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Report by the Committee of both Houses of the North Carolina General Assembly concerning public claims
North Carolina. General Assembly
January 18, 1771
Volume 22, Pages 855-863

REPORTS OF THE COMMITTEE OF PUBLIC CLAIMS, HELD AT NEW BERN, THE 11TH DAY OF DECEMBER, 1770.

Present—The Honorables Lewis DeRosset, John Sampson, Martin Howard, Esquires, members of Council; Mr. William Haywood, Mr. Francis Mackilwean, Mr. William Davis, Mr. Fergd. Campbell, Mr. Thomas Gray, Mr. Thomas Polk, Mr. Jacob Blount, Mr. Joel Lane, Mr. John Dunn, Mr. James Blount, members of Assembly.

The Committee being met at Mr. Fraisher’s house, proceeded to make choice of a Chairman, and Mr. John Dunn was accordingly chosen, and James Glasgow was appointed Clerk to the said Committee.

Ordered that the Clerk advertise that the Committee propose to

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sit at Mr. Frashier’s house on Friday evening at 6 o’clock, on Monday evening next, and on every other evening during this session of Assembly.

fees due from John Jones and William Fitzgerald, two felons committed to Granville jail, who were insolvent, as per account filedper account filedand eight pence for his prison fees of three negroes, the property of Richard Brownrigg, Esq., and for guarding and executing the said negroes, as per account filedBennit, a felon, from Pitt county with guards to New Bern jail, as per account filedand eight pence for executing two negroes and for prison fees due from Stephen Hill and Jethro Odom, two insolvent felons, and for executing and burying said Hill, as per account filed
James Moore, of Duplin county, was allowed his claim of eighty pounds, for negro, George, executed for felony and valued to that sum, as per certificate filed
£80
0
0
Mr. James Sampson, Clerk of Duplin county, was allowed his claim of twenty shillings for his fees on the trial of the said negro, as per account filed
1
0
0
Thomas Sitgreaves, of New Bern, was allowed his claim of nine pounds fifteen shillings for going as special messenger to Orange county, in virtue of a warrant from the Chairman of the Committee of Privileges and Elections last session
9
15
0
Christopher Dudley, public jailer of Halifax District, was allowed his claim of one hundred pounds eleven shillings for prison fees due from sundry felons, towit, James Bradley, Dennis Bradley, Mary Parish; John Dukes and Charles Tingey, who were discharged by the court on account of their insolvency, and for his prison fees, trouble and expense in executing a negro called Jack, for felony, as per accounts and certificate filed
100
11
0
Alderson Elleson, Sheriff of Beaufort county, was allowed his claim of eight pounds for his trouble and expense in executing four negroes for the murder of Henry Ormond, as per account filed
8
0
0
Charles Medlock, Sheriff of Anson county, was allowed his claim of twenty pounds for the prison fees of sundry insolvent felons who were discharged by the court, and for maintaining a jail guard of four men fifty-four days, as per account
20
0
0
Mary Ward, administratrix of Benjamin Ward, of Onslow county, deceased, was allowed her claim of sixty pounds for negro condemned and executed for poisoning of his late master, as per certificate filed
60
0
0
Mr. William Cray, Clerk of Onslow county, was allowed his claim of twenty shilling for acting as Clerk on trial of a negro lass, as per account
1
0
0
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Thomas McGuire, Esq., Attorney-General, exhibited a claim of one hundred and sixty pounds ten shillings for fees for prosecuting 107 actions at thirty shillings, in behalf of the public, against sheriffs and their several securities; also six pounds thirteen shillings and four pence for his fees on five indictments against felons who were executed; and also ten pounds for sending express to Hillsborough with the pardon relative to the insurgents, as per account filed, and whether these claims be allowed or not is submitted to the House. Allowed by the House
177
3
4
Thomas Bonner, Sheriff of Chowan county, was allowed his claim of eight pounds ten shillings for executing four negroes for felony and for guarding the jail, as per account filed
8
10
0
John Thornton and Martha Williamson, executrix of William Williamson, deceased, of Bute county, were allowed their claim of one hundred and fifty-five pounds for two negroes executed for felony, and valued to that sum, as per certificate filed
155
0
0
Mr. Wyriot Ormond, of Beaufort county, was allowed his claim of two hundred and thirty-five pounds for four negroes executed for the murder of Henry Ormond, and valued to that sum, as per certificate filed.
235
0
0
Dr. John Corbin was allowed his claim of sixty pounds for negro Jack, executed in New Hanover county for felony, and valued to that sum, as per certificate produced by Mr. John London and filed
60
0
0
