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1727

February 2, 1727.

    A petition of Samuel Briggs setting forth that a Negro Slave belonging to him was committed to the County-goal of Surry for Burglary, and having made his escape out of prison, was afterwards apprehended by several persons in the Counties of Isle-Wight and Henrico, who had obtained Certificate thereof, in order to charge the petitioner with the Rewards allowed by Law for taking up Runawaies and praying that the same may not be allowed against him in the public Levy, was presented to the House and read.
    Order'd, That the s'd petition be refer'd to the consideration of the Comm'ee of Claims, and that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same with their opinions thereon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 7 .


February 7, 1727.

[from the Journal of the last Session of the last Assembly]:
   "That upon consider'on of the propos'on of Alexander Forbes Clerk That no vagabond Couple be suffered to cohabit under colour of a married state, without exhibiting credible Testimony to certifie their marriage and the lawfullness thereof. It was
    Resolved, That the same should be referred to the consider'on of the next Session of Assembly.---"

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 11 .


February 10, 1727.

    A petition of Henry Embry, William Wynne & Richard Burch was presented to the House and read, praying that they may be rewarded for their Trouble & the hazard they run in apprehending two Negro Slaves belong'g to Mr Henry Maynard, who after murdering their Master in a very barbarous manner, armed themselves and fled.
    Order'd, That the s'd petition be refer'd to the consider'on of the Com'ee of public Claims, and that they do examine the matter thereof, and report the same with their opinions thereon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 16 .




1730

May 27, 1730.

    A petition of  John Grimes Esqr setting forth that two of his Negros run away and were taken up in Maryland and afterwards deliver'd to Jacob Rice and Christopher Chaffin employ'd by him to bring them home; that they murder'd those two persons and return'd to Maryland where they were again committed; that the Widows and Children of those unfortunate men are left in a very distressed Condition, and that the Petitioner has been at great Expence in bringing the said Negros to Justice, And praying the Consideration of the House thereupon was presented to the House and read.
    Order'd, That the said Petition be Refer'd to the Consideration of the Committee of Publick Claims And that they do Examine the matter thereof and Report the same with their Opinion to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 65 .


May 28, 1730.

    A Petition of William Walker (praying to be Reimbursed Eight hundred pounds of Tobacco which has been Levyed upon him in the publick Levy for taking up one Thomas Bruss who in the Year 1724 was convicted of Felony and burnt in the hand and after being detained some time for the prison Fees was discharged from prison and was four times taken up as the Petitioners Servant but was never deliver'd to him); was presented to the House and Read
    Order'd, That the said Petition be Refer'd to the Consideration of the Committee of publick Claimes and that they do Examine the matter thereof and Report the same with their Opinion thereupon to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 67 .


June 2, 1730.

    A Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of the County of Westmorland whose names are thereunto Subscribed---Complaining of great Mischiefs from the Importation of great Numbers of Convicts and of great hardships and Oppressions they suffer with the rest of the Inhabitants of the Northern Neck under the rigorous Execution of certain powers in the Grant of that Territory And Praying the Consideration of the House therein And that some Measures may be taken for their Relief, was presented to the House and read.
    Order'd, That the said Petition be Refer'd to the Consideration of the Committee of propositions and Grievances and that they do Examine the matter thereof and Report the same as it shall appear to them to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 69 .

June 4, 1730.

    Mr Attorney General Reported from the Committee of Propositions and Grievances that the Committee had had under their Consideration part of a proposition from Richmond County and part of a Petition from Westmorland County in Relation to Convicts and had agreed upon a Report which he read in his place and afterwards deliver'd it in at the Table where it was again Read.
    The said Report being read a second time
    Order'd, That Leave be given to being in a Bill for the better Government of Convicts Imported into this Colony and that the Committee of propositions and Grievances do prepare and bring in the said Bill.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 71 .


June 15, 1730.

    Several Claimes of Mrs. Mary Stith for taking up several Runaways were presented to the House And the same were Receiv'd.
    Order'd, That the said Claimes be Refer'd to the Consideration of the Committee of Publick Claimes. And that they do Examine the matter thereof And Report the same with their Opinion thereupon to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 77 .


June 16, 1730.

    A Claim of Thomas Oliver for taking up two Run away Negros belonging to the Estate of Mr William Gordon late of the County of Middlesex Deceased was presented to the House & the same was Received.
    Order'd, That the said Claim be Refer'd to the Committee of Publick Claims And that they do Examine the matter thereof and Report the same with their Opinion thereupon to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 79 .




1732

May 23, 1732.

    Mr Robert Bolling, from the Committee for Public Claims, informed the House, That the Committee had had under their Consideration, a Claim of Moss Armistead, from the County of Elizabeth-City, for a Negro Man, valued at Forty Pounds, who was pursued by a Party of the Militia, order'd to patroll, and was drown'd in flying from them. . . .
    Order'd, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, to allow the Claim of the said Moss Armistead.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 123 .


June 17, 1732.

    Mr Attorney-General acquainted the House, That by the Laws now in Force, no adequate Punishment is inflicted on Persons clandestinely taking away of Slaves; that he had prepared a Bill, to make the Taking of Slaves unlawfully, Felony, without Benefit of Clergy; which he desired the House would receive:
    And the same was received, and read the first Time.
    Ordered, That the Bill be read a second Time.

June 19, 1732.

    A Bill to make the Taking of Slaves unlawfully, Felony, without the Benefit of Clergy, was read a second Time.
    Ordered, That a Bill be committed to a Committee of the following Persons: Mr Attorney-General, MrBurges, Mr Tayloe, Mr Lee, MrBlair, Mr Robert Bolling, Mr Meriwether, MrConway, Mr Braxton, MrEskridge, and MrMartin.

June 21, 1732.

    Mr Attorney-General reported, from the Committee to whom the Bill to make the taking of Slaves unlawfully, Felony, without Benefit of Clergy, was committed, several Amendments made by the Committee to the Bill; which he read in his Place, and afterwards delivered the Bill, with the Amendments, in at the Table; where the Amendments were again twice read, and agreed to by the House.
    Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.

June 22, 1732.

    A Bill, intituled, An Act to make the Stealing of Slaves Felony, without Benefit of Clergy, was read the third Time.
    Resolved, Nemine Contradicente, That the Bill do pass.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), pp. 150, 153, 155 .

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1734

August 23, 1734.

    A Proposition from the County of Hanover, complaining of the insolent Behaviour of Mulattos, proposing that a Law be made to distinguish who shall be said to be Mulattos, and praying the Consideration of the House therein, was presented to the House, and read.
    Ordered, That the said Proposition be referr'd to the Consideration of the Committee of Propositions and Grievances.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 174 .

August 29, 1734.

    Upon Consideration of a Proposition, from the Counties of Hanover and Northampton, for restraining the Insults of free Mulattoes; and that a Law be made, declaring in what Manner the Orphans and poor Children of free Negroes and Mulattoes, shall be provided for; It is the Opinion of the Committee, that some Provision be made for those Purposes.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 182 .


August 24, 1734.

    A Claim of William Cox, of the County of Lancaster, for taking up a Runaway Slave, belonging to Joseph Hale, of the said County, was presented to the House, and read.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be refer'd to the Committee for Public Claims; and that they do examine the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 178 .


August 29, 1734.

    Also of  a Proposition, from the County of Henrico, That a Law be made, to restrain the Attorney-General of this Colony, from taking a Fee of Five Pounds Current, which he claims by Custom, for drawing Pardons for Slaves condemn'd to die.
    It is the Opinion of the Committee, That the said several Propositions be rejected. . . .

    From the County of Henrico, for Restraining the Attorney-General of this Colony, from taking a Fee of Five Pounds Current, which he claims by Custom, for Drawing Pardons for Slaves condemned to die; be Rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 182 .


September 7, 1734.

    A petition of William Ford was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That he having been Constable for the County of James-City, and also for the City of Williamsburg, three Years, hath been at great Expence and Loss of Time, in taking up Runaway Servants and Slaves, and conveying them over the Rivers between which the  said City is situate, occasioned by bad Weather, and the Distance which the Constables live from the other Side of the said Rivers; and praying the Consideration of the House therein, and such Allowance for his Loss of Time, and Charges, as may incourage him for the future to undergo the like Trouble.
    Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table, to be perused by the Members of the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 193 .

September 14, 1734.

    A Claim of William Ford, in Behalf of himself, and others, by him impressed to guard the Country Goal, by Order of the General Court, was presented to the House, and read.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be refer'd to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims; that they do examine the matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with teir Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), pp. 199-200 .


September 21, 1734.

    The House proceeded to the Hearing of the Merits of the Election for the County of Westmorland, upon the Petition of William Aylett, Gent. and the Petitioner, and his Counsel, were called in; and an Objection was made to one of the sitting Member's Voters, John Jervis, who had refused to take the Oath prescribed by Law, to his Freehold, but had produced a Lease for Life, not recorded, under which he claim'd his Freehold; which was submitted to the Consideration of the House. Then they were order'd to withdraw; and after a Debate, and the Question put,
    Resolved, That this House will not examine into the Defects of any Person's Title; but the said John Jervis, being in Possession of Lands under such a Lease, tho' not recorded, is a good Voter.
    Then the Petitioner, and his Counsel, were again called in, and acquainted with the said Resolution; and the Counsel for the Petitioner went on, and objected to 3 of the sitting Member's Voters, as being Inhabitants of Maryland, and not entitled to vote by the King's Patent to the Governor of Virginia; and to 3 others, being Mulattos, disabled by Law.
    The His Majesty's Patent under the Great Seal of Great Britain, at Westminster, the 9th Day of November, in the first Year of His Reign, appointing the Right Hon. George, Earl of Orkney, Governor of Virginia, was produced, and Part of the Patent in relation to Calling General Assemblies, was read. Then one Witness being examined, and three Persons, said to be Mulattos, being called in, and inspected by the House, the Counsel went thro' the Petitioner's Evidence; and the sitting Member was heard in his Place; and both Parties being withdrawn, a Debate arose; and the Question being put thereupon,
    Resolved, That any Inhabitant of the Province of Maryland, who is a Freeholder in any County of this Colony, has a Right to vote at the Election of Burgesses for such County.
    Resolved, That Mr Daniel McCarty is duly elected and returned a Burgess to serve in this present General Assembly, for the County of Westmorland.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), pp. 210-211 .



