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State of North Carolina
Spring Term 1849
To the Honourable the Judge of the Court of Equity in and for said county
The Petition of Solomon Free Guardian of John Aldred a Lunatic
Humbly complaining your petitioner showeth unto your that he has been
appointed the guardian of John Aldred in this county who is a lunatic. That
he found the estate of said Aldred much in trouble and he has sold the
personal property belonging to him for the purpose of meeting his debts and
that the proceeds of the sale will be hereby sufficient to discharge them.
That there is belonging to this said lunatic a large plantation of very thin
and much worn land, that the said land will not yield a support said lunatic
without incurring too great an offense for the value of said estate. That
there is belonging to said lunatic and attached to said plantation a mill
list on Deep River insurediably below the Cedar Falls Factory with a Fall of
6 1/2 feet and is not available for milling purposes without erecting a dam
of 3 or 4 feet which will back up to that height in to the tail side of the
said Cedar Falls Factory that the Cedar Falls Manufactoring company intend
moving their grist mill this ensuing summer and are willing to concede to H.
B. Elliott a member of said company the privilege of erecting a dam below
them in case the said seat of the said Aldred can be obtained immediately so
as to enable the said Elliott to put up a grist mill by the ensuing Fall.
Otherwise the company will move their grist mill to the mouth of their tail
ease which will render the seat of Aldred seriously worthless as a dam
erected there would flood the company's grist mill and without a dam the
seat is of no value and that said Elliott is willing to give the sum of $500
for this said seat and 30 acres of land attached thereto upon a credit of 12
months with interest from the sale.
Your Petitioner showeth unto your Honour that by a sale of said mill seat
the estate of the said lunatic will be enhanced in value and is agreement
that he may have the means to support the said lunatic. He further showeth
unto your Honour that he has consulted the children of the said lunatic who
are residing in this state and that they all approve of selling the said
He therefore asks your Honour to make a decree in this Honourable Court
directing the Clerk or Master to advertise this said mill seat and 30 acres
adjoining and sell the same on a credit of 12 months taking bond of the
purchases with approved surety earning interest form date.
W. C. Lacy, Clerk for Court
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