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Price, William (fl. 1729-1752) [Deposition in case of Brown vs. Payne]

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Gilder Lehrman Collection #: GLC00496.245 Author/Creator: Price, William (fl. 1729-1752) Place Written: Virginia Type: Document signed Date: 6 December 1752 Pagination: 2 p. : address : docket ; 31.7 x 19.8 cm.

Summary of Content: Signed as a witness by Augustine Washington, George Washington's half-brother, and Andrew Monroe. Deposition deals with the settlement of Brown's estate. Also contains deposition of John Brown but it is struck through. Docketed on address leaf.

Background Information:

Full Transcript: The deposition of William Price aged Twenty Six & upwards being Sworn saith that he well remembers the sale of Nathl. Brown Bricklayor's [illegible] Estate to amount to more by five ...or six pounds currant money than the appraisement, And that there remains in the sd. Browns [illegible] possession unsold the following articles [illegible] two Horses, one desk, one fiddle, & one old Chest, and further this [illegible] saith not
Wm. Price
Sworn so before me this 6th Day of
Decr. 1752
Andw "Monroe
Augt Washington
[this portion of the document is struck through on the original:]
The Deposition of John Brown aged Twenty Seven & upwards being sworn saith, that the Estate of Nathaniel Brown decd - as this depet fully [illegible] was double the value of the debt lawfully prov'd agt. the sd. Estate, And that this dept. never got the money that this dept. paid for the widow
on acct. of the sd. Browns Estate of the sd. Brown till Nov. 1752, And further this depet. saith that the soonafter the death of the Child of the sd. Natl. Brown that Wm. Brown the [illegible] bargained with this depet. to go to the proprietors office & close out a set up proprietors deed granted to the sd. Natl. Brown in his lifetime, And [illegible] this depet. accordingly [illegible] up into. - Fairfax County to the in order to clear out the sd. deed, and was informed by the sd. Inv. West that the proprietors office was shut it being Christmas time and that the sd. West Faithfully promised this dept. he wou'd do it by the last of February following, at wch. time this depet. [illegible] up again in order to [illegible] down and when this depet. [illegible] found that the widow had clear'd 'em out, & got a deed in her own Nam,e And that when this dept. tax's the sd. West of not clearing them out according to promise, was answer'd by the said West [2] that he was [illegible] in order to do it, but that the widow came and desired he wou'd not that she wanted to [illegible] out in her own name, And that he the sd. West wou'd not agree to it, till the said widow said she wou'd not stir in it till this depet. came up, as the sd. West declared to this depet. in presence of the said Widow, And further this depet. saith tho he has frequently heard the aforesd. Natl. Brown decd. declare in his life time that he was beleiv'd there was very little of the Composition money to pay the proprietor for the said 1000 And that this depet. has often times heard the sd. widow say that Twenty Shillings wou'd clear 'em and further their depet. saith not
John Brown
Sworn to before us this 6th Day of Decr. 1752/ And Monroe/ Augst. Washington
The deposition above [illegible] before sworn to the words saying (on acct. of the said Browns Estate) [illegible] before sworn to/ Andw Monroe/ Augst. Washington [address:]/ To The Clerk of Secretary's Office [docket:] Brown/ Vs [illegible] Payne & [illegible]/ fil:d 12 Febry 1753
30 Feb
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People: Price, William, fl. 1725-1752
Washington, Augustine, 1718?-1762
Monroe, Andrew, fl. 1752
Brown, Nathaniel, fl. 1752
Washington, George, 1732-1799

Historical Era: Colonization and Settlement, 1585-1763

Subjects: PresidentLawEstate

Sub Era:

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