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Court records from 17th-century Kent County, Maryland, arranged by theme.

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Attorney Name

Barnes

Francis

Appointee Name

Gott

Francis

Date of Suit

1/21/1660

Type of Suit

suit between John Morgan and Gott; Barnes craves reference to next Court

Witnesses

Deliverance Lovely and Edmund Carontie

Court Finding


Source

LIV 196



Attorney Name

Barnes and Steuens

Esabella and John

Appointee Name

Barnes

Esabella and John

Date of Suit

4/30/1667

Type of Suit

to receive payment and recover debt while he is in England, John Stevens is his son-in-law

Witnesses

Simon Carpender, John Morgan

Court Finding


Source

LIV 236



Attorney Name

Bennett

Disborough

Appointee Name

Dunn

Disborough

Date of Suit

11/24/1668

Type of Suit

Dunn sues Mathias Peterson for 1575 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses


Court Finding

court finds in Dunn's favor

Source

LIV 251



Attorney Name

Blunt

Richard

Appointee Name

Callaway

Richard

Date of Suit

1/1/1658

Type of Suit

debt due from Robert Gamer of 1250 lbs of tobacco; Callaway owes Gamer 920 lbs

Witnesses


Court Finding

Gamer ordered to pay Callaway difference of 330 lbs of tobacco

Source

LIV 124



Attorney Name

Bradnox

Thomas

Appointee Name

Belcher

Thomas

Date of Suit

2/2/1656

Type of Suit

sue John Ereckson for debt of 330 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses


Court Finding

ordered Ereckson to pay

Source

LIV 84; Liber B folio 6



Attorney Name

Brent

Margret

Appointee Name

Brent

Margret

Date of Suit

6/1649

Type of Suit

"In the bill of sale from Margaret Brent to Zachary Wade and Edd Claxton, in June, 1649, for a cow she styles herself, 'Attory for my brother Giles Brent"

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 3; Liber A folio 23; deeds Liber A p. 2



Attorney Name

Brent

Marie?

Appointee Name

Brent

Marie?

Date of Suit

1651

Type of Suit

"In the gift of 'Marie Brent,' to John Deane's son george, of a cow and cald, in 1651, she styles herself 'Attorney to my brother Giles Brent'"

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 3; Liber A folio 23; deeds Liber A p. 2



Attorney Name

Burle of Anne Arundel

Robert

Appointee Name

Pyne

Robert

Date of Suit

6/28/1670

Type of Suit

to recover debts

Witnesses

Thomas Marsh, Anto Mayl

Court Finding


Source

LIV 289-90



Attorney Name

Burton

Edward

Appointee Name

Cullums of Calvert Cty

Edward

Date of Suit

6/29/1669

Type of Suit

debt from Robert Tallen, Robert Humphrey and Gregory Rice

Witnesses

William Gannocke and Alexander Beaven

Court Finding


Source

LIV 264-266



Attorney Name

Carlien

Henry

Appointee Name

Cooll

Henry

Date of Suit

3/2/1656

Type of Suit

sue John Deare for debt of 291 lbs of tobacc

Witnesses


Court Finding

Deare ordered to pay

Source

LIV 103; Liber B fol. 30



Attorney Name

Carlien

Henry

Appointee Name

Faster

Henry

Date of Suit

3/2/1656

Type of Suit

sue John Deare for delivery of 4 cows

Witnesses


Court Finding

Deare ordered to deliver cows

Source

LIV 103, Liber B folio 30



Attorney Name

Carlien

Henry

Appointee Name

Wickes

Henry

Date of Suit

3/2/1656

Type of Suit

Wickes sued by Thomas Ringgold for corn, also sues for slander, Carlien asks for a reference to Provincial Court

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 103-4; Liber B folio 30



Attorney Name

Carlien

Henry

Appointee Name

Hill

Henry

Date of Suit

2/2/1656

Type of Suit

sue Thomas Ward for 120 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses


Court Finding

ordered to pay (Ward then sued Hill for 55 lbs of tobacco which Hill was ordered to pay)

