Submited by Tom McCargo  5 April 1999
    



                      COURT ORDERS - CHARLOTTE COUNTY, VA
                      EXTRACTS FROM BOOK SEVEN  1786 - 1789


    7 November 1786

Page 33     Ordered that the sheriff pay Pines Ingram the sum of ?100 current
money out of the disposition in his hands towards payment for the building the
Court House of this county, undertaken by the said Ingram and that he take his
receipt for the payment thereof.

Page 35 Louis Potter Pltf vs William Johnson, Def -  Debt
     The defendant being arrested and not appearing, on the motion of the
plaintiff, by his attorney, it is considered by the court that the plaintiff
recover against the defendant and James Johnson, security for his appearance,
the sum of two pounds, nine shillings, three pence and three farthings current
money (being the reduction of 180 pounds paper money by the scale of
depreciation) the debt in the declaration mentioned and his costs. Clk 157 shf
440 fee & tax 16/6  fifa 7 Dec 1786

Page 43     Dudley Barksdale & Elizabeth his wife, Pltf vs Jack Simmons, Def -
on a writ obtained by Elisabeth Wimlish on the 7th day of Oct 1783.
     The defendant being duly warned and not appearing it is considered by the
court that the judgement be entered for the plaintiff and that they have
execution against the defendant for the sum of 11,950 pounds of tobacco to be
discharged by the payment of 5,975 pounds of South Side of James River inspected
Tobacco, with legal interest thereon from 25  Dec 1782, also 197 pounds of crop
tobacco and 15 shillings cost, according to the form, force and effect of the
judgement obtained by the said Elizabeth Wimlish, now the wife of the said
Dudley Barksdale Clk 121  Shf 15  fee 15    fifa 7 Dec 1786

    4 December 1786

Page 45 The Commonwealth vs Jacob Huntsman -  on a presentment of the Grand
Jury for swearing four oaths
   On the motion of the defendant, by Robert Lawson, his atty, who pleaded the
presentment aforesaid returned into court against him was not legally found or
agreed to by any Grand Jury duly impanelled and lawfully qualified for that
purpose, agreeable to the Act of the Assembly in such case made and provided and
for exception saith that two of the persons named on the panel, towit John
Wallace and Smith Milner were not freeholders, nor did either or both of them at
that time possess in their own right or otherwise lands or other real estate
sufficient to qualify them for Grand Jurors, agreeable to said act and
he prays that it may be inquired of by this county. To which the attorney for
the Commonwealth replied generally. It is ordered the judgement obtained against
him in the office be set aside.

Page 45 Ordered that the overseers of the poor of the Third District bind
out the following orphans towit; Rebecca Franklin to George Moseley, Jnr., Nancy
Ale to Wm Ale, William Ale to Stephen May, Letty Hughs to Joseph Hughs, William
Milam and Searie Milam to Michel Gill, Betsy Roberts to Francis Lindsay, Mark
Bartelott James to Stephen May, Loyd May to David May, Edmund Lane and Benjamin
Malone and William Malone to Stephen May according to law

    26 December 1786

Page 48  A court held for the trial of James, a negro man slave, belonging
to John Fuqua, charged on suspicion of being guilty of feloniously stealing
sundry goods. The said James was led to the bar in the custody of Mackness Goode
and being arraigned on the premises, saith he is in no wise guilty thereof. On
hearing the testimony of John Fuqua, a witness on behalf of the Commonwealth, it
is the opinion of the court, the said prisoner is not guilty of the cryme of
which he stands accused, therefore it is ordered he be forthwith discharged from
custody.

    5 February 1787

Page 51 William Morton, John Daniel, Little Joe Morton and Robert Bedford,
Gentlemen, or any three of them are appointed to let to the lowest bidder, the
building of a bridge over the Little Roanoke River at the place called the
Mossing Ford, to be built in such manner and form as they in their discretion
may think proper, and to be maintained seven years.

Page 52  (The following are) appointed to take a list of the enumerated
taxable tithes within the bounds of (the described) Militia compani(es),
distinguishing thereon all free males above the age of 21 years, as well as the
negroes of both sexes above the age of 16, together with the list of all free
males tithables between the ages of 16 and 21 years, distinguished in a separate
column and it is ordered that (they) give public notice of (their) appointment
and of the time and place (they) intend to receive the list and that (they) make
a fair alphabetical return thereof to the Clerk's Office on or before the 20th
day of April next, as the law directs:
     Langston Bacon within Capt. Hollaway's
     Thomas Collier within Capt. John Collier's
     Robert Bedford within Capt. Goode's
     Jonathan Read within Capt. Friend's
     William Spenser, Jnr. within his own
     Jacob Morton within his own
     Edmund Read within Capt. Read's
     Samuel White within his own
     Andrew Wallace within his own
     Robert Jennings within Capt. Paulet's
     Bernard Todd within Capt. Barksdale's
     William Hubard within Capt. Fuqua's
     Thomas Lawton within Capt Gaines's
     Little Joe Morton with Capt. Daniel's

Page 53 The rate for Liquors and Spirits are appointed and set forth to-
wit:
     West India Rum by the gill               0   1
     Wine by the quart                        3   0
     French Brandy by the gill                0   3
     Peach or Apple Brandy by the gill        0   4
     Whiskey by the Gill                      0   3
     Cyder by the quart                       0   4
     Breakfast                                1   3
     Dinner                                   2   0
     Lodging for the night                    0   6
     Corn or Oats by the Gallon               0   7 ?
     Fodder by the pound                      0   1
     Pasturage for a horse 24 hours           0   6
     Stablage for a horse  12 hours           0   4

    5 March 1787
Page 55 Joshua Morris, Foreman, Hillary Moseley, Philip Goode, Cuthbreath
Williamson, Moses Harrison, James Binen, James Hamlett, John Richardson, Philip
King, John Fuqua, Julius Glazbrook, Thomas Scott, Henry Madison, John Phelps,
Richard Gaines, Thomas Payne, Edward Elam and John Morris were sworn in as a
Grand Jury. (The following indictments for not putting up signboards were
returned against the surveyor of the road responsible - not named)
     At the fork of the road by Capt. Fletcher's
     At the fork above Burges
     By William Burges
     At the fork by Ben Cooks
     At the fork above the Court House
     Below the Court House leading to Bouldin's Old Store
     At Little Roan oake Church
     At the fork above Mrs. Bedford's

    6 March 1787

Page 59 John Whelan & Co., Pltf vs John Sullivant, Snr., Def.  In     Case
     This day came as well the plaintiffs by their attorney, as the said
defendant into court in his proper person, who saith he cannot
gainsay the action of the said plaintiffs in manner and form against him as
alleged and that they have sustained damage by occasion of the non performance
of that promise and assumption beside costs, to the sum of ? 6 / 6d.    Clk 142
Shf 30  Fee & Tax 16/6

Page 60 Samuel Johnson, Pltf vs Henry Benskin Lightfoot, Def, An attchmt
against the def's estate
     This day came the pltf by his atty, and the sheriff having made return on
the attchmt awarded against the def's estate, that he hath levied the same in
the hands of Thos Foster and summonsed him as a garnishee and the def not
appearing although solemnly called. The sd Foster on oath saith he had dealings
with the def at his store at Moore's and is indebted to him for more than will
be sufficient to answer the pltf's demand. Therefore, it is considered by the
court that he recover against the def his debt aforesaid together with his
costs.

