William Grinnalds & wife vs Sally Bundick etc 1805-001- Transcribed by Gail M. Walczyk

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Grinnalds &c.
vs . . . . . Chy
Bundick &c.
Bill & ansr.

To the Worshipful the Justices of Accomack County in Chancery. Humbly complaining shew unto your Worships your Orators & Oratrixes Wm. Grinalds & Nancy his wife, Richd. Bundick, Arthur Vessels jr. & Betsy his wife, James Taylor and Tabitha his wife & Wm. Bundick. That a certain Richd. Bundick Senr. late of this county being possessed, in his own right, of the absolute property of four Negro slaves, to wit, Dinah, Esther, Rachel and Mary, departed this life upon the day of February 1805 intestate. having no wife, but leaving children, that is to say, your Oratrix Nancy the wife of Wm. Grinalds, Richd. Bundick & Betsy the wife of Arthur Vessels also your Orator Grand children, to wit, Tabitha the wife of Jas. Taylor afsd Your Orator Wm. Bundick and Sally & Betsy Bundick, children of his son George Bundick decd, by reason whereof as your Orators & Oratrixes are advised they have become entitled to sd. slaves to be distributed among them in the following proportions, that is to say, to your Orator & Oratrix Wm. Grinalds & Nancy his wife one fourth part thereof, to your Orator Richd. Bundick one other fourth part thereof, to your Orator and Oratrix Arthur Vessels jr. and Betsy his wife one other fourth part thereof and to your Orators and Oratrix James Taylor and Tabitha his wife, & Wm. Bundick, and the sd. Betsy & Sally Bundick each one fourth of the remaining fourth part thereof. And your Orators and Oratrixes further shew that it would greatly conduce to the interest of all the parties afsd to have a division of sd. slaves made among them, according to their several rights afsd. But now so it is may it please your Worships that the sd. Betsy and Sally Bundick being infants under age cannot consent to any division of sd. slaves, which will be binding and effectual between the sd. parties interested; nor indeed can any division be made, as is evident from the number of persons having right and of the slaves to be divided, in any other way than by sale, which cannot be made without the aid of our Worships in chancery. In tender consideration whereof, & to the end that a sale of sd. slaves may be decreed, and the money arising from the sale thereof be directed to be paid to the persons entitled as afsd., in the proportions to which they are respectively entitled, may it please your Worships to grant to your Orators and Oratrixes the Com:ts. writ of subpena to the sd. Betsy & Sally Bundick to be directed commanding them &c:
Wise for Complts

The joint ansr. of Betsy and Sally Bundick Defts to the Bill of Complaint of Wm. Grinalds & Nancy his wife, Richd. Bundick Arthur Vessels and Betsy his wife & James Taylor & Tabitha his wife & Wm. Bundick agt. them exhibited; the sd. Answer being made for them by John Custis their Guardian, specially appointed by the court to defend them in the sd. suit. These defts. by their sd. Guardian say that they cannot in any wise deny the truth of the allegations, matters and things set forth and charged by the Complts. in their sd. bill, but admit the same to be true, They also admit it would be conducive to their interests as well as to the interests of the Complts to have a sale of sd. slaves decreed & the money divided as is proposed; but by reason of the infancy of these Defts they cannot consent that the same should be done, nor can it be done in any way as they are advised, but by the aid and interposition of your Worships, whom the law hath wisely constituted as the superintendants of the estates & property of all the infants within your jurisdiction, - They therefore humbly submit themselves to such decree herein as to your Worships shall seem consistent with the right and justice of the Case. &c:
John Custis

Grinnalds &c
vs . . . . . Spa in chy
Bundick &c
Sumd Jno. Nock
for John Teackle sheff

The Commonwealth of Virginia to the Sheriff of accomack County Greeting Your are hereby commanded to Summon Betsy Bundick and Sally Bundick to appear before the Justices of our Court of the said County on the last munday in March next then and there to Answer a Bill in Chancery exhibited against them by William Grinnalds and Nancy his wife Richard Bundick Arthur Vessells Junr. and Betsy his Wife William Bundick & James Taylor & Tabitha his Wife and this you Shall in no wise omit under the penalty £100 and have thin there this writ witness Littleton Savage clerk of our Said Court at the Court house aforesaid the Fourth day of March1805 in the Twenty Ninth year of the Commonwealth
Edmund Bayly Clk

Sale &
Division of Slaves

Wm. Grinalds & wife &c: Complts
vs . . . . .In Chry
Sally & Betsy Bundick Defts

In obedience to a decretal order of the court of Accomack County made the 25th day of March 1805, we the subscribers have sold the slaves in the said order mentioned, as follows, to wit,

Dinah, and old woman, part laborer, would not sell for any thing, and being chargeable was set up to the lowest bidder and was bid off to Arthur Vessels at the price of Twenty pounds.---

Esther, a woman and her two Children Rachel & Mary sold } to Wm. Grinalds at the price of &poind63.1.0

& we have made division of the proceeds of sale in the following manner, to wit.

Sales as above. £ 63.01.00
deduct for Chargeable slave 20.00.00
 £ 43.1.0   
deduct costs of suit. 1318 Cents 03.19.01 1/4
  £39.01.11 1/4
To Wm Grinalds & Nancy his wife 1/4 £9.15.05 3/4
To Richd. Bundick 1/4 09.15.05 3/4
To Arthur Vessels & Betsy his wife 1/4 09.15.05 3/4
To Jas. Taylor & Tabitha his wife 1/ of 1/4 02.08.10 1/2
To Wm Bundick 1/4 of 1/4 02.08.10 1/2
To Betsy Bundick 1/4 of 1/4 02.08.10 1/2
To Sally Bundick 1/4 of 1/4 02.08.10 1/2


_____. Accomack County VA Chancery Causes, 1727-1805. William Grinnalds & wife vs Sally Bundick etc 1805-001. Local Government Records Collection, Accomack County Records. The Library of Virginia, Richmond, Virginia. Accessed 15 January 2012.

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