Source

LIV 85; Liber B folio 6



Attorney Name

Carline

Henry

Appointee Name

Hawkins

Henry

Date of Suit

6/30/1656; 11/30/1655

Type of Suit

represents Hawkins in a cattle sale and a servant sale

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 67-68



Attorney Name

Coniers

Phillip

Appointee Name

Webb

Phillip

Date of Suit

10/29/1655

Type of Suit

Coniers lays attachment against estate of Hen Carline for 697 lb of tobacco

Witnesses


Court Finding

Court orders payment

Source

LIV 33; Liber a Folio 103



Attorney Name

Coursey

Henry

Appointee Name

Harris and Croscombe

Henry

Date of Suit

11/24/1668

Type of Suit

suit for 975 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses


Court Finding

finds in plaintiffs favor

Source

LIV 252



Attorney Name

Coursey

William

Appointee Name

Salter

William

Date of Suit

5/1661

Type of Suit

action against the estate of Gey Knwowles for 350 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses

Anthony Griffen witnesses appointment

Court Finding


Source

LIV 223



Attorney Name

Crouch

George

Appointee Name

Lee

George

Date of Suit

7/28/1651

Type of Suit

"to hire Lett and dispose of my Plantation as he shall think fitt and what he shall do in the premisses I promise to be Content therewithall"

Witnesses

Walter Smith; Hannah Lee is married to Hugh Lee, former wife of Robert Huett

Court Finding


Source

LIV 11; Liber A folio 65



Attorney Name

Currer

John (nephew)

Appointee Name

Currer

John (nephew)

Date of Suit

11/14/1669

Type of Suit

appointed to collect debt from John Wright, Currer is from London

Witnesses

Tho Truman, William Currer

Court Finding


Source

LIV 259-260



Attorney Name

de la Roch

Charles

Appointee Name

Tilghman of Talbot

Charles

Date of Suit

11/22/1670

Type of Suit

debt owed him by George Lancaster and Arthur Ginn

Witnesses

John Keelee, Cornelius Comegys witnessed appointment of attorney

Court Finding

payment with costs

Source

LIV 300, 303



Attorney Name

de la Roche of kent

Charles

Appointee Name

Cooper of Talbot

Charles

Date of Suit

1/24/1670-71

Type of Suit

to collect tobacco due him and prosecute those in debt

Witnesses

John Wright, Laurance Arnell

Court Finding


Source

LIV 310



Attorney Name

Dunn

Robert

Appointee Name

Palmer

Robert

Date of Suit

3/19/1667

Type of Suit

appoints to collect debts and prosecute on his behalf, also mentions William Bishop as partner in last phrase

Witnesses

francis Gill, Ninan Beall

Court Finding


Source

LIV 244



Attorney Name

Dunn

Robert

Appointee Name

Sutton, ship's surgeon

Robert

Date of Suit

4/18/1667

Type of Suit

to collect debts; Sutton is surgeon on the ship King Solloman, Ezekiel Croscombe, commander

Witnesses

John Ingram, Thomas Cooper

Court Finding


Source

LIV 298



Attorney Name

Dunn

Robert

Appointee Name

Steuenson of Kent, England

Robert

Date of Suit

9/27/1670

Type of Suit

to collect debts and sue debtors

Witnesses

Thomas Cooper, Griffen Steuens

Court Finding


Source

LIV 298



Attorney Name

Goodhand

Christopher

Appointee Name

Pyne

Christopher

Date of Suit

11/22/1670

Type of Suit

Jeane Griffen sues for delivery of a bill of Richard Howards made out to Capt. John Vicaris

Witnesses

Pyne identifies Goodhand as his "well beloved seruant"; use this description of an attorney, describes him as his stuard and gives him full power over his estate and all its business, appointed 10/11/1670

Court Finding

Court orders it delivered to her

Source

LIV 302-4



Attorney Name

Gouldhawke

George

Appointee Name

Chitcherly

George

Date of Suit

9/29/1668

Type of Suit

Chitcherly acknowledges Gouldhawke as his attorney in court in a suit against John Wright

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 249



Attorney Name

Granger

William

Appointee Name

Hillson

William

Date of Suit

11/22/1670

Type of Suit

debt owed by Richard Harrington

Witnesses


Court Finding

payment with costs

Source

LIV 300



Attorney Name

Granger

William

Appointee Name

Hillson of London, marriner

William

Date of Suit

11/2/1670

Type of Suit

to recover debt, imprison and free once paid

Witnesses

Beniamin Groue, William Currer

Court Finding


Source

LIV 304



Attorney Name

Griffen

Anthony

Appointee Name

Salter

Anthony

Date of Suit

7/27/1661

Type of Suit

appoints him attorney to recover debts owed to her estate

Witnesses

John Newman; Attwell Bodwell mark; Salter mark

Court Finding


Source

LIV 220



Attorney Name

Harris

Sarah (his wife)

