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Kent County Court Records
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

Bradnox

Thomas

Defendant Name

Mannering

Margret (servant)

Date

11/18/1657

Slanerous Statement

Mannering accused Bradnox of raping her while she was his servant

Payment Demanded


Court Finding

court orders her to receive ten lashes on her bare back to be administered by an office

Witnesses

Court examined Mannering and she admitted she lied about the rape; Mannering is now Thomas South's maidservant

Source

LIV 122; Liber B folio 20



Plaintiff Name

Burton

Edward

Defendant Name

King

Samuel and Ellenor

Date

8/23/1670

Slanerous Statement

King called the plaintiff a hog stealer and said she would prove him so and she now came into open court saying that what she sd was out of passion and asked forgiveness for the same of the plaintiff which he accepted

Payment Demanded


Court Finding

defendant to pay costs of suit

Witnesses


Source

LIV 293



Plaintiff Name

Carline

Henery

Defendant Name

Broadnox

Mrs. Thomas

Date

1/1/1655

Slanerous Statement

Action of deffamation; Anthony Calloway gives deposition (2/1/56) of story Mrs. Brodnox told Mr. Ringgold about Carline sleeping with a woman at Capt. Fleets house, disowning his wife and carrying on with servant girl and being banished from Rappahannock

Payment Demanded


Court Finding

referenced to next court

Witnesses

Carline produces two witnesses

Source

LVI 42, 55, 56



Plaintiff Name

Chapman

Robert

Defendant Name

Lewis

Eliz

Date

8/28/1671

Slanerous Statement


Payment Demanded


Court Finding

referenced to next court

Witnesses


Source

LIV 316



Plaintiff Name

Deare

John

Defendant Name

Broune

Nicholas

Date

4/25/1655

Slanerous Statement

"it hath appeard by three suffissient wittneses tht the sd mr Nicolas Broune hath slandred the sd Jn Dear, in saying tht hee was a Theiffe, & tht hee had stollen mr Littletons plate"; Broune appeals Court decision to Provincial Court

Payment Demanded


Court Finding

said Broune had to ask Dear's forgiveness in open court and pay 500 lbs in tobacco and cask as reparation of the plaintiff's credit and 500 lbs for public uses to be paid to the sheriff; Court allows appeal w/security of treble damages

Witnesses


Source

LVI 26



Plaintiff Name

Deare

John

Defendant Name

Broune

Nicholas

Date

4/25/1655

Slanerous Statement

Action of slander, agst his wiffe; Broune appeals Court decision to Provincial Court;Court allows appeal w/security of treble damages

Payment Demanded

"Fine of three hundred pounds of tobacco in Caske towards the Reperation of the plaintiffs Credit with Court Charges"

Court Finding

"the slander is euident & aparant . . . Broune shall in open Court aske Forgiuenes, of the sd Deares wife, & acknow his Offence, & shall pay a Fine of three hundred pounds of tobacco in Caske towards the Reperation of the plaintiffs Credit with Court Char

Witnesses

proued by two witnesses

Source

LVI 26



Plaintiff Name

Griffin

Antho:

Defendant Name

Hull

Edd

Date

3/1/1658-9?

Slanerous Statement

for open lyer and defamer

Payment Demanded


Court Finding

charge not proven, plaintiff to pay court costs

Witnesses


Source

LIV 158: Liber B folio 52



Plaintiff Name

Hinson

Mr.

Defendant Name

Reed

Matthew

Date

12/2/1656

Slanerous Statement

"Reed did villifie Mr Hsinson in saying he ether gott his liueing by Cheating & Cossening or by sharking and Cossoning": Ilive reported reed said "Hinson Did gitt his liuing vy shfting sharking And Cossoning", Henry Clay affirmed the same

Payment Demanded


Court Finding

ordered to pay 500 lbs of good tob in lead and cast to repair Hinson's credit and that he acknowledge his office in open court or else remain in the sheriff's hands

Witnesses

Thomas South; Isack Iliue; Henery Clay

Source

LVI 78, 84



Plaintiff Name

Kent County Court


Defendant Name

Hues

Valentine

Date

3/22/1669/70

Slanerous Statement

"scandelous words spoaken agt the Comishoners of Kent County in a very unsemly mannor: the wch he accknowledging in open Court And desireing to be Forgiuen for his missdemeanor"

Payment Demanded


Court Finding

Court "out of theyer Clemency doth remitt his Offence, and only Orders him to pay Costs of sute"

Witnesses


Source

LIV 286



Plaintiff Name

Murell

Gregory

Defendant Name

Griffin

Antho:

Date

1/15/1658-9

Slanerous Statement

an action of slander with 3 suppenes

Payment Demanded


Court Finding


Witnesses


Source

LIV 153: Liber B folio 49



Plaintiff Name

Murell

Gregory

Defendant Name

Hull

Edd

Date

12/15/1658

Slanerous Statement


Payment Demanded


Court Finding

Court found there was no cause for the suit and dismissed it

Witnesses


Source

LIV 149: Liber B folio 47



Plaintiff Name

Price

William

Defendant Name

Martin

Elizabeth (wife of Robt)

