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

Transcribed and compiled by Dr. Alexa Cawley, Ph.D.






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Plaintiff Name



Defendant Name

Raby

Sarah

Court Date

4/1/1661

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

appeals for clothes and bedding because of her poverty

Source

LIV 212

Witnesses


Resolution


Details 1

"your petir being left in A Destitute Conditione as may Apeare to your worships your pettir humbly Craues she may Inioy hur wareing Clothes and hur Bedinge and she shall euer pray"

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Plaintiff Name



Defendant Name

Lovely

Deliverance

Court Date

11/1/1659

Debt Owed

cost of suit

Type of Complaint

lack of planting of 1/2 acre of corn

Source

LIV 170, 172

Witnesses


Resolution

Court finds that it was not willful neglect and orders him to pay the cost of the suit

Details 1


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Plaintiff Name



Defendant Name

Baxter

Mary

Court Date

2/7/1657

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

drunkenness and abuse

Source

LIV 87-88

Witnesses

Ann Murell (35)

Resolution

what is this really about? where are her boys and what does John Ereckson have to do with it?

Details 1

at beginning of January she was at Edward Copedges house on Sunday and Mary Baxter told Mrs. Copedge she would give her a dram and Mrs. Copedge said that she should not for she would giue her a Dram and brough some out in a pint poot; Edward Copedge went

Details 2

fetched some also and so did Mary Baxter; after they drank it Mrs. Hinson and Mrs. Morgan came and Mary said she would fetch more but they persuaded her not but that she should carry it whom (home?) to her husband and children; after they were gone she

Details 3

abused Mrs. Hinsons children and railed upon her neighbors and did swear very desperiately many oaths and said that she wuld give John Ereckson 1000 wayet of tobacco to get her 2 boys

Details 4




Plaintiff Name

Broadnox

Thomas

Defendant Name

Smith

John

Court Date

5/1/1656

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

turkey theft

Source

LIV 60

Witnesses

Thomas Wetherill, George Hall

Resolution


Details 1

Broadnox told Witherall he had lost a turkey, Witherell told him that John Smith had killed a turkey that morning, Broadnox said his turkey was alive when George Hall came to his house at noon, Bradnox heard a gun at the head of the spring after Hall left

Details 2

Witherell said it couldn't be your turkey because Smith killed his turkey in the morning; George Hall testifies to the same

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

Conner

Mrs

Defendant Name

Williams

Morgan

Court Date

1/19/1660

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

enticement of servant

Source

LIV 194, 196

Witnesses


Resolution

the Court doth order that the boy shall be free according to Indent" referred for further proof from Morgan

Details 1

sued for enticing servant away and also said that Morgan sold him for 8 years "which the said seruants Indenture thn beinge produced in Cort"; delivers indenture in Court and swears it was the same indenture delivered to him by his atty when he bought the

Details 2

servant

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Plaintiff Name

Constable Henry Downs


Defendant Name

Willkins

Mary

Court Date

6/29/1669

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

bastardy and slander

Source

LIV 264

Witnesses


Resolution

Wilkins ordered to pay for unkeep of child and to receive 30 lashes for slander against Vicaris

Details 1

Wilkins not able to prove the father, although she slandered Capt. Vicaris by saying he was the father

Details 2

warrant issued at court for Constable of upper Hundred to bring Wilkins to court to receive her punishment and to come to next court to answer charge of leaving court without the Court's knowledge or license

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

County Court


Defendant Name

Elliott

William

Court Date

6/1/1661

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

refusal to be sherriff

Source

LIV 220

Witnesses


Resolution


Details 1

Elliott chosen by inhabitants to be sheriff of the lower hundred but refused to take the oath "for Contiens sake"; Court ordered him taken into cusotody and to put in a security to appear before lawful authority

Details 2

is Elliott a Quaker??