1736

August 12, 1736.

    A petition of William Cox, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That his Negro Woman Slave had broke open his House, stolen several of his Goods, desperately wounded his Son, burnt his Tobacco-house, murdered Three other of his Slaves, her Children, and drowned herself; whereby, he is reduced to Poverty: And praying the Consideration of the House therein, and such Relief as to the House shall seem mete:
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.
    Ordered, That several Records, which relate to the Facts set forth in the said Petition, be likewise referred to the said Committee.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 254 .

August 13, 1736.

    Mr Blair, from the Committee for Public Claims, reported, That the Committee had had under their Consideration, the Petition of William Cox, to them referred; and had examined the Matter thereof, so far as relates to the Loss of the Four Slaves therein mentioned, which they found to be true; and were of the Opinion, that the Sum of Sixty Pounds, will be a reasonable Allowance for the Losses he has sustained.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, to make the said Allowance to the said William Cox, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 254 .


August 13, 1736.

    Mr Blair, from the Committee for Public Claims, reported, That the Committee having had under their Consideration, several Public Claims that have been laid before them this Session: And several Difficulties arising thereupon, the Committee desired the Direction of the House therein: That is to say;
    Whether the Claims of several Sherifs, for removing Criminals to the Public Goal; and for the Commitment, Releasement, and Maintenance of Slaves, in Prison:
    And the Claims of the Ferriages of Indians, and their Maintenance in Williamsburg, should be allowed as a Public Charge.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, that they do allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims, to whom they shall appear due, upon Proof made before them.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 255 .


August 16, 1736.

    A Claim of Mr Edmund Scarburg, for a Negro Slave, who had dangerously wounded another Slave, and fled for it; and being discovered, and like to be apprehended by his Overseer, assaulted him, whereby said Overseer was obliged to discharge his Gun at him; which gave him a mortal Wound, of which he died; was presented to the House.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 257.


August 16, 1736.

    MR. Carter reported, That the Committee, to whom it is referred to prepare and draw up a State of the Duty upon Slaves, and the several Paiments that have been made, with the Amount thereof, had had under their Consideration, such Accounts of that Duty for the Years 1732, 1733, and 1734, as have hitherto been returned into the Treasury; and having discovered diverse fraudulent Concealments of that Duty, had agreed upon a Report; which he read in his Place: And afterwards delivered the same in at the Table, where it was again read, as follows:
    That it appears to the Committee, That considerable Numbers of Slaves have been imported into this Colony, from the West-Indies, and other His Majesty's Plantations in America, consigned to the Masters of Vessels importing the same; or to Merchants, Strangers, or Passengers, on board such Vessels, who have sold the Slaves to them respectively consigned; and then departed this Colony, without rendering any Accounts of the Sales, or paying any Duty for such Slaves.
    That others have been consigned to, and imported by, diverse Inhabitants of this Colony; and in their Accounts delivered to the Naval Officers, are said to be kept by the Importers, for their own Use; but nevertheless, have been actually sold, and no Accounts of the Sales rendered, nor Duty paid.
    That the Method of accounting for the said Duty, as hitherto practiced, is irregular and defective, and has occasioned Concealments to a considerable Value, by Persons who have bought Slaves, but never paid the Duty; which will more fully appear, when your Committee shall be enabled to perfect their Inquiries by the Accounts of the Sales not yet delivered in, or laid before the House.
    And that to prevent the lessening the Public Revenue, by such Practices for the future, it will be necessary to prepare, and bring in a Bill, for the better and more effectual Collecting the Duty upon Slaves, to be paid by the Buyers; and for preventing Frauds.
    Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, for the better and more effectual Collecting the Duty upon Slaves, to be paid by the Buyers; and that the said Committee do prepare, and bring in the same.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 259.
Reprinted in Donnan, vol. IV, pp. 132-133.


August 23, 1736.

    Resolved, That a Bill be prepar'd, for the better Regulation of the Militia.
    Resolved, That a Tax of Six Pence for each Tithable Slave, be laid on the Owners of Slaves (except those that have but one) towards Arming the poor People, to serve in the Militia, in the several Counties. . . .
    Resolved, That all Persons above the age of 16 Years, shall be listed to serve in the Militia, except Apprentices and Servants.
    Resolved, That Provision be made, for obliging Patrollers to go out on certain Occasions.
    Resolved, That free Mulattoes and free Negros, above the age of 16 Years, shall be listed, and appear in Arms at Musters, and be exercis'd and disciplin'd in a separate Body. . . .
    Resolved, That the Lieutenant-Colonel, or chief Commanding Officer, resident in any County, be impowered to appoint Patrollers, to visit the Negro Quarters, at such Times as he shall think fit; and in Recompence for that Service, they shall be exempted from paying Public, County, and Parish Levies, and from attending at private Musters; and if they fail in their Duty, they shall be liable to a Penalty. . . .
    Resolved, That Negros be not allowed to beat a Drum at their Quarters; and if the Patrollers find any Drum in any such Quarter, they shall destroy it.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), pp. 266-267.


August 24, 1736.

    A Petition of sundry Inhabitants of the Town of Hampton, and County of Elizabeth-City, was presented to the House; setting forth, That great Numbers of idle and vagrant People come to the said Town; and others reside therein, who are suspected to subsist chiefly by dealing with Servants and Slaves: And praying that a Law be made, to impower the Justices of the Peace of the said County, to erect a Work-house in the said County, for the Reception and Emploiment of such Persons.
    Ordered, That the said Petition do lie on the Table, to be perused by the Members of the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 269.


August 25, 1736.

    A Petition of the Ordinary-Keepers, in the Town of York, was presented to the House and read, representing the great Diminution of their Profits, occasioned by the Retailing of Rum, and strong Liquors, in that Town, by Persons who mix Water with those Liquors, and sell them to Servants and Slaves: And praying the Consideration of the House therein.
    Ordered, That the said Petition, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Propostions and Grievances, That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same as it shall appear [to] them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 271.


September 1, 1736.

    A Petition of Caleb Wilson, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, that he went in pursuit of several Slaves, who were out, in Rebellion, as far as the utmost Bounds of South-Carolina; and was at great Expence, and sustained considerable Losses in that Expedition; and that he has recovered but a very inconsiderable Reward from the Owners of those Slaves, for that Service: And praying the Consideration of the House therein, and such Allowance as to the House shall think reasonable.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 281.

September 13, 1736.

    The Committee have examined the Allegations of the Petition of the said Caleb Wilson, which they find to be true; and thereupon have come to the following Resolution.
    Resolved, It is the Opinion of the Committee, that the said Caleb Wilson be allowed Twenty Five Pounds, for his Trouble and Losses; and that the same be paid by the Public.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 297.


September 18, 1736.

    A Bill, for obliging Persons to serve the Time they shall be bound for by Indentures, tho' such Persons be under the Age of Twenty One Years, at the Time of such binding, was read the second Time; and an Amendment was made to the Title, and in the Body of the Bill, at the Table.
    Ordered, That the Bill, with the Amendments, be ingrossed.
    Ordered, That the Title of the Bill be, An Act, for obliging Apprentices to serve the Time they shall be bound for by Indentures, notwithstanding their Infancy.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 309.

September 20, 1736.

    A Bill, intituled, An Act, for obliging Persons to serve the Time they shall be bound for by Indentures, notwithstanding their Infancy, was read the third Time.
    Resolved, That the Bill do pass.
    Ordered, That Mr Blair do carry the Bill to the Council; and desire their Concurrence.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 311.

September 21, 1736.

    A Message from the Council by Mr Robertson:
    That they have agreed to the Bill, intituled, . . . An Act, for obliging Persons to serve the Time they shall be bound for by Indentures, notwithstanding their Infancy.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 313.



1738

November 6, 1738.

    A Petition of John Carter, Esq; was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That a Negro Woman Slave of the Petitioner's, being run away, was endeavouring to make her Escape by Water, in a Canoe; and being closely pursued, threw herself into the Water, to avoid being taken, and was drowned. That a Negro Man Slave of the said Petitioner's, was killed by another Slave belonging to John Steptoe; for which Fact, the said Steptoe's Slave was condemn'd and executed: And praying the Consideration of the House in the Premises; and that such Reparation may be made, for his said several Losses, as to the House shall seem reasonable.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims; and that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 325.

November 10, 1738.

    Resolved, That the Petition of John Carter, Esq; to be allowed for Two Slaves, therein mentioned, be rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 336.


November 6, 1738.

    A Petition of Robert Cobbs, was presented to the House, and read; representing his Poverty and Misfortune, in the Loss of his only Negro Man, who hanged himself: And praying Relief of the House.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 326.

November 15, 1738.

    Resolved, That the Petition of Robert Cobbs, to be allowed for the Loss of his only Negro Man, who hanged himself, be rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 341


November 7, 1738.

    A Petition of Peter Hay, in Behalf of himself, Philip Johnson, and Oriana Littlepage, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That a Negro Man Slave, belonging to the Estate of William Johnson, deceas'd, being committed for Felony, and thereof acquitted, by a long Confinement in Prison, became so exceedingly Frost-bitten, that a Mortification ensued, whereof he died: And praying the Consideration of the House therein.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 327.

November 15, 1738.

    Resolved, That an Allowance of Thirty Pounds Current Money, be made to Peter Hay, for  Negro Man Slave, belonging to the Estate of William Johnson, deceased; who being committed for Felony, and thereof acquitted, by a long Confinement in Prison, became so exceedingly Frost-bitten, that a Mortification ensued, whereof he died.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 341.


November 8, 1738.

    A Petition of Thomas Lankford, in Behalf of himself, and Rebecca Collier, was presented to the House, and read; praying an Allowance for a Slave, given by the Will of John Collier, to the said Rebecca, for her Life, and after her Decease, to the Wife of the Petitioner; who being outlaw'd, to prevent being taken, leaped from on board a Ship into the River, and drowned himself.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 329.

November 10, 1738.

    Resolved, That the sum of Thirty Pounds Current Money be allowed to Thomas Lankford, for a Slave; who being outlawed, and discovered on board a Ship, leaped over-board, and was drowned.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 336.


November 8, 1738.

    The Claim of Thomas Spencer, for taking up a Runaway Slave, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims; That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 331.


November 8, 1738.