The executors of the Hon. Benjamin Heron, late Secretary, was allowed their claim of one hundred and forty pounds sixteen shillings for fees on sundry proclamations and writs of election, for money paid expresses, and for office rent, as per account produced by Mr. John London and filed
140
16
0
Jacob Nichols, of Rowan county, was allowed his claim of forty shillings for burying Saloe, one of the Indian chiefs of the Cherokee Nation, as per account filed.
2
0
0
Jesse Benton, executor of John Benton, of Granville county, deceased, was allowed his claim of eleven pounds fourteen shillings and four pence for prison
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11
14
8
Henry Rhodes, Sheriff of Onslow county, was allowed his claim of five pounds for conveying William Tatman, a horsethief, with guards from New River to Wilmington jail, as per account filed
5
0
0
John Counsel Bryan was allowed his claim of four pounds for going express, by order of the Assembly, to Bute county
4
0
0
Mr. Benjamin Persons was allowed his claim of forty shillings for so much money advanced I. C. Bryan to bear his expenses when in the service of the House
2
0
0
Capt. James Barzey, of New Bern, was allowed his claim of four pounds twelve shillings and eight pence for burning and cleaning the great guns, by order of the Governor, as per account filed
4
12
8
Mr. James Moran, Sheriff of New Hanover, was allowed his claim of forty pounds fourteen shillings and eight pence for his fees for guarding and executing three white men and four negroes for felony, as per certificate and accounts filed
40
14
8
Mr. Wills Riddick, of the Colony of Virginia, was allowed his claim of eighty pounds for negro, Caesar, executed for felony in Chowan county, and valued to that sum, as per certificate filed
80
0
0
Mr. Richard Brownrigg, of Chowan county, was allowed his claim of two hundred and sixteen pounds for three negroes executed for felony, and valued to that sum, as per certificate filed
216
0
0
Mr. John G. Blount, of Craven county, was allowed his claim of twenty-five pounds for his trouble and expense in delivering the proclamation for proroguing the General Assembly to nine different counties, and for conveying James Mansfield, a person taken on suspicion of counterfeiting the debenture bills, etc., to the public jail, as per account filed
25
0
0
John Welch, of Cumberland county, was allowed his claim of five pounds for conveying Jacob Odom and John Brooker, two felons, to Wilmington jail, as
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5
0
0
Frederick Gregg, Esq., of New Hanover county, was allowed his claim of eighty pounds for negro, Quamee, who being runaway, was outlawed and drowned himself in his escape from persons who endeavored to apprehend him, as per certificate filed
80
0
0
George Moye, former Sheriff of Pitt county, was allowed his claim of seventeen pounds five shillings four pence for prison fees and for guarding of Samuel Keel, Edmund Moore and Simon Sanders, three fellons, from Pitt County to Halifax jail, as per account filed
17
5
4
Col. Robert Harris, of Granville county, was allowed his claim of seven pounds nine shillings and one penny for victualing the Granville regiment going and returning from the Hillsborough expendition, as per account filed
7
9
1
William Bryan, Sheriff of Craven county, was allowed his claim of six pounds nine shillings for money paid the blacksmith for ironing criminals and for summoning a jury for the trial of John Hunt, who was charged with the murder of one Robinson, as per account filed
6
9
0
The Hon. Robert Palmer, Esq., Secretary, was allowed his claim of one hundred and thirty-seven pounds one shilling and four pence for 514 militia commissions, as per account filed
137
1
4
Mr. John London, late Secretary, was allowed his claim of one hundred and sixty-nine pounds two shillings and nine pence for sundry proclamations and militia commissions, and for money paid on express for going to the westward, and for office rent, as per account filed
169
2
9
Mr. Isaac Edwards, Secretary to his Excellency, the Governor, was allowed his claim of one hundred and sixty-four pounds sixteen shillings for his fees for seals to sundry proclamations, writs of election, and for nine hundred and ninety-five militia commissions, as per account filed
164
16
0
Isaac Gregory, Sheriff of Pasquotank county, was allowed his claim of nineteen pounds eighteen shillings
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19
18
8
Memucan Hunt, of Granville county, was allowed his claim of four pounds for conveying John Clayton from Granville county to Hillsborough
4
0
0
James Walker was allowed his claim of four pounds ten shillings for copying six bills for the House, as per account filed
4
10
0
Mr. Simon Bright, Jr., of Dobbs county, was allowed his claim of thirty-three pounds fifteen shillings and ten pence for going special messenger by order of the House to Granville, Orange and Johnston counties, and for apprehending of William Ashburn, Rawls and John Grant, Jr., three felons, and for conveying them to New Bern jail, as per account filed
