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North Carolina Higher Court Minutes
Source: The Colonial Records - Higher Court Records (1670-1696)
Editor: Mattie Erma Edwards Parker

1695

March 1695.  Norfolk County.  Whareas A Complaint hath bin maide Before me this day by Mr. Edward JONES of Corrotucke that his Son Edward JONES JUNER Liveth in Unlawfull Lust with one Sary MINKINGS and Cohabets with her Contrary to Law and the above said Mr. JONES having often Admonished his Son Edward to Leave of those wicked and ungodly practises but he the said Edward JONES being soe fare from takeing the Admonisons of his father but hath Like a wicked and Rebelious Rich hath Slandered his abovesaid father Mr. Edward JONES of felionous Stealing of Catell.

These are therefore in their majesties Names to will and Require you Immeadiatley and upon Site hereof that you Sease the bodeys of Edward JONES JUNER and Sarey MINKINGS and bring them Before me or som other of their Majesties Justises of the peace for this County to Answer the Complaint of Mr. JONES SENIOUR whereof you are not to faile as you will Answer the Contrary at your perells Given Under my hand this 18th of March 1695.  /s/ James WILSON

March 21st 1694/5The Deposition of William LUES being Sworne Saith That Edward JONES JUNER and Sarey MENKEINGS was at the house of Richard BRITE in the year 1694 in the month of December and your deponent saw the said Edward JONES and Sarey MENKINGS in bed together and further saith not.  The marke of William LUIS

March 29th 1694/5.  The Deposition of Ann BRITE being Sworne Saith that Edward JONES JUNER and Sarey MENKINGS was at the house of Richard BRITE in the year of 1694 in the month of December and the Said Edward JONES Complaining that he was not weele your deponent askt the said JONES if he would Ly downe and the said Edward JONES puld of his Close and went into bed and afterwards Sarey MENKINGS Complaing that She was weary and Slepey your deponent askt her if She would Ly downe and the said Sarey MENKINGS puld of her Close and went in to bed to the abovesaid Edward JONES and Lay there best part of the Night and further saith not.  The mark of Ann BRITE

Know all men by these presents that wee Ralph MINKINGS and William WYNN owe and Stande Justly Indebted Unto our Sovereign Lord and Ladey King William and quenne Marey in the Sum of one hundred pounds Starlening Curant Muney of England to them their heirs and Sucksesors payable upon demands and for the true performance hereof we binde our Selves our heirs Executors Administrators Joyntly and Severaly and in witness hereof wee have here unto Set our hands and (torn) march 1695.  The Condition of these obligation is such that if Edward JONES JUNER and Sarey MENKINGS shall appeare at our Next Court held for this County to Answer Such things as Shall be Laid to their Charge and to Stand and abid the ward of the court and also for there Good abarance to there Majesties and all their Leage people and Espesihioly towards Mr. Edward JONES SENOR of Corrotucke then this obligation to be Voide and of none Effect or Else to Stand abide and Remaine In full force power and Virtue and in Wittness whereof we have hereunto Set our hands and Seales.  /s/ The marke of Ralph MEKENS, William WYNN

22d day of Aprill 1695Wheras John STROUD appeared before us and complained that hee hath has Felloniously taken from him One Heiffeir about One yeare and an halfe Old and One Cow and that hee hath in Suspition Edwd. JONES SENIOR Priscilla his Wife and John JONES and upon Examination wee finde that the Finall determination to bee out of our power; Wee therefore Order that John STROUD give in bond to appeare before the next Grand Court held for this County of Albemarle And there enter further process against the Said Edward JONES SENIOR Priscilla his Wife and John JONES according to Law; And that the said Edward JONES SENIOR Priscilla his Wife and John JONES give in good Security allsoe to appeare and answare the said Fellony before the next Grand Court held as aforesaid; And that Edwd. JONES Junior approver gives in good Security to appeare before the Said Grand Court;  And Richard BURTENSHALL Priscilla BURTENSHALL and Elizabeth MEVERILL give in bond to appeare to give in theire Evidence Att the Court aforesaid.

Albemarle SS.  Know all men by these presents that we Edward JONES of Curretuck JUNIOR John BENNETT and Daniell GLASCOCK are held and firmly bound unto his Excellency the Palentine and the rest of the true and absolute Lords Proprietors of Albemarle in North Carolina aforesaid in the full and Just summe of forty pounds Sterling Mony of England, for the which payment well and truly to be made to the Said Palentine and rest of the Lords etc or to their heirs or Successors in the Summe aforesaid Joyntly and Severally firmly by these presents As Witnesse our hands and Seales this 27th Aprill Anno Domini 1695.  The condition of the above obligation is such that if the above bound Edward JONES JUNIOR doe and shall well and truly be and appeare at the next County Courte held the last Munday in 7ber next, then and there to give in Evidence against Edward JONES SENIOR for the felonious Stealing one Cow and a heaffer from John STROUD –that then the above obligation to be voyd or else to be and remaine in full force etc.  /s/ Edward JONES, John BENNETT, Daniell GLASCOK