Page 62 (Several presentments of the Grand Jury are dismissed as follows:)
        Against Jacob Huntsman, for profane swearing four oaths.
        Against Susanah Jones, for having a bastard child
        Against Robert Puckett, for living in adultery with Sarah Potter.
        Against Sarah Potter, for living in adultery with Robert Puckett.
        Against William Foley, for nor listing one tithable, two horses, and
five head of cattle.

Page 63 Ambrose Nelson, Pltf vs William Fowler, Def,  An attchmt against the
def's estate.
     The Sheriff having made return on the attchmt, saith he had levied the same
in the hands of Joseph Wood, and summonsed him as garnishee.  The sd Wood on
oath saith he purchased a negro from the sheriff under execution taken from the
def, and gave his bond for the payment of ? 45, the purchase money subject to
the payment of the claims Nicholas Bowers of ? 33, 15 shillings, 3 pence,
ha'penny, the amount of his debt against the def, for which the sd negro was
taken in execution..

Page 67 George Thomas James, by John Callicott his next friend, John
Callicott and Sarah his wife, Hugh Thomas James, John James, Bartlett James,
infants, by John Callicott, their next friend, Plts vs James Davis and Sarah his
wife defs.  In chancery
     By direction of the pltf's atty, this suit is ordered to be dismissed, and
it is further ordered and decreed, that the pltfs pay to the defs their costs.
Clk 140  Fees 30

Page 71 Ordered that the clerk issue no execution on any judgement obtained
in this court on the presentments of May 1786, it appearing in proof to the
court that William Pride Daniel, one of the Jurors, was not a freeholder at the
time of his serving on the Grand Jury
aforesaid.

Page 76 (Grand Jury consisting of ) Francis Barnes, Foreman, Richard
Watkins, John Richardson Junr, William Watson, Royal Bowman, Thomas Pettus,
Philip King, Dudley Barksdale, Jesse Bunkley, Matthew Jordan, John Nelson, John
Rice, James Middleton, John Smith, John Spenser, Mumford DeJarnette, Burwale
Brown.(returned the following indictments)
        Jospeh Grammon for living in fornication with Elizabeth Prior
        Robert Puckett for living in adultery with Sally Potter
        The Hon. Paul Carrington for not giving his vote at the election the 2nd
day of April last


    7 May 1787
Page 77 Samuel Puryear, William Puryear & Edward Finch, exor's of John
Puryear, dec'd, Pltf vs Young Griffin & William Callicott, Def.  In Debt
Richard Griffin came into court and undertook for the defendants etc (Common
Bail)

Page 78 Joseph Curd, Pltf vs Peter Francisco, Def  Case
     This day came the parties by their atty's. Smith Milnor, Mumford
DeJarnatte, Dudley Holt, James Johnston, John Smith, Thomas Gaines, Thomas
Vernon, Williams Pride Daniel, Russell Hitchcock, Thomas Smith, Joseph Ward and
Joseph Adkins, the same impanelled and sworn at the last court of Quarter
Sessions, to try the issue joined between the aforesaid parties, being solemnly
called but not appearing, it is ordered that the sheriff summons them to appear
at the next Court of Quarter Sessions to be held the first Monday in August
next, to try the issue between the parties aforesaid.

Page 81 Samuel Boyd, Pltf vs John Irvine, Defs  in Case
     On the motion of the def and for good cause shown it is awarded him to take
the deposition of Abraham Irvine, of the District of Kentucky, giving the pltf
legal notice of the time and place of taking the same.

Page 82 Order that the following alterations be made to the Court House
building by Pines Ingram. Adding 18 light windows in the front gable and an oval
window over the door and that there be made a clerk's table and a book press for
one of the jury rooms and a table for each of the jury rooms. William Hubard,
Thomas Spenser and Jonathan Read are appointed to treat with sd Ingram to do the
same.

Page 84 Hickerson Barksdale, assignee of John Barksdale, Pltf vs Francis
Clark and John Clark, Defs
     On the motion of the pltf, by his atty (it) is awarded him to take oath
before the court that the sd William Blank is a material witness in this cause.

    4 May 1787
Page 93 (Two Complaints filed by the two Tax Commissioners are listed,
differing only in the name of the Commissioner and the person against whom he is
filing the charge)
     (Jacob Morton, Commissioner for the upper District / Thomas Spenser,
Commissioner for the lower District) of the county came into court and gave
information that (Bartlett Greenwood / Richard Loven) of his district had
refused to give a list of his property subject to taxation, on oath as by law
required, therefore it is ordered that the sheriff summons the sd (Bartlett
Greenwood / Richard Loven) to appear at the next court to be held for the sd
county on the 1st Monday in July next, to show cause if he can why he not be
fined and treble taxed, as the law directs.

Page 94 Thomas Watkins, deputy under William Morton Gent. late sheriff of
this county came into court and tendered his account of insolvents in the
collection of the grain tax for the year 1782 and made oath to the same, which
was ordered to be certified to the Board of Auditors.

Page 96 (Two naturalization orders, identical except for the name of the new
citizen)
     (William Kernohan / Thomas Mackey) came into court and made oath that he is
a native of Ireland and that he migrated to this state with a intention of
residing herein and thereupon the said (Kernohan- /Mackey) took the oath for
giving a issuance of fidelity to the Commonwealth, to entitle him to the rights
of citizenship.

    2 July 1787

Page 101    Edward Almond came into court and produced credentials of his
ordination and also of his being in regular communion with the Methodist Church
and the said Almond took the oath of allegiance to this Commonwealth, and
entered into bond with Thomas Read, his security, agreeable to an Act of
Assembly entitled "An Act to Regulate the Solemnization of Marriages."  He is
hereby authorized to celebrate the rights of Matrimony agreeable to the forms
and customs of the said Church between any persons legally applying therefore
within this State.

