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OF THE

JUSTICES OF THE OLD YIRGmiA COURTS.




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CIVIL AND LEGAL— RECOKDS OF WEST AUGUSTA COURT.



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" February 2l8t, 1775.

" Geo. Crogaii, John Campbell, John Connolly, ThoB. Small-
1776. man, Daweey Pentecost, John Gibson, George Vallandighnm,

and Williiim Goe, Gentlemen, Justices." i

"Gtjorpe Brent and George Rootes took the umml oaths to his Majes-
ties Person and Government, sub. the Abjuration Oath and Test, then
took the Oaths of Attorneys."

"Ord. that John Campbell, George Redman, Thomas Redman, and
Benjamin Renoe, or any 3 of thi-m being first sworn View a Uoad from
Fort Dunmore to Frederick Dunflelds, and make a report of the Conven-
iences and Inconveniences to the next court."

"Joseph Hill is appointed a Constable in the roomof Jacob Vanmetre,
and that he be summoned to he swoin in the office."

" On the petition of James Johnston andother.s it is ord. Edward Cook,
Joseph Hill, Senr., Levi Stevens, Gilbert Simpson, Richard McMahon,
John Decker, Paul Froman.arid James Innes, they being first sworn
•View H Road from the Road from Thomas Gists to Fort Dunmore, to Paul
Fromans on Shirtees Creek by James Devores ferry, and mako reportof
the Conveniences and Inconveniences to the next Court."

"■William Elliott 2 being bound over to this Court by Thomas Small-
man, Gent., for disturbing the minds of his Majestie's Good people of
this County by demanding in an Arbitrary & Illegal Manner of Sundry
persons what personal Estate they are possessed of, that the same may
be tax'd according to the Laws of Pennsylvania, being called, appeared,
A on hearing the argument of the attorneys, the Court ate of Opinion
that he be Committed to the Goal of this County, & there to remain
until he enter into a recog in the sum of £1U0 with 2 secys in the sum of
£50 each for his good Behavior for the space of one Month, and tliere-
upon the sd Wm. Elliot with John Harvie and Chas. Sims ackd them-
selves Indebted to our Souvereign Lord the King, the sd Elliot in the
sum of £lt)0, and the sd Harvie and Sims in the sum of £50 each to be
levied of their respective goods and Chattels, Lands, & Tenements, in
case the said Wm. Elliot is not of good Behavior for the space of one
month.

"Ordered that the court be adjourned until to-morrow morning 10
o'clock.

" George Croghan."

"At a court con'd & held for Augusta County at Fort Dunmore Feb.
2i!d 1775.

"Pres't John Connelly, Thomas Smallmau, Dorsey Pentecost, Wm.
Goe, Gentlemen, Justices.

" John Canon.3 one of the Gent in the Commission of the Peace &c.
took the Usual Oaths to his Majesties Person and Government, sub-
scribed the Abjuration Oath & Test, and then took the Oath of a justice
of the Peace and of justice of the County Court in Chancery & of jus-
tice of Oyer & Terminer.

" Pres't John Canon.

"On the petition of Alexr Douglass & others, It is Ord that Wm
Crawford, Providence Mounce, Ezekiel Hickman, Joseph Beelor, John
Vanmetre, Morgan Morgan, Vincen Colvin, Henry Taylor, Van Swear-
ingen, they being first sworn view a road from Providence Mounces Mill
by Ausbergers Ferry & from thence to Catfish Camp, and make a report
of the conveniences & inconveniences to tlie next court.

"Ordered that Robert Henderson, Benjamin Kuykendall, John Rob-
inson &. James Sulivan, they being first sworn view a road from Fort
Dunmore to Beckert's fort and make a report of the conveniences and
inconveniences to the next court.

"Pres't John Gibson.

"David Sample, Gent, is recommended to the Gentn appointed to ex-
amine alto's, that he is a person of Probaty, Honesty & Good Demeanor.

"On tlie motion of Henry Heath it is Ord that Silas Dexter, Gabriel
Cox, Bichd McMahon, Benj. Sweet, Robt. Henderson view the most
nient way from Fort Dunmore to Henry Heaths, they being first



1 Of these "learned Thebaus," Croghan, Campbell, Connolly, Small-
man, and Gibson resided at Pittsburgh ; Pentecost, then on the Youg-
hiogheny, soon afterward in the present North Strabane township ;
Vallandigham, at the present Noblestown, and William Goe just below
Brownsville. Gibson was the uncle of the afterward Chief Justice Gibson,
of the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania.