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

Elles

Jo

Defendant Name

Deare

John

Court Date

12/2/1656

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

corn planting

Source

LIV 78

Witnesses


Resolution


Details 1

for Planting no Corne

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

Elles

Jo

Defendant Name

Leeds

William

Court Date

12/2/1656

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

failure to plant corn

Source

LIV 78

Witnesses


Resolution


Details 1

for falling shortt half an Acre

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

Elles

Jo

Defendant Name

Ward

Thomas

Court Date

12/2/1656

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

failure to plant corn

Source

LIV 78

Witnesses


Resolution


Details 1

for want of Planting one acre of corn

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

Elles

Jo

Defendant Name

Russell and Gibson

Capt. and John

Court Date

12/2/1656

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

fighting on Sunday

Source

LIV 78

Witnesses


Resolution


Details 1


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Plaintiff Name

Ereckson

John

Defendant Name

Reade

Mathew

Court Date

6/7/1662

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

maidservant Mary Stedhed pregnant

Source

LIV 233

Witnesses

jury: Mary Brodnox Francis Morgan, Alice Woolman, Mary Conner, Eseasabeth ereckson, Mary Scott, Anne Read, Mary Baxter, Mary Meconicon

Resolution

bond of 5000 lbs for security of child

Details 1

jury of woman called to search for servant to see if she is pregnant; jury didn’t find any signs, but Stedhed complains that she is with child by Reed; Court demands a security, bond of 5000 lbs of tobacco to save the County harmless if the woman's child

Details 2

proves to be Reeds??

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

Goodhand

Christopher

Defendant Name

Davis

William

Court Date

1/26/1670-71, 8/28/1671

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

assault, fight, trespass

Source

LIV 310-311, 316

Witnesses

Roger Price (31); Gabriell Cox (28), Robert Boise

Resolution

Court orders payment of 3000 lbs

Details 1

on New Year's Day, Will Davis went to Pyne to ask for help husking corn, Pyne offered help and sent Davis to his servant Goodhand for a gallon of cider; Pyne's man Boise then came in and said Goodhand and David were on the ground and Goodhand had a bloody

Details 2

lip; comment about Pyne saying to the "wench huddy giue me my clothes presently"; 3/28/1671 dft craves abatement of writ which court grants

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

Gott (constable)

Henry

Defendant Name

Bradnox

Thomas

Court Date

11/1/1659, 12/1/1659

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

drunkenness

Source

LIV 173, 178

Witnesses

deliverance Lovely, John Stoill and Joseph Wickes; further testimony by Nicholas Bradway, Toby Wells

Resolution

Bradnox brings suit against Morgan but court finds slander proved, fined 200 lbs of tob. Then 300 lbs because 2nd offense, 1/2 to proprietor, 1/2 to Morgan

Details 1

3 witnesses reported it to Gott; Lovely testified that he heard John Morgan say that Bradnox came drunk from the Esterne shore and swore like a madman, swore at least 100 oaths and took tobacco stalks and struck his servants; Stoill also testified that

Details 2

Morgan said Bradnox called his master Logerhead puppie and Foole and took up tobacco stalks and would have strucks him and Morgan said he would strike back

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

Gott (Constable)

Henry

Defendant Name

Dickes

Thomas

Court Date

11/1/1659

Debt Owed

100 lbs of tobacco

Type of Complaint

contempt against the govt

Source

LIV 170, 171

Witnesses


Resolution

ordered to pay a fine of 100 lbs of tobacco and the cost of the suit

Details 1

"for denying to Ayde him in his office and refuseinge to let the sd Constable biew his Corne & questioninge the Constables Authority", Dickes claims he denied access to the Constable because of "some prouocking words giuen by the Constable

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

Gott (Constable)

Henry

Defendant Name

Knapp

Robert

Court Date

11/1/1659

Debt Owed

cost of suit

Type of Complaint

drunkeness

Source

LIV 170, 172

Witnesses

Docr William Hemsley

Resolution

Court accepted the constables report but found Knapp not guilty and ordered Hemsley to pay the costs of the suit

Details 1

Hemsley reported the same according to Gott but then denied it in court

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

Gott (Constable)

Henry

Defendant Name

Deere

John

Court Date

11/1//1659

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

lack of planting of 1/2 acre of corn

Source

LIV 170

Witnesses


Resolution


Details 1


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Plaintiff Name

Gott (constable)

Henry

Defendant Name

Pickard

Nicholas

Court Date

11/1/1659

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

drunkeness

Source

LIV 172

Witnesses

John Stoill, William Hemsley and Deliverance Lovely

Resolution

no proof, dismissed

Details 1

"the Euidence say that they heard that Nicholas Pickard was drunk but saw it not"

