The Answer of William Lyle in the Chancery Court Case Andrew Walkup vs the Heirs of Patrick Neal of Rockbridge VA.
The answer of Wm. Lyle one of the Exers’ Of the last will & testament of Patrick Neil decd, and one of the guardians of Daniel Neil & Graham Neil,children & devisees of the said Patrick, & infants under the age of twenty one years, to the Bill of complaint exhibited against himself & others by Andrew Walkup~
This defendant saving & reserving to himself all manner of exception, ye for answer tothe said complainants bill saith, that he has no personal knowledge of the sale of the land as mentioned in the complainants bill, on of the circumstances respecting the deeds, but he recollects that the decedent Patrick Neil, before his death, informed this defendant that the (Neil) had sold a part of his land to Andrew Walkup, but this defendant cannot now recollect the precise number of acres.Neil said he had sold on the sum he was to receive for it ~ But this defendant doubts not that the contract was as the Plaintiff hath stated in his bill ~ This defendant admits that Patrick Neil was indebted to him in the sum of fifty pounds, but in discharge of which he assigned to this defendant a bond of one hundred pounds upon said complaint with a credit endorsed of fifty pounds & did not give him a bond of fifty pounds as stated in the complainants bill~
This defendant does not know or believe that the complainant, ever gave Mary Neil the Widow and consideration for a relinquishment of her Dower, or ever procured from her any obligation to that effect~
Having thus answered the allegations of the complainants bill he prays to be hence dismissed with his cost in this behalf expended~
Rockbridge County to Witt. This day William Lyle made Oath before me one of the Justices of the Peace for said County, that the several matters & things as stated in the foregoing answer one true ~ Given under my hand this 6th day of August 1803~
Note: Grimes Neil/Neal who died in Scott County VA, in 1839, at the age of 52 was the Graham Neil/Neal mentioned in this case.He went to Sullivan Co. TN first, then to Lee county, and finally traded that land to Issac Dickerson for land in Scott County VA. The Mary, widow of Patrick above is Mary Douglas Beers/Baers/ who was the widow of William Beers when Patrick married her in 1800.Arthur Walkup was a bondsman for that marriage. History of Rockbridge Co. VA list all thechildren of Patrick as; Mackinnion, Hamilton, James, Hulker ?, Patrick Jr., Isabelle, Daniel, Graham, (& pos.Stoddart.) I have chancery court records that prove that Hamilton, Grimes and Stoddart were brothers.Stoddart and Hamilton moved to Greene Co. TN