Ralph, a man of colour v. James Coleman and Duncan Coleman
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Question 6th on the part of the Plaintiff.
Do you know where said State is now and whither
he has now or ever has had any correspondence
with his family since he left this County or whether
he ever intends to take any care of his family or
not

Answer : I have frequently heard from
his family that they received letters from him
during his absence and received one from
him my self through his family. He is now
in this County and as I was informed is now
preparing to remove with his family to the
Territory of ArkansasArkansas where if am informed
he established a Newspaper Called the
Helena Herold

Question 7th on the part of the Plaintiff
How far did you live from Steel and his family?

Answer About one mile & 3/4

Question 8th on the part of the Plaintiff
WillWill you state if you know what was the
cause of said Steels leaving this County.

Answer: I was imformed by him that
the losses be sustained by the sinking of his
Boats were more than he was able to repose
and therefore left his family with his fatherinlaw

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Question 2nd, on the part of the Plaintiff
Do you know John Steel who married a
Daughter of Maj. SamuelSamuel DowneyDowney of this County

Answer: I Do.

Question 3rd on the part of the Plaintiff
Are you acquainted with his general Character
as a man of truth?

Answer: I have lived neighbour to him for
several years & know nothing against him as a man of truth

Question 4th On the part of the Plaintiff
From your knowledge of his general Character
as a man of truth whould you believe him or
not when an oath in a court of Justice?

Answer: From what I know of his general
Character i always took him to be a man of
truth and entitled to credit & when on oath
I should believe him in a court of Justice.

Question 5th on the part of Plaintiff
Do you know whether or not he has been absent
from this county for some years?

Answer: He has some 4 or 5 years