    6 August 1787
Page 103    A state of the Levy for the relief and support of the poor in this
county for 12 months from the 1st of October next
        To Mrs. Jones (Wife of Richard Jones)    7/00/0
        To James Haley & his wife              10/00/0
        To Henry Butridge for support of
          Susanah Philby                       12/00/0
        To John Crews & wife                   12/00/0
        William Morton for Agnes Sexton         12/00/0
        Robert Williams & wife                 14/00/0
        Richard Gaines for Daniel Burns         5/00/0
        William Crews for Robert Crews          7/00/0
        Andrew Wallace for Mrs. Coleson          4/00/0
        Robert Jennings for Mary Evans          5/00/0
        Andrew Wallace for Joel Copeland        2/00/0
        Bernard Todd for John Bryan             4/00/0
        Richard Jones                          10/00/0
        Edward Moseley for John White           7/10/0
        Ditto for Benj & Ann Williamson        18/00/0
        John Daniels for Margaret Mullins       6/00/0
        John Collier for Harrison Gambriel      3/10/0
        Langston Bacon for James Malcomb        9/00/0
        Robert Sibley in aide to the
          support of his wife                   3/00/0
        Abner Jackson for Ann Silecok           5/00/0
        John Hachett for Martha Hachett
           and child                           10/00/0

By 2794 tithables @ 1/6 specie per poll or inspected tobacco in lieu thereof at
two pence per pound, at the option of payee.   Total ? 200/11/0.

     Sackville Brewer, Foreman, William Dabbs, William Johnson,  Thomas Smith,
James Fletcher, Thomas Payne, Thomas Pettus, John Richardson, Temple Davis,
Burwell Brown, Robert Armstead, William White, Cutbirth Williamson, William
Marshall, Richard Watkins, Philip King, Cain Jackson, John Phillips, Josiah
LeGrand, Josiah Foster, and James Arnold (A Grand Jury, returned the following
presentment)
        Against Jacob Huntsman for profane swearing two oaths since last Grand
Jury.


Page 104     Joseph Curd, Pltf vs Peter Francisco, Def
     This day came the parties by their attys and the jury impanelled and sworn
at the March session being solemnly called and not appearing, by mutual consent
of said parties by their attys, with as- sent of the court, they are discharged
and it is ordered the sheriff that he cause to be impanelled anew at the next
Court of Quarter Session, to be held for the sd county, twelve good and lawful
men of the bystanders to try the issue aforesaid the said parties.

Page 105    William Ferry, Exor of Nathaniel Ferry, dec'd, Pltf vs William
Rawlins, surviving Exor of Edward Wade, who was exor of Robert Wade
     A jury towit, Daniel Raither, Francis Clark, Royal Bowman, John Simpson,
John Jackson, David Mattox, Samuel Parsons, John Sandefur, Miles Bottom, Joseph
Adkins, Absolm Watkins and James Bonner were
charged and sworn to try the issue.

Page 109    Elizabeth Farmer, Complainant against Joel Farmer, Def  A Suit in
Chancery
     This cause this day came on to be heard upon the plaintiff's bill, the
defendant's answer, the depositions of sundry witnesses, and the viva voce
testimony of Halecombe Roberson heard by special order of the court, and
arguments of counsel on both sides. On consideration thereof it is ordered and
decreed that the pltf recover against the def one third of his real and personal
estate and Joel Watkins, Francis Scott, John B. Scott. George Patillo and Joshua
Morris, or any three of them do make such partition and allotment in a fair and
equable manner between the parties and assign and give to the plaintiff the wife
of the defendant, as in the bill mentioned, possession of her one-third thereof
for her use as a separate maintenance during her natural life. It is further
ordered and decreed that the def pay to the pltf her costs  Clk 1038  Shf 85
Wit 4505  Fee 30    fifa 12 Oct 1789

Page 115    William Cowan, Gent, Deputy Attorney for the Commonwealth of this
county, came into court and gave information that a certain Benjamin Clements
and Rubin Traynum of the aforesaid county are suspected of being guilty of
writing and propagating certain papers indicating a seditious intention,
endeavoring to prejudice the minds of the people against order and good
government. On hearing testimony of sundry witnesses in support of the charge,
it is ordered that the sheriff summons the said Clements and the said Traynum,
to appear here at the next court to be held for the said county to answer the
same. It is further ordered that the clerk issue summons for such witnesses as
shall be directed by the Attorney for the Commonwealth

    4 September 1787
     James Adams Guardian of John Sullivant, Paul Sullivant, William Perrin
Sullivant, orphans of William Sullivant, dec'd, came into court and rendered his
accounts against the sd orphan's estates and made oath thereto and ordered to be
recorded.
     Paul Carrington Guardian of George Sullivant, orphan of William Sullivant
dec'd came into court and rendered his account against the sd orphan's estate
and made oath thereto and ordered to be recorded

Page 121    Indenture between Thomas Liggon, Snr. of the one part and Thomas
Bedford of the other is ordered to be recorded. Ann the wife of the sd Thomas
Liggon, being first privily examined etc (Relinquishment of Dower Right)

Page 123    Joel Farmer this day appeared in discharge of his recognizance
entered into the 21st day of July 1787 before Bernard Todd and Andrew Wallace,
Gent two of the Justices of the Peace of the sd county at the complaint of
Doratha Hundley, the wife of Charles Hundley. The sd Doratha Hundley came into
court and made oath that she was in fear of her life, or some bodily hurt to be
done or procured to be done her by the said Joel Farmer. Therefore, it is
ordered that the sheriff take the said Joel Farmer into custody and him safely
keep until the sd Farmer has entered into recognizance with sufficient security,
that is to say, himself of the sum of ? 200 and his securities    ? 100 each.

     On the motion of Joel Farmer by David Stokes, Gent., his atty and for good
cause shown, it is ordered that the sheriff suspend execution of the attchmt for
contempt issued against the sd Joel, by Elizabeth Farmer, the wife of the sd
Joel, for non-performance of an interlocutory degree made in this suit, wherein
Elizabeth Farmer, as pltf and the sd Joel def for alimony until November, and
that the sheriff release the def from custody.

Page 124    Susannah Carwell came into court and made oath that her son Daniel
Cardwell is the elder brother of and heir at law of Thomas Cardwell, a younger
son, who died a soldier in the Army of the United States in Charleston in South
Carolina in the year 1780, which is ordered to be certified to the Board of
Auditors and entitle the sd Daniel to the wages of his brother.

    1 October 1787
Page 125    Francis Barnes, John Norris, Jnr. and John Adkins who were appointed
to view a way for a road to be cleared from James Callicott's plantation to
King's Road, this day reported that the way viewed by them as directed in the sd
order will be more convenient than where the road now turns.  Whereupon it is
ordered that the way so viewed and reported be established as the public road,
and that the Surveyors of the old road, with the hands working under him, do
faithfully lay open, clear and keep the same in repair according to law.

      Anthony Hundley came into court and made oath that his son Elijah Hundley
is the eldest surviving brother of, Anthony Hundley dec'd, who died a soldier in
the Army of the United States to the South, which is ordered to be certified to
the Board of Auditors to entitle the sd Elijah to the wages of his sd brother.

Page 127    Ordered that the male laboring tithables belonging to William
Foster, George W. Foster, John Hawkins, Charles Whitlock, Thomas Toombs, and
Thomas Blankenship be added to work on the road whereof William Foster is
Surveyor.

