Hull Anderson Estate Deposition
In 1877, Camilla H. D. Rodman, wife of William B. Rodman, was in the process of purchasing land in Washington, North Carolina, owned by the now deceased Hull Anderson, when the ownership of the land and a cleared title was questioned. It came to Camilla's attention as she was prepared to make the final installment that the land may be owned by the heirs of Hull Anderson, all citizens of Monrovia in the Republic of Liberia on the West coast of Africa. Camilla was challenged with depositions to the Hull Anderson estate and was threatening to be sued for the recovery of the land by Anderson's heirs. Camilla had made diligent inquiry and could not find any of Hull's heirs in the state. She was advised by counsel that the claimants had no valid or legal title to the lands in question. A formal request by the Clerk of Court in Beaufort County to D.M. Payne, Esq., Monrovia, Montserrado County, Liberia requested depositions in reference to the Hull Anderson Estate, involving the Rodman homes on West Main Street in Washington, N.C., be taken in Monrovia of the heirs of Hull Anderson. Depositions were taken from Martha Ann Hull Anderson, Amos Anderson, William H. Freeman, Ferdinand C. Freeman, and George H. Keyser. Their complete depositions are included here in a question answer type format. Also included is a legal document to James E. Shepherd, Esq. relaying the consideration and promissory note of the sale of the house and lot purchased by Camilla D. Rodmand to Nathaniel S. Fulford.