    Mr Fitzhugh, from the Committee of Propositions and Grievances, reported, That the Committee had had under their Consideration several other Propositions from several Counties to them referred; and had come to divers Resolutions thereupon; which he read in his Place: And afterwards delivered the Report in at the Table; where it was again read, as follows:
    It being proposed, from the County of Essex, That Convicts be tryed by a Jury of the By-Standers, without the Expence of a Jury from the County where the Offence was committed.
    Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Law be altered accordingly: And that it may be better known who are Convicts, all Masters of Ships and Vessels importing them into this Colony, be obliged to lodge a Certificate of Copy of their Conviction, with the Naval Officers, at the Time of their Entring such Ships and Vessels.
    It being proposed, from the County of Spotsylvania, That a white Overseer, or other white Person, be constantly kept at every Negro Quarter:
    Resolved, That it is the Opinion of the Committee, That the said Proposition be rejected. . . .
    Then the first of the said Resolutions was read a second Time; and agreed to, by the House, as follows:
    Resolved, That Convicts be try'd by a Jury of the By-Standers; without the expence of a Jury from the County where the Offence was committed: And that all Masters of Ships and Vessels importing them into this Colony, be obliged to lodge a Certificate of Copy of their Conviction, with the Naval Officers, at the Time of their Entring such Ships and Vessels.
    Ordered, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, according to the said Resolution; and that the Committee of Propositions and Grievances, prepare and bring in the same.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), pp. 331-2.


November 9, 1738.

    A Petition of Mr Richard Randolph, a Member of this House, was presented to the House and read; praying an Allowance for a Slave committed to the County Goal, on Suspicion of Felony, who set fire to the Prison, and was burnt to Death.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 335.

November 15, 1738.

    Resolved, That an Allowance of Forty Pounds Current Money, be made to Mr Richard Randolph, for his Slave, committed to the County Goal of Henrico, on Suspicion of Felony, who set fire to the Prison, and was burnt to Death.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 341.


November 13, 1738.

    A Petition of Benjamin Needler, was presented to the House, and read; praying an Allowance for a Slave, who ran away with an outlaw'd Slave of the Petitioner's, to North-Carolina; and having there committed a Robbery, and being pursued and overtaken, presented a Gun against his Pursuers, and was by one of them shot dead on the Spot.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 338.

Read an advertisement for a runaway, probably the one indicated here, that Needler placed two years earlier.

December 1, 1738.

     Resolved, That the Petition of Benjamin Needler, to be allowed for a Slave, who ran away with another of his Slaves who was outlawed, and was killed in North Carolina, be rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 359.


November 16, 1738.

    The Claim of Edward Colwel, for taking up a Runaway Slave, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and receiv'd.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 342.


December 1, 1738.

    A Petition of William Norvell was presented to the House, and read; praying an Allowance for a Slave of his, who was committed to Goal, for stabbing one William Compton; which Slave died during his Confinement.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 359.

December 8, 1738.

    Resolved, That William Norvell be allowed the Sum of Twenty Pounds Current Money, for his Slave, who being committed to Goal, for stabbing one William Compton, died during his confinement.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 369.



1740

May 28, 1740.

    And to the Resolution of the Committee, That the Proposition from the County of Lancaster, for declaring, whether the Oath of Convict Women Servants, who, during their Servitude, shall have Bastards, may be allowed to relieve their Owners, in case the reputed Fathers of such Bastards be Freemen, be Rejected. . . .
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee [Propositions and Grievances], That they receive a Clause or Clauses, for declaring, whether the Oath of Convict Women Servants, who, during their Servitude, shall have Bastards, may be allowed to relieve their Owners, in case the reputed Fathers of such Bastards, be Freemen.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 406.

June 6, 1740.

    A Bill, to oblige the Owners of Convict Women Servants, having Bastards, to give Security to indemnify the Parish from any Charge, which may accrue thereby, was read the second Time.
    Ordered, That the said Bill be ingrossed.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 419.


May 28, 1740.

    The Claim of William Drummond, for taking up One Servant Man, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 406.


June 5, 1740.

    Mr Conway moved for Leave to present a Petition of Peter Richeson, of the County of King William; setting forth, That 7 Negro Slaves, who ran away from the said Richeson, were shortly afterwards found dead in Mattapony River: And praying, the Consideration of the House in the Premises; and the Question being put, that the said Petition be Received, It passed in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 418.


June 6, 1740.

    The Claim of Bennet Tuck, for taking up a Runaway Slave therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 419.


June 6, 1740.

    A Petition of Elizabeth Monday, of Essex County, Widow, was presented to the House, and read; praying to be allowed for a Negro Man Slave, named Sharper, who having ran away, and been outlawed by John Monday, her late Husband; upon Advice thereof, and to prevent his being taken, hanged himself.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee for Public Claims: And that they do examine the Allegations thereof; and report the same, as they shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), pp. 420-21.


June 11, 1740.

    Two Claims of William Byrd, Esq; for taking up Three Runaway Slaves therein mentioned, were presented to the House, and received. . . .
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said several Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 424.


June 12, 1740.

    The Claim of John Young, for taking up a Runaway Servant, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1727-1734, 1736-1740. (Richmond, 1910), p. 428.



1742

May 8, 1742.

    A Petition of Joseph Anthony, setting forth, That a Negro Man Slave belonging to the Petitioner, and convicted in Goochland Court, of the Murder of a Negro Woman belonging to the Petitioner, had also been the Occasion of the Death of another Negro Woman of the Petitioner's; and praying such Relief as to this House shall seem fit, was presented to the House. And the Question being put, That the said Petition be received, It pass in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 8.


May 11, 1742.

    A claim of John Shelton, of the County of Hanover, which was certified and returned to the last Session of the Assembly, and Rejected by the Committee of Public Claims, through the Neglect of the Clerk of the said County, in not certifying, that a Warrant of Outlawry was issued against a Negro Wench, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be again referred to the Committee of Claims: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 12.

Read Shelton's ad for two runaways, including a pregnant woman, published in 1739.
 

May 18, 1742.

    Upon Consideration of the Claim of John Shelton, for an Allowance for a Negro Wench, who was outlawed and murdered by another Negro;
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Claim are true: And that the said Shelton ought to be allowed Thirty Five Pounds Current Money for her, by the Public.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 27.


May 12, 1742.

    A Petition for Zachary Lewis, was presented to the House, and read; praying an Allowance for Sacco, a Negro Slave, belonging to him, who having murdered his Overseer, and fled to avoid Punishment, was found to have hanged himself.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee for Public Claims: That they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, as it shall appear to them, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House. . . .

    Resolved, That the Proposition from the County of Surry, for prohibiting Servants and Slaves to trade, deal, or make Crops for their own Use; and to restrain their Masters from giving them a Licence for that Purpose, be Rejected. . . .
    A Motion was made, That Leave be given to bring in a Bill, to prevent Servants from making Crops of Tobacco, and carrying the same to the Warehouses in their own Names; And the Question being put thereupon, It passed in the Negative.
    Resolved, That the said Motion be Rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 14-16.

May 18, 1742.

    Upon Consideration of the Petition of Zachary Lewis, praying an Allowance for his Negro Man Sacco, who murdered his Overseer; and afterwards, to avoid the Punishment of the Law, hanged himself;
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true: And that the said Zachary Lewis ought to be allowed, for the said Negro, Forty Pounds Current Money, by the Public.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 27.


May 14, 1742.

    Resolved, That the Proposition from the County of Accomack, for discontinuing Patrollers in that County, be Rejected.
    Resolved, That the Proposition from the County of Accomack, for obliging Vagrants to satisfy their Levies by Servitude, be Rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 19.


May 19, 1742.

    A Petition of Nathaniel Harrison, praying an Allowance for a Negro Slave belonging to him, killed by a White Man, in his own Defence, was presented to the House. And the Question being put, that the said Petition be received.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 28.


May 20, 1742.

    A Claim of Francis Little, for taking up a Runaway Negro, therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Rice Broach, for taking up a Runaway Negro; were severally presented to the House, and received.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 30.


May 25, 1742.

    A petition of Lewis Delony, setting forth, That Two Negro Slaves ran away from his Plantation, in the County of Brunswick, and being Outlawed, were afterwards found dead; and praying such an Allowance, as to this House shall seem fit. . . .
    Ordered, That the said Petitions be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 35.

May 26, 1742.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Lewis Delony, for an Allowance for his Two Negro Slaves, that were outlawed, and found dead:
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true: And that the said Lewis Delony be allowed by the Public, Fifty Two Pounds Twelve Shillings and Six Pence Current Money for his said Two Slaves.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 37.


May 29, 1742.

    A petition of Mr Anthony Walke, a Member of this House, was presented to the House, and read; praying an Allowance for a Negro Man, who, to avoid Punishment for breaking open his Store, fled, and drowned himself.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 43.

Read a proclamation outlawing a runaway servant that Petersburg merchant Walke had the governor issue in 1752.

June 5, 1742.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Anthony Walke, Gent. the Committee having reported, That it does not appear to them, that the Negro Man, Amos, therein named, was confederate with the other Negro Devonshire, therein also named, in the Felony for which the said Devonshire ws convicted, and executed: And that the Petitioner only endeavoured to apprehend, whip, and examine him, about Two Pair of Virginia Shoes; telling the said Amos, if he could prove he had been Confederate with the said Devonshire, he would prosecute him for it: Upon which the said Amos broke away from his Overseer, and drowned himself:
    Resolved, That the said Petition be Rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 51.


May 31, 1742.

    Also a Petition of John Lewis, Esq; setting forth, That a Negro Man Slave, belonging to him, was apprehended and put into Prison, for breaking open and robbing the Store of Messieurs Whiting and Montague; and to avoid the Punishment of the Law, he broke Prison, and made his Escape, and had never since been heard of; and praying, That this House will make him such Allowance, as they shall think fit.
    And also a Petition of Charles Brown, setting forth, That a Negro Man Slave, belonging to Two of the Petitioner's Children, ran away, and burnt his Kitchen; and being outlawed, hanged himself; and praying the Consideration of the House therein, were severally presented to the House, and read.
    Ordered, That the said Petitions be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims: And that they do examine the Matters thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 44.

June 1, 1742.