Date

9/1/1656

Slanerous Statement

"defamed him by calling his a Periured Rogue"; she said this after asking about an oath Price took against her that she was in bed with Henry Ashley

Payment Demanded

Robert Martin appealed this court decision in October 1656 saying the defamation was his wife's weakness and not his and that he couldn't afford the fine, Court forgave the 300 lbs for public use (LVI 74)

Court Finding

"deffendant shall apy to the sd WmPrice For the Repearation of his Credite three hundred pounds of tob in Caske, or acknowlegde her Offence and aske the plaintiffe Forgiunes in Open Court, & for a Fine shall pay" 300 lbs of tob in cask for public use

Witnesses

Thomas Hill (52); Thomas South (38)

Source

LVI 69-70, 74



Plaintiff Name

Reed

Mathew

Defendant Name

Hynson and South

Thomas

Date

2/2/1656

Slanerous Statement

"Math Reed being at Mr Souths house Cald math Reed Knaue And sh he would proue him soe"

Payment Demanded

Reed complains to Nov. 19, 1657 court that Thomas. Hyson injured him by not resolving slander issue; Court finds in Reed's complaint that Hynson injured him "hath acknowlged that itt was her error & neggleckt in not fully expresing in the sd oath

Court Finding

Court ordered South to confess and acknowledge offense in open court, to repair Cranie Bridge so it could be passed over at all tides and to keep it that way for 1 year and to pay the cost of the suit

Witnesses

Elizabeth Clay (34); Henry Clay and Isack Iliue

Source

LVI 90-91; 103



Plaintiff Name

Ringgold

John or Thomas?

Defendant Name

Wickes

Joseph

Date

2/2/1657

Slanerous Statement

when Ringgold insulted Wickes regarding his bastard child, Wickes returned with statement that Ringgold stole a hog from Valerus Leo; lots of testimony

Payment Demanded


Court Finding

referenced to Provincial Court on 3/2/1657

Witnesses

Ann Hinson (43); Thomas South; John Salter; John Ringgold; James Rigby; Robert Vaughan; Henry Morgan?

Source

LIV 85-86, 104



Plaintiff Name

Ringould

Jeames

Defendant Name

Smith

Will

Date

8/28/1671

Slanerous Statement


Payment Demanded


Court Finding

"the dft asking pardon on his knees the plt did pardon him the twenty stripes the wich he was adiudged by the Cort to haye"

Witnesses


Source

LIV 316



Plaintiff Name

Smith

Mathias

Defendant Name

Wright

Katherine

Date

11/22/1670

Slanerous Statement

could it have anything to do with the charge that Mathias Smith did not deliver hogs to Richard More that he bought? LIV 301

Payment Demanded


Court Finding

plaintiff does not prove his suit so court grants a write of abatement with nonsuit, plaintiff to pay costs of the suit?

Witnesses


Source

LIV 301



Plaintiff Name

True

John

Defendant Name

Harris

George

Date

6/28/1670

Slanerous Statement


Payment Demanded

defendant ordered to pay 350 lbs of tobacco

Court Finding

plaintiff doesn’t prove charge, ordered to pay costs after defendant requests abatement of writ for nonsuit; after debate sent to a jury which decides in favor of the plaintiff

Witnesses

JURY: James Ringgold, John Dabb, Henry Carter, John Winchester, Alexander Walters, Edward Joanes, George Gouldhawke, John Cooper, Charles Stuard, Ralph Blackhall, Willaim Yeamans, Jeremiah Eaton

Source

LIV 288, 296



Plaintiff Name

Vaughan

Capt. Robert

Defendant Name

Laut

William

Date

1/29/1648

Slanerous Statement

"uttered divers reviling, and upbraiding speeches against the person of the said Capt. Vaughan, and his authority, full of insolency, arroganacy, and pride, inciting and animating thereby those people committed tom his charge to sedition and rebellion..

Payment Demanded

"the said Laut may be censured and punished, as the foulness therof shall by this Court be found to deserve"

Court Finding

"ordered, that th Defendant should confess himself srry for his fact commited in open Court and the action to be dismissed"

Witnesses


Source

LVI 2



Plaintiff Name

Winchester

John

Defendant Name

Commins

Edward

Date

1/3/1647

Slanerous Statement

"in an action of slander"; an insult to Winchester's wife?

Payment Demanded

5000 lbs of tobacco and cask

Court Finding

Warrant granted; "The Court ordereth that the defendant shall ask the Wife of the plaintiff forgiveness in open court, for the slander, and likewise to pay the woman 500 lbs of tobacco and cask in satisfaction, with Court charges"

Witnesses


Source

LVI 1-2





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