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

Heath

Thomas

Defendant Name

Appleford

Tobias

Court Date

1/25/1670-71

Debt Owed

2 1/2 barrels of corn

Type of Complaint

trespass

Source

LIV 307

Witnesses


Resolution

orders payment

Details 1

In an accon of trespase uppon the case the Cort findes the deft indebted to the plt two barrells & a half of corn"

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

Hill

Hasidia (19)

Defendant Name

Carlin

Henry

Court Date

10/11/1656

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

misdemeanor, violence

Source

LIV 74-75

Witnesses

Hasidia hill (19), Christian Hill

Resolution

?

Details 1

Hasidia went to Carline's to enquire of a plank for salting and seeing it, took it; Carline attacked him hurling insults, kicking him under the ribs, atttacked him further so that Hill ran home without attending to the cows who needed milking; Christian

Details 2

Hill, Hasidia's mother, testifies to the same; why do the Hill's have their cows at Mr. Carline's?

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

Jenkins

Hannah

Defendant Name

Stephens

John

Court Date

11/24/1668

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

slander

Source

LIV 252

Witnesses


Resolution


Details 1

referenced to next court

Details 2


Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

Lovely

Deliverance

Defendant Name

Ladimore

Roger

Court Date

12/20/0660

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

failure to fix boat

Source


Witnesses

Will Dauise (25); John Sylvester (20)

Resolution

Court says there's no evidence that the boat is spoiled or the work wasn't done; complaint dropped and Lovely to pay costs

Details 1

Dauis said that Ladimore promised to make boa serviceable for 3 years; Sylvester testified that Ladimore promised to mend boat and he did mend some part of the boat and carry it to Lovely's landing and Lovely promised to pay his wages

Details 2

Lovely claims Ladimore didn't fix the boat and now it's spoiled through neglect

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

Lovely

Deliverance

Defendant Name

Ladimore

Roger

Court Date

12/20/1660

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

failure to deliver cask

Source

LIV 190

Witnesses

David Fillips (53); John Siluester (20- Lovely's servant?) James Ringgold (23)

Resolution

Court orders Ladimore to deliver 4 tons of casks and Lovely to pay 100 lbs of tob. Per ton

Details 1

Fillips agreed to make cask for Lovely and his son-in-law but then Lovely and Ladimore agreed to have Ladimore make them thus releasing Fillips from deal; Sylvester testified that Ladimore was to make the cask on Mr. South's or Lovely's land;

Details 2

Ringgold testified that he heard Ladimore promise to make them

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

Lovely

Deliverance

Defendant Name

Murrill

Ann

Court Date

11/1/1659

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

slander?

Source

LIV 170-172

Witnesses

subpoenas Henry Gott and John Siluester

Resolution


Details 1

Lovely withdraws suits against Murill and his wife

Details 2


Details 3


Details 4




Plaintiff Name

Marsh

Mr.

Defendant Name

South

Thomas

Court Date

2/2/1657

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

theft of stilliards

Source

LIV 86-87

Witnesses

Isaac Ilive, James Horner

Resolution

?

Details 1

Ilive: 2 1/2 years ago, he was at Marsh's house and wanted a pair of stilliards to weigh some sugar, Marsh said South had a pair of his and asked Ilive to demand them of South but received no answer; Horner: Horner at thatch house where South lives and

Details 2

Marsh was there lying in a hammock, Marsh demanded his stilliards; South asked to keep them a little longer and would have them whenever Marsh wanted them; Marsh also said he wouldn't sell his adze but keep it for his friends

Details 3

South testified that 4 years earlier he sold Marsh a pair of stillards for 300 lbs of tobacco and a pair of small stilliards which he now has in his possession

Details 4




Plaintiff Name

Salter

John

Defendant Name

Clay

Henry

Court Date

1/21/1660

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

striking tobacco on the Sabbath

Source

LIV 193, 195

Witnesses

Sam Scipwith and Anthony Griffen

Resolution

ordered to pay 15 lbs of tobacco with cost of suit, 1/2 to informer, 1/2 to Proprietor

Details 1

Anthony Griffin saud that Clay came to Salter's house on Sabbath dat and told he had been striking tobacco and at tat time the sun was not down; John Salter affirms the same upon oath verbatum

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

Salter

John

Defendant Name

Murrill

Ann

Court Date

11/1/1659

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

defamacion of his wife (salter's)

Source

LIV 171

Witnesses

Salter subpeonas Elizabeth Lovely

Resolution


Details 1


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Plaintiff Name

Scipwith

Samuell

Defendant Name

Barnes

Francis

Court Date

12/20/1660, 1/21/1660?

