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place selected, &c, and that he distribute the resi¬
due, if any there be, equally among all the said
slaves, without regard to age, and that he deliver the
slaves Sylvia and Jenny, who elect to remain slaves,
to the defendants, to whom they are bequeathed by
the Will of the Testator.
And it is further ordered, that the Plaintiff
settle before a Commissioner a further account of
his transactions as Executor, which account the
Commissioner is directed to report to the court,
with any matter specially stated deemed pertinent
by himself, or which any of the parties may require
to be so stated.
A copy —Teste, R. McMANN, S. C.
August 6th, 1847.
When Edloe died, he gave this will, which was
the one finally acted upon, into the hands of one of
his slaves, not feeling willing to trust any oneelse.
The Executor of the estate was John A. Seldon,
of Charles City County. The will stated, as will be
seen, that if there should be any deficiency of
money on hand, sufficient must be raised to pay his
debts, and transport his slaves to a place of freedom,
and pay each of them fifty dollars. Edloe was gone,
and could not act for us in person, so this deed of
justice was not carried out. Mr. Seldon interpreted
the will thus : We were to stay on the plantation
and work there till we had earned this money our¬
selves, and then we were to be free. Meantime, he
took from us what the overseer had hitherto given
us, and took our earnings, too.