    Mr Beverly, from the Committee of Claims, reported, That the Committee had had under their Consideration, the Petition of John Lewis, Gent. to them referred: And had come to a Resolution thereupon; which he read in his Place, and afterwards delivered in at the Table: Where the same was again read, and agreed to, by the House, as follows:
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true: And that the Petitioner be allowed 35 l. by the Public, for the Slave therein mentioned.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to make an Allowance in the Book of Claims, pursuant to the said Resolution.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 45.

June 5, 1742.

    Resolved, That the Allegations of the Petition of Charles Brown, in Behalf of Two of the Petitioner's Children, John and Mary Brown, for a Negro Man, of the said Children's, who burnt the Petitioner's Kitchen; and to avoid Punishment of the Law, ran away, and was outlawed, and then hanged himself, are true: And that the said John and Mary ought to be allowed 30 Pounds for the said Slave, by the Public: And that the Money be applied towards the Purchasing of another Slave, for the same Uses.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 51.


June 2, 1742.

    A Claim of John Taylor, for taking up a Runaway Negro, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 46.



1744

September 6, 1744.

    A Claim of Abraham Baily, for taking up one Runaway Negro therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Samuel Hancock, for taking up a Runaway Servant Man therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of William Bertrand, for taking up one Negro Man therein mentioned, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 81.


September 7, 1744.

    A Claim of John Waller, Jun. for taking up one Runaway Negro therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of William Short, for taking up one Runway Negro therein mentioned, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 82.


September 8, 1744.

    A Claim of James Talbot, for taking up Two runaway Slaves, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 83-84.


September 10, 1744.

    A Petition of Joseph Molton, Jun. setting forth, That a Slave of his having murdered his Overseer's Wife, endeavoured to make his Escape, but was afterwards found dead: And that notwithstanding he made Application to a Justice to outlaw him, he failed to do it; and paying the Consideration of the House therein. . . .
    Also a Petition of Robert Powell, setting forth, That a Slave of his absented himself from his Service, and being outlawed, was afterwards found dead, with several stolen Goods by him; and praying such an Allowance as to this House shall seem fit, were severally presented to the House, and read.
    Ordered, That the said Petitions be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims: And that they do examine the several Matters thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.
    A Petition of John Chew, setting forth, That a Negro Woman belonging to him, ran away; and that having outlawed her, she was, about two months after, found dead, and praying the Relief of this House; was presented to the House, and read.
    And the Question being put, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims? It passed in the Negative.
    Resolved, That the said Petition be Rejected. . . .
    A Claim of Richard Bennet, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 84.
 

September 17, 1744.

    Also a Petition of Joseph Molton, Jun. setting forth, That a Slave of his having murdered his Overseer's Wife, endeavoured to make his Escape, but was afterwards found dead: And notwithstanding he made Application to a Justice to outlaw him, he failed to do it,
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true; and that he ought to be allowed Thirty Pounds.
    Also a Petition of Robert Powell, setting forth, That a Slave of his absented himself from his Service, and being out-lawed, was afterwards found dead, with several stolen goods by him,
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true; and that he ought to be allowed Thirty One Pounds.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 94-95.


September 12, 1744.

    A Petition of Henry Wythe was presented to the House and read, setting forth, That a Slave belonging to him, being about to be apprehended, on Suspicion of having poisoned his Overseer, ran away, and being out-lawed, drowned himself, in order to prevent his being taken; and praying this House to make him some Allowance for the said Slave.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with the Opinion thereupon, to the House. . . .
    A Claim of Henry Tomlinson, for taking up a Runaway Negro, therein mentioned, was presented to the House and read. . . .
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 86.

September 17, 1744.

    Also a Petition of Henry Wythe, setting forth, That a Slave belonging to him, being about to be apprehended, on Suspicion of his having poisoned his Overseer, ran away, and being out-lawed, drowned himself, to prevent his being taken;
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the Petition are true; and that he ought to be allowed Thirty Pounds.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 94.


September 14, 1744.

    Mr Beverley, from the Committee of Claims, moved for the Directions of this House, whether the several Claims of the Patrollers for scouring the Mountains; and also, whether the whole Charge of the Persons whose Waggons were pressed, to carry the Arms up to the Mountains, ought to be allowed? And it was thereupon
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, not to allow the Claims of the Patrollers; and to regulate the Charge for the Waggons, where it appears to be exorbitant.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 91.


September 18, 1744.

    Mr. Beverley, from the Committee of Claims, moved for the Directions of the House, how they should levy the Charge for taking up Runaways in the County of Frederick? And it was thereupon
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the said Committee, to levy the same on the County where the Master of the Runaway resides.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 95.


September 18, 1744.

    A Claim of William Taylor, for taking up a Runaway Negro, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims. . . .
    A Petition of Robert Farish, setting forth, That a Negro Man belonging to him, having attempted the Murder of a Negro Woman also belonging to him, and imagining he had succeeded in his Design, ran away; and after having been outlawed Two Months, was found dead in the Woods; and praying the Consideration of this House therein, was presented to the House, and read.
    And the Question being put, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims? It passed in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 97.


September 18, 1744.

    Mr. Beverley, from the Committee of Claims, moved for the Direction of the House, whether the Committee should allow a Claim of William Hodges, for a Negro of his, who being charged with Felony, and committed to Goal for the same, died the Night before his Tryal.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 97.


September 20, 1744.

    A Claim of James Pratt, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned:
    Also several other Claims for the same Service; were presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee [of] Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 98.


September 21, 1744.

    A Petition of Charles Ewell, setting forth, That a Slave belonging to him, and the Rappahannock Iron-Mine Company, ran away, and committed divers Felonies; and that he obtained a Proclamation of Outlawry of a Magistrate, but before it was signed by another Justice, the said Slave was surrounded by Neighbours, and refusing to surrender, was by them shot dead; and praying the Consideration of the House therein, was presented to the House, and read.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims: And that they do examine the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 99.

September 24, 1744.

    Mr Beverley, from the Committee of Claims, reported, That the Committee had had under their Consideration, divers Petitions to them referred; and had come to several Resolutions thereupon: Which he read in his Place, and afterwards delivered in at the Table; where the same being again twice read, were agreed to by the House as follows:
    On Consideration of the Petition of Charles Ewell,
    Resolved, That the said Ewell did his Endeavour to have the Negro Man Will, in the Petition mentioned, out-lawed; but before he could have the Proclamation of Outlawry signed according to Law, the said Slave was shot dead: And that he was of the Value of Thirty Four Pounds, which ought to be paid.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 103.


September 24, 1744.

    A Petition of Moor Fantleroy, setting forth, That Harry, a Slave of his, having killed his Wife, also a Slave of his, ran away; and being out-lawed, some small Time after, drowned himself. . . .
    Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 104.

September 28, 1744.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Moor Fantleroy, of Richmond.
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the Petition are true; and that he ought to be paid Twenty Five Pounds.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749 (Richmond, 1909), p. 109.


September 24, 1744.

    . . .Also a Claim of Joseph Clinch, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 104.


September 26, 1744.

    A Petition of Martin Palmer was presented to the House, and read; praying for an Allowance for bringing down several Goods, stolen by Mary Dillon, who was sent from King William County to the General Court, for her Trial; and also praying to be allowed Two Hundred Pounds of Tobacco, levied on Joseph Oaks, said to be of King William County, for his Runaway Negro, at the Time the Petitioner was Sheriff of that County, and who, upon strict Search, could not be found.
    Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims: And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 107.

September 28, 1744.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Martin Palmer, late Under-Sheriff of King William County,
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the Petition are true; and that he ought to be allowed, as a Witness, coming and returning Thirty Six Miles, Ferriages over Claiborne's, and Three Days Attendance; and for his Boy and Horse, Two Hundred Pounds of Tobacco; and also, that he ought to be paid One Hundred and Eighty Pounds of Tobacco, to be levied on Charles Oaks, of King William County, the Owner of the said Runaway, mentioned in the said Petition.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 109.


September 27, 1744.

    A Claim of Michael Brinsly, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 108.


October 2, 1744.

    A Claim of William Foard, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 116.


October 8, 1744.

    A Claim of John Mott, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 124.



1745

February 22, 1745.

    A Petition of Mary Griffin, setting forth, That she was possessed of two Negroes, who having robb'd Capt. Garnet's Store, as she supposed, though Fear of being brought to Justice, ran away, and being out-lawed, drowned themselves; and praying the Consideration of the House therein, was presented to the House, and read.
    Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims; And that they do examine the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House. . . .
    An Account of Thomas Thorpe, Sheriff of the County of King and Queen for having paid 180 Pounds of Tobacco, levied on Isaac Hayes, the last Session of Assembly, for taking up his Runaway Negroe Girl, the said Hayes living in Essex County, and refusing to pay in King and Queen; was presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Account be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims; and that they do examine into the Matter thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.
    A Claim of Ignatius West, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned:
    Also, a Claim of William Duellin, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned:
    Also, a Claim of Thomas Hix, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned:
    Also, a Claim of Solomon Davis, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned:
    Also, a Claim of William Pickett, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned:
    Also, a Claim of William Ticklin, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned:
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 158-9.

March 14, 1745.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Mary Griffin, setting forth, That she was possessed of Two Negroe Slaves; that hearing Capt Garnet's store was broke open and robb'd, in order to clear them, she searched their Cabbins, and found some Linen and other Goods which were stole, on which they ran away; and that in Order to bring them to Justice, she out-lawed them, but never heard of them afterwards, until they were found drowned, which she believes they did to avoid the Punishment of the Law; and praying such Relief as this House shall think reasonable;
    Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true; and that she ought to be allowed Sixty Pounds Current Money.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 187.


February 24, 1745.

    A Petition of Roger Bell, and others, of the County of Orange, setting forth, That they apprehended Three Negroes, who were, at a Court held for their Tryal, convicted of Horse-stealing; and praying that they may have the Reward allowed by Law in such Cases, was offered to the House: And the Question being put, That the said Petition be received?
                                                                                                                                    It passed in the Negative.
    Resolved, That the said Petition be rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 161.


February 25, 1745.

