Preston and Others v. George W. Coons, Administrator of the Estate of Milton Duty, et al.
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Egbert J.sessions, of lawful age, being pro
duced; sworn & examined, on the part of
the plaintiff, deposeth & saith.

That he was well acquainted with
MiltonMilton Duty in his life time, that while
said Duty resided in the State of Mississ
ippi up to the period of his depart
ure for MissouriMissouri, he lived in the
immediate neighborhood of this de
ponent since the year 1830.
At the time said duty left this
State, he was in possession of a large
amount of personal property consis
ting principally of Negroes, his change
of residence was made known some
time before he left, was open & noto
rious to all his neighbors, & he was
generally esteemed free from debt;
such way my opinion & so far as I
have ever heard or known such was
the fact, he left this State with all
his property & no attempt was
ever made to molest him on ac
count of debt, or otherwise.
He was
considered a punctual solvent man
by all his neighbors.
Deponent is of
impression that Duty left this State for
MissouriMissouri with at least twenty negros.
Witness is well acquainted with John
Henderson, he resides in the town of
Warrenton in this State in the
near neighborhood of Witness; John
Henderson, together with his uncle
WilliamWilliam Henderson, under the firm

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of John Henderson & Co, traded exclu
sively in pork, groceries, merchandise
& such things in the town of WarrenWarren
ton & were engaged in that business
from about the year 1836 in January
or perhaps the latter part of 1835.
Written within two or three years past;

witness states that in the year 1839-
Judgement obtained against John
Henderson & Co for five thousand Dollars
could have been coerced by execution out of
them, but that now John Henderson is
in doubtful circumstances; of Wil
liam Henderson's pecuniary condition
at this time, witness is not able to
speak positively.

Witness states further that on the last
visit of Duty to MississippiMississippi, some
time witness thinks in the early part
of the year 1838, Duty [ staid ] part of
the time at witness House, that pos
ition of his object in visiting Mississ
ippi was to settle with John Hender
son & Co, that they quarrelled or dif
fered about the terms of settlement
but witness does not recollect the
particulars; that said John Hender
son & Co & the said Duty had been
speculating in pork in partner
ship & it was about the settlement
of their pork transactions they differed
so far as witness now recollects.
Witness is well acquainted with Reu
ben Gibson, he is a neighbor of witness