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

slander

Source

LIV 193, 196

Witnesses

Elesabeth Gott and Francis Finch

Resolution

plaintiff didn’t appear so suit dismissed

Details 1


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Details 3


Details 4




Plaintiff Name

Sheurty

Hannah

Defendant Name

Harris

George

Court Date

1/25/1670-71

Debt Owed

700 lbs of tobacco

Type of Complaint

trespass; non-payment for service?

Source

LIV 307, 312-313

Witnesses

JURY: Ralph Blakhall, Richard More, Richard Pether, John Dauis, Edward Browne, Edward Joanes, Edward Hull, Charles de la Roche, John Winchester, John Webster, John Ereckson, John Currer

Resolution

Court orders payment of "one Cow calfe and seauen hundred pounds of tobacco" with costs of suit

Details 1

referenced to next court; referred to a jury;Jury finds for the plaintiff, "in consideracon of her seruice according to agreemt one Cow calf and for clothes seauen hundred pounds of tobacco with costs

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

Spurdance

John

Defendant Name

Reede

Matthew

Court Date

1/21/1660; 3/2/1660

Debt Owed

400 lbs of tobacco and cask

Type of Complaint

hurt wrist

Source

LIV 195, 206

Witnesses

Capt Robert Vaughan and Richard Hutchins

Resolution

Reed ordered to pay 400 lbs to Spurdance; Reed ordered to pay costs for nonsuit

Details 1

Reede at Vaughan's house and there was a falling out between Reed and Spurdance and Spurdance got hurt in the wrist, the next morning Vaughan told Reed what he had done and Reed said he was very sorry "but being donne it Could not then be helpt" and other

Details 2

words to that effect; Hutchins swore that he saw Reed on Spurdance the time Spurdance's arm was hurt; he took Reed off him and then took Spurdance behind the house out of sight

Details 3


Details 4




Plaintiff Name

Stanley

William

Defendant Name

Peterson

Mathias

Court Date

9/9/1669

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

unfulfilled contract

Source

LIV 271-272

Witnesses

jury trial,

Resolution

jury finds for defendant, nonsuit with costs to the plaintiff

Details 1

defendant pleads that he fulfilled his bargain with the plaintiff and that upon the same the plaintiff delivered in his condicion, upon the wch for tryall they Cast themselves upon A Jury

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Price

William

Court Date

4/25/1655

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

misbrhavior, drinking, profaning the Sabbath, shooting guns

Source

LIV 27

Witnesses


Resolution

let off for first offense

Details 1

long with John Salter, Mathew Reade, henery Telior, Henery Clay and Marie Croutch; for misbehauior, in deboist drinkinge, pphaning the Sabbath & sume of thm shutinge of, or discarginge gunesm unseasonablie

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Price

William

Court Date

12/1655

Debt Owed

30 lbs of tobacco

Type of Complaint

swearing

Source

LIV 51, 60, ; Liber A folio 115

Witnesses


Resolution

Price to pay 10 lbs for each oath (30 lbs total)

Details 1

charged with Jane Salter of swearing; Price ordered not to live with Salter's after hog theft case

Details 2

5/1/1656 Court: "Wm Price hath made his apearance, to satsfie the law, For his demerite standinge in Open Court, with a paper upon his brest, declaringe his ofence, accordinge to the Order of Court dat Februaries the first 1655

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Salter

Jane (wife of John)

Court Date

12/1655

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

swearing

Source

LIV 51; Liber A folio 115

Witnesses


Resolution

John Salter to pay 10 lbs each for wife's transgressions

Details 1


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Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Rogers

Edward

Court Date

1/1/1655/6 & 5/1/1656

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

shooting on Sunday

Source

LIV 4, 59; Liber A folio 119

Witnesses

Isake Iliue (40 yrs) and James Horner (43 yrs)