    A Claim of William Mattox, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims. . . .
    A Memorial of William Waller, and Francis Thornton, Members of this House, setting forth, That John Mundell has received the Prison Fees, and also the Fees for taking up a Negroe, who was removed from the Goal of Spotsylvania County, to the Public Goal; and has never paid the same either to the Taker-up, or to the County Goaler; and praying that this House will deduct the said Fees out of the Tobacco to be levied for the said Mundell.
    Ordered, That the said Memorial be referred to the Committee of Claims; and that they examine the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House. . . .
    A Petition of George Brett, setting forth, That a Negroe of his having rambled a small Distance from his House, was taken up, and carried before Chandler Fowke, Gent. who committed him to the Goal of Stafford County, which was soon after accidently set on Fire, and the Slave burnt therein; and praying such Relief as this House shall think fit, was presented to the House, and read:
    And the Question being put, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee?
                                                                                                 It passed in the Negative.
    Resolved, That the said Petition be rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 161-2.

March 6, 1745.

    On Consideration of the Memorial of William Waller, and Francis Thornton, Gentlemen, setting forth, That John Mundell, late Keeper of the Publick Goal, has received the Prison Fees, and also the Fees for taking up a Negroe, who was removed from the Goal of Spotsylvania County, to the Publick Goal; which Fees amount to 447 Pounds of Nett Tobacco; and has never paid the same either to the Taker-up, or to the County Goaler; and praying that the said Fees be paid out of the Tobacco to be levied for the said Mundell;
    Resolved, That the Memorial is true; and that the aforesaid Fees ought to be paid out of the Tobacco to be levied to the Administrator of the said John Mundell, for his Fees now due.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 175.


February 27, 1745.

    . . . a Claim of John Newton, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned; were severally presented to the House, and recieved.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 164.


February 28, 1745.

    A Claim of Thomas Charles, Assignee of Joseph Mason, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 166.


March 1, 1745.

    A Petition of William Beverley, a Member of this House, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That some of his Negroes at Beverley-Park, having murdered their Overseer, Eight of them were apprehended, and committed for Tryal; upon which Tryal, only Two were found guilty, and executed: But that through the Inclemency of the Weather, all the rest except one, were so frost-bitten, that Two died, One lost his Toes, and the others are still under the Surgeons Hands; and praying the Consideration of the House therein.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims; and that they examine the Matter thereof; and report the same with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.
    A Claim of Roger Williams, for taking up a Runaway Servant therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 167.

March 14, 1745.

    On Consideration of the Petition of William Beverley, setting forth, That some of his Negroes at Beverley-Park, having murdered their Overseer, Eight of them were apprehended, and committed for Tryal; upon which Tryal only Two were found guilty, and executed; but that through the Inclemency of the Weather, all the rest, except one, were so frost-bitten, that Two died, One lost his Toes, and that he, with the others, are still under the Surgeon's Hands; and praying such Allowance as this House shall think reasonable, for his said Losses and Expences.
    Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true; and that he ought to be allowed the Sum of Ninety Four Pounds Current Money, for Guy and Maria, the Two Negroes who died by Means of being frost-bitten, as aforesaid; and Sixteen Pounds Eleven Shillings and Four Pence, for the Doctor's Account, to the 3d of March, 1745: And that the Case of Negroe Richmond, and the other Damages he hath sustained, together with the Doctor's Account from that Time, ought to be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 187.

November 22, 1748.

    On Consideration of the Petition of William Beverley,
    Resolved, That the said William Beverley ought to be paid the Sum of Thirty Six POunds Three Shillings and Six Pence, for the Articles in his said Petition, not before considered to be allowed, in the following Manner; that is to say, Thirteen Pounds Three Shilling and Six Pence, for what he paid the Doctor for his Account, from the Third Day of March, 1745; Five Pounds for the loss of the Negro Richmond's Toes; and Eighteen Pounds in full for what other Damages he hath sustained.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to make the several Allowances in the Book of Claims, pusuant to the said Resolutions.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 298.


March 4, 1745.

    A Petition of Thomas Dudley, setting forth, That he took up a Negroe belonging to Margaret Moore, of Maryland, who was committed to Middlesex Goal, and from thence removed to the Country Goal: That John Mundell, late Goaler, sold the said Negroe, and never paid him the Allowance for taking him up; and praying the same may be deducted out of the Tobacco now to be levied for the said Mundell: . . .
    Ordered, That the Consideration of the said Petitions, be referred to the Committee of Claims; and that they examine the Matters thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.
    A Claim of William Wren, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 169.

Read Mundell's advertisement for taking up the runaway, Tom, alias Quod.

March 6, 1745.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Thomas Dudley, setting forth, That John Mundell, late Keeper of the Publick Goal, has received the Fee for taking up a Runaway Negroe, who was removed from the Goal of Middlesex County, to the Publick Goal, and has never paid the same to the Taker-up; and praying the said Fee to be allowed out of the Tobacco to be levied for the said Mundell;
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the Petition are true; and that he ought to be paid out of the Tobacco to be levied for the Administrator of the said Mundell, for his Fees now due.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 174.


March 6, 1745.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Joseph Bickley, late Sheriff of Louisa County, setting forth, That he has paid Two Hundred and Eighty Pounds of Tobacco to James Robinson, and John Allen, levied for them the last Assembly, for their respective taking up a Runaway Negroe, belonging to John Graves, who is run away, or removed out of the Country;
    Resolved, That the said Petition is true; and that he ought to be allowed the said Sum of Two Hundred and Eighty Pounds of Tobacco; to be levied on the said John Graves, in Albemarle, where he now lives.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 174.


March 6, 1745.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Anthony Foster, Under-Sheriff of the County of Spotsylvania, setting forth, That he was obliged to pay Eighty Six Pounds of Nett Tobacco, levied on John Blake, for taking up his Runaway Negroe, the said Blake dying insolvent;
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true; but Mr Benjamin Hubbard, the Administrator of the said Blake agreed, before the Committee, to pay the same.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 174.


March 6, 1745.

    On Consideration of an Account of Thomas Thorpe, for having paid One Hundred and Eighty Pounds of Nett Tobacco, levied on Isaac Hayes, the last Session of Assembly, for taking up his Runaway Negro Girl, the said Hayes living in Essex County, and refusing to pay in King and Queen;
    Resolved, That the said Account be rejected; because the said Hayes lives now in King and Queen, and the Sheriff may levy it on him there.
      Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to make the several Allowances, according to the said Resolutions, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 175.


March 6, 1745.

    A Petition of Thomas Lorton, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That a Negroe belonging to him ran away, and committed divers Felonies, and being out-lawed, was shot, by which he is so disabled, that he is of no Service to him; and praying the Consideration of the House.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims; that they examine the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 176.

March 20, 1745.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Thomas Lorton, setting forth, That a Negroe belonging to him ran away, and committed divers Felonies, and being out-lawed, was shot, by which he was put to great Expence to have him cured; and praying relief;
    Resolved, That he ought to be paid the Sum of Five Pounds Current Money, for his Expence in the Cure of the said Negroe.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 194.


March 8, 1745.

    A Claim of James Haly, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned:
    Also, a Claim of John Flesher, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 179.


March 12, 1745.

    A Claim of George Webb, Assignee of John Hardin, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned, in May, 1741, was offered to the House: And the Question being put, That the said Claim be received?
    Resolved in the Negative.
    A Claim of William Simmons, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 182.


March 13, 1745.

    A Claim of John Proby, for the Ferriage of a Runaway, was offered to the House: And the Question being put, That the said Claim be received?
                                                                                                                 Resolved in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 186.


March 14, 1745.

    A Claim of John Holt, Assignee of John Hunter, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 187.


March 24, 1745.

    A Claim of Lawrence House, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 199.



1747

March 31, 1747.

    A Claim of George Wale, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 237.


April 2, 1747.

    A Claim of Charles Waller, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned:
    Also a Claim of John Apperson for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Lane for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Charles Haynie for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 239.


April 4, 1747.

    A Claim of Thomas Penman, for taking up a Runaway Negroe therein mentioned:
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 241.

By 1755, Penman was Keeper of the Public Jail in Williamsburg. Read an ad he placed in February of that year, and another in November, 1755.


April 15, 1747.

    A Claim of Henry Brown, for taking up two Runaways therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 247.



1748

October 28, 1748.

    A Claim of George Woodroof, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned:
    Also a Claim of Thomas Blassingame for the same Service:
    Also a Claim of George Moore for the same Service:
    Also a Claim of John Lester, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 260.


October 29, 1748.

    A Claim of Anthony Philips, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned:
    Also a Claim of William Dunn, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Gibson, and John Whitborn, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 260.


October 31, 1748.

    A Claim of David Coun, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned:
    Also a Claim of Thomas Hannum, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Martin, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Andrew Ross, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Murphy, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of George Riding, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Francis Thornton, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Henry Come, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Moses Manning, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 261.


November 1, 1748.

    A Claim of George Mitchell, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned:
    Also a Claim of Henry Seisson, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Instance Hall, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 263-264.


November 1, 1748.

    Resolved, That the Proposition from the County of Stafford, for obliging Persons purchasing white Women Servants, to provide for, and maintain, the Bastard Children of such Servants, after they shall be born, without burthening the several Parishes with that Charge; is reasonable.
    Resolved, That the Proposition from the County of Lancaster, for subjecting Masters or Owners of Slaves, suffering such Slaves to raise or keep Dogs, to a Penalty; and for inflicting a Punishment on all Slaves, who shall be found with a Dog or Dogs after them; be rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 265.


November 2, 1748.

    A Claim of Moses Bledsoe, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned:
    Also a Claim of John Hall, Jun. for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 267.


November 3, 1748.

    A Petition of John Evans, setting forth, That a Negro Woman of his ran away, and continued lurking and doing Mischief for two Months, that she was Out-lawed, and being apprehended and tied to be brought home to him, she made her Escape and drowned herself, and praying such a Compensation to be made him for the said Slave as this House shall think fit; was presented to the House and read: And the Question being put, that the said Petition be referred to a Committee.
                                                                                                                                    It passed in the Negative. . . .

    A Claim of Alexander Finnie, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned; was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 268.


November 4, 1748.

    A Claim of Edward Richardson, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Oakley, Jun. for the same Service.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, respectively, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 270.


November 7, 1748.

    A Petition of Joel Walker, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That a Negro of his murdered one of his Sons, and ran away; and that being out-lawed, he was afterwards found dead; and praying the Consideration of the House therein.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims; and that they examine the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 273.

November 22, 1748.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Joel Walker,
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true; and that the said Joel Walker ought to be allowed the Sum of Forty Five Pounds for the Slave in the said Petition mentioned:

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 297.