Appointee Name

Harris

Sarah (his wife)

Date of Suit

11/21/1670

Type of Suit

debt owed to Charles de la Roch

Witnesses

Hneri Cragg

Court Finding

payment with costs

Source

LIV 300, 304



Attorney Name

Head

Essabella (wife)

Appointee Name

Head

Essabella (wife)

Date of Suit

11/1669

Type of Suit

sue for debt from Winchester's estate

Witnesses


Court Finding

payment from estate

Source

LIV 278



Attorney Name

Hinson

Thomas

Appointee Name

Horner

Thomas

Date of Suit

10/29/55

Type of Suit

Horner sues 3 Swedes for 350 lbs of tobacco for work done

Witnesses


Court Finding

Court orders payment to Horner

Source

LIV 31; Liber A folio 102



Attorney Name

Hinson

Thomas

Appointee Name

Marsh

Thomas

Date of Suit

1/1/1655

Type of Suit

debt against estate of Valerus Leo for 1228 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses


Court Finding

estate ordered to pay

Source

LIV 43; Liber A folio 111



Attorney Name

Hinson

Thomas

Appointee Name

Utie

Thomas

Date of Suit

2/2/1656

Type of Suit

sue John Raby for debt of 849 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses


Court Finding

court orders payment

Source

LIV 83; Liber B folio 5



Attorney Name

Hinson

Thomas

Appointee Name

Ringgold

Thomas

Date of Suit

11/29/1655

Type of Suit

Ringgold sued by Henry Carline for 282 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses


Court Finding

Court orders payment of 134 lbs of tobacco

Source

LIV 35



Attorney Name

Howard

Henry

Appointee Name

Thurston

Henry

Date of Suit

6/29/1669

Type of Suit

debt against estate of Edmund Burton, appointed on 6/16/1669

Witnesses

Edward Burton, adminstrator, admits debt; witnesses to appointment include Geo Skipwith and Edward Skidmore

Court Finding

estate ordered to pay debt

Source

LIV 264-5



Attorney Name

Ingram

John

Appointee Name

Clemons

John

Date of Suit

11/22/1670

Type of Suit

debt collection

Witnesses


Court Finding

payment by defendant with costs

Source

LIV 299



Attorney Name

Ingram

John

Appointee Name

Clemons of Talbot

John

Date of Suit

11/2/1670

Type of Suit

for recovery of debt from Richard More

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 304



Attorney Name

Keeley

John

Appointee Name

Smith

John

Date of Suit

11/22/1670

Type of Suit

plaintiff in slander suit against Katherine Wright, something to do with hog theft?

Witnesses


Court Finding

non suit, not proved

Source

LIV 301



Attorney Name

Leake

Edward

Appointee Name

Brent of Virginia

Edward

Date of Suit

5/7/1669

Type of Suit

appoints Leake to demand rents due her at Kent Manor and to make lawsuits to recover them, and to give receipts for what he receives

Witnesses

John Eglon, Arthur Wright

Court Finding

registers appointment

Source

LIV 273



Attorney Name

Lt. Hinson

Thomas?

Appointee Name

Deare

Thomas?

Date of Suit


Type of Suit

slander action against Nicholas Broune

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source




Attorney Name

Miller

Michell

Appointee Name

Wright

Michell

Date of Suit

11/22/1670

Type of Suit

defendant in slander suit by Mathias Smith, something to do with hog theft or non-delivery to Richard More?

Witnesses


Court Finding

non-suit, not proved

Source

LIV 301



Attorney Name

Miller

Michael

Appointee Name

Stedman

Michael

Date of Suit

6/27/1671

Type of Suit


Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 315



Attorney Name

Miller

Michael

Appointee Name

De County

Michael

Date of Suit

1/25/1670-71

Type of Suit


Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 306



Attorney Name

Miller

Michael

Appointee Name

Magisson

Michael

Date of Suit

1/25/1670-71

Type of Suit


Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 308



Attorney Name

Miller

Michael

Appointee Name

Baxter

Michael

Date of Suit

6/27/1671

Type of Suit


Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 315



Attorney Name

Miller

Michael

Appointee Name

Moy

Michael

Date of Suit

8/24/1675

Type of Suit

debt of 455 lbs of tobacco due from John Wells

Witnesses


Court Finding

defendant ordered to pay after confession

Source

LIV 319



Attorney Name

Miller

Michael

Appointee Name

Mitchell

Michael

Date of Suit

8/24/1675

Type of Suit

trespass

Witnesses


Court Finding

referred to next court because defendant Jeremiah Eaton, nor his attorney Arthur Wright appeared

