At a Court of oyer & terminer called and held at the Court House
of Prince William County, the 8th. day of May 1781 for the Trial of Billy,
alias Will, Alias William, a Mulatto Slave the Property of John Tayloe
Esqr. for Treason
The said Slave Billy, Alias Will, alias William, let of the sd. Coty. of Prince William being brought to the Bar of the Court, and Indicted for Treason, in Joining the Enemies of this Commonwealth, upon his Arraignment, Says he is not Guilty, Upon hearing the Several Witnesses, it is the opinion of the Court that he is Guilty, & that he Suffer Death, And be Executed agreeable to the Act, Declaring what Shall be Treason And the Said Sheriff of the Sd. County on the Twenty fifth of this Inst. between the Hours of Eleven & two of the Same day, do Execution thereon at the Common Gallows of the Sd. County, by Causing the Sd. Slave to be hanged by the Neck untill Dead, & his head to be Severed from his Body & Stuck up at Some Publick Cross Road on a pole, And the Sd. Court do Say that the Sd. Slave is worth Twenty Seven Thousand Pounds Current Money
[ ] Graham Clk. Court
Legislative Petitions, Prince William Co., n.d. [received 7 June 1781], Record Group 78, Library of Virginia.