November 4, 1748.

    A Claim of Edward Richardson, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Oakley, Jun. for the same Service.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, respectively, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 270.


November 7, 1748.

    A Claim of Patrick Matthews, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 274.


November 8, 1748.

    A Petition of Joseph Strother, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, That in the Year 1746, a Negro of his was committed to the Goal of King George County for Felony: That before a Commission could be procured for the said Negro's Trial, the Prison was fired, and the said Slave burnt therein; and praying that he may have such a Compensation for the loss of his said Slave, as the House shall think just.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims; and that they examine into the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.
    A Claim of William Alexander, for taking up a Run-away, therein mentioned:
    Also a Claim of William Drew, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Williams, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Pennington, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Howell Briggs, for the same Service; were presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 279.

November 22, 1748.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Joseph Strother, the Younger,
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true; and that the said Joseph Strother ought to be allowed the Sum of Forty Pounds for his Slave in the said Petition mentioned.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 297.


November 9, 1748.

    A Petition of Robert Daniel was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, that a Negro of his attacked him and his Brother, and having much wounded his Brother, to avoid Punishment he absconded: That he procured him to be out-lawed, som time after which, he hanged himself, and praying such Relief as this House shall think fit.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims; and that they examine the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.
    And the Question being put, That the said Petition be referred to a Committee?
                                                                                                                                It passed in the Negative. . . .
    A Claim of Edward Wharton, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned:
    Also a Claim of Samuel Luck, for the same Service; were presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 280.


November 15, 1748.

    On Consideration of the Proposition from the County of Nansemond, That no Master or Owner of Slaves, hire such Slaves to, and allow them to make Crops, or trade for themselves, and that all Slaves be immediately under the Care and Direction of their Master or white Overseer;
    Resolved, That the said Proposition is reasonable.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 288.


November 22, 1748.

    A Claim of Ignatius Winset, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 297.


November 25, 1748.

    A Petition of John Hudgin, of Amelia County, was offered to the House, praying to be paid for a Negro of his, who was murdered by another Negro; and the Question being put, That the said Petition be received?
                                                                                                                                 Resolved in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1742-1747, 1748-1749. (Richmond, 1909), p. 303.



1752

February 28, 1752.

    A Claim of John Clark, for taking up a Runaway Servant therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Lewis Delony for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Ellis Gravot for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Swillifort for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Samuel Thompson, for taking up a Runaway Negro therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Piscod, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Richard Gains, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Edward Hoggen for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Taylor for the same Service.
    And also a Claim of Thomas Adams, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House and read.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 8.


February 29, 1752.

    A Petition of Abraham Estes, praying some Allowance for a Runaway Negroe, who had runaway, and was found dead in the Woods, was offered to the House, and the Question being put that the said Petition be received.    It passed in the Negative. . . .

    A Claim of Benjamin Pulliam, for taking up a Runaway Negroe, therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Daniel Pruett, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of Francis Gray, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of Thomas Bridges, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of Anthony Sydnor, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of John Reims, for taking up Two Negroes, therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of James Collins, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of John Jenings, for taking up a Runaway Servant, therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Robins, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of Robert Sanford, for the same Service,
    And also a Claim of James Hardage, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 9.


March 5, 1752.

    A Claim of William Holliday, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned,
    Also a Claim of John Dickens, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of Jacob Sike, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of Bryant Fanin, alias Finley, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of Ephraim Goosley, for the same Service,
    And also a Claim of William MacDonagh, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 16.


March 7, 1752.

    A Claim of Colby Chew, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned,
    Also a Claim of Nehemiah Nicholls, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of John Herbert, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of James Jenning Foster, for the same Service,
    Also a Claim of William Bailey, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the same, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 21.


March 10, 1752.

    A Claim of John Russel, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the same, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 26.


March 10, 1752.

    Ordered, That the Petition of Philip Rootes, Bartholomew Yates, and Robert Yates, Executors, of the last Will and Testament, of Rev. John Reid, deceased, setting forth; that a Negroe Man Slave, belonging to the Estate of the said Reid, being run away, stabbed a Person who endeavoured to apprehend him, for which he was committed to the Goal of Gloucester County; that he lay there several Days in Irons, in which Time, through the Inclemency of the Weather, he became Frost-bitten, and lost the Use of his Feet; that they had expended £ 7.3.9. for Doctors Attendance and Medicines, in endeavouring his Recovery, and praying the Relief of the House, in the Premisses, which was presented to the last Session of Assembly, and received, and referred to the Consideration of this, be referred to the Committee of Claims, and that they examine into the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 26.

March 15, 1752.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Philip Rootes, Bartholomew Yates, and Robert Yates, Executors, & c. of the Reverend John Reade, deceased.
    Resolved, That it appears that a Negroe Man Slave, belonging to the Estate of the said John Reade, being run away, one Billops endeavoured to apprehend him, That the said Slave defended himself, and to prevent being taken, stabbed the said Billops with a Knife, for which he was committed to the Goal of Glocester County, where he lay in Irons several Days, but never was tried for the said Fact, the said Billops recovering; that by the Reason of such Commitment and the Severity of the Weather, the said Slave was Frost-bitten, and lost his Feet, that the said Executors were obliged to expend £ 7.3.9. for the Cure of the said Slave, and that the said Slave, by Means of his being Frost-bitten as aforesaid, is rendered of much less Value than before.
    Resolved, That the said Philip Rootes, Bartholomew Yates, and Robert Yates, Executors, & c. of the said John Reade, be allowed the Sum of £ 30. for the said Slave's being Frost-bitten as aforesaid, and for their Expences in curing him.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 37.


March 10, 1752.

    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow in the Book of Claims, a Claim of Edward Mosely, for taking up a Runaway, therein mentioned; which was presented to the last Session of Assembly and received, and referred to the Consideration of this Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 26.

Read Moseley's advertisement for another runaway placed in 1755.


March 10, 1752.

    A Petition of Robert Adams was offered to the House, praying to be allowed for a Negroe, who being runaway and outlawed, hanged himself, and the Question being put, that the said Petition be received.
    Resolved in the Negative.
    Also a Petition of Gideon Marr, praying an Allowance for a Negroe, who being run away, was found dead, was offered to the House, and the Question being put, that the said Petition be received.
    Resolved in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 27.


March 10, 1752.

    A Petition of William Broadnax was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, That a Runaway Negroe belonging to him, having committed many Robberies, was outlawed, and being pursued, to prevent being taken, threw himself into a Mill-Pond, and was drowned, and praying Relief in the Premisses.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 27.

Read Broadnax's advertisement.

March 24, 1752.

    On Consideration of the Petition of William Broadnax.
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true, and that he ought to be allowed the Sum of Fifty Pounds, for the Slave therein mentioned.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 55.


March 13, 1752.

    A PETITION of Lewis Willis, by Francis Willis his Guardian, was presented to the House and read, setting forth, That a Negroe belonging to the Petitioner, was, by a Court of Oyer and Terminer, held in Spotsylvania County, in the year 1750, sentenced to be hanged for Felony and Burglary, and valued at 50£. current Money; that before the Day appointed for his Execution he broke out of Goal, and was afterwards shot, and killed, and praying an Allowance for him.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 32.

March 19, 1752.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Francis Willis, Gent. Guardian to Lewis Willis, an Infant,
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true, and that the said Francis Willis, Guardian to the said Lewis Willis, ought to be allowed the Sum of £. 50 for the Slave therein mentioned.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 43-44.


March 13, 1752.

    Also a Petition of Ralph Wormeley, Gent. was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, That in the Year 1750, several of his Negroes, at his Quarter in Frederick County, assembled in Rebellion against their Overseer; that in attempting to take and disperse them, one was killed, and praying an Allowance for him.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 32.

March 19, 1752.

    On consideration of the Petition of Ralph Wormeley,
    Resolved, That the Allegations of the said Petition are true, and that he ought to be allowed the Sum of Forty Pounds for the Slave therein mentioned.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 43.


March 19, 1752.

    A Petition of Benjamin Branch, of the County of Southampton, was offered to the House, setting forth, That a Runaway Negroe belonging to the Petitioner, having long continued to be guilty of many Robberies and Misdemeanors, without suffering himself to be taken, the Petitioner, in August last, outlawed him; but before the Proclamation could be duly published, the said Negroe, from a Sense of his Crimes, as the Petitioner conceives, and fearing to be brought to Justice, shot himself, that on the Application of the Petitioner to the said County Court, the said Court valued him at £. 50 and praying the same may be allowed to him.
    And the Question being put, that the Petition be received,
    Resolved in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 43.


March 24, 1752.

    A Claim of William Beasley, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 54.


March 30, 1752.

    A Claim of Richard Jones, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 64.



1753

November 5, 1753.

    A Claim of John Newell, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Also a Claim of James Ellet, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Philemon Carlton, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 109.


November 6, 1753.

    A Claim of Mr Thomas Roy, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of William Sadler, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Redge Young, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Edmundson, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Margaret Ball, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Claxton, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Edmund Swinney, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 109.


November 7, 1753.

    Two Claims of  George Nash, for taking up two Runaways therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of John Griggs, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of George Burras, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Garland, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Godfrey Wilcox, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Simpson, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of James Hines, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Edward Cary, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Benjamin Cave, Junior, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Thomas, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 111.


November 8, 1753.

    A Claim of Robert Hancock, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of John Wheateley, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Benjamin Ward, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Consolve, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 111.


November 8, 1753.

    Resolved, That it appears to this Committee, That a Petition of George Purcelly, setting forth, That his Negroe Man Guy, being, by a Court of Oyer and Terminer, held for his Trial, sentenced to be hanged, and valued at 45 £. current Money, afterwards, before the Day appointed for his Execution, made his Escape out of Goal, and had not since been taken, and praying the Relief of the House therein, was presented to the House and read, and referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 112.

Read Governor Dinwiddie's Proclamation of 1752 outlawing Guy.
 

May 7, 1755.

     That the Petition of George Purcelly, setting forth, That his Negroe Man Guy, being by a Court of Oyer and Terminer held for his Tryal, sentenced to be hanged, and valued at 45 £. Current Money, afterwards and before the Day appointed for his Execution made his Escaoe out of Goal, and had not sonce been taken; and praying the Relief of this House therein, was presented to the House at the first Session of this Assembly and read, and was referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly, and at that Assembly was again referred to the next Session; the Petitioner not appearing to make out the Allegation of his Petition.
    Ordered, That the several Petitions of George Purcelly, . . .be referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 242.


