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Re: Pagee/Pegee Family
In Response To: Re: Pagee/Pegee Family ()

Hello Carol,

It sounds like this might very well be your family and as with so many court cases either with slave owning families fighting over property either land or slaves and or free blacks fighting for their freedom it provides a wealth of information...which in Nan's case information on her place of birth in NC, her purchase along with 5 other slaves by Thomas Jones and her years in Montgomery County, VA and sale. Is this court case what was on the microfilm from LVA?

I have Dorothy Boyd-Rush's book which is a transcription of the Bedford County Free Negro Register. This is part of my transcription of the material on the LVA site...there are almost 200 pages...other depositions give other information.

Franklin County to Wit

In obedience to a [illegible] to us directed from the Worshipfull the Court of Montgomery County at the Shore house of John Hook [heir?] [Hailsford?] in said county on Saturday the 4th day of June 1803, Martha Meador of full age personally appeared before us and being asked to declare the truth in a suit depending in the above mentioned Court between Nanny Pagee & others plaintiffs and Zachariah Stanley and John Hook defendants, & after being solemnly sworn so to do deposeth and sayeth, that she remembers Thomas Jones late of said County in or about the year 1783 (nineteen or twenty years ago), being at her [fathers?) at the time that said Jones bought her Uncle William Holloway's land joining her [fathers'?], that she heard said Jones tell her [father?] and the [family?] that he owned and should bring with him six negroes, or three negroes and three Mulatto Slaves, that accordingly he did the ensuing Winter or Spring bring six Slaves or Servants, three blacks and three Mulattos, Nan, since called Nanny Pagee a bright mulatto then a girl about 11 or 12 years of age was one of the same, this deponent says that the idea of Nan being a free person never enterd her mind nor did any such idea prevail in the settlement till the spring of the year 1787, four years after Jones'es residence in the County, that Jones in the Year 1783 observed to her [father's?]
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family that they would be surprised when they see his Mulatto girl Nan, that was nearly white, yet notwithstanding she was truly a slave, as much as the blackest Negro he was master of that about April or May 1787 (the spring Jones moved away) it was said by Jeremiah Puckett and Elisha Bowlls two of the neighbors that Jones had set his Mulatto Nan free, that in their presence Jones called Nan into the house and delivered her a paper folded up telling her at same time, here is your indentures, I give them to you before these men, that till then Jones as uniform in saying Nan was a slave and in every shape treated and considered her a one, that said Nan in Feby or March 1787 had a child, that from comparing her said Nan at the time refered to by Mr. Puckett and Mr Bowles she is satisfied was under sixteen years of age and probably little more if any over fifteen that this depondant had her first child in May 1787 (who is now 16 years old), than Nan this depondant was not more then 15 years and 6 months old, that she this deponant was always considered and allowed to be somewhat older then said Nan, that the time of Jones giving Nan her Indentures was about 3 or 4 weeks after her first child was born, that very soon thereafter Jones moved away when Nan was taken by John Hood with Sheriff to pay a debt that Mr. Jones
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owed to Mr. Hook, that she this depondant recollects Nan speaking of her Mother and saying that she Nan remembered when she was a small girl in a manner a child, that her father or master, picked her up in the presence of her Mother and declared to the mother that he should sell her when her mother cried and wept bitterly, that when the man bought her carried her away from her mother that she the mother cried and wept exceedingly; that just before she Nam was seased my Mr. Hook, she, it was said, was backward & forward, part of her time at Mr. Pucketts and part at Mr. Bowles, that she had undertaken to work for Mrs. Puckett to pay for a gown that was too small for Mrs. Puckett but soon tyred thered and returned to Joneses. Mrs. Meador further recollects, that about two years before Mr. Jones runaway, he made a journey South in Company with John Guthrey, that on Mr. Jones setting out he told her father Peter Wood and desired Barnett Richardson then present (and some others not remembered) to take notice, that if he said Jones should never return, he empowered said Peter wood to sell his Land and his six slaves with all his other property and pay all his Debts, and that he said Jones gave said Peter Wood full power herein and to keep for his the said Peter's involvement the residue without making any
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any reserve as to Nan; that Mr. Jones expected to be gon about six or eight weeks, that if he did not return in that time he probably never would, but that he did return a few days before the lapse of the time and further this depondant sayeth not the same is accordingly certified by us date first [wether in ????] and the dedimus refered to us hereunto annexed
Jonathan Richeson


It is a very, very interesting case for me, for it probably involves my family. Six children of Nancy/Nanny are named in the microfilm that I received from the LVA, but she supposedly had eight children. The 1815 marriage record of my third great grand-parents, Joshua Hill and Mary (Polly) Pegee list Mary as "daughter of Nancy." The book Free Negroes Registered in the Courthouse Botetourt County, Virginia lists "Polly Pegee" as having been freed in Bedford Cty. She and Daniel Pegee, who is named in the case, registered at the same time.

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