Deposition of James Freeman, 1789 Wilkes County, Georgia

Depositions from the Estate File of William Ridge

State of Georgia
Wilks County
At the House of BENJ'M ALLEN
June 11th 1789

In obediance to the __ Court of Surrey in the State of North Carolinia we have caused JAMES FREEMAN of lawfull age to apear before us & being qualified before us agreeable to law, deposeth & saith,

To the best of his knowledge some time in the year 1786 he was at the Iron Works on the Elkin Creek in Surrey County N. Carolinia, some time in the month of Oct'r when and where JONATHAN HAINS called on him as a witness that he then & there maid a demand of all the Negroes that WM T LEWIS had in his hands or possession being to the estate of WM RIDGE Dec'd and that he [torn] and heard s'd HAINS make the demand of s'd Negroes of him s'd LEWIS & further this deponant saith not.

James Freeman

Sworn to before us
This 11th Day of June 1789

GEO. SWAIN (seal)
Justices of the Peace for s'd County.

References Cited

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

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