    5 November 1787
Page 128    At a Court of Oyer and Terminer held for Charlotte County, the 5th
complaint of Doratha Hundley, the wife of Charles Hundley. The sd Doratha
Hundley came into court and made oath that she was in fear of her life, or some
bodily hurt to be done or procured to be done her by the said Joel Farmer.
Therefore, it is ordered that the sheriff take the said Joel Farmer into custody
and him safely keep until the sd Farmer has entered into recognizance with
sufficient security, that is to say, himself of the sum of ? 200 and his
securities ? 100 each.

     On the motion of Joel Farmer by David Stokes, Gent his atty and for good
cause shown, it is ordered that the sheriff suspend execution of the attchmt for
contempt issued against the sd Joel, by Elizabeth Farmer, the wife of the sd
Joel, for non-performance of an interlocutory degree made in this suit, wherein
Elizabeth Farmer, as pltf and the sd Joel def for alimony until November, and
that the sheriff release the def from custody.

    5 November 1787
Page 128    At a Court of Oyer and Terminer held for Charlotte County, the 5th
day of November, in the fifth year of the Commonwealth, and the year of our Lord
God 1787, for the trial of Ned, a Negro man slave belonging to Ann Price, of the
sd county, charged with being guilty of attempting by force to ravish and
carnally know a certain Susannah Carr, of the sd county. The prisoner was led to
the bar in the custody of Mackness Goode, Sheriff of this county, to whose
custody for the cause aforesaid he was before committed. Being arraigned of the
premises, saith he is in no wise guilty thereof, whereupon sundry witnesses were
produced, sworn and examined, as well on behalf of the Commonwealth as on the
prisoner at the bar, and he was fully heard in his own defense. On mature
consideration had by the court, it is their opinion, the sd prisoner is guilty
in manner and form as against him is alleged. Thereupon it is ordered that the
said prisoner for the said offense be castrated and that the Sheriff employ some
able physician to perform the operation. Memorandum: The sd prisoner is value by
the court to ? 80, current money.

Page 128    Sackville Brewer, Foreman, Francis Barnes, William Callicott,
William Dabbs, Richard Watkins, John Richarson, William Marshall, Thomas Smith,
Henry Madison, John Spenser, John Nash Read, William Johnston, Thomas Payne,
John Breedlove, Burwell Brown, John Haynes, John Sandefur, William White and
Francis Thorton (were sworn in a Grand Jury and returned the following
presentments:)
     Robert Puckett for living in adultery with Sarah Potter
     Sarah Potter for living in adultery with Robert Puckett
     Caty Ward for living in adultery with John Standish
     John Standish for living in adultery with Caty Ward
     Thomas Blankenship for an assault committed on the body of John Claiborne
the 31st day of October

Page 129    Elizabeth Farmer, Pltf vs Joel Farmer, Def - A suit in Chancery
     Pursuant to the decree made in this cause, Joel Watkins, John B. Scott and
Joshua Morris, three of the persons therein named, made this report in these
words,
     "We find the def to be seized of two different tracts of land lying upon
Turnip Creek, one containing 206 acres, the other 120. We allot to the sd
Elizabeth the tract of 120 acres, which sd tract, the sd Joel purchased of
Richard Gross. We also allot to the sd Elizabeth the following slaves, Will and
Nell, also one bay mare, three grown cattle,and one small one. We find the sd
Joel is entitled to a considerable estate in expectancy, now in the hands of
Mrs. Murphy, of Halifax, mother of the sd Elizabeth Farmer, concerning which, we
do not conceive ourselves authorized to proceed."  Given under our hands this
5th day of November 1787.  Signed Joel Watkins, John B. Scott, Joshua Morris. "
     Thereupon it is ordered and decreed that the sd partition and division, as
far as respects the lands, slaves and stock be stable and made firm between the
parties, and that the estate in expectancy not be (subject) to division under
this decree until it shall become vested in the def and further order of this
court respecting the same.
Page 129    The Commonwealth vs Paul Carrington Gent on a presentment for not
giving his vote at the election the 2nd date of April, last past
     The Def in his proper person, comes and prays that the judgement on the
rules of the court on this said presentment may be set aside and that he may
have leave to plead as the matter is. The def prays oyer of the presentment, and
it is read to him in the following words.
    "We present Paul Carrington for not voting in the last election."
     The def for plea saith that judgement ought not be rendered against him for
the following reasons: For that altho he is a citizen of the American States and
a land holder in Virginia, he is amenable to no other law than such as are
warranted by and known to the Constitution of the country. For that the def
considers the Constitution of this and every other country as the basis,
foundation and parent of all laws subsequently framed therein, that the
Constitution is paramount to the law, and all laws not warranted by, fitted to,
and justified by the constitution are illegitimate, spurious, void and
ineffectual. The def considers the Act of Convention of May 1776, constituted a
Constitution  or form of government as the free foundation of all subsequent
laws in this country, that the seventh section of that Act is thus written, "The
right of suffrage in the election of members of both houses shall remain as
exercised at present" That the Act of October 1785 so far as respects this case
is an innovation on the Constitution, is grossly repugnant thereto, is
whimsical, unwarrantable and consequently void as, tyrannical and oppressive.
For that admitting that Act to be consistent with the Constitution, it forms no
certain rule whereby the court are to judge in respect to the fine thereby
intended to be inflicted. For that the def is engaged in an office of legal and
public notoriety and that on the first Monday of April last, he was discharging
the important duties of that office, far distant from this county, and it must
have been less criminal to neglect the duty as one of 500 than as one of 5, when
both were instituted by the same authority.
     For that the def is a freeholder, as well in the County of Henrico as in
the County of Charlotte, both of which elections happened on the same day. If
therefore ,the aforesaid Act is of force, the def must consequently have been
punishable for not voting in one of those elections, which would be an
infringement on the civil rights of every free man. Lastly the presentment
aforesaid, doth not charge at what election or for what purpose it was held, or
on what day or at what place the def became a delinquent, and therefore void for
uncertainty of manner whereon the court are to judge, as it is illegal and
unprecedented to supply the defects in the finding of a jury, by implication or
intendment. Wherefore the def prays the presentment aforesaid may be quashed
     On which motion it ordered the rule obtained in the office against the def
be set aside.

    3 December 1787
Page 142    A division of the estate of Metcalf Dickerson between John Fann and
the orphans of Tarply Dickerson was this day certified by the clerk of Warren
County, State of North Carolina, and on the motion of Jean Dickerson, Guardian
of the orphans of the sd Tarply Dickerson, the same is admitted to record.


Page 143    Indenture with memorandum thereon endorsed between Young Griffin and
Beverly Callicotte, was proved by two of the witnesses thereto subscribed to be
the act and deed of the sd Young Griffin.
Page 146        (Extracts from the County Levy)
Atty for the State William Cowan Gent, one
     years sallrey ...................... 1248 Tob  10/08/0
Thomas Read,his clks ticket this yr, for
     fees Clark & DeJarnette ............... 116       1/00/0
Dr Joseph Mathews for castrating and
     attending Ned, a criminal .................... 20/14/0
Benjamin Evans, seven young wolves
     Killed in sd County ................ 1050       6/11/3
By 3062 tithables 1/9 per poll, ? 267/18/3 -  or 10? lbs inspected tobacco at
the option of the payee.

