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Early Wilkes County Court Abstracts

Various Court transactions abstracted from Wilkes Co. Will Books Volumes 2, 3, & 4

Contributed by Deloris Williams

 

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Apprenticeships

 

March Term 1779
MOSES POOR, age 2 years last August, (son of ELIZABETH POOR) bound until 21 years of age to MOSES POOR SNR. to learn the occupation of Farmer.

December 10, 1778
HANNAH CARTRIGHT, age 6 the first day of July past, orphan daughter of JOSEPH CARTRIGHT deceased; apprenticed to JAMES GRAY until age 18, to learn to sew & spin & other housework necessary for a girl to learn.

July Term 1791
ELIZABETH ADAMS, age 12 years old 10th of January last, orphan daughter of MARGRET ADAMS, bound to JARVIS SMITH until age 18, to learn occupation of spinsterest.

July Term 1791
AGATHA ADAMS, age 9 years old January last, orphan daughter of MARGRET ADAMS; bound to JARVIS SMITH until age 18, to learn occupation of spinsterest.

July Term 1791
CHARITY ADAMS,(no age indicated) orphan daughter of SARAH ADAMS; apprenticed to ISAAC LOWE until age 18, to learn occupation of spinsterest.

July Term 1791
ELIZABETH ROACH, age 12 years old on September 11th next, orphan daughter of MARGRET ROACH; apprenticed to ELIZABETH SMITH until age 18, to learn occupation of spinsterest.

October 28, 1791
MILLY BALTRIP, age 10 years old, orphan girl; apprenticed to EDMUND DENNY to learn occupation of spinster.

July Term 1792
LARKIN BISHOP,(no age indicated) orphan boy (probably son of FRANCIS BISHOP whose estate was inventoried in this same court); apprenticed to RODGER BISHOP until age 21, to learn occupation of farmer.

July Term 1792 (Aug. 3, 1792)
SARAH BALTRIP, age 14 years, orphan girl; bound to EDMUND DENNY until age 18, to learn occupation of spinster.

February Term 1793
LUCRETIA DURHAM, age 7 years, orphan girl; bound to ROBERT AYERS until age 18, to learn occupation of spinster.

July Term 1793
DOLLY COCKRAM, age 8 years, orphan girl; bound to JOHN BROOSS until age 18, to learn occupation of spinster.

August Term 1794
WILLIS ALLEN, age 15 years, orphan boy; apprenticed on Feb. 7, 1793, to JOHN WHITEHEAD until age 21, to learn occupation of stone mason.

August Term 1795
WILLIAM CRANE, age 16 years old, 17th of last January, orphan boy; apprenticed to WILLIAM PETTY until age 21, to learn occupation of farmer.
 

(Copy of an entire bond so that those who've never seen one, will know generally what is included in an Apprentice Bond)
November Term A.D. 1811
LUCY TUCKER to JOHN FITTS, Indenture
State of North Carolina
This Indenture, made the 4th day of November in the year of our Lord One Thousand eight Hundred and Eleven & in the 36t year of the Independence of the said State, between JESSE ROBINETT Esq. Ch'n of Wilkes County Court, & his Successors in office, & JOHN FITTS of s'd County of the other part. Witnesseth, that the said JESSE ROBINETT Esq. Ch'n in pursuance to an Order of the County Court of Wilkes doth put, place & bind unto the said JOHN FITTS an orphan girl named LUCY TUCKER now of the age of Eighteen with the said JNO. FITTS to live after the manner of an Apprentice Servant, untill the said Apprentice shall attain the age of Eighteen years, during all which time the said Apprentice her Master faithfully shall serve his lawfull commands, every where gladly obey, she shall not at any time absent herself from her s'd Master's service without leave, but in all things, as a good & faithfull Servant, shall behave towards her said Master. And the s'd JNO. FITTS doth covenant, promise & agree, to & with the said JESSE ROBINETT Esq. Ch'n that he will teach & instruct, or cause to be taught & instructed, the said Apprentice to learn to read & write, And also the art & mystery of a Spinster. And that he will constantly find & provide for the said Apprentice, during the Term aforesaid sufficient diet, washing, lodging & apparel, fitting for an apprentice; and also all other things necessary, both in sickness & in health.
In witness whereof the parties to these presents have interchangebly set their hands & seals the day & year first above written.
JNO FITTS
JESSE ROBINETT Ch'n

Sealed & Delivered in presence oof
R. MARTIN, Clk.
 

