Preston and Others v. George W. Coons, Administrator of the Estate of Milton Duty, et al.
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Preston Braxton and others
vs.
Geo W. CoonsGeorge W Coons Admr. of Milton Duty Decd & others

In Chancery
St. Louis CircuitCircuit Court
CourtCircuit CourtNov Second 1843

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The several answer of RobertRobert
Strong one of the defendants to the bill of Complaint
of Preston Braxton and others Complainants
against this defendant and others defendants
This defendant RobertRobert Strong now and at all
times saving and reserving to himself all advantage
and benefit of exception to the errors and imper
fections customed in the said bill of complaints of
the said Complainants for answer thereto or to
so much thereof as he is advised it is material
for him to make answer unto he answering
admits that he is advised and believes that the
said MiltonMilton Duty deported this life at the time &
place stated in said bill and that at the time
of the death of of said Duty he was possessed of and
was the legal owner of the slaves mentioned in the
said bill.
This defendant states that he has no
knowledge whatever of the said MiltonMilton Duty in his
lifetime having made any will in the State ofMississippi
MississippiMississippi nor does he this defendant know any
thing about the disposition of any property of
said decedent in any manner whatever after
he left the State of MississippiMississippi and arrived to the
State of MissouriMissouri. This defendant most positively
states and hereby denies having any knowledge
of any transactions between said MiltonMilton Duty in
his lifetime with said DavidDavid or George W CoonsGeorge W Coons
or any other person in the State of MissouriMissouri or

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elsewhere after said decedent MiltonMilton Duty left
the State of MississippiMississippi and arrived to
the State of MissouriMissouri, this defendant states that he
has no knowledge whatever of the transactions in
pork by said Duty nor has this defendant any
knowledge whatever of the or other trans
actions of said Duty with said DavidDavid or GeorgeGeorge W Coons
W CoonsGeorge W Coons . And this defendant most positively
states that he has no knowledge of any notes given
by said Duty to said DavidDavid or George W. CoonsGeorge W Coons
nor of any payments made by said decedent or
by any person for him to said CoonsCoons or either
of them on account of said notes nor on any
other account whatever this defendant states
that he has no knowledge whatever of the chara
cter of the claims which were allowed against the Estate of said
MiltonMilton Duty whether just or unjust, except
the claims of this defendant which last named
claims.
This respondent most positively states
were and are in all respects just equitable &
true, and this defendant further states that said
last named claims were allowed by the Probate Court of St. Louis
County against said Estate and this defendant
is accused and barely believes that the sum
were duly and properly established by competent
and legal testimony all of which will more
fully appear by reference to the record and
proceedings in the case of this respondent
against the administrator of the Estate of
said MiltonMilton Duty which is prayed
to be taken as a part of this answer.

This defendant states that he has no knowledge