    4 February 1788
Page 151    The court proceeded to appoint Claiborne Barksdale, Richard Gaines,
Jnr., Andrew Wallace, John Richardson, John Spenser, James Reese, James
Hamblett, Andrew Hannah and Josiah Foster to act as judges of the value of
property taken and the sufficiency of the security that may be offered, under
the Act of Assembly entitled,"an act directing the mode of proceeding under
certain executions."

    4 March 1788
Page 158    Samuel Puryear, William Puryear and Edward Finch, Exor's of John
Puryear, dec'd, Pltfs vs Young Griffin and William Callicott, Defs -  In Debt
     This day came the parties and thereupon also came a jury, Alexander Gordon,
John Richardson, William Harris, Cutbirth Williamson, James Adams, Samuel Pugh,
Thomas North, Lunsford Landrum, John Harvie, William Johnston, Cain Jackson and
William Marshall on their oath do say the def have not paid the debt in the
declaration mentioned, and the pltfs have sustained damages by default thereon
one penny besides their costs. Thereupon it is ordered by the court that the
pltfs recover against the defs the sum of ? 14      2 shillings, the amt in the
declaration mentioned, and one penny damages, by the jury assigned thereof.

    8 April 1788
Page 165    Thomas Blankenship is appt Surveyor of that part of the road called
the Briery Meeting House Road whereof William Foster was late Surveyor.

Page 171    An instrument of writing, emancipating Toney, Rose, Esther, Edmund,
Lucy, Frank, Nancy and Milly, negro slaves belonging to Edward Almond, of this
county, and proved by the oath of Edward E. Almond to be of the several ages, as
in the sd writing is expressed, was acknowledged in court by the sd Edward
Almond to be his act and deed, and on his motion admitted to record.

    5 May 1788
Page 172    Joseph Fowler, Foreman, Peter Francisco, Luke Palmer, Josiah Foster,
Jnr., John Fuqua, John Foster, Burwell Brown, Joshua Chaffin, John Norris,
Cutbirth Williamson, Henry Madison, Thomas Pettus, Josiah Foster, Snr., Thomas
Oliver, John Sandefur, Theodorick Baker and Thomas Chaffin, were sworn in as a
Grand Jury. (Individual presentments differing only in the individual named were
returned, each charging )
     For not giving his vote for Representative in the last election, George
Terry, William Dupree, Hood Nance, Owen Sullivant, Thomas Barnes, Edward
Keeling, Caleb Hines, Richard M Baker, Joseph Fuqua, Jnr., Moses Harrison, John
Bibb, John Green
     John Tankersley for an assault committed on the body of John Taylor, the --
-- day of October, last past

Here follow four trials, reported in identical language, differing only in the
name of the accused. Each is found guilty and fined the same.

The Commonwealth vs (Sarah Potter, Robert Puckett, Caty Ward, John Standish)
     This day came the Atty for the Commonwealth and thereupon came also a jury
towit, John Roach, Daniel Coleman, Williamson Price, James M Daniel, Frederick
Nance, Robert Reeves, James Baugham, Thomas Oliver, Thomas Epperson, Lewis
Jackson, George Redd and Christopher Moses, who being elected, tried and sworn
to inquire on the presentment aforesaid, on their oath do say the defendant is
guilty as informed in the presentment against (him/her) is set forth. Therefore,
it is considered by the court, for the sd offense (he/she) make (his/her) fine
to the Commonwealth by the payment of 1,000 pounds of tobacco and costs, for the
use of the poor of the parish of Cornwall, and they do pay the costs of this
prosecution.
(Immediately following the last of the above trials, Thomas Blankenship is tried
by the same jury, charged with "Committing an assault on the body of John
Claiborne on the 31st day of October 1787", the jury finds he is guilty in
manner and form as charged, the court then fines him ? 10 current money to the
use of the Commonwealth and that he pay the costs of the prosecution)

Page 190
     (The following is of interest, since it is one of the few instances of a
debtor being placed in prison for non payment of a debt.)
     David Reps & Co, Pltf vs William Brown, Def  - in Debt
     The def being arrested and committed to the common jail of this county, on
the motion of the pltf, by their atty, it is considered by the court that the
pltf recover against the def in custody, the sum of 26/11/6, the debt in the
declaration mentioned, and their costs. But the judgement, except to the costs,
be discharged by the payment of 13/5/9, current money, with lawful interest
thereon from the 5 Dec 1785. Clk 122 Shf 40 Fee & Tax 16/6 fifa 31 Dec 1788
Released from custody by order of the court 1 Dec 1788.

    7 July 1788
Page 191    Thomas Spenser, Jnr., Commissioner in the lower district of this
county came into court and gave information that Thomas Blankenship, Benjamin
Clements, John Haley, Snr. and Anthony Griffin, son of Richard, of his district,
had refused to give a list of their property subject to taxation, on oath, as by
law required. Therefore, it is ordered that the sheriff summons them to appear
here at the next court to be held august next, to show cause, if they can, why
they should not be fined and treble taxed.


    4 August 1788

Page 196    Joseph Curd, Pltf vs Peter Francisco, Def - Case
     This day came the parties by their attys, and thereupon came also a jury,
towit, John Spenser, Thomas Pettus, Charles Pettus, Stephen Bedford, Rueben
Johnston, John Blankinship, Philip King, George W Foster, Thomas ???, James
Watkins, Thomas Pettus (Jnr. ?) and Mumford DeJarnette.

Page 201    James Mullings, Pltf vs George Terry, Def - In trespass
     This day came the parties by their attys, and thereupon came also a jury,
towit, James Dudgeons, Joseph Dabbs, Thomas Pryne, Miles Bottom, Daniel Coleman,
William Foster, James Johnson, Richard Watkins, John Watkins Peter Francisco,
Benjamin Cook, George Thompson, who being tried and sworn the truth to speak, of
and upon the issue joined aforesaid, on their oath do say the def is guilty of
killing the mare, as in the declaration maintained and the pltf hath sustained
damages by the occasion thereof, besides his costs, to the sum of ? 5 current
money.

Page 203    Hezekiah Turpin, Pltf vs Drury Burge & Charles Irby, Defs - Case
     It is ordered the defendant, Burge, pay unto the pltf the sum of ? 300,
current money, with legal interest thereon from the 25th day of December 1783
till payment, being the sum of money paid to the def by John Coates and Branch
Tanner on the assigned bond from the pltf to the defs for the purchase of two
negroes, Peter and Bobb. It is further ordered the def Burge pay to the pltf the
further sum of ? 20, current money, for his trouble and expenses on his journey
to and from South Carolina.