33
15
10
Lewis Williams, Sheriff of Onslow county, was allowed his claim of two pounds ten shillings for executing a negro, the property of Benjamin Ward, deceased, and for guarding the said negro while in jail, as per account filed
2
10
0
Willie Jones, Esq., one of the executors of Robert Jones, Jr., late Attorney-General, was allowed his claim of twenty-two pounds ten shillings for fees, the public against certain sheriffs, as per account filed
22
10
0
Christopher Dudley, jailer of Halifax, was allowed his claim of nine pounds thirteen shillings and eight pence for the prison fees of John Barnet and Mary Oliver, two insolvent felons, as per account filed
9
13
8
Philip Jones, Sheriff of Johnston county, was allowed his claim of fifteen pounds for conveying with guards Mary Parish and Sarah Oliver to Halifax jail, as per account filed
15
0
0
Robert Read, of Carteret county, was allowed his claim of three pounds nineteen shillings and one penny for drawing two lists of taxables for his Excellency, and for holding a coroner’s inquest over the body of James Whartob, as per account filed
3
19
1
Britain King, of Pitt county, was allowed his claim of five pounds ten shillings for conveying Cornelius
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5
10
0
The Hon. Richard Henderson, Esq., one of the Associate Judges, was allowed his claim of eighty-three pounds six shillings and eight pence for his attendance at Wilmington and Edenton Superior Courts in October and November terms, 1770, and three pounds for sending express to his Excellency at New Bern from Granville, as per account filed
83
6
8
William Moore, Coroner of Tryon county, was allowed his claim of forty shillings for holding an inquest on the body of John Gilmore, a poor person, as per account filed
2
0
0
William Temple Coles, Sheriff of Rowan county, was allowed his claim of fifty-two pounds eight shillings and eight pence for prison fees of sundry insolvent felons and for sending an express to the Associate Judges, and for providing for the Cherokee Indian chiefs, as per account filed
52
8
8
Mrs. Elizabeth Blaning, of Bladen county, was allowed her claim of eighty pounds for a negro who, being charged with an attempt to poison Mrs. Hall and taken on suspicion thereof, poisoned himself on his conveyance to jail, as per affidavit filed. Disallowed by the House.
John Ancrum was allowed his claim of twelve pounds for money paid John Folk for going express from Wilmington to Halifax, by order of His Excellency, the Governor, as per account filed
12
0
0
William Brimage, Esq., of New Bern, was allowed his claim of three pounds four shillings for prosecuting an indictment against John Hunt for the murder of Robinson, as per account filed
3
4
0
John Lea, Sheriff of Orange, was allowed his claim of seventy-one pounds for conveying Watson Bromfield and James Nolan, two felons, to Salisbury jail, and for conveying James Bradley to Halifax jail from Hillsborough, as per account filed
71
0
0
John Lyons, Sheriff of New Hanover county, was allowed his claim of twenty-eight pounds ten shillings
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28
10
8
John Burroughs, jailer of New Bern, was allowed his claim of nine pounds four shillings for Samuel Hall’s prison fees, who was imprisoned on suspicion of counterfeiting and uttering the debenture bills, and for Cornelius Bennit’s prison fees, who was charged with robbery, as per account filed
9
4
0
William Brackenburry was allowed five pounds for his trouble and expense in endeavoring to inform the public of a fraud intended to be imposed on the public in regard to a free negro, who was executed as a slave
5
0
0
Samuel Frazier was allowed twelve pounds for the use of a room, candles and fire for the use of the Committee, as per account filed
12
0
0
Mr. Willim McKinnie was allowed his claim of eight pounds for conveying Walter Hickson, a felon, with guards, to New Bern jail
8
0
0
It is the opinion of your Committee that an allowance of thirty pounds be made to James Glasgow for acting as Clerk to your Committee
30
0
0
Total
£2420
8
9
JOHN DUNN, Chairman,
LEWIS DE ROSSET,
JOHN SAMPSON,
WALTER GIBSON,
THOMAS POLK,
FORGD. CAMPBELL,
JOCK KANE,
JAMES BONNER,
RICHARD EVANS,
FRAS. MACKILWEAN,
THOMAS GRAY,
JACOB BLOUNT,
JAMES BLOUNT,
Gentlemen of His Majesty’s Council.

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In the Assembly, 18th January, 1771.

The foregoing reports were read and concurred with by the House, except the claim of Elizabeth Blenning, which was disallowed, and desire your Honors’ concurrence thereto.

RICHARD CASWELL, Speaker.
By order,
J. GREEN, Jr., Clerk.

Sent by Mr. Lane and Mr. Bonner.

In the Upper House, 21st January, 1771.

The foregoing reports were read and concurred with.

T. P. HASELL, President.
By order,
J. BURGWIN, Clerk.


26th January, 1771.

Concurred with:

WM. TRYON.