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Somerset Judicial Records 1692-96, Abstracts with Selected Transcriptions
Volume 535, Page 9  
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9 AUGUST 1692


9 ~  Court convenes; Commissioners present: Capt. John Winder, James Dashiel, James Round, Thomas Jones, George Layfield, Capt. John King.


9 ~  Colonel David Browne brings his servant Patrick Meclaster into court, having no indenture; judged to be between seventeen and eighteen years.


9 ~  Elisha Nichols, servant of Capt. William Whittington, brought before Court; judged to be between twelve and thirteen; to serve until age sixteen since he is an orphan.


9 ~  John Trubshaw, son of John Trubshaw, deceased, apprenticed to Archibald Smith, who will teach him to read; judged to be six years old.


9 ~  Petition of John Bishopp, accused of concealing a taxable, requests a hearing; Thomas Selby asserts that he will prove that Bishopp defrauded the County of three years taxes.


9  ~  Case against John Bishopp of Bogaternorten Hundred, for concealing a taxable; Bishopp confesses; Court orders that he be fined according to law.


10 ~  Thomas Selby petition for payment for nine days attendance at court; trial of John Bishopp.


10 ~  Petition of Daniel Lisney requests he be removed from taxlist since he pays tax in Virginia; granted. (See Transcription)


10-18 ~  Depositions taken in case of dispute between John Dorman, merchant, and Francis Jenckins over an agreement for Dorman to sell Jenckins 50 hogsheads of tobacco at 12/6 per hundredweight.


10 ~     Deposition of George Ero, aged 28, mate of the Samuel & Henry, under Captain John Meade, dated 6 June 1692; recounts a meeting on Monday, 25 April, at Jenckins house in Pocomoke, attended by Jenckins and his wife, Dorman, William Nichols and Ero; asserts that an agreement was reached for Borman to sell Jenckins 50 hogsheads of tobacco at 12 shillings and sixpence per hundredweight, to be delivered to Jenckins landing.


11 ~  Deposition by William Bowen (Bowing), aged 33; recalls discussion on 27 April between Jenckins and Dorman in Dorman’s store in Snow Hill in which Jenckins credits Bowen for for 667 lbs/tbco in consideration of payment made to Dorman on Jenckins behalf; argument ensued about selection and delivery of the tobacco.


12 ~  Deposition by Alexander Mattix, aged 38; long account about discussion between Dorman and Jenckins in Dorman’s store on 26-27 April in which dispute over the tobacco arose;


15 ~  Deposition by John Perkins, aged 48; describes events in Dorman’s store in which Jenckins complained of not receiving his goods in timely manner and took whatever was available.


16 ~  Deposition by James Sangster, aged 42; Sangster says he advised Jenckins not to pursue case saying it would be dismissed as a  nudum pactum.


17 ~  Deposition by Samuel and Elizabeth Richardson, both aged 26, recounting how they had been at Francis Jenckins house on 10 June during a visit by Dorman; they were asked by Jenckins to remain adjacent to room in which Jenckins would bring Dorman for discussion about the tobacco dispute, so they could listen surreptiously; after Dorman’s arrival Jenckins recounted the original deal with him and asked how he could deny it; Dorman said that Jenckins could not prove the arrangement, and offered him £8 plus the credit for Bowing’s tobacco as a settlement, but Jenckins declined; at end of this conversation Jenckins informed Dorman of presence of Richardsons.


18 ~  At end of the depositions, no record appears of the Court’s disposition of this case.


18 ~  Constables of the several Hundreds submit their lists of tithables; Juries are dismissed; Sheriff  ordered to take all non-residents into custody until security is given for their taxes. (See Transcription)


18 Samuell Fluellin fine remitted


18 ~  Court adjourned briefly and reconvenes; Commissioners present: Francis Jenckins, James Round, Thomas Jones, George Layfield, Capt. John King.


18 ~  Katherine Trubshaw, orphan daughter of John Trubshaw, brought before Court and apprenticed to John Barber; judged to be 3 years old; Barber given 200 lbs/tbco by Court and 400 lbs by George Layfield.


18 ~  Sheriff ordered to provide his writs to Clerks office one day before Court session.


19 ~  Henry Hudson recognizance bond for £10 to pay fine and fees due from trial of Jone Farlow for bastardy.


