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Somerset Judicial Records 1692-96, Abstracts with Selected Transcriptions
Volume 535, Page 121  
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MSA C 1774-12

14 NOVEMBER 1695

71 Court convenes; Commissioners present: Francis Jenckins, James Dashiels, Thomas Dixon, Matthew Scarbrough, Thomas Newbold, Samuel Hopkins, James Round, Thomas Jones, Edmund Howard, George Layfield, John King.

71 ~  Petition of James Traine, now 18, and Margarett Traine, now 15,  to choose their guardians; ask that John Meclaster be appointed; Court so orders; Meclaster to post security.

71 ~  John West, Court Clerk, makes oath to add two fines, for William Jenckins and Mary Baskett, which were omitted from list of October 1695;

71 ~  Court orders the County levy by laid on 2nd Tuesday in December.

71 ~  Court orders a bridge to be built over head of St. Martins River, per directions proposed by Mr. Samuel Hopkins and Mr. James Round.

71 ~  Court orders a puncheon bridge and road constructed in John Henderson’s district by the Impassable Branch between Pitts Creek and John Williams.

72 ~  Thomas Newbold brings his servant, John Morris, before Court; claims 95 runaway days and presents account for 1590 lbs/tbco expended in obtaining his return; Court orders Harris(sic) serve 950 days extra servitude and pay of 1590 lbs/tbco; Newbold says he will accept three additional years as full satisfaction if Morris serve well and faithfully.  (See Transcription)

72 ~  Francis Jenckins presents account of William Onorton from 1687 totalling 712½ lbs/tbco for taxes and fees paid; also mentions item of  Samuel Cooper; Robert Pirrie, attorney for the estate, admits debt; Court orders payment.

72 ~  James Round presents account of William Onorton from 1693/4 totalling 470 lbs/tbco; Robert Pirrie, attorney for the estate, admits debt; Court orders payment.

72 ~  Bill of debt signed 3 September 1694 by William Onorton entered in record; promises payment of 320 lbs/pork to William Wouldhave at Snow Hill by last of December following; witnesses Thomas Willie and William Onorton; Robert Pirrie, attorney for the estate, admits debt; Court orders payment.

73 ~  Daniel King (Indian) complains to Court that John Parker is building on his land; Court orders Parker to desist until bounds are ascertained; directs that four English men and four Indians inspect the lines and make report; appoints Capt. Edmund Howard, Rowland Beavins, Sen. & Jun., Robert Smith; “the King” appoints Morumsco James, Nunswango Dick, Pocomoke Thomas, Assateague Weequonah. (See f.102)

73 ~  Note of Adam Spence entered in record for debt of 35 lbs/pork due from estate of William Onorton to estate of John Miller, as sworn before Francis Jenckins 9 May 1694; Robert Pirrie, attorney for the estate, admits debt; Court orders payment.

73 ~  Court orders Sheriff take Thomas Oxford into custody and give him 10 lashes persuant to former order. (See f.12 and f.22)

73 ~  Case against Anne Rice for thievery; Peter Dent, Clerk of Indictments, accuses her of taking 3 pair of womens shoes, one boot, sealing wax, and red lead belonging to Ellis Coleman in December 1694, valued at 20 shillings; pleads not guilty; Sheriff calls Jury: Edward Green (foreman), George Goddard, Francis Joyce, James Langrell, James Atkinson, William Lawrence, Robert Smith, William Owens, Adam Heatch, Archibald Smith, John Blizard, Thomas Cary; Jury returns guilty verdict; Court orders fourfold  payment with security; omits corporal punishment; Rice makes bond for £6, security Mr. Scarbrough.

74 ~  Grand Jury returned the following presentments:

Robert Tyra (Tyer) for not clearing highways as ordered; informer Samuel Showell.

William Noble, Walter Tayler, Thomas Philips, Jun., John Broughton, Samuel Marchment, for not clearing

     highways; informer Stephen Costin

Samuel Flewellin, Thomas Farnall, John James, Edward Ross, William Leyton, John Wilson, Thomas

    Wilson, for stopping the King’s highways; informer John Meclaster; evidences Samuel Heyden,

    Hans (Hanss) Lawson

John Upshott for cohabitation with Mary Thomas; informer Mr. Francis Jenckins

Elizabeth Osbourne for bastard bearing; informer Thomas Pollett

Jane Jones, for bastard bearing; informer Thomas Dashiels

Jeofrey, negro of William Fausett, for taking nails and breaking of a house; informer Mathew Carwan;    

    evidences, James Beauchannon, William Heath, Thomas, the servant of Capt. Smith, Anne Goldsmith

Richard Davis & Sarah Dorman, daughter of John Dorman, dec’d, for cohabitation; informer Wm Fausett

Henry Smith, planter & Elizabeth Neugen for cohabitation; informers, the Vestry

Anne Sedbury, for adultery with James Perdue; informer Edward Wheeler

Thomas Evans, for putting away his wife, and cohabiting with Mary Riggen, daughter of Darby Riggen;

    informer Mr. Thomas Jones; evidences Darby, Elizabeth, John and Matthew Riggen

75 ~  Grand Jury dismissed.

75 ~  Daniel Dunnahoe petition asks that his bond for good behavior be remitted; granted.

75 ~  William Stevenson requests payment for 17 days attendance at Court; case of Ellis Coleman vs. Anne Rice.

75 ~  Livin Denwood, Pltf. vs. John Jenner, blacksmith, Deft. for 963 lbs/pork; Samuel Worthington, attorney for Denwood, presents bill of debt signed 13 May 1695 by Jenner promising to pay at Denwoods dwelling plantation; witnesses Charles Williams, John Winsloe; Sheriff returns writ non est inventus; Court rules attachment against goods of Jenner; Worthington to pay security in consideration of £10 debt owed to Jenner.

76 ~  William Henry, Pltf. vs. John Jenner, Deft. for debt of 655 lbs/pork; Sam Worthington, attorney for Henry, presents account from 1694 with mechandize provided by Henry totaling 1200½ lbs/pork, with balance due of 655 lbs; Subsheriff returns writ non est inventus; Court orders attachment of goods of Jenner; Henry makes bond for £6 to secure the attachment; security Henry Hudson.

77 ~  Court adjourns for the day.

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