Ralph, a man of colour v. James Coleman and Duncan Coleman
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WilliamWilliam Bourland of lawful age, being produced,
sworn and examined, on the part of the plaintiff,
deposith and sayeth that he is well acquainted
with RalphRalph the plaintiff and also JohnJohn Gordon GordonJohn Gordon
deceased of HopkinsHopkins County CountyHopkins County and state of KentuckyKentucky
That JohnJohn Gordon GordonJohn Gordon owned the plaintiff as early
as the year 1805, that GordonGordon was in the
habit as the deponent understood of hiringRalphRalph to work at the Gallatin
Saline in the then Territory of IllinoisIllinois at various
times from the year 1810 up to 1817. that GordonGordon
frequently, within the same years, came over
to the saline Lick in IllinoisIllinois in GallatinGallatin county
and got salt and money for RalphRalph the plaintiff
work, that this was the general understanding of
all the neighbors as this deponent believes by common
report of the neighborhood WmWilliam Bourland BourlandWilliam Bourland
Question by plaintiff Do you know John
Steel and if so what is his general character ?
Answer I do and have ever thought him
an honest and industrious man and even when