~ A Westmoreland county official, living about where Wilkinsburg
now is. TUe reader of the preceding " Boundary Controversy" will see
that the contest comes into this Virginia court the first day of its exist-



Bworn, & make a report of convenlencM A iDCODTeniencM to th« next

court.

"Admin of the oBtato of Wm, Craig deed In Granted to Andrew
Vaughan, a creditor, he having complied with the law.

"Ordered that Gabriel Cox, Richard McMahon, Jamtst Bruce & Heniy
Heath or any 3, app. the Est.

"Patrick McKtruy took the Usual Oaths to his Majesties Pereon ft
Government, sub. the Abjur. Oath & test & then was sworn aa %
Deputy Sheriff.

" William Christy took the usual oaths to his M^os*8 person ft Got-
ernment sub. the abjur. oath ft test which is oidered to be certlfled on
his Commission of a Lieutenant of the mtlltla of Pittsburgh ft its Depen-
dencies.

"Simon Girty* took the uftual Oaths to his Majesties Penton ft Govern-
ment sub the abjuration Oath & test which Is ord to bo certified on bis
commission of a Lieutenant of the militia of Pittsburgh and Its De-
pendencies.

"Jacob Baustnan took the usual oaths to his Majesties Person ft Gov-
t sub the Abjur Oath and test which is ord to be certified on hU
of Ensign of the militia of Pittsburgh and Its Dependen-



? The proprietor of Canonsburg.
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" Ord that Paul Froman, Thomas Cook, Josiah Crawford, Jacob Long,
Richard Cooks, they being first sworn, view a road from Fort Dunmore
to Paul Fromans and make a report &c.

" Pres't John Campbell.

"Ab. John Connolly.

"John Connolly took the usual oaths to his Majesties Person ft Got-
ernment, sub the ab oath & Test, which is ord to be Certified on hia
Commission of Maj. of the Militia.

" Pres't John Connolly.

**Wendle Ourey being bound over to this Court for acting as an as-
sessor^ under the laws of Pennsylvania appeared and having made cod-
fessions to the Court it is ordered that he be discharged from his recog.
*********

'■ Ord that the sheriff make use of the Room in the Fort now used as
a Guard Room as a Goal for this part of the County, and also that John
Campbell & Dorsey Pentecost Gent, with the survey of Prison Bound
include the ally of the fort & two rods wide to the town.

" Robert Hannah** being bound over to this Court for openly disturb-
ing the peace by interrupting the Execution of Legal Process by the
Officers of this Government, ft did actually imprison a Certain Philip
Reily in the discharge of his duty as a Constable against the Peace of
our Sovereign Lord the King, being called, appeared & offered a Plea to
the jurisdiction of the court, which Plea was Overruled, ft It is Ordered
that he be Committed to the Goal of this County & there to remain un-
til he Enter into recog in the sum of £1000 with '2 secys in the sum of
£500 each to be levied &c, in case Robt. Hanah is not of Good Behaviour
for a Year ft a day & also desist from acting as a magistrate within the
colony of Virginia by any authority from the Province of Pennsylvania
& that he keep the Peace to all his Majesties Liege subjects in the
mean time: [thereupon the said Robt. Hannah with Wm. Elliot ft
Devereux Smith his secys ackd themselves Indebted to our Sovereign
Lord the King, the said Hannah in the sum of £1000 and the b»» Smith ft
Elliot in the sum of £500 to be levied ftc, in case Robt. Hannah is not
of Good Behaviour for a year and a day, ft also desist from acting as a
Magistrate from Pennsylvania under any authority derived from that
province, and that he keep the Peace to all hia Majesties leige subjects
in the meantime]."