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Bastardy Bonds

 

July Term 1791

WILLIAM GREEN to Justices
Know all men by these presents that we WILLIAM GREEN and RICHARD GREEN all of Burke County and State of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto BENJAMIN HERNDON Esq. presiding Justice for said County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and his Associates in the full sum of one hundred pounds specie to be paid to the said BENJ'N HERNDON and his successors to which payment well and truly to made to bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators jointly severally and firmly by thes presents sealed with our seals and dated this 24th Day of July A.D. 1791.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound WM GREEN hath been charged of begeting a Bastard child on one ANN DAVIS. Now if the said WM GREEN do indemnify the said County of Wilkes and keep the said child from becoming chargable to the said County. Thenthe above obligation to be void else to remain in full force and virtue.
WM GREEN
RICH'D GREEN

Signed Sealed & Delivered
In presents of
CHAS. GORDON, Clk
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GRACE HOLEMAN to Justices
Know all men by these presents that we GRACE HOLEMAN, DANIEL SUTHERLAND and JOHN GOODRICH all of Wilkes County State of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto BENJAMIN HERNDON Esq. Presiding Justice of the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Said County of Wilkes and his Associates in the Sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to the said BENJAMIN HERNDON Esqr. & his Successors to which payment well and truly to be made so bind ourselves our Heirs Executors and Administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals & dated this 26th Day of July 1791.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound GRACE HOLEMAN hath been charged of having a Bastard child. Now if the said GRACE HOLEMAN do indemnify the County of Wilkes and keep the said child from becoming chargable to said County and fulfill such order as said Court shall lawfully make tuching the premises then the above obligation to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

GRACE HOLEMAN ("-" her mark)
DAN'L SUTHERLAND
JOHN GOODRICH

Signed Sealed & Delivered
In presents of
CHAS. GORDON, Clk
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JAMES McNEEL to Justices
Know all men by these presents that we JAMES McNEEL & GEORGE McNEEL all of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto BENJAMIN HERNDON Esqr. Presiding Justice for said County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and his Associates in the full sum of fifty pounds Specie to be paid to the sd. BENJAMIN HERNDON & his successors to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors & Administrators jointly severally & firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and Dated this 27th Day of July 1791.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound JAMES McNEEL hath been charged of begeting a Bastard child on one SUSANA SPARKS. Now if the said JAMES McNEEL do indeminify the said County of Wilkes and keep said child from becoming chargable to the said County then the above obligation to be void & therefore remain in full Power & virtue.

JAMES McNEEL ("X" his mark)
GEORGE McNEEL ("|"his mark)

Signed Sealed & Delivered
In presents of
WM. LENOIR
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October Term 1791

EDWARD PENINGTON to Justices
Know all men by these presents that we EDWARD PENINGTON, MICAJAH PENINGTON and WM. PENINGTON all of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto BENJAMIN HERNDON Esqr. Chairman Presiding Justice for said County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and his Associates in the full sum of one hundred pounds to be paid to the said BENJAMIN HERNDON Esqr. and his Successors to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators jointly and severally firmly by these presents Sealed with our Seals and dated this 26th Day of October A.D. 1791.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound EDWARD PENINGTON hath been charged of begetting a Bastard child on one AGNES LITTLE. Now if the said EDWARD PENINGTON do indemnify the County of Wilkes and keep the said Child from becoming chargable to said County and fulfill such order as said Court shall lawfully make touching the premises then the above obligation to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