    1 December 1788
Page 222    The Reverend William Mahon came into court and produced credentials
of his ordination and also of his being in regular communion with the
Presbyterian Church. The sd Mahon took the oath of allegiance to the
Commonwealth and entered into bond with Thomas Read, his security in the penalty
of ? 200.

Page 223    Ordered that the overseers of the poor of the third district bind
out Isham Jones, son of Homer(?) Jones.

    6 January 1789
Page 225    A Court held on the 6th day of January 1789 for examination of
Christopher Meyers, who stands charged on suspicion of being guilty of
feloniously stealing and killing a red cow yearling, the property of Joseph
Wilson, of the sd county, of the value of 20 shillings, current money. The sd
Christopher Meyers appeared before the court in discharge of his recognizance
entered into before Jacob Morton and Thomas Spenser, Jnr., Justices of the Peace
of the sd county. Being charged with the crime saith that he did take up and
kill the sd red cow yearling, but is not guilty of stealing the same in manner
and form as is against him charged. Whereupon divers witnesses were produced,
sworn and examined, as well on behalf of the Commonwealth as of the sd prisoner,
and on hearing the testimony of the witnesses, and the arguments as well of the
Atty for the Commonwealth, who prosecuted in this court, as the prisoner in his
own defense, it is the opinion of the court, the sd prisoner is guilty in manner
and form, as  against him is set forth, but that the offense is cognizable
before the court of the county. Therefore, it is ordered that the said prisoner
be bound over to the next Court of Quarter Sessions, to be held for the said
county on the 1st Monday March next, and that he give security for his personal
appearance before the sd court, that is to say, himself in the sum of ? 100 and
his securities ? 50. If he fails to give such security, it is ordered the sd
prisoner be committed to the jail of the sd county, there to remain for his
trial

Page 226    A Court held on the 6th day of January 1789 for examination of Joel
Foster, who stands committed to the common jail of this county charged on
suspicion of being guilty of feloniously entering in the nighttime, the dwelling
house of Quinn Morton, and stealing thereout a large trunk, with wearing
apparel, papers, bonds, and about ?30 in cash, to the value, in the whole, of
?300. The sd Joel Foster, was led to the bar in the custody of William Hubard,
Gent., Sheriff, in whose custody for the cause aforesaid, he was committed. The
witnesses that were bound in a recognizance to appear here this date, to give
testimony for the Commonwealth, being called and James Bower, the one most
material, failed to appear. Thereupon for good cause appearing to the court, it
is ordered the sd Joel Foster be recommitted to the jail, to take his
examination on Monday, the 12 day of this instant. He is remanded back to jail,
and it is ordered the Sheriff that he summons a court to meet for that purpose
on the day aforesaid.

    12 January 1789
Page 226    A Court held on the 12th day of January 1789 for examination of Joel
Foster, who stands committed to the common jail of this county charged on
suspicion of being guilty of feloniously entering in the nighttime, the dwelling
house of Quinn Morton, and stealing thereout a large trunk, with wearing
apparel, papers, bonds, and about ?30 in cash, to the value, of the whole, of
?300. The sd Joel Foster, was led to the bar, and being charged with the cryme,
saith he is in no wise guilty thereof. Thereupon divers witnesses were produced,
sworn and examined, as well on behalf of the Commonwealth as of the sd prisoner,
and he was fully heard in his own defense by John B Scott,Gent, his atty. It is
the opinion of the court, on considering the testimony, and the circumstances
relative thereto, the sd prisoner is not guilty of the crime of which he stands
accused. Thereupon, it is ordered he be forthwith discharged.

A Court held on the 12th day of January 1789 for examination of Christopher
Meyers, who stands committed to the common jail of this county charged on
suspicion of being guilty of feloniously breaking open in the nighttime of the
10th of December, last, the dwelling house of Quinn Morton, and stealing
thereout a large trunk, with wearing apparel and a pocket book with sundry,
bonds, papers, etc, and about ?30 in cash, to the value, of the whole, of ?300.
The sd Christopher Meyers, was led to the bar, and being charged with the cryme,
saith he is in no wise guilty thereof. Thereupon divers witnesses were produced,
sworn and examined, as well on behalf of the Commonwealth as of the sd prisoner,
and he was fully heard in his own defense. On considering the testimony offered,
and the circumstances relative thereto, it is the opinion of the court, that the
sd prisoner ought to be tried for the offense before the Honorable, the General
Court at their next session to be held in the City of Richmond in April, on the
first day of the sd court. Whereupon he remanded back to the jail and that the
sheriff convey the prisoner to the public jail in the city of Richmond, and that
as soon as may be.
     Quinn Morton, a witness, being first sworn, saith that on the night of the
10th of December, last, his dwelling house was robed of a trunck and sundry
articles of wearing apparel, and a pocket book with bonds and sundry papers, and
about ?30 cash of the following species of money, as well as the deponent
recollects: 14 Guineas, 2 Pistoles, 12 or 15 Spanish Dollars and about the same
number in French Crowns, and further he saith not.
     Rebecca G Brafford, being sworn, saith she was at the house of the
prisoner, when he came home from Quinn Morton's, and he was asked by his wife,
if he was not afraid that Simmons would discover his robbery. The prisoner
answered, "No Simmons would suffer anything before he would discover him, even
death." He saith that all means were used to make Simmons confess, but he would
not. The deponent saith that after the prisoner had eat his dinner, he went to
his chest, and took thereout a large pocketbook, saying "Quinn Morton shall
never see this pocketbook again," and immediately committed it to the flames.
Further she saith not.
     Daniel White on oath, saith, that while he was in Petersburg and at the
Tavern where he lodged, he saw one, Thomas Jones, having in his custody, the
prisoner, Christopher Meyers, and charged him with having stolen his horse. He
said he found his horse in custody of Meyers, and requested this deponent to
take care of Meyers until he returned from getting his tobacco inspected, which
he, the deponent did. At the return of Jones, Meyers desired this deponent, as
he was his county man, to go with him to the Long Ordinary, where Jones intended
to carry him, lest he might be abused by Jones. This deponent consented, and
they went along. Meyers drew his knife and threatened Jones. Whereupon Jones
drew a stake from the fence and threatened the life of Meyers. This deponent
interfered, and they desisted. After reaching the Long Ordinary, Jones stripped
Meyers and carried him to a thicket, and threatened to give him Linches Law.
This deponent again interfered, then Jones promised not to whip Meyers, but said
he would only scare him to produce his bridle, sadle and blanket, which he
suspected Meyers had stolen. After some time, they returned to the ordinary, but
without the stolen things. Jones and Meyers then made friends and sat down to
gaming, when Jones won 30 some odd shillings in crowns. This deponent further
saith he saw in the possession of Meyers, the prisoner, at the time he was left
in his care by Jones (when he went to get his tobacco inspected) 13 Guineas, a
French Crown and a Bit, which Meyers said he won the night before at Millington
Roach's place, that lightly it came, and lightly it might go. Further this
deponent saith not
     John Spaulding on oath saith that he was at the house of Meyers, the
prisoner, sometime after the robery was committed on Quinn Morton, and he saw in
the possession of the sd Meyers, 12 Dollars and a French Crown, and further he
saith not.
     Thomas Epperson on oath saith that Christopher Meyers, the prisoner, lived
with him the last year in the character of an overseer, that he came to him very
poor and in needy circumstances. This deponent saith that he does not know that
the sd Meyers fell on any other way of getting money, but that of an overseer.
While he lived in his service, but only from a judgement he obtained from Thomas
Scott for ?13, the greater part of which this deponent believes, he Meyers,
expended before the robbery was committed on Quinn Morton. He further deposeth
and saith that Meyers hath not received any money from him for his wages as an
overseer. Further he saith not.

