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[Deposition of Robert Tailor, Junior]
Series VII: Legal Documents, 1709-1858, and undated
Subseries 2. Depositions, 1746-1839
Dickey, RobertTailor, Robert, JuniorHamilton, ThomasAddison, AlexanderBarr, IsaacHerring, Brice
New-York Historical Society
Four-page deposition of Robert Tailor, Junior, of Westmoreland County [Pennsylvania] describing the transfer of ownership of slave Brice Herring from the late Robert Tailor [Senior] to Isaac Barr of Fayette County, Kentucke [Kentucky]. Transcribed and submitted to the Westmoreland County Court by Robert Dickey. Additional seals and signatures given by Court President, Alexander Addison, and Clerk, Thomas Hamilton.
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Westmoreland County Js [Justice] , , Before me Robert Dickey […] Justice of the Peace in for Westmoreland County state of Pennsylvania came Robert Tailor junior who being solemnly sworn according to law did and doth depose and lay that a certain negro who went by the name of negro Brice was held by Robert Tailor of Unity later Mount Pleasant township in the said County Farmers as a slave and that the […] Brice is the same person who was sold as a slave by the said Robert Tailor the owner to a certain Isaac Barr of Fayette County in the state of Kentucky. This deponent further saith that he has heard John Tailor who is lately deceased and was the uncle of the deponent frequently say that the […] negro was bartered [?] by him the said John in behalf of the said Robert Tailor the father of this deponent sworn of subscribed the 25 August 1800 before me [Signed] Robert Dickey. , , [Signed] Robert Tailor Jus [Justice] , , Westmoreland County Js [Justice] , , I the subscriber prothonatory of the court of common pleas for Westmoreland County in the state aforesaid certify that the above subscribing Robert Dickey before whom the above written deposition was solemnly verified on the oath of Robert Taylor [sic] junior as above set forth was at the time administering sasid deposition and yet is one of the commonwealth justices of the peace for the township of Hempfield in the county aforesaid commissioned [?] and to his acts as such certified full faith and credit is given and of right due. Witness my hand and seal of office this county, fifth day of August in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight Hundred. , , [Signed] Thomas Hamilton Prothonatary, , [Inside] Westmoreland County Js. [Justice] , , I Alexander Addison president of the county courts of the county of foresaid do certify that attestation a forgoing made by Thomas Hamilton Prothonotary of clerk of the said courts is in due form, witness my hand and seal 20th August 1800. , , Westmoreland County Jus. [Justice] , , I the subscriber of the court of general quarter sessions [?] of the peace [?] for the county of Westmoreland in the state of Pennsylvania – certify that John Tylor or Taylor late of said county on the twenty first day of September in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Eighty Two made return of the following named negro (enter alice) [?] as his property to be registered arguably to an act of assembly of said state intitled [sic] “an act for the gradual abolition of slavery” and to an act intitled [sic] “An act to […] certain grievances within the counties of Westmoreland and Washington”. As follows and that the following is an exact copy of the entry made in pursuance thereof. , , Owner’s name and residence when entered [:] sex [?][;] years of age[;] name of slave, John Taylor[;] 1782 September 21st [;] Male[;] 12[;] Brice, , In Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed the seal of the same court twenty fifth day of August One Thousand Eight Hundred. , , [Signed} Thomas Hamilton clerk [?], , Westmoreland County J. [Justice] Alexander Addison President of the Courts of Common Pleas of the County aforesaid is [?] certify that the foregoing attestation by Thomas Hamilton Prothonotary Clerk of the foresdaid courts is in due form. Witness my hand seal 20th August 1800. , , [Signed]Alex Addison, ,