November 9, 1753.

    A Petition of John Brummel, setting forth, That a Negroe Man Slave, belonging to the Petitioner, was, by a Court of Oyer and Terminer, held in the County of Chesterfield, convicted of a Rape, sentenced to be hanged, and valued at 60£ current Money, that before the Day appointed for his Execution, he broke out of Goal, and hath not been since retaken, and praying an allowance for him, was presented to the House and read.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 115.

The record of the trial of Brummel's slave, Daniel, can be found in Chesterfield Co. Order Book no. 4, 1767-1771 [sic], n. p.
[It looks as if the clerk used an old book to begin the 1767 records.]

May 7, 1755.

     Resolved, That it appears to this Committee, that a Petition of John Brummel's, setting forth, That a Negroe Man Slave belonging to the Petitioner, was by a Court of Oyer and Terminer, held in the County of Chesterfield, convicted of a Rape, sentenced to be hanged, and valued at 60 £. Current Money: That before the Day appointed for his Execution he broke out of Goal, and had not been since retaken; and praying an Allowance for him was presented to the House and read, and referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly. . . .
    Ordered, That the several Petitions of John Brummel, . . .be referred to the Committee of Propositions and Grievances.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 242.


November 10, 1753.

    A Claim of Edward Rowel, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 116.


November 11, 1753.

    A Claim of John Watkins, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Poindexter Moseley, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 117.


November 13, 1753.

    A Claim of Richard Smallman, and John Barber, for taking up several Runaways therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of William Saunders, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of George Chares, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Avery Dye, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 118-119.


November 14, 1753.

    A Claim of John Herbert, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Joseph Meredith, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Lyon, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Bowin, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Francis Tupman, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Jones, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Furlong, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Stephen Hansford, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of George Alsup, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Joseph Strother, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John James, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Ficklin, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Peuit, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Pinchbeck, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Hugh Meornick, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Benjamin Davis, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Joel Jarroll, junior, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Benjamin Joyner, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Charles Thomson, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Harrison, for the same Service.
    Also two Claims of Thomas Armstrong, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Daniel Grant, for the same Service.
    Also two Claims of John Brown, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Edwards, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Mark Talbot, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 120-121.


November 15, 1753.

    A Claim of Cox Whitlaw, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Milner, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Benjamin Winton, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Jonathan Goodwin, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Lemuel Lambert, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Babb, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Witson Jones, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Henry Best, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of James March, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Denton, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Benjamin Coulding, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Joseph Williams, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Howell, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 123.


November 16, 1753.

    A Claim of Robert Dudley, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims. . . .

    A Petition of John Norfleet, praying to be allowed for a Negroe that was killed, as he was working on the Highway, by the Fall of a Tree, was presented to the House, and read; and the Question being put, that the said Petition be referred to a Committee.
                                                                                                                                It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That the said Petition be rejected. . . .

    A Petition of Miles Cary, was presented to the House and read, setting forth, That a Negroe of his, some Time in the Month of May last, broke open a Store-House belonging to the Petitioner, and committed several other Crimes; and to avoid Punishment he absconded; that he procured him to be outlawed, some Time after which he drowned himself, and praying such Relief as this House shall think fit.
    Ordered, That the said Petitions be referred to the Committee of Claims; that they examine the Matters thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 124-125.

November 27, 1753.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Miles Cary, setting forth, That a Negroe of his, some Time in May last, broke open a Store-House of his, and committed other Crimes, and to avoid Punishment absconded, that he procured him to be outlawed, some Time after which he drowned himself, and praying to be allowed for him.
    Resolved, That it appears to this Committee, that the said Slave ran away, and whilst he lay out doing Mischief, was outlawed according to Law; that the Petitioner employed some Indians to go in search of the said Slave, who afterwards drowned himself; and that he ought to be allowed the sum of 50£. for the said Slave, to be paid by the Public.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 138.


November 17, 1753.

    A Claim of William Dudley, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of John Leigh, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 125.


November 19, 1753.

    A Claim of John Russel, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim, in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 127.


November 20, 1753.

    A Claim of John Richardson, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of John Jones, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 127.


November 21, 1753.

    A Claim of Jeffry and Charles Palmers, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Burwell Basset, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims, respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 130.


November 21, 1753.

    A Petition of Edward Pegram, in the County of Dinwiddie, setting forth, That some Time in the year 1748, the Petitioner, in taking up a Runaway Negroe, was obliged to give him several Blows, some Time after which he died; that John Jones, Gent. to whom the said Negroe belonged, brought a Suit against the Petitioner, and obtained a Judgement against him for 40l. and praying Relief, was offered to the House: And the Question being put, that the said Petition be received,
                                                                                                                                    Resolved in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 131.

Reprinted in William and Mary Quarterly 2nd ser., vol. 2, p. 62.


November 23, 1753.

    Two Claims of William Rowntree, for taking up two Runaways therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of John Pond, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Needlis Hill, for the same Service.
    Also two Claims of Philemon Parr Edmondson, for the same Services, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 132.


November 27, 1753.

    On Consideration of the Petition of Joseph Haile, praying to be allowed for a Negroe who hanged himself, having first committed Murder on another Negroe.
    Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the said Petition be rejected, the Allegations thereof, not being sufficiently proved.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 138.


November 28, 1753.

    A Claim of  Barret White, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Green, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Garland, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims to allow the said Claims in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 140.


November 28 [29], 1753.

    A Petition of Nathaniel Harrison, setting forth, That the Petitioner, some Time in February last, had a Negroe convicted of Felony, and sentenced to be hang'd, and valued at 75£. that before the Day appointed for his Execution, the said Negroe made his Escape out of Goal, and praying to be allowed for him, was offered to the House, and the Question being put, that the said Petition be received,
                                                                                                                                    Resolved in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 143.

Read an ad for three runaways Harrison placed in 1738.


December 1, 1753.

    A Petition of Francis Whiting, Guardian of John and Mary Whiting, Orphans of Francis Whiting, deceased, setting forth, That a Negroe Man Slave belonging to the said Orphans, being run away, was in due Form of Law outlawed, after which some Persons being in pursuit of him, in Order to apprehend him, he ran into a Creek, and was drowned, and praying Relief, was presented to the House and read.
    Resolved, That the said Petitions be referred to the Committee of Claims, that they examine into the Allegations thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 146-147.

December 4, 1753.

    Mr Fry from the Committtee of Claims, reported, That the Committee had had under their Consideration, a Petition of Francis Whiting, Guardian of John and Mary Whiting, Orphans of Francis Whiting, deceased, to them referred, setting forth, That Will, a Negroe Man Slave, belonging to the said Orphans, being run away, and duly outlawed, ran into a Creek and was drowned, in avoiding some Persons that were in pursuit of him, and praying Relief; and had come to a Resolution thereupon, which he read in his Place, and then delivered in at the Table, where the same was again twice read, and agreed to by the House, as follows.
    Resolved, That it is the Opinion of this Committee, That the said Petition ought to be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly, the Witnesses not appearing to make out the Allegations thereof.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 153-154.


December 1, 1753.

    A Claim of  Jediah Mitchell, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 150.


December 4, 1753.

    A Claim of  John Anderson, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 153.



1754

February 14, 1754.

    Two Claims of George Peay for taking up two Runaways therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Henry Lightfoot for the same Service, were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 177.


February 15, 1754.

    A Claims [sic] of Marquis Calmes, junior, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Daniel Tucker for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Forster for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Elizabeth Maccade for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Swift, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 178.


February 16, 1754.

    A Claim of William Hudson, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned. . . .
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 179.


February 19, 1754.

    A Claim of Japeth Whayne junior, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also two Claims of Francis Baber for the same Services, were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 181.


February 20, 1754.

    A Claim of Miles Raley, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 181.


February 21, 1754.

    Two Claims of Larkin Chew for taking up two Runaways therein mentioned, were presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 179.


February 21, 1754.

    A Petition of Mary Jones setting forth, That Harry a Slave belonging to the Petitioner, some Time in December 1752, with a Knife stabbed and wounded the Petitioner his Mistress, in several Places, for which Offence the said Slave was, by a Court of Oyer and Terminer, adjudged to be whipped, and to have both his Ears cut off, which Punishment being inflicted on the said Slave, on a very cold Day, he presently after, on the same Day died on his Return home, and praying an Allowance for him, was presented to the House and read, and the Question being put that the said Petition be received.
                                                                                                                                    Resolved in the Negative.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 179.


February 23, 1754.

    A Claim of Seymour Powell, junior, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of John Briggs, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 184.


August 23, 1754.

    A Claim of Sarah Cornick, Widow, and Executrix of Joel Cornick, for a Runaway therein mentioned, taken up by the said Joel in his Lifetime.
    Also two Claims of Anthony Sydner, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Flint, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Joseph Yeatman, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Purcell, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Christopher Chinn, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Hammond, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Robert Forrester, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Chapman, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Holliday, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 123.


August 24, 1754.

    A Claim of Joseph Wyatt, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Richard Womack, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Love, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Martin Pickett, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Gordon, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Robert Inge, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 193.


August 27, 1754.

    A Claim of Richard Warren, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Abraham Whitworth, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Henry Lacey, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Day, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 195.


August 30, 1754.

    A Claim of John Peyton, Assignee of John Gibson, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Harrison Gammon, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Cuthbert Hubberd, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 197.


September 2, 1754.

    A Claim of Elizabeth Dendy, Executrix of Charles Dendy, deceased, for two Slaves taken up by the said Charles, in his Lifetime, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses,1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 201.


October 18, 1754.

    A Claim of James Lindsay, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 212.


October 21, 1754.

    A Claim of Thomas Andrews, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly. . . .
    Three Claims of Alexander Finnie, for taking up Runaways therein mentioned, were presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 213-214.

Read an ad for a deserter from Finnie's company placed in February 1755.


October 22, 1754.

    A Claim of John Lee, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of John Murray, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of William Crawley, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Bowlware Gammon, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Short, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Ambrose Ballard, for the same Service, were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 215.


October 31, 1754.