Source

LIV 319



Attorney Name

Miller

Michell

Appointee Name

Griffen

Michell

Date of Suit

11/22/1670

Type of Suit

collect a bill of Richard Howards that was made payable to Capt. John Vicaris and belongs to her

Witnesses


Court Finding

orders bill delivered and costs of suit to Francis Pyne, defendant

Source

LIV 302



Attorney Name

Miller

Michael

Appointee Name

Towrson

Michael

Date of Suit

1/25/1670-71

Type of Suit


Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 308



Attorney Name

Miller of Talbot

Michael

Appointee Name

Leake of Kent

Michael

Date of Suit

1/19/1670-71

Type of Suit

to recover debts

Witnesses

Will Hemsley, Isaac Winchester

Court Finding


Source

LIV 309-310



Attorney Name

Morgan

Henry

Appointee Name

Browne

Henry

Date of Suit

1/21/1660

Type of Suit


Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 197



Attorney Name

Morgan

Henry?

Appointee Name

Knight

Henry?

Date of Suit

4/25/1655

Type of Suit

debt against estate of Robert Short, Mr. Conier as admin. of estate

Witnesses


Court Finding

bill found non authentic

Source

LIV 26



Attorney Name

Nash

Alexander

Appointee Name

Marsh

Alexander

Date of Suit

1/26/1669

Type of Suit

sues for debt against Richard Pether, John Winchester Sr., Thomas Ringgold, William Head, John Vicarage, Edward Hull

Witnesses

full description of appointment of attorney given LIV 257

Court Finding

finds for plaintiff

Source

LIV 254, 257



Attorney Name

Nash

Ann

Appointee Name

Nash

Ann

Date of Suit

4/20/1670

Type of Suit

to recover debts

Witnesses

John Cooper, Christopher Goodhand

Court Finding


Source

LIV 290



Attorney Name

Reade

Matthew

Appointee Name

Horwood

Matthew

Date of Suit

9/1/1658

Type of Suit

sue for debt against Robert Gamer 600 lbs of tobacco

Witnesses


Court Finding

brings suit

Source

LIV 140: Liber B folio 42



Attorney Name

Reade

Matthew

Appointee Name

Griffin

Matthew

Date of Suit

1/9/59-60

Type of Suit

appoint Read to collect debt from John Erickson

Witnesses

John Cowrsey and Jn Derous?

Court Finding

court ordered Erickson to pay

Source

LIV 182-183



Attorney Name

Ringgold

Thomas

Appointee Name

Boreman

Thomas

Date of Suit

1/20/1658; 7/20/1658

Type of Suit

Ringgold suing John Deare for non-delivery of stock of cattle but failed to bring any testimony to court, case dismissed

Witnesses

Ringgold testified he brought cattle of Boreman which were left in Deare's care, says he can't get possession from Deare, Abraham Holeman said Deare told him he had a 2 cows and a heifer of Boreman's.

Court Finding


Source

LIV 136; Liber B folio39



Attorney Name

Russell

John

Appointee Name

Burage

John

Date of Suit

2/8/1659

Type of Suit

Burage is of Anne Arundel County and appoints Russell to act on his behalf in Bradnox's suit for 3000 lbs of tobacco for the care of a child

Witnesses

William Hemsley and Steeuen Benson (mark)

Court Finding


Source

LIV 184-85



Attorney Name

Russell

Capt.

Appointee Name

Ward

Capt.

