Vincent Duncan vs. James Duncan
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Depositions of Witnesses produced, sworn, and examined
at the court house in the Town of MadisonvilleMadisonville in the
county of HopkinsHopkins and State ofKentucky KentuckyKentucky, before me,
MeredithMeredith Myers MyersMeredith Myers A. Justice of the peace in and for
the county & State aforesaid, in a certain cause
now depending in the circuit court of the county
of St. LouisSt Louis, State of MissouriMissouri between VincentVincent (a man
of colour), who is plaintiff and James DuncanJames Duncan is deft
on the part of the deft. WilliamWilliam Gorden of lawful
age, being produced, sworn and examined depo
-seth and sayith- Question for Deft were you
or not acquainted with a certain negro boy named
[ Vicent ] owned by Jesse DuncanJesse Duncan and with
s.d DuncanDuncan if so State whether the said negro-
was hired in the State ofIllinois IllinoisIllinois in the year
1816, 17 or 18 or not Ans I knew the boy, & was well
acquainted with W. Duncan he moved to this
county in 1815 settled in the woods, cleared, land
raised crops of Tobacco, I would think the
force he had from the work that was done in
his place and my knowledge of his business
(as I was frequently there) that the boy was not
hired there during that time Mr. DuncanDuncan did
in 1818- And further this deponent saith not.

Wm Gordon