Corrotuck precinct in Albemarle SS.  Know all men by these presents that we Richard BURTENSHALL Priscilla his wife Elizabeth MEVERILL doe each of us owe and Stand Indebted unto his Excellency the Pallentine and the rest of the Illustrious true and absolute Lords Proprietors theire heires and successors in the full and just Summ of Fourty pounds of good and Lawfull mony of England to which payment well and truly to bee made wee binde our selves our Heires Executors and Administrators firmly by these presents In Witness whereof Wee have hereunto Sett our hands and Seales the 22d Day of Aprill 1695.   The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bound Rich. BURTENSHALL Priscilla his wife and Elizabeth MEVERILL doe make theire personal appearance att the next Grand Councell held for the County of Albemarle And then and there give such Evidence as they knoweth Against Edward JONES SENIOR Pricilla his wife and John JONES concerning Fellonious Acts by them Committed That then this Obligation shall bee void and of none effect or else Stand and remaine in full force and virtue (torn).  /s/ Rich. BURTENSHALL, Priscilla BURTENSHALL, Elizabeth MEVERILL

Cororotuck precinct.  The deposition of Priscilla BURTENSHALL aged 28 yeares or thereabouts saith That being att the house of Ralph MEEKIN sometime in November last past in Company with Edwd. JONES SENIOR Priscilla his Wife and Edward JONES JUNIOR your Deponent heard angry words pass betwixt the said Edwd. SENIOR and Edwd. JUNIOR then said the said Edward JUNIOR Father remember the blinde Cow and after more words has passed betwixt them the said Edwd. JUNIOR told the said Edward SENIOR his Father that hee killed JOHN STROUDs blinde Cow and a Heiffeir about two yeares Old to the best of my knowledge then said the said Edwd. SENIOR Sirr (illegible) then the aforesaid Priscilla JONES replyd that is (illegible) proved or hee can prove itt One of those two Expressions your Deponent cannot tell (torn) and Further saith not. Sworne in Court the 22d Day of Aprill 1695.  /s/ Priscilla BURTENSHALL

Corrotuck Precinct. The Deposition of Sarah MEAKIN Aged 32 yeares or thereabouts Saith That Sometime in November last past there hapned to bee att your Deponants house Edward JONES SENIOR Priscilla his wife and Edward JONES JUNIOR with other Company And there hapned angry words past from the said Edward JONES SENIOR against his Sonne Edward JONES JUNIOR then the said Edward JONES JUNIOR told his Father the said Edward SENIOR that hee could ruine him with a few words speaking: the said Priscilla said: Boy doe not uncover thy Fathers nakedness: then said the said Edward to his Sonne you are a Rogue and I saved you from the Gallowes his Sonne replyed and Asked him for what Father then replyed the said Edward SENIOR that hee would prove the said Edward JUNIOR A Rogue fore hee buggered (torn)

Corrotuck precinct.  The deposition of Elizb. MEVERILL aged 26 yeares or thereabouts Saith that she being att the house of Ralph MEEKINGS in Company with Edwd. JONES SENIOR and Priscilla his wife and Edwd. JONES JUNIOR there hapned angry words (torn) from Edwd. JONES SENIOR to Edwd. JONES JUNIOR (illegible) the said Edwd. JUNIOR Said to Edwd. SENIOR Father remember the blinde Cow (illegible) Blinde Cow Saith Edwd. JONES SENIOR (illegible) What blinde Cow replyed Edward JONES JUNIOR Yes Sirrah then I will (torn) SENIOR Why then I will tell you (torn) JONES JUNIOR John STROUDs blinde cow you made my Mother and me knock in the head (torn) two yeares old Heiffeire; then the said Edward JONES (torn) replyed Sirrah I will make you prove itt; the aforesaid Priscilla Said that was Easily done; for the more you Stirr the worse you will Stink and further Saith not.  Sworne in Court the 22d of April 1695.  /s/ Elizabeth MEVERILL

To the honorable the Commissioners of the honorable Court now Setting for the county of Albemarle the most humble petition of Edward JONES JUNER humbly Sheweth that throu the Instigation of the devil and the corruption of my heart have most wickedly abused and slandered my most Loveing father in Impeching and accuseing him most falsly in saying that he did kill or Cause to be killed a Cow and heifer of John STROUD or any other person whatsoever for all which your petitioner in his heart and Consuens is most heartly sorry and for the futter do hope and pray the Lord will Asist him that for the futter he shall never more do the like to him nor any other person for all which your petitioner is heartly sorry and most humbly begs and pray that your honors will (torn) your Clemancy pardon and pass by whatsoever your petitioner hath don Amiss in the premises and your petitioner Shall in heart and soul ever pray.  /s/ Edward JONES JUNER

