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Suit of Robert Buchan Against William Whitely

The John Taylor in the following deed is my 4th great-grandfather.  His mother, Susanna Compton Taylor, was the second wife of Henry Taylor, John being their only child.  William Whitely was Susanna Compton’s first husband.

Loudoun County Deed Book I – 1771-1773

pp. 178-179

To all to whom these presents shall come William Ellzey of County of Prince William, Attorney for Robert Buchan of the Province of Maryland, sendeth greeting. Whereas said William Ellzey prosecuted a suit for said Robert Buchan against William Whitely, upon a bond and recovered judgement, and sued out a fiere facias and executed, two slaves, viz., Judy and Lydia, in which Susanna Taylor claimed property and sued out a writ of replevin to buy the title thereof, but upon trial thereof it was adjudged they were liable to said Robert Buchan to satisfy his debt and costs aforesaid. Now know ye that I, the said William Ellzey, as Attorney for Robert Buchan having received of John Taylor, son of said Susanna, the full amount of said execution being one hundred and ten pounds current money at the desire of William Whitely, signified by their signing and sealing these presents, do bargain and sell unto John Taylor said two slaves, Judy and Lydia, and their future increase to have and to hold said slaves unto John Taylor, his heirs and assigns. In testimony whereof as well the said William Ellzey, Attorney of said Robert Buchan, as the said Susanna Taylor and william Whitely have hereunto set their hands and seals this 24th day of November 1772.

W. Ellzey, Susanna Taylor, William Whitely

In the presence of George Summers, William Lane, Henry Taylor, Joshua Taylor

At a court continued and held for Loudoun County March 24th 1773

This bill of sale was acknowledged by William Ellzey and William Whitely on their parts to be their acts and deeds, and proved on the part of Susanna Taylor by the oaths of Henry Taylor and Joshua Taylor, two of the subscribing witnesses thereto and is ordered to be recorded.

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  1. Susanna Compton was married to Robert Whitely FIRST. He died before 1744. Susanna’s SECOND marriage was to Henry Taylor in 1744/1745 and they had one child, John Taylor b.1751. See Henry’s will in Fairfax Co. Deed Book D pp225-227

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