" James Caveat, Gent,s being bound over to this court for sundry times
malevolently opposed the authority of His Majestie's Officers of the
Government of Viiginia & has rioutsly opposed the legal Establishment
of his Majestie's Laws in this country contrary to the Peace of our
Sovereign Lord the King, being called appeared and offered a Plea to
the jurisdiction of the court which was Overruled ft it is Ordered that
he be committed to the Goal of this county ft there to remain until he
enter into recog in the sum of £1000 with two secys in the sum of £500
each to be levied ftc in case James Caveat is not of good Behavior
for a year & a day and also desist from acting as a magistrate within
the colony of Virginia by any authority derived from the Province of



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* The renegade.

» For Westmoreland County.

" See Chapter XII., et seq.

' The part in brackets erased in original*

^ Also a Westmoreland County justice.



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HISTORY OP WASHINGTON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA.



PenusylvaDia, & that he keep the Peace to all his Majesties Loyal suh-
jectB in the mean time.

"Francis Brown look the usual oaths to his Majesties' person & Gov-
ernment, sub. the abjur. Oath & test & was sworn as a deputy Sheriff,
with the consent of John Christiiin, by a note from under his hand.

"James Smith being bound over to this court for acting as a Commis-
sioner! under an authority derived from under the Province of Pennsyl-
vania, being called, appeared & on being heaid, It is Ordered that he be
commitled to the Goal of this County, & there to remain until he enter
into recog. in the sum of £100 with 2 sec'ys in the sum of £50 each, to
be levied, Ac, in case lie is not of Good Behavior for a Year & a day, &
also desist from Acting as a Commissioner from under any authority de-
rived from under the Province of Pennsylvania within this colony.

"Ord. tliat David Steel, John Wals [Wallace], Oliver Miller, & Nathan
Couch, they being first sworn, view a Road from Devores' Ferry 2 to the
road that leads from Fort Dunmore to Dunfield's to join Dunfield's road
on Shirteea Creek, near Ben Renoe's, & make report of the couv. & in-
conv. to the next court.

" Ord. that the Sheriff Imploy a Workman to build a Ducking StooP
at the Confluence of the Ohio with the Monongohale, & that the Person
Imployed bring in his Charge at the Laying of the Levy.

"David Steel took the usual oaths to his Majestie's Person & Govern.,
Bub. the ab. oath & test which is ord. to be certified on his commission of
ensign, of Pittsburgh & its Dependencies.

"Ord. that Thos. Brown, Bazil Brown, Wm. Colvin, Reuben Camp, &
Conrad Walter, they being firet sworn, view a road from Old Redstone
fort to Conrad Walters, & make a report of the conveu. & inconven. to
the next court.

"Ord. that the Court be adjourned until to-morrow morning at 10

"John Connolly."

"At a court con'd & held for Augusta County, Feb. 23d, 1775. Pres't,
Jno. Campbell, John Gibson. Tlios. Smallman, Wm. Goe, Jno. Cannon.

"James Berwick, Gent, is recommended to the Gentlemen to examine
att'ys, as a person of Probaty, Honesty, & good Demeanor.

"Andrew Ross, Gent, is recommended to the Gentlemen to Examine
atto's as a person of Probaty, Honesty, & Good Demeanor.

" On the Motion of Henry Heath, leave is granted him to keep a ferry
on the Monongahela River from his House over the River to the land of
Fras Hollo, & that he provide Boatp.

"On the Motion of Michael Cresap leave is granted him to keep a
ferry on the Monongohale River at Redstone fort to the land of Indian
Peter, & that he provide a Boat.

"On the motion of James Devore leave is granted him to keep a ferry
on the Monongoliale River from his House over the river to the Mouth
of Pidgeon Creek, and that he provide boats.

" Luke Joliff, being Committed & brought before the Court for desert-
ing from the Militia & for taking with him a stand of arms & for pre-
venting the Indians or not delivering up sund. Prisoners then in their
Custody, & on hearing Sund. Witnesses & the said Luke, the Court are
of Opinion that he receive for the said offence of deserting 500 lashes
with a cat & nine tails ou his bare back well laid on, & It Is said to the
Sheriff that Execution thereof be done at such time and in such num-
bers as not to endanger life or member.



1 For Westmoreland County,

2 Monongahela City.

8 An arrangement by way of seat suspended at the end of a strong
pole, over an upright, like the old-fashioned well-sweep, elegantly




adapted to cool .the temper of irascible females over the bank of a con-
venient stream or spring. tempora, more$.'