September/October 1695 - Coratuck precinct in North Carolina.  Whereas by virtue of an Order of the palatines Court held the third Day of July 1695 we was appointed to appraise the labour and improvement done and made on the plantation of John WORMALLE deceased Wee therefore in Obedience to the Said Order Appraise the Said Labor and improvement to One pound and Tenn Shillings Sterling. Wittness our hands this 17th Day of October 1695.  /s/ Christopher MERCHANT, Richard BRYAN, Tho. TULLE

Know all men by these presents that I John SORRELL doe owe and Stand Indebted unto his Excellency the Pallatine and the rest of the Illustrious true and absolute Lords and Proprietors of the Province aforesaid theire Heires and Successors in the full and Just Summ of three pounds Sterling to which payment well and truly to bee made I bindie my Selfe my Heires Executors and Administrators firmly by these presents In witness whereof I have hereunto Sett my hand and Seale the 17th Day of October 1695.  The Condition of this Obligation is such that if the above bound John SORRELL his Heires Executors or Administrators Shall and Doe well and truly pay or Cause to bee paid unto his Excellency the Pallatine and the rest of the Illustrious true and absolute Lords and Proprietors aforesaid theire Heires and Successors the full and Just Summ of One pound and Tenn Shillings Sterling upon or before the twentieth Day of November next Ensuing the Date hereof Provided allsoe that the said John SORRELL his Heires or Assignes Doe for ever peaceably and quietly posses and Enjoy the Labor and Improvement, made and Done on the tract of Land by John WORMALL Deceased Then this Obligation Shall bee void or else bee Stand and remaine in Full force and virtue.  /s/ John SORRELL

Know all men by these presents whom it may Concerne that I Jacob PETERSON SENIOR of the precinct of Cowratuck in the Government of North Carolina doe by these presents Nominate and in my Stead and place appoint my Loving friend Major Alexander LILLINGTON of the Precinct of Pequimons in the aforesaid Government my attorney in the Government aforesaid to act and doe and my person to represent either as plantif or defendant in any Court or Courts in the Place aforesaid and before all and every Judge or Judges in the said Government hereby Giving and granting unto my said Attorney full and absolute power in the premises as alsoe if need soe require to Imprison and release again at pleasure any (torn) owning to me in the said place hereby firmely Ratifying all which my said Attorney Shall lawfully doe in Case to the confirmation wherof I have sett my hand and seal the 9th day of September Anno 1695.  /s/ Jacob PETERSON   his marke

 

   PETERSON vs. AKEHURST, attorney of DUNSCOMB

Know all men by these presents whome it may Concerne that I Jacob PETERSON SENIOR of the precinct of Corrotuck in the Government of North Carrolina doe by these presents nominate and in my stead and place appoint my Loving Friend Major Alexsandler LILLINGTON of the precinct of pequimons in the aforesaid Government my Atturny in the Government aforesaid to act and doe and my person to represent Either as plaintif or defendant in any Court or Courts in the place aforesaid and before all and Every Judge or Judges in the said Government hereby Giving and Granting unto my said Atturny full and absolute power in the premesses as also if need soe require to Imprison and release againe at his pleasure any person or persons justly owing to me in the said place hereby firmly rattifing all which my said Atturny Shall Lawfully doe in the Case to the Confermation wherof I have Sett my hand and seale this 9th day of September Anno 1695.  /s/ Jacob PETERSON

CHEVIN versus HANCOCK

Miscellaneous File Papers.  Worthy Sir:  I sent to Capt. RELF to have Jno. BIGGS arrested to the next Generall Court who is now in Curatuck and sent him two Declarations for two Actions I forgot to Enquire of you whither the writs be out or not if not pray Lett them be sent to Capt. RELF without fayle. Allso please to Lett 3 writts be sent for Pamplico att my sute one against William HANCOCK for thirty shillings by account and pleas to give Declaration and one against Amy WILLIAMSON for 1 pound 5 shillings by account another against Nich. DAW for 1 pound 4 shillings by account; Please to give (illegible) all Declarations I would have Com Down but heard you was not att home pray Good Sir Fayle not in the premises him who subscribes Sir you Humble Servant.  (torn)br the 19th 1695.  /s/ Na. CHEVIN

 

November Court.  Nathanl. McCLENAHAN of Colony of Virginia versus William FULWOOD of Couratuck in a plea of Debt the first of October 1695.

 JONATHAN BATEMAN Executor of JONA. BATEMAN versus ELIZ. BATEMAN

Jonathan BATEMAN Executor of the last will and testament of Jonathan BATEMAN deceased Plantif versus ELIZABETH BATEMAN Widow and relict of the said Jonathan BATEMAN deceased Defendant in a plea of the Case Complaineth That the said Elizabeth BATEMAN hath in her Custody certain goods and Chattells belonging to the Estate of the said Jonathan BATEMAN deceased to the value of twenty pounds which she refuseth to render unto the Plaintif tho often demanded to the Plaintifs damage forty pounds for which he hath brought his action and Craveth Judgement for the same with Cost and he shall pray.

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