Court held May 29th, 1751, for the examination of Tabitha Shavers on Suspicion
Present Edmund Scarburgh Anderson Patterson, Thomas Parramore Edmund Allen
& William Bagge Junr. & James Rule.
Tabitha Shavers being set to the Barr under the custody of the Goaler
& examined in Relation to a Felony said to be committed by her, said
that she went in Company with those Negro Men [two?] belonging to Colo.
King & one belonging to James Pettigrew & one Hamlot Robinson a
Servant belonging to William Andrews in a Canoe to an Island in the Bay
and came from thense in a Boat which they found at the said Island and
then went to the Sea Side and took a Boat belonging to Mr. Abel Upshur
in which they were taken and having examined the said Tabitha relating
to other Felonies said to be committed It is the opinion of this Court
that she be discharged of the said Felony.
At a Court held for the Examination of Hamelot Robinson on Suspicion of
Felony in Accomack County May 29, 1751.
Present as above.
Hamelot Robinson being set to the Barr & under the Custody of the
Goaler & examined relating to a Felony said to be committed by him
Saith that he went away with those Negro Men Dollar Greenock & James
and that he heard Greenock & James say that they stole three midlings
of Bacon out of a House which they broke open near where they took a Canoe
and that Dollar and James stole meal from Rigg's Mill which they broke
open and that Tabitha Shavers brought a Pott down to the Canoe at the Bottom
of a marsh which she said belonged to James Pettigrew and that they took
a milk Bucket from Mr. Upshaw's Fence and that he saw Tabitha Shavers have
a Gown & Handkerchief whch he never saw before and he believed did
not belong to her upon which It is the Opinion of this Court that he be
discharged of the said Felony.
At a Court held for the Examination of Dollar & Greenock two Negro
Men Slaves belonging to Robert King Junr. James a Negro Man Slave belonging
to James Pettigrew & Pleasant a Negro Woman Slave belonging to William
Gore Junr. on Suspicion of Felony in Accomack County May 29, 1751.
Present as above.
The said Negroes being set to the Barr under the Custody of the Goaler
& examined concerning the Premises upon which & hearing the witnesses
produced It is by the Court considered that the said Negroes be committed
to the Custody of the Sherif as Felons the said Dollar & Greenock for
the Felonious breaking & entering the Meat House of John Hall &
stealing thereout three midlings of Bacon the Property of the said Hall
& the said James and Dollar for the Felonious breaking & entering
the Mill of Joshua Riggs & taking thereout a Quantity of Meal. And
the said Pleasant as an Accessory to the said Felonies after the same were
committed and that the Sherif apply for a Commission of Oyer & Terminer
for their Trial. William Andrews recognized to Our Sovereign Lord the King
in the Sum of Two Pounds Stg. for the Appearance of his Servant Boy Hamelot
Robinson to testify on behalf of Our said Lord the King at a Court of Oyer
& Terminer to be held for the Tryal of the above Slaves.
These minutes signed by Thos. Parramore.
Court continued & held. . . May 29th, 1751.
Tabitha Shavers a Servant Woman belonging to James Pettigrew being brought
by her Master before this Court & complained against for misbehaviour
which upon enquiring into appeared Therefore ordered that the Sherif immediately
carry her to the Public Whipping Post & give her thirty Lashes on her
bare Back well laid on.
Ordered that Jack and Appie two Negro Men Slaves belonging to Fisher
Bradford be taken into Custody to answer a Complt. made against them for
directing the Negroes James Dollar & Greenock to take Mr. Upshur's
Accomack County Order Book, 1744-1753, pp. 496-97.
Court of Oyer & Terminer held in Accomack County, June 27th, 1751.
A Commission of Oyer and Terminer To Edmund Scarburgh James Wishart Thomas
Evans Anderson Patterson, John Wise, Littleton Scarburgh, Major, Thomas
Parramore, Robert Pitt, Ralph Justice, Edmund Allen, Thomas [Toakle?] Taylor,
William Bagge, William Beavans, Henry Custis, Edmund Scarburgh, Junr. Charles
West, James Rule, Richard Drummond, Charles Stockley, John Walley, Samuel
Burton, & Thomas Ryley, Gent. directed for the Tryal of Dollar &
Greenock two Negro Men Slaves belonging to James Pettigrew & Pleasant
a Negro Woman Slave belonging to William Gore Junr. on Suspicion of Felony
being lead together with the Dedimus Potestatis for administering the Oaths
to the Commissioners. . .
Present John Wise, Thomas Parramore, Edmund Allen, William Bagge Henry
Custis & James Rule Junr.
The above Greenock and Pleasant were lead to the Barr under the Custody
of the Goaler and being arraigned on an Indictment The said Greenock for
the Felonious breaking & entering the Meat House of John Hall of this
County in the Night Time & thereout stealing & taking away three
Midlings or Points of Bacon of the value of Twenty Shillings current money
belonging to Persons unknown And the said Pleasant after the said Felony
known by her to have been committed for feloniously receiving & comforting
him the said Greenock Severally plead not Guilty And an examination of
the Witness & hearing the said Greenock & Pleasant it is the Opinion
of this Court that the said Greenock is not Guilty of the Felonious breaking
& entering the said Meat House, but that he is Guilty of the feloniously
taking and carrying away the Bacon. And that the said Pleasant is not Guilty
The said Greenock was likewise arraigned on an Indictment for the Felonious
breaking & entering the Meat House of John Hall of this County &
taking thereout a Quantity of Bacon of the Value of Ten Shillings Sterling
belonging to Persons unknown pleaded not Guilty And on Examination of the
Witnesses It i the Opinion of this Court that the said Greenock is not
Guilty of the Felonious breaking & entering the said Meat House but
that he is Guilty of the Felonious taking and carrying away the Bacon.
The said Greenock and Pleasant were likewise arraigned upon an Indictment
the said Greenock being in Custody of the Sherif within the Goal of this
County to answer the Felonious breaking & entering the Meat House of
John Hall of this County in the Night Time & feloniously stealing &
taking three Milings of Bacon out of the said House by Virtue of an Order
of this County Court did feloniously break the said Prison & out of
the custody of the said Sherif against his Will did escape And the said
Pleasant before the said Felony committed the said Greenock in the said
Prison to committ the sd Felony maliciously & feloniously did excite
persuade & procure To which they severally plead not Guilty And on
Examination of the Witnesses and hearing the said Greenock & Pleasant
It is the Opinion of this Court that the said Greenock is Guilty of the
said Felony, And that the said Pleasant is not Guilty.
Whereupon It is considered by the Court upon the whole That the said
Greenock be burnt in the Hand in open Court by the Goaler And that he receive
Twenty Five Lashes on his Bare back well laid on at the Public Whipping
Post of this County and that he be put into the Pillory & stand therein
for the Space of one Quarter of an Hour with both Ears nailed thereto &
then be cut down.
The said Pleasant was likewise arraigned on an Indictment for the Felonious
stealing and taking away on Lot of the Value of One Shilling current money
of the Goods & Chattels of William Andrews ad pleaded not Guilty, And
on the Examination of Witnesses and hearing the said Pleasant It is the
Opinion of this Court that she is Guilty of the Felony whereupon It is
considered that she receive Twenty Five Lashes her bare back at the Public
Whipping Post of this County well laid on.
The Minutes of these Proceedings were signed
Accomack County Order Book, 1744-1753, pp. 511-12.