"Ord. that Edward Cook, Joseph Hill, senr, Levi Stevens, Gilbert
Sampson, Richard McMahon, John Decker, Paul Frooman & James In- |
ois, tliey being first sworn view a road from Thomas Gist's to Paul Froo- l
man's Mill on Shirtees Creek & make report of the Conven & Inconven *
to the next court.

"Ord that Thomas Crooks, Wm. Bu-shears, Robert Thornton, Thos
Egenton and Philip Whiten, they being first sworn, view a road from
Redstone old fi>rt to Shirtees creek to Paul Froomans & make report &c.

"On the motion of Jacob Bousman leave is granted him to keep a ferry
across the Monongohale River from his liouse to the town opposite thereto,
& that he provide & keep a suff. number of Boats for that purpose.*

"Ord tiiat David Steel, Thos Bond, John McKee & Silas Dexter, they I
being first sworn view a road from the mouth of the Yough. River at I
McKee's ferry 5 to the road from Devores ferry to Renoe's, near Sampson
Beavers and so on to Froomans Mill & make a report &c.

" On the motionof Dorsey Pentecost it is ord that his mark be recorded
a Crop in the left Ear & his brand D. P.

" Christopher Turby, Juhn Carpenter, Joshua Wright, Joseph Hill Sr.
John Hawthorn, Emson Brumfield, John Harden, Junr. John Pettyjohn,
John Warick, James Booth, Reason Virgin, Ezekiel Rose, Wm. Haw-
kins, James Taylor, Natlil, Blackmore, James Murdough, Jas Young,
Abraham Slover, Jno Bell, John Doiisman, Andrew Robinson, Nicholaa
Higarthy, Barney Wrother, Jno Castleuian, Elias Myeia, Wm. Teagard,
Junr, Juseph Irwin, Jno Nicholas, James Baird, Saml. Hinley, Moses
Smith, Levi Moore, Michael Martin, Richard Wells & Garshom Hull are
appointed Constnbles & it is Ord that they be summoned to be sworn
before a Magistrate or attend at the next court to be sworn.

"John Campbell & Dorsey Pentecost, the persons appointed to lay off"
the Prison bounds made a report & Ordered to be recorded.

" Ord that Sheriff summon a Grand jury for the Inquest of the body
of this county to appear here in May next.

" Ordered that Alexander McKee, James Innis, Thomas Galbraith,
Wm. Harrison, Thomas Gaddis, Jno Swearingen. Thomas Frooman,
[Freeman] Benjamin Davis, Edward Cook, John Whitacre, Philip Ross,
David Rogers, James Chew, David Scott, Chas Wheeler, Thos. Crooks,
John Robertson, John Nevill, Michael Rough, Isaac Mason, Eli Coulter,
Wm. Elliot, Henry Vanmetre, Geo. Rodger Clark, Richd Yates, John
Irwine, Christopher House, & Joseph Beeler, are humbly recommended
to hia Excellency the Governor as proper persons to be added to the
Commission of the Peace of this county.

"Edward Armstrong & James Ryou were brought before the Court j
for fighting in the Court Yard & disturbing the Court; It is Ord that |
they be Committed to the Goal of this County & there to remain until
they Each Enter into recog in the sum of £10 with 2 secys on the sum
of £5 Each to be levied &c for their appearance at the Grand jury in
May next & that his Majesties deputy atto. prosecute them for the same;
sum Geo Ashton, John Collins, and Samuel McKenzie.

" On the motion of John Canon, It is Ord that his mark he recorded a
Crop in the right Ear & half crop in the left.

"Geo Ashton took the Usual Oaths to his Majesties Person and Gov-
ernment sub the ab Oath & test & Ord to be certified on his Commission
of Captain of the Militia.

" License to keep an Ordinary is Granted to John Ormsby he having
comp with the law.

" License to keep an Ordinary is Granted to Samuel Ewalt he having
compd with the law.

"The last Will & Test of Shedrick Muchmoor deed was proved by
Valentine Thos D'alton & Wm. Plumer two of the wits, & O. R. A on the ^
Motion of Mary Muchmoor the widow, admin with the will annexed,
is granted her she having compd with the law.

