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Minutes of the General Court of North Carolina
North Carolina. General Court
July 27, 1721
Volume 02, Pages 441-446


North Carolina—ss.
Att a Genll Court of Oyer & Terminer Continud & held for the sd Province at the Genll Court House at Queen Ann's Creek in Chowan Precinct the 27th July 1721
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Prest the Honble ffredk Jones Esqr Chief Justice John Blount & Robt West Esqrs Justices.

The Grand Jury are Impannelld & Sworn Viz.

Josph Jessop fforeman

Josph Wicker, Henry Bonner, Jams Williamson, Jno Pettiver, Wm Jones, Samll Spruill, Wm Stewart Samll Pagett, Jos Spruill, Jams Ming, Jno Swain Johna Evans, Thos Blitchenden, Coll. Maur. Moore, Aaron Oliver, Thos Harding, Thos Roundtree, Nics Hunter, Wm Lattimer, Patrk Maule

The Grand Jury Exhibit the following Bill of Indictment to the Court.

To the Honble ffredk Jones Esqr Chief Justice & to the rest of the Justices for holding the Genll Court for this Province

The Jurors for our Sovereign Lord the King Present that Christopher Butler of Chowan Precinct in the County of Albemarle in the Province of North Carolina Marrinr not having the fear of God before his Eyes but being moved and seduced by the Instigation of the Devil on or about the Seventeenth day of March in the year of our Lord 1720/1 at Chowan afsd by force & Armes &c. in and upon Mary Haughton the wife of Wm Haughton of Chowan afsd in the Peace of God & our Lord the King then & there being an assault did make & the afsd Xphr Butler the afsd Mary Haughton by force & Armes and Contrary to the will of the sd Mary Haughton did then & there Violently & ffelloniously Ravish And the said Mary Haughton then & there Violently and ffelloniously agst her will Carnally know, Contrary to the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King his Crown & Dignity & Statutes in that case made & Provided &c.

DANll RICHARDSON P Duo Rege.

Which Bill is returned Ignoramus.

JAS. JESSOP fforeman.

And the sd Christophr Butler being calld appeard & acknowledged himself himself to be indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of ffifty Pounds and Jams Ward & Timo Truelove in the sum of twenty five pounds each to be Levyed upon their severall lands & Tenemts Goods & Chattells with condition that the sd Xphr Buttler well behave himself to all his Majes Leige people more especially to the sd Wm & Mary Haughton six months from hence coming then this Recog. to be void else to be & remain in full force.

Danll Richardson Esqr Attorney Genll came to Prosecute an Indictmt found by the Grand Jury agst Paul Palmer for a Misdemeanour. To which Indictmt the sd Paul Pleaded Not Guilty

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It is Comanded the Marshall that he cause to come twelve &c. by whom &c. who neither &c. And there came Thos Spires, Rd Skinner, Thos Hoskins, Wm Sadler, Edwd Howcott, Matt Gum̄s, Wm Wattson, Jno Harlow, Geo. Turnedge Wm Bonner, Wm Jones, John Johnson who being sworn say. We of the Jury do find the Deft Guilty of a Misdemeaner. Upon which Verdict the Deft moves in Arrest of Judgmt which is Granted & Ordered that he file his Errors ffifteen days before the next

The Grand Jury Presents Mr Thos Harvey, Mr Wm Little, Mr Wm Charleton Junr, Mr Roger Hazard, Christian Heidleburg, Jse Hill Wm ffallaugh by the Information of John Evans one of the Jurors for swearing one oath a Piece.

Grace Morgan for having two husbands & Living in Adultery

Chas Hopton for ffornication

Mary Haughton for Adultery comitted per Curr

Christopher Butler for ffornication.

The Grand Jury being askd if they had any further presentmts to offer to the Court answerd No.

Orderd that they be Dischargd

Jno Holmes being bound by an order of the Precinct Court of Chowan to appear &c. at this Court. Appeard & nothing being found agst him by the Grand Jury Orderd that he be dischargd.

Josa Spivey being bound by an Ordr of the Precinct Court of Chowan to appear &c at this Court appeared & nothing being found agst him by the Grand Jury. Ordered that he be Discharged.

Soloman Jordian being bound by Recog. to appear at this Court. appeared & Nothing being found agst him by the Grand Jury Ordered that he be Discharged

Charles Wilks being called to answer to an Indictmt found agtt him by the Grand Jury failed to appear last Court. And now also failing to appear. Ordered that Execution do issue agst him for his appearance here the 3d day of the next Genll Court.

Mary Brinn being called to answer to an Indictmt found against her by the Grand Jury failed to appear last Court. And now also failing to appear Orderd that Execution do issue against her for her appearance here the 3d day of the next Genll Court

Thoms Spivey, Abrm Spivey, Benjn Spivey and Jacob Spivey being bound by Recog. to appear at this Court to answer an Indictmt found agst them by the Grand Jury for Hoggstealing, Appeared, And the Attorney Genll having absconded from Court & refusing to Prosecute on behalf of our Sovereign Lord the King. Ordered that they be contd upon the

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same Recog. to appear here the 3d day of the next Genll Court to answer the sd Indictmt

John Hassell being bound by Recog. to appear to appear at this Court having moved in arrest of judgmt on a Verdict of the Jury found agst him last Court and filed his Reasons: Appeared and the Attorney Genll having absconded from the Court & refusing to Prosecute on the behalf of our Sovereign Lord the King Orderd that he be contd upon the same Recog. to appear here the 3d day of the next Genll Court.

