Dudley Woodbridge papers
1773-1789 (bulk 1778-1789)
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This collection is made up of 15 legal documents pertaining to a lawsuit over Ohio lands claimed by the descendants of Tadeusz Kościuszko in 1855.
The earliest manuscript is an English- and Russian-language document respecting claims on Tadeusz Kościuszko's personal property and Ohio real estate (May 7, 1843). The document includes genealogical information about the Estko, Zalkowski, and other families, including a family tree. A contemporary English translation accompanies the manuscript.
Ten documents from 1855 concern the court case George Dawson v. Joseph Crisman ("John Doe v. Richard Roe"). Dawson inherited the Ohio lands on the deaths of the prior owners and evicted all of the tenants residing on the property. The documents include a description of the suit, in which Crisman, a tenant, forced Dawson off of the land at gunpoint; a bill for legal fees; and 8 copies of depositions related to the case and to the ownership of the property. The final items are translated documents about the genealogy of Kościuszko's descendants and legal statements by the translator of the Russian document.