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Somerset County Judicial Records, 1695-1696
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on her, and her did abuse by blows and other violent means Contrary

to the Peace &ca. Dent Clk of the prsentmts

The Grand Jury for the body of this County yesterday (viz) ye 15th of

this Instant Janry made return of ye foresd Indictmt. endorsed

on ye revers side Billa Vera. Signed pr Jno Lane fforeman

To which sd Indictmt this day read in open Court the sd Jno Taylor

pleaded not guilty – Whereupon Comand was given by ye Worll

Court, that the sheriff of the County afd Should bring here twelve

good & lawfull men of his Balywick that the matter in hand

might be the better understood, A List or Pannel whereof are thus

returned viz. John Porter, John Virgin, Robt.Down, Tho: Gordon

Wm Henry, Hough Porter, Richard Webb, Pearce Bray, Cornelius

Morris, James Atkinson, Martin Trontham, Wm Haupt 12.=

who being legally Sumoned, returned & Sworn upon the holy

Evangelists, having heard the foresd Indictmt read, the examination

of Six Evidences on behalf of or Soveraign Lord the King upon

their Oaths agt the sd Taylor, Likewise the sd Jury did also

deliberately heare ye Defence of ye sd Taylor as also those four

following Perecepts or Certificates read in Court, receives their

Charge and are Sent forth &ca. — — — — —

These may Certifie that whereas I George Watt was desired to give

the Certainty of my knowledge of a kind of person Elizabeth Cowin

is, that she is a Contentious prson & is well known and to my

Certain knowledge to make lyes & Contentions & Slanders upon

her Neighbours which am ready to make appear, and make oath

as Wittness my hand this 11th day of November 1695

                                                                        George Watt.

November 11th :1695

These may Certifie whome it may Concern that I Jane Watt will

maintain that Elizabeth Cowing is a prson of an evil Temper

for Slandering lying & laying evil Reports upon all her Neighbours

for I to my Certain knowledge did hear Elizabeth Cowing Say & Swear

that she would be revenged upon Ann Taylor, she and the sd Taylor

having Some quarel, a butcherly dogg his dayhter to go and say any

thing against her this discourse wee had about one year & half from

this instant, & it was after they had the quarel the which is the

trueth I can testifie upon oath if occasion Serve as Witness my hand

the day & date above mentioned the marke of W Jane Watt.

November 9th 1695. These may Certifie whom it may Concerne

that I Cornelius Ward & Margarett Ward doth declare we doe to our

Certain knowledge know Elizabeth Cowing to be a Woman of A

Base mind, & much given to make lyes, Contentions & Strifes and

Slanderous reports amongst her Neighbours, and this is what

wee can Say & Swear if thereunto required as Witness our hand

the day & year above mentioned

                                           the marke of Cornelius Ward

                                           the marke of Margarett Ward


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