Date of Suit

11/29/1655

Type of Suit

Ward sued by Henry Carline and Francis Barnes for debt, asks for reference;

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 36-37



Attorney Name

Steward

Charles

Appointee Name

Floyd

Charles

Date of Suit

2/26/1667

Type of Suit

appoint Steward his atty to collect debts on Island of Kent

Witnesses

John tassell and Toby Wells

Court Finding


Source

LIV 243



Attorney Name

Vaughan

Capt. Robert

Appointee Name

Abbott

Capt. Robert

Date of Suit

7/1/1656

Type of Suit

debt suit against John Deare

Witnesses


Court Finding

orders payment from deare

Source

LIV 64



Attorney Name

Vicaris

John

Appointee Name

Scale

John

Date of Suit

3/31/1668

Type of Suit

acknowledges Vicaris as her atty in open court with her husband's approval; Katherine scale sued by Toby Wells for slander; Court doesn't find it actionable, grants nonsuit with costs

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 242



Attorney Name

Wade

Zachary

Appointee Name

Brent

Zachary

Date of Suit

1/13/1648

Type of Suit

"to sue for, recover, and receive all debts belingin unto me, and also to deamdn the Lord Propretary his rent corn, and to give discharge for the same"

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 3, liber A folio 14



Attorney Name

Weekes

Joseph

Appointee Name

Leeke

Joseph

Date of Suit

4/1/1661

Type of Suit

appts Weekes to collect his debts and represent him in Kent County as he is from Rhode Island; suit against John Browne

Witnesses

William Piper testifies about a deal with Leeke

Court Finding

referenced to another court date

Source

LIV 209



Attorney Name

Weekes

Joseph

Appointee Name

Baytman

Joseph

Date of Suit

1/5/1669/70

Type of Suit

suit for debt against John and William True

Witnesses


Court Finding

payment with costs

Source

LIV 279



Attorney Name

Weekes

Joseph

Appointee Name

Mustian

Joseph

Date of Suit

3/30/1669

Type of Suit

Capt. John Vicaris sues Mustian for debt

Witnesses


Court Finding

orders payment with costs

Source

LIV 258



Attorney Name

Weekes

Joseph

Appointee Name

Sprye

Joseph

Date of Suit

10/1/1661

Type of Suit

asks to appear in court on his and his wife's behalf because they are too sick to appear; suing William Hambleton for the cure of his wife by Mrs. Spry

Witnesses

depositions by Mr. Penington, subpoenas for Katheren Coursey and John Morgan

Court Finding

Court finds that she was cured and orders payment of 600 lbs of tobacco

Source

LIV 230



Attorney Name

Wells

Tobyas

Appointee Name

Davis

Tobyas

Date of Suit

1/25/1670-71

Type of Suit

assault and battery against Francis Oyne

Witnesses


Court Finding

no cause of account being produced the Court granted a non suit with costs (to plt?)

Source

LIV 307



Attorney Name

Wells

Tobyas

Appointee Name

Burton

Tobyas

Date of Suit

6/27/1671

Type of Suit


Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 314



Attorney Name

Wells

Tobyas

Appointee Name

Eaton

Tobyas

Date of Suit

8/23/1670

Type of Suit

debt owed by William Pledge and by John Morgan

Witnesses

John Rye

Court Finding


Source

LIV 294



Attorney Name

Wells

Tobyas

Appointee Name

King

Tobyas

Date of Suit

1/25/1670-71

Type of Suit


Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 308



Attorney Name

Wethers

Samuell

Appointee Name

Conner

Samuell

Date of Suit

1/21/1660

Type of Suit

sues Morgan Williams for enticing away a servant

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 196



Attorney Name

Wethers

Sammuell

Appointee Name

Browne

Sammuell

Date of Suit

10/1661

Type of Suit

appoint Wethers to collect debts owed to him in Arundel or Kent; Browne is from New England

Witnesses


Court Finding


Source

LIV 209



Attorney Name

Wickes

Joseph

Appointee Name

Batteman of Talbot

Joseph

Date of Suit

11/18/1669

Type of Suit

to collect debts from John and William True, Edward Browne, John Weadg, Toby Wells

Witnesses

John Tassell, James Cowlee

Court Finding


Source

LIV 281



Attorney Name

Wicks

Joseph

Appointee Name

Bateman

Joseph

Date of Suit

1/25/1670-71

Type of Suit

debt of 380 lbs of tobacco by Tobyas Well

Witnesses


Court Finding

payment with costs

Source

LIV 307



Attorney Name

Wilson

Robert

Appointee Name

Yate of Anne Arundel

Robert

Date of Suit

11/28/1669

Type of Suit

collect debt from George Harris

Witnesses

Francis Waters, John Shearing

Court Finding


Source

LIV 282





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