Wm Alexander being called to answer an Indictment found agst him by the Grand Jury appeared and the Attorney Genll refusing to Prosecute on behalf of our Sovereigne Lord the King. Upon the Courts Order the sd Wm Alexander acknowledged himself to be indebted to our said Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of Two hundred pounds to be Levyed upon his Land & Tenemts goods and Chattells with condition that the sd Wm Alexander personally appear here the 3d day of the next Genll Court & not depart the Court untill Discharged therefrom and that in the mean time he be of his good behaviour then the above Recog to be Void else to remain in full force.

Danll McDaniel & Robt Attkins being calld to answer to their Recog, but they having they having absconded & withdrawn themselves & Effects out of this Governmt Ordd that the same be Dismist

Paul Palmer & Joanna his wife being calld to answer to an Indictmt found agst them by the Grand Jury Appd by their Attorney & Pleaded Not Guilty but the Attorney Genll having absconded the Court & refusing to Prosecute on behalf of our Sovereign Lord the King. Orderd that the Tryall therof be referrd till the next Court and that the sd Paul Palmer Enter into Recog for his appearance here the 3d day of the next Genll Court.

Whereupon the sd Paul Palmer acknowledged himself to be indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of one hundred Pound & Joseph Jessop & John Pettiver in the sum of fifty Pounds each to be Levyed upon their severall Lands and Tenemts goods and Chattells with Condition that ye sd Paul Palmer & Joanna his wife appear here the 3d day of the next Genll Court and not Depart the Court untill Discharged therefrom then this Recog. to be Void Else to be & Remain in full force.

Joanna Palmer being calld to answer to an Indictmt found agst her by the Grand Jury Appeard by her Attorney & Pleaded Not Guilty, but the Attorney Genll having absented from Court and refusing to prosecute on behalf of our Sovereign Lord the King, Orderd that the Tryall thereof be referrd till the next Court & she enter into Recognizance for her appearance here the 3d day of the next Genll Court

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Whereupon Joseph Jessop & Jno Pettiver acknowledged themselves to be indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of one hundred Pounds each to be Levyed upon their severall Lands & Tenemts, goods & Chattells with Condition. That the sd Joanna Palmer appear here the 3d day of the next Genll Court & not Depart the Court untill Discharged therefrom then the above Recog to be void else to be & Remain in full force

Charles Hopton being bound by Recog: to Appear at this Court & nothing being alleadged against him. Ordered that he be Discharged

Edward Howcott being bound by Recog: to appear at ys Court to answer to an Indictmt found agst him by the Grand Jury appeard. but the Attorney Genll Having absented himself from Court & refusing to Prosecute on behalf of our Sovereign Lord the King, Orderd that he be continued upon the same Recog: to the 3d day of the next Genll Court with which the said Howcott is Content.


North Carolina—ss.

To the Honble ffredk Jones Esqr Ch. Just & to the rest of the Justices for holding the Genll Court of this Province.

The Jurors for our Sovereign Lord the King on their oaths Present Wm Norris of Pasquotank Precinct within this Province that on the 24th day of July Anno. Dom 1717 having not the fear of God before his Eyes, by the Instigation of the Devil & evil disposed Inclinations he the sd Wm Norris at Pasquotank afsd did forge a Deed from Alice & John Billett to Samll Willson with an intent & Designe to alter the freehold of the Land therein granted might be defeated contrary to the Peace of our Sovereign Lord the King that now is his Royall Crown & Dignity & against a Statute in that Case made & Provided &c.

DANll RICHARDSON P Duo Rege

Which Indictmt being Read and the sd Wm Norris calld appeard but the Attorney Genll having absented from the Court & refusing to Prosecute on behalf of our Sovereign Lord the King. Orderd that the sd Wm Norris do enter into Recog: for his appearance here the 3d day of the next Court to answer the said Indictmt

Whereupon the sd Wm Norris acknowledged himself to be indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of three hundred Pounds & Thos Comander in the sum of two hundred pounds to be Levyed upon their Lands & Tenemts Goods & Chattells with Condition that the sd Wm Norris do personally appear here the 3d day of the next Genll Court &

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not Depart the Court untill discharged therefrom And that in the mean time he be of his good behaviour then this Recog. to be void Else to be & Remain in full force

George Griffin being bound by Recog. to appear at this Court to answer for a contempt in not obeying a Precept from a Magistrate appeard and acknowledged himself to be indebted to our Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of twenty pound & George Turnedge in the sum of ten Pounds to be Levyed upon their severall Lands & Tenemts Goods & Chattells with Condition that the sd Geo. Griffin do personally appear here the third day of the next Genll Court & answer for the sd Contempt & not Depart the Court untill discharged thereform & that in the mean time he be of his good behaviour then this Recog to be Void else to be & remain in full force.

Adjourned till the next Court in Course

FFRED. JONES Ch. Just