    A Claim of Thomas Crawford, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 224.



1755

May 3, 1755.

     A Claim of Arjalone Price, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of George Davis, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Richard Harrison, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Skinner, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Forsith, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims. . . .
    A Petition of James MacDewell, was presented to the House and read, setting forth, That Matt a Negroe Man Slave, belonging to the Petitioner, having committed sundry Felonies, in order to screen himself from a Prosecution for the same, ran away; upon which the Petitioner procured an Outlawry against him, in due Form of Law; but before he could be apprehended he was found dead in the Woods, and praying that he may be allowed for the said Slave.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims, that they examine the Matter thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 236-237.


May 5, 1755.

     A Claim of Thomas Roane, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Cornelius MacMahone, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Samuel Badson, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Thomas Brown, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Jonathan Clerkson, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Philip Ryan, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Benjamin Harrison, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of Mask Leek, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims. . . .
    A Petition of George Mason, was presented to the House and read, setting forth, That his Negro Slave Dick, having run away and committed many Felonies, was in due Form of Law outlawed, and being taken up by some of Captain Mackay's Company, was by them delivered to one Daniel James, in perfect Health: That as the said James was carrying the said Slave to the Constable, he pulled him off his Horse, and in struggling to make his Escape received some Hurt, and refusing to go any further, the said James tied him with a Rope to his Horse Tail, and in that Manner dragged him to the next House, where he in a few Minutes expired, and praying such Allowance for his said Slave, as this House shall think fit.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims, that they examine into the Allegations thereof, and report the same, with their Opinions thereupon, to the House.
    A Petition of William Southall, was presented to the House, and read, setting forth, That a Negroe Slave of his set Fire to his Barn, and with it consumed all his Tobacco, Corn, Wheat, an Oats, and other Goods, and then ahnged himself; by Means whereof the Petitioner with a large Family of small Children were utterly ruined, and praying Relief of this House, and the Question being thereupon put,
                                                                                                                                     It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That the said Petition be rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 238-239.


May 6, 1755.

     A Petition of James Graham, and John Thompson, Merchants, setting forth, That in July last, a Negroe Man Slave, belonging to the Petitioners, ran away from the Possession of Duncan Graham, of Caroline County, and joined himself to three other outlying Slaves in Prince William County, and together with them, broken open the Store of one and stole thereout sundry Goods to the value of 30 £. for which they were taken, and a Commission of Oyer and Terminer, obtained for their Trial, but before their Trial the said Slave belonging to the Petitioners, died in Goal of a Wound he had received, being shot in his Apprehension: That the three other Slaves escaped out of Goal, but one of them being retaken, was tried and executed for the said Felony; and praying that they may be allowed for their said Slave in the same Manner as if he had been executed; was presented to the House and read;
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims, that they examine into the Allegations thereof, and report the same, with their Opinions thereupon, to the House. . . .
    A Claim of Bennet Hilsman, Assignee of John Gibson, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of William Adams, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 239-241.


May 8, 1755.

     A Claim of William Brooks, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned;
    Also a Claim of William Hogan, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 246.


May 9, 1755.

    A Petition of William Lightfoot, Esquire, setting forth, That in the Beginning of the Year 1754, a Mulattoe Slave named Jasper, belonging to the Petitioner, run away and being outlawed, stole a Horse and escaped into North Carolina, where he was taken and delivered to one Amos Newsum; but on his Return, in order to avoid Hanging, which he often said he expected if he was brought back into this Colony, he dashed his Brains out against a Rock, and praying to be allowed for the said Slave, was presented to the House and read, and the Question being put that the said Petition be referred to a Committee.
                                                                                                                                It passed in the Negative.
Resolved, That the said Petition be rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 248.

Read Lightfoot's ad for Jasper, who first ran away in 1752.


May 10, 1755.

     A Claim of Joseph Carter, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Jermiah Carter, for the same Service.
    Also a Claim of John Barksdale, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 248-249.


May 13, 1755.

     A Claim of John Quesenbury, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned;
    Also a Claim of William Barker, for the same Service;
    Also a Claim of William Wilson, for the same Service;
    Also a Claim of Joseph Nicholls, for the same Service;
    Also a Claim of Hartwell Cocke, for the same Service;
    Also a Claim of Gilbert Gray, for the same Service;
    Also a Claim of William Maclin, for the same Service;
    Also a Claim of James Crow, for the same Service; were severally presented to the House, and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claims respectively in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), pp. 251.


May 14, 1755.

     A Claim of Samuel Harris, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned; was presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That it be an Instruction to the Committee of Claims, to allow the said Claim in the Book of Claims.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 255.


May 15, 1755.

    A Petition of Alice Catlett Widow, setting forth, That some Time last Year, Ned a Negroe Slave belonging to the Petitioner was committed to the Goal of Culpeper County for a Felony, and on a Trial was sentenced to be burnt in the Hand, which was done; and some Persons appearing in Court and making Oath that they apprehended some Mischief from the said Slave if he was discharged, the Court of the said County recommitted him to Goal there to remain a Year, unless he could find Security for the Peace, soon after which he died in Goal, and praying that she may be paid the Value of the said Slave, was presented to the House and read.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims, that they examine into the Allegations thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon, to the House.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1752-1755, 1756-1758. (Richmond, 1909), p. 248.



1758

September 15, 1758.

    Several Claims of William Robins, David Via, William Price, David Smith, William Robertson, and Stephen Garrett, for taking up Runaways therein mentioned, were severally presented to the House and received.
        Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1758-1761. (Richmond, 1908), p. 6.


September 16, 1758.

    Several Claims of John Brown, John Smith, and John Vaughan, Paces Turner, Assignee of Joseph Godwin, Thomas Barbour, Tilman Weaver, Assignee of Jacob Weaver, Valentine Bethel, George Neavill, Samuel Boush, James Thrailkild, William Jett, Francis Thornton, Richard Payne, William Johnson, John Jones, Assignee of James Herndon, and SJohn Tankersley, for taking up Runaways therein mentioned. . . .
    Also a Claim of Martin Hardin, for 172 lbs. of Tobacco levied on him by the last public Levy in the County of Prince William for a Runaway taken up and said to belong to him by Mistake, were severally presented to the House and received.
        Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1758-1761. (Richmond, 1908), p. 7.


September 21, 1758.

    Two Claims of Thomas Altwell, for taking up Runaways therein mentioned, were presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1758-1761. (Richmond, 1908), p. 16.


September 22, 1758.

    A Claim of Jeconias Randall, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned.
    Also a Claim of Robert Henning, for taking up a Deserter from the Virginia Regiment.
    Also a Claim of John Strother for the same Service; were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly. . . .
    A Petition of William Dobson, praying to be allowed by the Public for a Runaway Slave of his, whom he out-lawed in due Form, but was found dead in the Woods before she was apprehended, was presented to the House and read, and the Question being put that the said Petition should be referred,
    It passed in the Negative.
    Resolved, That the said Petition be rejected.

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1758-1761. (Richmond, 1908), p. 19.


September 22, 1758.

    Several Claims of William Johnston and James Crain, for taking up Deserters from the Virginia Regiment. Also of James Mullin, and William Barksdale Assignee of John Burnett, and William Johnston, for taking up Runaways therein mentioned, were severally presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claims be referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly. . . .

H.R. McIlwaine, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1758-1761. (Richmond, 1908), p. 19.



1761

November 11, 1761.

    A Claim of Levin Powell, Assignee of William Atterbury, for taking up a Runaway therein mentioned, was presented to the House and received, and referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

J.P. Kennedy, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1761-1765.  (Richmond, 1907), p. 19.


November 13, 1761.

    Several Claims of John Gladdin and Nathaniel Crawley, for taking up Runaways therein mentioned, were presented to the House, and received, and referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

J.P. Kennedy, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1761-1765.  (Richmond, 1907), p. 23.


November 14, 1761.

    Several Claims of Charles Reeve, William Symmonds, Joseph Warwick and Samuel Meredith, for taking up Runaways therein mentioned, were severally presented to the House, and received, and referred to the Consideration of the next Session of Assembly.

J.P. Kennedy, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1761-1765.  (Richmond, 1907), p. 26.



1766

November 7, 1766.

    A Claim of William Roberts, for taking up a Runaway, rejected at a former Assembly, was presented to the House and received.
    Ordered, That the said Claim be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims.

J.P. Kennedy, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1766-1769.  (Richmond, 1906), p. 17.


November 8, 1766.

    A Petition of William Fauntleroy, praying to be reimbursed some Tobacco that he paid for two Runaways taken up that did not belong to him was presented to the House and read.
    Ordered, That the said Petition be referred to the Committee of Claims: that they do examine into the Allegations thereof, and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon to the House.
    On a Motion made,
    Ordered, That all the Claims for taking up Runaways, sworn to before a Magistrate, be referred to the Consideration of the Committee of Claims.

J.P. Kennedy, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1766-1769.  (Richmond, 1906), p. 18.


November 13, 1766.

    A Petition of William Pemberton, of the County of Caroline,setting forth that some Time in the Month of August 1765 a Negroe Man named Bob ran away from him the said Pemberton, for which he had the said Slave outlawed, and some Time in the Month of March last he was found dead in the Woods, and praying the Consideration of this House. . . .
        Ordered, That the said Petitions and Accounts be referred to the Committee of Claims; that they examine into the Allegations thereof; and report the same, with their Opinion thereupon to the House.

J.P. Kennedy, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1766-1769.  (Richmond, 1906), p. 25.


November 17, 1766.

    A Claim of William Garrett, for a Negroe condemned by the County Court of Louisa on the 27thDay of August 1759, and valued by the said Court at £45, was presented to the House and received.

J.P. Kennedy, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1766-1769.  (Richmond, 1906), p. 28.



1775

June 5, 1775.

    A Petition of John Martin, of the County of Caroline, was presented to the House, and read; setting forth, that his negro Man Slave Lemon, who had run away from him last fall, being apprehended in the County of Prince George, set fire to the Gaol of that County, to which he was committed, with two others, in order to make his Escape, and perished in the Flames; and therefore praying the House to make him such Allowance for the said Slave as shall seem just.

J.P. Kennedy, ed., Journals of the House of Burgesses, 1773-1776. (Richmond, 1905), p. 189.

Read Martin's advertisement.


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