Name: Charles Mason
Halifax County, Virginia
Index Number: 1828-073
Plaintiff(s): Charles Mason & wife, etc
Defendant(s): Washington Scurlock, etc.
1826 December Bill filed
1827 January Answer of Wm. Tune & answer filed; March - Answer of Washington Scurlock filed; September ser for hearing
1828 July 31st Bill dismissed with costs
____ to October Court 1828
"To the worshipful Court of Halifax County in Chancery setting - Humbly complaining shew unto your worships your orators and oratrices CHARLES MASON and Anna his wife, late Anna Scurlock, John Thompson & Rebecca his wife, late Rebecca Scurlock, Judith Hill, late Judith Scurlock widow & relict of John Hill deceased, Amos Hill & Betsy his wife, late Betsy Scurlock, Samuel Wood & Sally his wife, late Sally Scurlock & Beverly Scurlock, which said Rebecca, Judith, Betsy, Sally & Beverly are children of Thomas Scurlock deceased & Judith Scurlock his wife.
That Thomas Scurlock late of this county departed this life some 20 years ago intestate & John Hill who has since deceased, administered on said Thomas, bought of the estate of the said Thomas a negro Simon who was legally sold by the administrator as of his own property. That some years thereafter Washington Scurlock another of the children of the said Thomas with the consent & approbation of the old lady sold said negro Simon to William Tune who intermarried with Raney Scurlock another of the children of said Thomas at the price of $425 and the old woman made the Bill of sale in her own name. That the said William Tune has never paid for said negro and the said Washington Scurlock claims the proceeds of said sale alledging a will made by this old lady bequeathing the negro to him. Your orators & oratrices say she never made such will & that that she died intestate and therefore that the proceeds of the sale of said negro must be distributed between the ...?.... & the said Washington Scurlock & William Tune, but the said Washington Scurlock & William Tune will not consent to the distribution. In tender consideration whereof & inasmuch as your orators and oratrices are same ...?... in the premises of law and only reliable(?) in Equity. To ..?.. and therefore that Washington Scurlock & William Tune & Raney his wife made defendants to this Bill & complaint to answer the same fully & .......?........ on ....?.... corporal ......?..... That the court may decree a distribution of the proceeds of the sale of said negro, that William Tune be compelled to pay the amount of the purchase money except only his proportionable share & finally grant..............."
Answer of William Tune -
29 August 1826
"The answer of William Tune & Raney his wife to the Bill of Complaint exhibited against them & al by John Thompson & others in the County Court of Halifax. These respondents saving & answer & say that they admit the whole of the facts stated in the Complainant's bill to be true and they have no objection to such decree as the complainants pray for & having fully answered they pray to be hence dismissed.
Halifax County Court
This day William Tune came before me as Justice of the Peace for said county & made oath that the above answer is true so far as it depends on his own knowledge & so far as it depends on the information of others, he believes it to be true given under my hand this 29th day of August 1826.
S/ Thomas (last name illegible)
11 May 1827
Halifax County to wit
Pursuant to a commision to us directed from the worshipful the worshipful Court for the county aforesaid, bearing date the 28th day of May in the year of our Lord 1827. We William Terry and Daniel Nunnelee Justices of the Peace for the county aforesaid, hath this day the 11th of May in the year of Lord 1827, according to a former appointment (at the tavern house of Daniel Nunnelee) proceeded to take the despositions of William Hall, Sarah Ferguson, William W. Womack, Benjamin Hall, Joshua Dickson, Martha Nunnelee and Thomas Dickson and Lewis Tune to be read as evidence in a suit now depending in the county court of Halifax, of which Charles Mason and others are plaintiffs and Washington Scurlock & others are defendents."
page 2 - [Note: This is likely Sarah Mason Ferguson, wife of Jacob Ferguson]
"Sarah Ferguson being next sworn deposeth and saith that some time before the sale of Judith Scurlock's property & a short time after she had purchased a negro boy Simon she heard Mrs. Scurlock say that she had promised her son Washington that if he would stay with her & help her pay off her other children and support her her lifetime, she would give him the negro boy Simon. At the sale of the property she heard Mrs. Scurlock say that she had paid off all the other children, that the negro Simon was to work with her son Washington and he was to support her during her life & at her death the said Negro was to be Washington's to pay him off his proportion of his father's estate & for supporting her."
"Question: How long was it from the time you had the last conversation with Mrs. Scurlock until her death?
Answer: I don't know exactly. The conversation was in July & she died in August, not more than 6 or 7 weeks at the farthest before her death."
S/ Sarah Ferguson
"Lewis Tune being next sworn deposeth & saith that he knows that Washington Scurlock sold the negro Simon & that he does not think from his conversation that Washington Scurlock sold him as his own property & said that the old lady never wanted the negro to show his face on that plantation again.
Question by the defendant: To whom was the bond given for the purchase money of the negro?
Answer: I heard William Tune the purchaser of the said negro admit that it was given to Washington Scurlock."
S/ Lewis Tune
Subscribed & sworm before us at the place & day mentioned in the Cap......
S/ William Terry
S/ Daniel Nunnelee
Anna Scurlock b: ABT 1778 in Halifax County, Virginia, USA
11 AUG 1798
in Halifax County, Virginia, USA
11 August 1798
Charles Mason and Ann Scurlock, dau. of Thomas Scurlock, who consents. Sur. Dudley Scurlock.
Wit: Nimrod Farguson
Marriages of Halifax County, Virginia 1753-1800, page 38
by Catherine L. Knorr, 1957, Pine Bluff, Arkansas
Groom's Name: Charles Masson
Bride's Name: Ann Scurlock
Marriage Date: 11 Aug 1798
Marriage Place: Halifax, Virginia
Bride's Father's Name: Thomas Scurlock
Sur. Dudley Scurlock
Wit: Nimrod Farguson
Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86876-1
System Origin: Virginia-EASy
Source Film Number: 31918
Reference Number: p39
Collection: Virginia Marriages, 1785-1940
Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800
Name: Ann Scrulock
Spouse: Charles Mason
Marriage Date: 11 Aug 1798
Marriage Location: Halifax County, Virginia
Dodd, Jordan. Virginia, Compiled Marriages, 1660-1800 [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations Inc, 1997.
Original data: Dodd, Jordan, comp.. Virginia Marriages to 1800. Electronic transcription of marriage records held by the individual counties in Virginia.