    2 March 1789
Page 228    Obediah Claybrook,Foreman, Joshua Morris, William White, Cutbirth
Williamson, John Smith, Thomas Rice, Burwell Brown, Luke Palmer, William
Johnson, Thomas Pettus, Josiah Foster, Snr., John Hankins, James Hamblett,
Richard Bouldin, Josiah LeGrand, John Watkins, William Foster, John Petty, John
Rice and Francis Lindsay, were sworn as a Grand Jury and returned the following
presentments:
     William Brown, for drunkenness and swearing four oaths
     William Collins, for profane swearing two oaths
     Thomas North, for living in adultery with Elizabeth Low
     Elizabeth Low, for living in adultery with Thomas North
     Robert Puckett, for living in adultery with Sarah Potter
     Sarah Potter, for living in adultery with Robt Puckett
     Francis Haily, for having a bastard child
     Susannah Jones, for having a bastard child
     James Johnston, for living in fornication with Agnes Herbert
     Agnes Herbert, for living in fornication with James Johnston
     William Beazley, carpenter, for living in fornication with Sarah Sims
     Sarah Sims, for living in fornication with Wm Beazley

Page 233    Robert Rakestraw, Pltf vs David Stokes, Jnr., Def - Case
     (This is a long,involved suit reported on this and the succeeding three
pages. There have been previous entries covering some of the preliminary
motions, but they do not reveal any addition background on the cause brought to
trial in this, the principal hearing. The final disposition is also unclear.
     The jury selected to try the case consisted of: Gordon Spenser, William
Smith, Philip King, Thomas Payne, Joseph Payne, John Sandefur, Caleb Johnson,
Thomas Williams, Josiah Chafin, William Dabbs, William Price and William
Cheatem.
     The most interesting portions are found in the depositions, which are
extracted below.)
     Lucy Perdue of the State of Georgia, being sworn, saith, a few days after
Major Lew Jones, and his son Thomas Jones, set off on a journey from Virginia to
Georgia, Major Jones, (then leaving his family in Virginia), she, the deponent,
heard Col. David Stokes say that he, Stokes, had been accused of taking Maj.
Jones' property into his, Stokes, possession, to keep as his own, in order to
defraud Jones' creditors. That it was a shame that he, Stokes, should be so
unjustly censured, when in consideration of the property he, Stokes, had
received of Jones. He, Stokes, had undertaken and assumed to pay Robert
Rakestraw, fifteen thousand pounds of tobacco, being a debt Jones owed the said
Rakestraw for rent of Charlotte Court House. The deponent further saith she
lived nearly twelve months within a quarter of a mile of Col. Stokes, or
thereabouts, and that she had frequent opportunities to hear Col. Stokes in
conversation on the subject say, he had undertaken to pay Rakestraw the
aforesaid quantity of tobacco in behalf of Maj. Jones. The deponent also heard
Col. Stokes say that he, Stokes, had received of Maj. Jones, a negro fellow
named Scipio, which he, Stokes, estimated at the value of twelve thousand pounds
of tobacco, together with other property sufficient in value to discharge the
debt to Rakestraw. (Which said negro fellow and other property had been received
in consideration of the said Stokes undertaking and assuming to pay Rakestraw
the 1500 pounds of tobacco.) She further saith that during her residence in
Virginia, Col. Stokes continued in quiet possession of the said negro fellow.
She saith that as well before as since Maj. Lew Jones moved his family from
Virginia to Georgia, she had heard Col. Stokes say, in consideration of the
property, he, Stokes, had received of Maj. Jones, he, Stokes, considered himself
bound to pay Rakestraw, the said quantity of tobacco.
     Susannah Hightower, who appears before us, in Augusta Georgia, at the house
of James Fox, in the town of Augusta, Georgia, being duly sworn on the holy
evangelist of the Almighty God, saith, that sometime in the year 1783, she heard
Col. David Stokes say that he, Stokes, had purchased of Maj. Lew Jones, a young
negro fellow named Scipio, at the price of twelve thousand pounds of tobacco.
Sometimes afterwards, the deponent was at the house of Col. Stokes, when Robert
Rakestraw also was there. After the said Rakestraw and Stokes had, had some
private conversation, Rakestraw took his leave, and Mr. Stokes said that Lew
Jones wanted to get the above negro again. To which Col. Jones replied, it was
very strange that Jones should expect it, for that in consideration of the said
negro and other property which he, Stokes had received of Jones, he Stokes was
bound to pay Robert Rakestraw a large quantity of tobacco, which the said Jones
owed Rakestraw for rent of Charlotte Court House, but the precise quantity the
deponent does not recollect. She saith, that she was at Maj. Lew Jones and saw
the said David Stokes purchase of Maj. Jones, two feather beds, a bay mare, a
yoke of oxen, an ox cart and sundry other articles of household furniture,
amounting, the above negro included by agreement of the said Stokes and Jones,
to the value of thirty thousand pounds of tobacco. In consideration whereof,
Stokes did then and there undertake and assume, impressly to discharge the said
tobacco debt, which Jones owed Rakestraw, for rent of Charlotte Court House.

   Joseph Tucker, of the Town of Augusta, of the State of Georgia, at the house
of James Fox in the town of Augusta on oath saith that he, the deponent was at
the house of Dudley(Drury?) Burge, in the said County of Charlotte, where he
heard a very warm altercation between Robert Rakestraw and Maj. Lew Jones, in
which Rakestraw charged Jones with having failed in discharging a judgement
obtained against him, Rakestraw, by Mrs. Mary Read, which he had undertaken to
do, for the rent of Charlotte Court House. Jones then informed Rakestraw that
Col. David Stokes was bound to pay the said debt,and asked Rakestraw, if he,
Rakestraw did not know that he, Jones had put property into the hands of Stokes
for that purpose. To which Rakestraw replied that he believed it, but that Col.
Stokes' property was in Mecklenburg, and his, Rakestraw's, libel, was to be
immediately executed. Mr. Burge then interfered and observed that Col. Stokes
had, in Charlotte Court House, made himself party defendant in Mrs. Read's suit
against Rakestraw, and had as such, confessed judgement for that debt. The
deponent further saith that a few weeks after the above conversation happened,
Col. Stokes came to him, at the deponents house, and the deponent mentioned the
said conversation to Col. Stokes, and the said Stokes said that he had made
himself a party to the suit above mentioned, and that Maj. Lew Jones had left
property in his Stokes hands, towit, a negro fellow and some tobacco bonds,
sufficient to discharge the said debt, which was 15,000 pounds of tobacco. The
deponent further saith, from all he heard Col. Stokes say on the subject, he
understood that he, Stokes considered himself bound to discharge the said debt
and that he, Stokes had received property from Maj. Jones for that purpose. The
Deponent also saith that since then, Rakestraw's negroes were taken in execution
of the said judgement. Further deponent saith not.

