Mary Sharp, 1796 & 1800 Depositions, Davidson County, Territory South of the River Ohio

Depositions from the Estate File of William Ridge


State of Tennessee or                                                     )
Territory of the United States South of the River Ohio    )

"In obedience to a commission to us from the Hon'ble Judges [ink blot] Law & Court of Equity held for the District of Salisbury & State of North Carolina, we have proceeded to take the deposition of Mrs. Mary SHARP of lawful age in the suit now depending in the aforesaid Court of Equity wherein Jonathan HAINES as the nearest friend to the children of William RIDGE are Plaintiff, and William T. LEWIS, William COOK and others are defendants which is as follows.

This deponant deposeth and saiith that she hath been a great many years acquainted with William T LEWIS one of the present Defendants also with two of his Negroe women now in dispute (viz) SALL and NAN, that she hath ever understood that William T. LEWIS got said SALL and NAN of William RIDGE for him the said William T. LEWIS to find and put a man in the place of Godfrey RIDGE, son to said William RIDGE who was a soldier belonging to the Continental Service which she understood was done by said William T LEWIS. This deponant further saith that she knew NAN to be in the possession of William T LEWIS in the year one thousand seven hundred AND eighty and SALL early in the year one thousand seven hundred [ink blot] consequence of the contract made be[ink blot] RIDGE and the aforesaid William T LEWIS and further this deponant sayeth not.

Mary (her + mark) Sharp
Sworn before us the second Monday in July 1796

E. Robertson J. P
.Sam'l Barton J.P.

[The depositions of Merrill and Burrell Philips were taken on 23 August 1804, and John P. McConnell on 24 August 1804, Davidson County, Tennessee]


State of Tennessee )
Davidson County   )

In obedience to a commission to us directed from the Hon'ble Judges of the Superior Court of Law & Court of Equity  held for the district of Salisbury & State of North Carolina, we have proceeded to take the deposition of Mrs Mary SHARP of lawfull age, in the suit now depending in the Court aforesaid wherein Jonathan Haines, as the next friend to the Children of William RIDGE  are plaintiff & William T. LEWIS, William COOK & others are defendants, which is as follows, viz.

This deponant deposeth & sayeth that she hath been acquainted a great number of years with William T. LEWIS one of the present defendants, also with two of his Negro Women now in dispute (viz) SALL & NANN, that she hath ever understood that William T. LEWIS got the said SAL & NAN of William RIDGE for him the said William T. LEWIS to find & put a man in the place of Godfrey RIDGE, son to said William RIDGE, who was a soldier belonging to the Continental Service, which she understood was done by said William T. LEWIS, this deponant further sayeth that she knew NAN to be in the possession of William T. LEWIS, in the year one thousand seven hundred & eighty & SALL early in the year one thousand seven hundred & eighty one in consequence of the contract made between William RIDGE & the aforesaid William T. LEWIS. & further this deponant sayeth not.

Question asked of the deponant in behalf of the defendant, do you know the characters of Thomas COODY, William COODY, Godfrey COODY, John COMBS, William COMBS, Mason COMES or the characters of the Coodys or Combs in general, if you do relate it,

Answer, I have heard that they were called Torys and further this deponent saith not

Mary (her X mark) SHARP
We do hereby certify that the within Mary SHARP was sworn and interrogated before us at the dwelling house of Robert edmonson Esquire in Davidson County District of Mero and State of Tennessee this 1st day of Dec'r 1800.

E. GAMBLE J. P. (seal)
B D. WILLS J. P. (seal)


References Cited

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

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