EDWARD PENINGTON
MICAJAH PENINGTON
WILLIAM PENINGTON

Signed Sealed and Delivered
In presents of
CHAS. GORDON, Clk
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ELENDER HOLT to Justices
Know all men by these presents that we ELLENDER HOLT, PHILLIP DAVIS, ANANIAS ALLEN all of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto BENJAMIN HERNDON Chairman presiding Justice for said County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and his Associates in the full sum of a hundred pounds to be paid to the said BENJAMIN HERNDON Esqr. and his successors to which payment well and truly to be made we do bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators jointly severally firmly by these presents sealed with our Seals and Dated this 27 Day of October A.D. 1791.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bounden ELLENDER HOLT hath been charged of having a Bastard child. Now if the said ELLENDER HOLT do indemnify the County of Wilkes and keep the said child from becoming chargeable to said County and fulfill such orders as said Court shall lawfully make touching the premises then the above obligation to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

ELLENDER HOLT ("X" her mark)
PHILIP DAVIS ("X" his mark)

Signed Sealed and Delivered
in presence of
CHAS. GORDON, Clk
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April Term 1792

MARTHA AUSTIN to Justices
Know all men by these Presents that we MARTHA AUSTIN, BENJAMIN ELLEDGE & WM. McGILL all of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto BENJAMIN HERNDON Chairman Presiding Justice for said County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and his Associates in the full sum of One hundred pounds to be paid to the said BENJAMIN HERNDON Esqr. and his successors to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators jointly severally & firmly by these presents Sealed wilth our seals and Dated the 26th day of April A.D. 1792.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound MARTHA AUSTIN hath been charged of having a Bastard. Now if the said MARTHA AUSTIN do indemnify the County of Wilkes and keep the said child from becoming chargable to said County and fulfill such order as said Court shall lawfully make tuching the premises then the above obligation to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

MARTHA AUSTIN ("X" her mark)
BENJAMIN ELLEDGE
WM McGILL ("W" his mark)

Signed Sealed & Delv'd
In Presents of
CHAS. GORDON Clk
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MARY ROBERTS to Justices
Know all men by these presents that we MARY ROBERTS, ISHAM HARVEL & JAMES FLETCHER Jun'r all of Wilkes County and State of North carolina are held and firmly bound unto BENJAMIN HERNDON Esqr. presiding Justice of said County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of said County of Wilkes and his Associates in the full sum of One hundred pounds to be paid to the said BENJAMIN HERNDON and his Successors to which payment well & truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators jointly severally firmly by these presents. Sealed with our Seals and Dated this 26th Day of April A.D. 1792.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound MARY ROBERTS hath been charged of having a Bastard child. Now if the said MARY ROBERTS do indemnify the County of Wilkes and keep the said child from becoming chargable to said County and fulfill such order as said Court shall lawfully make touching these premises then the above obligation to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

MARY ROBERTS ("X" her mark)
ISHAM HARVEL
JAMES FLETCHER

Signed Sealed & Delv'd
In Presents of
CHAS. GORDON Clk
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October Term 1792

JOSEPH TOMPKINS to Justices
Know all men by these presents that we JOSEPH TOMPKINS & JAMES TOMPKINS all of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto BENJAMIN HERNDON Chairman Presiding Justice for said County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions his Associates in the full sum of Twenty five pounds to be paid to the said BENJ'N HERNDON Esq'r and his Sucessors to which payment will and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators jointly severally and firmly by these presents Sealed with our seals and Dated this 11th day of November A.D. 1792.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound JOSEPH TOMPKINS hath been charged of begeting a Bastard child by ELIZABETH COPELAND, Now if the JOSEPH TOMPKINS do indemnify County Wilkes and keep said child from becoming chargeable to said County and fullfull such orders as said Court shall lawfully make touching the premises then the above obligation to be void and of no effect otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