     Robert Dickerson, at the house of James Fox, in the town of Augusta, in the
State of Georgia, on oath saith that he, the deponent lived in the neighborhood
of Col. David Stokes at the time Maj. Lew Jones moved from Virginia to Georgia,
and that it was the prevailing opinion of those who were neighbors to, and who
were acquainted with, the said Stokes, that Jones had left a quantity of
property in Stokes' hands to discharge Jones' debt to the amount of 30,000
pounds of tobacco, and that out of the property, Stokes was to pay 15,000 pounds
of tobacco to Robert Rakestraw, for the rent of Charlotte Court House. The
deponent further saith that he was a member of a special jury in this State,
when the cause between Robert Rakestraw original plaintiff, and Lewis Jones
defendant, was finally determined, and that from the testimony of Joseph Tucker,
in the said suit, which corresponded with the above prevailing opinion, caused
him, the deponent to judge that Jones ought not to pay the debt. Given under our
hands this 13th day of October, 1788.

Order from the Charlotte Court, towit, on the 1st day of September 1788, Clement
Read came before Robert Bedford, a magistrate of the aforesaid county and made
oath that he had heard Robert Rakestraw, on the 8th day of August 1788, give
notice to David Stokes to the following effect: "Take notice that I will take
depositions at Augusta Town, in the State of Georgia, at Fox's Tavern, in a suit
brought by me against you in the County of Charlotte. The depositions will be
taken on the 13th and 14th day of October 1788. Also other depositions of other
persons will be taken at Ninety Six Court House, in the State of South Carolina,
or at the Academy, (located) thereby, Monday and Tuesday, the 20th and 21st of
October, 1788.

     Testimony of George Carrington, that he knows a Joseph Tucker, who removed
from Halifax County to Georgia, that his character was infamously bad, and that
he believes the said Tucker went from the County of Halifax, under circumstances
of disgrace. The deponent understood, and believes that he, the said Tucker, was
punished by a party called Lynches men in Halifax, for some misdemeanor
committed there, and from report, on that account, fled to Georgia.

     Testimony of Thomas Cobb, that he at present knows a certain Joseph Tucker,
who removed from Halifax County to Georgia, and since to South Carolina. That
his character there is, at present, most infamously bad, and that he is not
admitted into any gentleman's company.

     Testimony of William Glen, that he formerly knew the person now called Lucy
Perdue, formerly, Lucy Freeman and Susannah Hightower. That they lived in
Lunenburg County, where he also lived, and that they were not esteemed women of
good reputation or credit there. That Richard Bacon told the deponent, the said
women went to Georgia with Lew Jones, and reports said the defendant, Stokes was
very familiar with the said Lucy Freeman and family, and it was reported he, the
defendant was courting the said Lucy, but that he thinks no person of credit
believed it, and that in 1783 he lived a neighbor to the said Lucy Perdue and
Susannah Hightower.

     Testimony of Jeremiah Alderson, that he knew the person formerly called
Lucy Freeman, now Lucy Perdue, and Susana Hightower. That they lived near him
very long, and were esteemed in the neighborhood, women of very indifferent
character and not by common report, of good name. They were not esteemed, by
report, virtuous women.

     Testimony of William Burge, that he heard Robert Puckett say, he expected
Lew Jones had got Joseph Tucker to swear falsely, in order to fix his debt upon
the defendant. That the plaintiff, Rakestraw, had just been returned from
Georgia, where he had gone to take the depositions in this cause, and he, the
plaintiff said Tucker had sworn that the defendant, Stokes, had assumed the
payment of Jones' debt to Rakestraw, but that he, Rakestraw, expected it was
contrived to put off the payment from Jones and that Rakestraw at the same time
said he had managed to take the debt upon Stokes.

     Testimony of Drury Burge, that the plaintiff, Robert Rakestraw, informed
the deponent that he, Rakestraw, had sued Lew Jones for his debt, in Georgia,
and that one, Joseph Tucker had been sworn, that the defendant, Stokes, had
assumed the said debt to the plaintiff, by which evidence the said plaintiff was
cast in his suit in Georgia. That the plaintiff, Rakestraw said both Jones and
Tucker were dammed rasckals for so doing. But as Tucker had sworn it for Jones,
then he must of course swear it for him, Rakestraw also. That this conversation
was introduced by the deponent's telling Rakestraw that he, the deponent, had
himself sued Jones, upon which Jones denied his handwriting and that this
conversation happened before the institution of this suit. That the deponent
heard Lew Jones say that he had left property on the hands of the defendant, to
pay the debt, or part of it.

     Testimony of William Cowen, that about the time of the commencement of this
suit, he heard the defendant ask the plaintiff whether it would not be a false
proof, even though he should prove the defendant's assumption by Joseph Tucker,
and that Rakestraw's denied(?) upon him, he ought to have his money from the
defendant, but did not, as the deponent remembers, then assert that, he, the
defendant had assumed it.

     Testimony of Joel Watkins, that the execution read against Robert Rakestraw
was replevined the 29th day of January 1784, and that he thinks tobacco was then
settled at thirty-six shillings per hundred weight.

     Testimony of Robert Payne, that the Academy of South Carolina is located at
Ninety Six, State of South Carolina.

     The following bond is ordered to be recorded. I, Lewellin Jones, of
Lunenburg County, do oblige myself, and my heirs, to pay to Robert Rakestraw, or
his assignees, the just quantity of 15,000 weight of nett inspected tobacco on
the James River or Appomattox River, to be paid when demanded, with interest
from the time that the said Rakestraw's bond was due to Mrs. Read for the above
quantity of tobacco. I also oblige myself to pay all expenses that the said
Rakestraw may accrue from a suit brought against him by Mrs. Read for the above
mentioned tobacco. Witness my hand and seal this 5th day of March, 1783. Signed
Lew Jones.

    5 March 1789
Page 243    John Sullivant, who stands presented by the Grand Jury August 1788,
for not keeping in repair, the road leading from the fork down to Bouldin's
stores, whereof he is Surveyor. Being duly warned and not appearing it is
considered by the court that for the said offense he make his fine by the
payment of fifteen shillings, current money, for the use of the county, towards
lessening the County Levy, and he pay the cost of this prosecution.

     Richard Elliott is appointed Surveyor of the Road, whereof John Sullivant
was late Surveyor, and it is ordered that he with the usual hands..etc.