COOK came before him this deponant & Colo. Joseph HARDIN who was acting Justice of s'd county of Green and proved a Bill of sale given by Wm RIDGE to Wm T LEWIS for two Negrow girles as follows
State of North Carolina )With the following certificate
Surry County )
Know all men by these presence that I Wm RIDGE of the County of Surry & State of No Carolina for & in the consideration of the sum of one hundred & twenty pounds to me in hand paid by Wm T. LEWIS of the County & State before mentioned at and before the sealing & delivering of these presents the receipt whereof I do acknowledge that I have bargained & sold confirmed & delivered and do by these present bargain & sel-- confirm and deliver Two Negrows by name SALL & NAN of a Milattrish Cumplection unto the s'd Wm T. LEWIS. SALL about thirteen years old and NAN about eleven year old for and in consideration of the above sum of one hundred and twenty pounds paid to me by s'd Wm T. LEWIS and further for s'd Wm T. LEWIS to have & to hold all and singular the s'd Negroes and every of them by the s'd presents bargained adn sold granted & confirmed unto the only propper use & behalf of him the s'd Wm T. LEWIS his Executors Administrators or assigns for ever & the s'd Wm RIDGE for my Selfe my Executors & Administrators all & singular the s'd Negrows I will warrant & for ever defend unto the s'd Wm T. LEWIS his Executors administrators & assigns against me the s'd Wm RIDGE my Executors administrators & assigns and against all and every other purson or pursons whatsoever. in witnes whereof I have hearunto set my Hand and affixed my seal this 5th Day of May 1780 sign'd seal'd and delivered in the presence of & the word seal'd was interlined before signed & acknowledged
William (his x mark) RIDGE
Js M LEWIS
Green County )Sworn to before us and subscribed this 14th of Aug't 1800.
No Carolina )
The within Bill of Sale that is proven before us at Green Courthouse on the 20th of March 1790 by Mr Stage COOK one of the subscribing witnesses is witnes our hands this date above.
Joseph Hardin J. P.
David Russel J.P.
Robert Wyly J.P.
The within testimony was taken at the Court House in green vill in the County of Green in the State of Tenessee.
Robert Wyly J.P.
B McNutt J. P.
State of Tennessee ))
Jefferson County ))
In obedience to a Commission to us directed from the Hon'ble the Judges of the Superior Court of Law and Court of Equaty held for the District of Salisbury in the State of North Carolina we have proceeded to take the Deposition of David Russell Esq'r in a matter of controvercy in said Court of Equaty depending wherein Jonathan Haines as the next friend of the orphins of Wm Ridge is plaintiff and Wm T Lewis Wm Cook and others are Defendants which being sworn agreable to Law Deposeth and Sayeth,, that on the 20th of March in the year 1790 there was a Commission from the worshipfull the County Court of Surry, North Carolina Directed to this Deponant and Col'o Joseph Hardin then acting Justices for green County for them to Take the Deposition of Stadge Cook and others in a matter of Controvercy in said Court of Surry County North Carolina then Depending wherein Wm Cook and Jonathan Haines as the gardins of the Children of Wm Ridge was plantiffs and Wm T Lewis is Defendant, which Stadge Cook came forward and after being solomly swarn provided a Bill of Sail givin by William Ridge to Wm T Lewis in the words following
State of No Carolina ))
Surry County ))
Know all men by these presents that I Wm Ridge of the County of Surry and state of North Carolina for and in Consideration of the sum of One Hundred and Twenty pounds to me in hand paid by Wm T Lewis of the County and state before mentioned at and before the sealing and delivering of these present the Recipt whereof I do acknowledge that i have bargained and sold confirmed and delivered and do by these presents bargain and so Confirm and Deliver Two Negows by name SALL and NAN of a milattrish complection unto the said Wm T Lewis SALL about thirteen years old and NAN about Eleven years old for and in Consideration of the above sum of Hone Hundred and twenty pounds paid to me by said Wm T Lewis and further for said Wm T Lewis to have and to hold all and singular the said Negrows and Eveary of them by these presents bargained and sold granted and confirmed unto this only propper use and behoof of him the said Wm T Lewis his Executors administrators or assigns for ever and I the said Wm Ridge for myself my Executors and Administraters all and singular the said Negrows I will warrant and for ever Defend unto the said Wm T Lewis his Executers administraters and assigns against one the said Wm Ridge my Executers adminisitraters or assigns and against all and Eveary other person or pursons whatsoever in witness hearof I have hearunto set my Hand and affixed my seal this 5th day of May 1780.
Signed sealed and delivered in the presents of __ the ward sealed was Int____ before signed and acknowledged
William (his X mark) Ridge (seal)
Js M Lewis
This Deponant sayeth that the said Stage Cook proved the said Bill of Sail alluded to before this Deponant and Col'o Joseph Hardin truley and voluntarely this Deponant further sayeth that there was a probate on the Back of said Bill of Sail where said Stage Cook had proved the same before Zach Ray Esp'r on the 14th of May 1787 and the Deposition of John McCONNALL on the 2th of June 1790 before Zach RAY Esq'r and OM BENGE also another from the assistant Clerk of Surry Count in the words following
State of No Carolina
Nov'r Court 1790 this Bill of Sail was proved in open Court by the oath of James M. Lewis and Ordered to be Recorded.
Recorded according by
Jo Williams CC
by Wm Thornton As C
This Deponant further sayeth that there is also on the back of the Bill of Sail that was proven before this Deponant and Joseph Hardin by Stage Cook an Certifycate Signed by Joseph Hardin and this Deponant in the words following
The within Bill of Sale is the Identical Bill of Sale that is proven before us at Green Court House on the 20th of March 1790 by Mr. Stage Cook on[e] of the subscribing witnesses as witness our hands the date above
Joseph Hardin J. P.
David Russell J. P.
This Deponant sayeth that the names of both Stage Cook and John McConnall was to there probate on the back of the Bill of Sale and further this Deponant sayeth not.
Sworn to and subscribed before us Two of the Acting Justices of the Peace for Jefferson County at the Court House for said County this 22d day of February 1802
Henry Bradford JP (seal)
And'w Henderson J Peace (seal)
We the subscribing Justices in and for the County of Jefferson in the State of Tennessee do hearby certify that the fourgoing Deposition of David Russell Esq'r was taken before us at Jefferson Court House on this 22d day of February 1802 givin in under our hands & seales this day and date above Written
Henry Bradford JP (seal)
And'w Henderson JP (seal)
I except against this Deposition 1. Because the commission is not directed to Justices of the Peace cv - 2. Some objections as to Peter Spence's Deposition - 3d It does not appear that it was taken at Jefferson Court House in Jefferson County - 4 The notice names two days & the deposition was taken on the first.:
JW. Atty for ptfs
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 on 09/09/2012 at www.familysearch.org
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