"Ord that Benj. Tomlinson, Joshua Baker, Jacob Cochrane, Jos Coch-
rane, or any 3 app the est of Shedrick Muchmoor deed and return the
app to the next court.

"Jonathan Muchmoor of the age of 19 years orph of Shedrick Much-
moor deed choose Thos Smallman his Gdn who compd with the law.

"Ord that the Court be adjourned until tomorrow morning 10 O'clock.
"John Connolly."

" At a court con'd & held for Augusta county, at Fort Dunmore, Feb.
24, 1775.

" Pres't, John Campbell, Jno Connolly, Thos. Smallman, John Gibson,
Dorsey Pentecost.



* This last order is canceled on the records.



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CIVIL AND LEGAL— RECORDS OF WEST AUGUSTA COURT.



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" Pree't John Cannon.

" License to keep an Ordinary is granted to Frederick Farre, he Iiay-
Ing compd with the law.

"The same to Jacob Bousman on the south side of the Monorigohale
River opposite tlie Town.

" On the motion of Samuel Sinclair who lives in the forks of the River
Monongohule & Youghagania, leave is granted him to keep a ferry over
Each of tlie Rivers & that he keep boats.

" License to keep an Ordinary is granted to Saml Sample,' he having
complied with the law.

•' Wm. HawkinB,2 Andrew Robertson, Nicholas Hagerty took tlie usual
oaths to his Majesties Person & Government, sub the ab oath & test &
then took the oaths of Constable.

"Ord that Chaa Bruce, Geo. Aston, Abraham Slover & Jusiah Osburn,
or any 3 of them being first sworn, View tlie neareat and best way from
Fort Duiimore to Chas. Bruce's on Raccoon Creek & make report Ac.

" His Slajesties writ for adjourning tliis Court from Fort Dunmore to
the Town of Staunton being read it is ordered that the Court be ad-
journed accordingly.

"John Connolly."

" His Majesties writ for adjourning the Court of Augusta from Staun-
ton to Fort Dunmore being read this IGth May, 1775.

"Present, Geo. Crogliau, John Campbell, John Connolly, Thos. Small-
mau, John Gibson, John Cannon.
/ "Edward Ward^and John McCuUock took the Usual Oaths to his
Majestie's Person & Government sub the ab Oath & Test & then took the
oath of Justice of the Peace and of the County Court of Chancery and
of Justices of Oyer & Terminer.

" Henry Peyton took the oath of an atlo & is admitted to Practice as
Buch ih tliis court.



" At a Cald Court held for the Examination of Thoa Glenn who
stands Committed to the Goal of this County charged with the Murder
of his servt Man, Peter Eglington.

" Pres't Geo. Crogban, John Campbell, John Connolly, Edward Ward,
Thos. Smallman, Jno. Gibson, Geo. Vallandigham.

"The above named Thos Glenn was brought to the barr & upon Ex-
amination denied the fact wherewith be stands Charged, whereupon
several Witnesses were sworn and Examined & upon Consideration of
which the Court are of Opinion that he is Guilty of the fact wherewith
he stands Charged & that he ought to be tried for the sd supposed fact
at the General Court in October next at the 6th day thereof & in order
thereto he is remanded to the Goal of this county & thence to be re-
moved to the Pub, Goal in the city of Wmsburgh.

"Be it remembered, John McCullock, Moses Williamson, James John-
son, James Nowland, of this County, ackd themselves Indebted to our
Sovereign Lord the King in the sum of £100 Each to be levied of their
respective Goods & Chattels Lands & Tenements in Case they do not ap-
pear at the Capital in the City of Wmabnrg ou the 6th day of the next
General Court & then & there give Evidence agst Thos Glenn for the
Murder of his servt Peter Eglington & not depart without leave of the
court.

"Then the Court did rise,

"Jos Blackford for the Prisoner.

" George Croghan."

"Pres't Geo. Crogban, John Connolly, Edward Ward, John Cannon,
John McCuUock^ John Gibson.



"Benja Renne, Geo. Redman & Th.
pointed to view a road from Fort D
make a report, made their report. I
tablished & that Geo. Redman and Beuj Renoe be surveyors thereof &
that the Tithables within 3 miles on Each side work thereon.