JOSEPH TOMPKINS
JAMES TOMPKINS

Signed, sealed & Delivered
in Presents of
CHAS. GORDON CC
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February Term 1793

DAVID LAY to Justices
Know all men by these presents that we DAVID LAY & JESSE LAY all of the County of Wilkes and State of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto BENJAMIN HERNDON Esq'r presiding Justice of the said County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and his Associates in the full sum of One hundred pounds specie to be paid to the said BENJAMIN HERNDON and his sucessors in Office to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors & Administrators jointly severally & firmly by these presents sealed with our seals & dated 7th day of February A.D. 1793.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bound DAVID LAY hath been charged of begeting a Bastard child on one (blank) LAY Now if the said DAVID LAY do indemnify the said County of Wilkes and keep the said child from becoming chargeable to the said County then the obligation to be void or otherwise to remain in full force and virtue.

DAVID LAY ("Y" his mark)
JESSE LAY (his mark)

Signed, sealed & Delivered
in Presents of
CHAS. GORDON CC
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November Term 1793

JAMES HAYS to Justices
Know all men by these presents that we JAMES HAYS, NATH'L JUDD all of the County of Wilkes and State of North Carolina are held and firmly bound unto WILLIAM LENOIR Esq'r Presiding Justice of said County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and his Associates in the full sum of one hundred & fifty pounds specie to be paid unto the said WILLIAM LENOIR and his successors in office to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators jointly severally & firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this 8th Day of November A.D. 1793.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas JAMES HAYS hath been charged of begeting a Bastard child on one ANN HOPPER now if the said JAMES HAYS do Indemnify the County of Wilkes and keep said child from becoming chargeable to said County then this obligation to be void Otherwise to be and remain in full force and virtue.

JAMES HAYS
NATH'L JUDD

Signed, Sealed & Delivered
In presents of
CHAS GORDON CC
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REUBEN CARTER to Justices
Know all men by these Presents that we REUBEN CARTER, DAN'L VANNOY & JNO. JOHNSON all of Wilkes County and State of North Carolina are held and firmly unto WILLIAM LENOIR ESQ'R preciding Justice for the County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and his Associates in the full sum of fifty pounds specie to be paid unto the said WILLIAM LENOIR and his successors in office to which payment well and truly to be made we bind ourselves our heirs Executors and Administrators jointly & severally firmly by these presents sealed with our seals and dated this Seventh Day of November A.D. 1793.
The condition of the above obligation is such that whereas the above bounden REUBEN CARTER hath been charged of begeting a Bastard child on one MARY BREWER. Now if the said REUBEN CARTER Indemnify the County of Wilkes and keep the said child from being chargable to the said County then this obligation to be void or else to remain in full force and virtue.

REUBEN CARTER
DAN'L VANNOY
JNO. JOHNSON

Signed, Sealed & Delivered
In presents of
CHAS. GORDON CC
 

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Guardian Bonds

 

February Term 1793
JOHN MARTIN & JOHN BAGBY of Wilkes County filed bond of 200 pounds for the guardianship of ANN MARTIN, minor orphan child. JOHN MARTIN appointed guardian.

February Term 1793
JOHN BAGBY & JOHN MARTIN of Wilkes County filed bond of 200 pounds for guardianship of JOHN MARTIN, minor orphan child. JOHN BAGBY appointed guardian.

July Term 1793
JAMES DEMOSS & LEWIS DEMOSS of Wilkes County filed bond of 250 pounds for the guardianship of MILLEY RENFRO, minor orphan child. JAMES DEMOSS appointed guardian.

May Term 1794
WILLIAM LENOIR, RICHARD ALLEN & JOSEPH HERNDON all of Wilkes County filed bond for 500 pounds for guardianship of RACHAEL MONTGOMERY, minor orphan child. WILLIAM LENOIR appointed guardian.

 
 

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