Resolution

pleads guilty but said he did not know of the Act of Assembly, forgiven by Court

Details 1

Isake Iliue said Rogers came to his house last October, went into the tobacco house to look for a "steelle tht hee left there & in goinge kild a Turkey" & brought it to Iliue's house,"houldinge his hand on his face, sayd his gune had beat his face, and

Details 2

said to yor depoendent, if you will giue mee two shots of poudr & shot, yu shall haue the turkey & sayd further, I'll goe out againe & yu shall heare mee shoot againse, all this was upon a saboth day; James Horner also testified

Details 3


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Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Vaughan

Capt. Robert

Court Date

1652

Debt Owed

300 lbs of tobacco

Type of Complaint

insolent language in the court

Source

LIV 9; Liber A folio 52

Witnesses


Resolution


Details 1


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Details 3


Details 4




Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Vaughan

Capt. Robert

Court Date

1652

Debt Owed

fine of 600 lbs of tobacco forgiven

Type of Complaint

insulting the court

Source

LIV 9,16; Liber A folio 56,72-3

Witnesses


Resolution

Court forgives him his debt after his apology

Details 1

"insulted the Court by using most 'opprobrious' epithets, bending his 'fist" ver the 'heads' of the Judges and 'swearing' at the Clerk as 'he sat at the table"

Details 2

in his apology Vaughan sights recent afflictions including the loss almost all of his hogs and part of his cattle; asks them to remit the fines

Details 3


Details 4




Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Reade

Mathew

Court Date

4/25/1655

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

misbrhavior, drinking, profaning the Sabbath, shooting guns

Source

LIV 27

Witnesses


Resolution

let off for first offense

Details 1

along with John Salter, Wm. Price, henery Telior, Henery Clay and Marie Croutch; for misbehauior, in deboist drinkinge, pphaning the Sabbath & sume of thm shutinge of, or discarginge gunesm unseasonablie

Details 2


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Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Clay

Henry

Court Date

4/25/1655

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

misbrhavior, drinking, profaning the Sabbath, shooting guns

Source

LIV 27LIV 27

Witnesses


Resolution

let off for first offense

Details 1

long with John Salter, Wm. Price, henery Telior, Mathew Read and Marie Croutch; for misbehauior, in deboist drinkinge, pphaning the Sabbath & sume of thm shutinge of, or discarginge gunesm unseasonablie

Details 2


Details 3


Details 4




Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Telior

Henry

Court Date

4/25/1655

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

misbrhavior, drinking, profaning the Sabbath, shooting guns

Source

LIV 27

Witnesses


Resolution

let off for first offense

Details 1

long with John Salter, Wm. Price, Mathew Reade, Henery Clay and Marie Croutch; for misbehauior, in deboist drinkinge, pphaning the Sabbath & sume of thm shutinge of, or discarginge gunesm unseasonablie

Details 2


Details 3


Details 4




Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Croutch

Marie

Court Date

4/25/1655

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

misbrhavior, drinking, profaning the Sabbath, shooting guns

Source

LIV 27

Witnesses


Resolution

let off for first offense

Details 1

long with John Salter, Wm. Price, henery Telior, Henery Clay and Mathew Read; for misbehauior, in deboist drinkinge, pphaning the Sabbath & sume of thm shutinge of, or discarginge gunesm unseasonablie

Details 2


Details 3


Details 4




Plaintiff Name

the Court


Defendant Name

Salter

John

Court Date

4/25/1655

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

misbrhavior, drinking, profaning the Sabbath, shooting guns

Source

LIV 27

Witnesses


Resolution

let off for first offense

Details 1

long with Mathew Read, Wm. Price, henery Telior, Henery Clay and Marie Croutch; for misbehauior, in deboist drinkinge, pphaning the Sabbath & sume of thm shutinge of, or discarginge gunesm unseasonablie

Details 2


Details 3


Details 4




Plaintiff Name

Wells

Toby

Defendant Name

Scale

Katherine

Court Date

3/31/1668

Debt Owed


Type of Complaint

slander

Source

LIV 242

Witnesses

Scale's atty is John Vicaris

Resolution

"the Court not finding it Actionable granteth a nonsute with costs"

Details 1


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Details 4






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