Redman, 3 of the persons ap-
to Frederick Dunfields &
ordered that the Road be Es-



1 Washington's landlord in 1770.

2 Of Peters Creek.

3 The Edward Ward who as ensign of Capt. William Trent's company
surrendered the fort then being erected at the confluence of the Monon-
gahebi and Ohio to M. Contrecoeurand his forces, ou April 17, 1754. He
remained at Pittsburgh, and on March 6, 1787, was a voter for the elec-
tion of justices in Dickinson township, residing on lands on the lower
Chartiers. See the record concerning him at the first session of the
Yohogauia court, jjos^



"Wm. Crawford^ one of the Gent, in the Com of th- I't-An. t<^,k
the Usual Oath to his Majesties Person & Govern sub the ab Oath X tctt
& then took the Oath of a Justice of the Peace & a JuHtice ol the County
Court In Chancery & of a justice of Oyer &. Terminer.

"Pres't Wm. Crawford.

"On the Petition of Maby (?) Hayes & otherw. It Is Ord that Peter
Elrod, John Whitacre, Andrew McMcans, BenJ. Davis, Silas Dext«r, Gabl,
Cox, Richd McMahon, Benj. Sweet, A Roht. Henderson, or any lix of
them being fli-st sworn view a road from Dorsey Pentecost's by Peter
Barrachman's Ferry to Fort Dunmore and make a* report of the Coiit Sc
Incouv to the next Court.

"On the motion of Capt. Paul Froman it is Ordered that John Dacker,
John Munn, James Inuis, & Thomas Eddington or any 3 of them being
firet sworn View the most conv. way from Froman's Mill on Shlrteea
creek to Froman's Mill on the East Side of the Monongahela & make a
report Ac.

"A grand-jury for the Inquest of the body of this County, to wit, Geo.
McCullock, foreman, Oliver Miller, Abraham Teagarden, John Swan,
Jesse I'igmau, Bazil Brown, Richd Waller, Jacob Vanmetre, Wm. Gdrin,
Josiah Wallace.Moses Williamson, John Dackor, Richd McMahon, Richd
McGlaughlin, & Daniel Cannon, having received their charge retired.

"On the complaint of James O'Neal against his Master Patrick Flem-
ing for beating & abusing him. It is Ord that his Miwter be Sumd to
appear here the next Court to ansr the Complaint A that he in the mean
time treat well & give security for the same, himself in the sum of £.30
& 1 secy in the sum of 15£ & thereupon he with James Chambers bis
secy also in the sum of 15£ to be levied &c in case he doth not use bis
servt James O'Neal well till the next Court.

"On the complaint of John Connolly, Gent., agnst Geo. Wilson,^ Gent,
as a disturber of the Peace, on hearing the parties the Court are of
Opinion that the Compit he dismissed.

"Ord that Ricbd Huls, David Steel, Thos Cook, Richd Crooks & Paul
Fromau or any 3 of them being first sworn view a road from Fort Dun-
more to Paul Froman's Mill on Shirtees Creek & make a report Ac.

"Ord that the court be adjourned until tomorrow morning 10 O'clock,
"John Campbell."

" At a Court cons & held for Augusta County May 17lh 1775.

"Pres't Geo Croghan, Edward Ward, Thos Smallman, John Gibson,
John McCullough, Wm. Crawford.

" On the petition of Re^in Virgin & others, It is Ord that Philip Shute,
Richd Waller, Abraham Teagarden, Wm. Teagarden, George Teabolt, &
Rezin Virgin or any 3 of them being first sworn view a road from the
foot of Laurel Hill by Wm. Teagarden's ferrj' to the mouth of MTieeling
& make a report &c.

"On the motion of David McKee for leave to keep a ferry over the
Monongohale & Youghogana which motion being Opposed, on hearing
the parties It is considered that the sd ferry is Unnecessary ; It is there-
fore Ord that the said motion be rejected.

Pres't John Cannon.

"T M being bound over to this court on the compit of Archi-
bald Hamilton for burning liis House in tlie neigliborhood of Sandy
Creek, whereby he has lost some of his Effects, being called, appeared &
on bearing the parties by their atto & snnd wits, the Court are of Opinion
that he is Guilty of a High Misdemeanor A It is Ord that he l>e Com-



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