19 ~  Petition of William Brittingham of Accomac County VA requests Court order, Joseph Gray, administrator of estate of William Hearne, pay him 5600 lbs/tbco; presents bond signed 26 January 1690/1by William Hearne promising payment at Pocomoke on demand; witnesses Francis Thorowgood, Samuel Collins; also an account charging Hearne 1000 lbs/tbco for accommodations provided his family for two months in 1690/1; Court judges payments are due.


19 ~  Petition of  Samuel Worthington asks Court order estate of Edmund Beauchamp pay 938 lbs/tbco to Andrew Whittington, innholder; James Sangster, attorney for estate, admits debt; Court orders payment, with costs.


20 ~  Court orders that suit of Francis Gunby against Mr. Thomas Jones be not heard until September Court


20 ~  Memorandum noting that James Smith, tanner, acknowledges debt of 200 lbs/tbco to John West, Clerk of



20 ~  Court adjourned until 2nd Tuesday in September 1692.


20 ~  Actions Returnable 2nd Tuesday in September 1692

Subpoena, William Curry, Nic.Todby, John Parsons, Andrew Smith

Subpoena, George Wilson, William Wilson, William Scott, Charles Dukes, Ed. Dukes; for John Wilson

    vs. I. Boston

Subpoena, Henry Scholfield; for Aaron Bishop, John Goddin vs. William Beddard

John Colhoon, William Matthews, answer to Maj. Robert King

Robert Catlin, answer to Maj. Robert King

Case against James Barry

Subpoena Edmund Munlavel, Gydeon Tylman, wife Margaret, Jane Olonman, Richard Varden, Bryan Connoway

James Smith, answer to Col. David Browne

Joseph Cromwell, answer to Peter Bodkin

Case against Elizabeth Kotle

Case against Edmund McDonnel

Case against Susanna Hazzard

Case against Honora Conner

Dr. John Vigerous, answer to Capt. William Whittington; Subpoena, James Maynard

William Coulbourne, currier, answer to William Brittingham; subpoena Robert Houlston, Richard Farewell

Dr. John Vigerous, Admn for Edward Smith, answer to Capt. William Whittington, Admn of Capt. John Osbourne

Subpoena for William Morris defense, George Layfield & wife, Mr. Thomas Newbold, James Curtiss,

    William Denyson, Thomas Quillaine, Walter Lane

Walter Lodge, chirurgeon, answer to Edward Jones



21 ~  Actions Returnable 2nd Tuesday in September (Continued)

John Emmett, answer to William Willmett

Jonathan Towers & wife, answer to Andrew Whittington & Richard Chambers

Subpoena, John Grayes, Andrew Speer

Case against Germane Gillett

William Richardson, cordwinder, answer to Col. David Browne, Extr of Archibald Ereskine

David Lahay, answer to Mr. James Round

Subpoena, Germane Gillett, wife Ann; for Mr. Thomas Jones vs. Francis Gunby

Peter Whaples, answer to George Benson

Subpoena, John Crawford, Mary Clarke, for John Goddin vs. William Beddard

Bryan Peart, answer to Robert Tyra

John Jackson, answer to Thomas Wheeler

Edward Bedley, answer to William Patton

Walter Tayler, answer to David Miller

Walter Tayler, answer to Ninian (Nynean) Dunlap

Francis Gunby, answer to Mr. Thomas Jones

Robert Pirrie, answer unto Ellis Coleman

Subpoena, Thomas Evernden, for James Barry vs. Donnam Olonman

James Snow, answer to Ellis Coleman; subpoena Martin Curtiss

Howell Francis, answer to Ellis Coleman

William Bowden, answer to Ellis Coleman

John Parsons, answer to George Layfield, wife Elizabeth, Exctrx of Col. William Stevens

Subpoena, Margaret Sumers, for John Tayler vs. Capt. Coulbourne

Subpoena, Matthew Dorman, Thomas Poole, John Parsons, William Jayles, Jun., William Layton; case against

    Thomas Porter

Subpoena William Elgate, David Harris, Thomas Poole; case against Thomas Porter

Somerset Dickinson, answer to William Coulbourne, currier

Subpoena, Robert Catlin, for Donnam Olonman vs. James Barry

Richard Stevens, Admn of John Trueman, answer to orphans of Trueman

Subpoena, John Macbridge & wife, Robert Trueman; for Trueman orphans vs. Stevens



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