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Stafford County (Va.) Court Records, Order Book, page 123

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123 June Court, 1751, 123

of Stafford County hold Court, is his, & farther saith not. Hugh Adie.

William Adie of Stafford County aged 22 years, or thereabouts being sworn & examined, deposeth & saith, that on Saturday the 8th of this Instant sometime in the Evening he left Stafford Court House having first locked two Chests in the House the Justices of Stafford hold Court in, & then locked the Door, & upon this Deponents, Returning the Monday following found the House, & the Chest brake open in one of which Chests this Deponant & his Uncle had some Cloths [Clothes] which he found missing & that one of the Waistcoats & the Shirt the Prisoner hath on is his, & the other Waistcoat is his Uncle's, & that the Handkerchief, & Hat in the sd.Holt's Custody is his, & that the Handkerchief & Cap found on him he believes to be his, & were taken out of one of the Chests which he left locked. Wm Adie.

The Examination of George Picher [Pilcher] aged about 21 years of Stafford County taken before me. John Mercer Gent. one of his Majesties Justices of the peace for the sd. County the 10th day of June 1751 touching divers Felonies with which John Holt stands charged. The sd. George Pilcher being first sworn on the Holy Evangelist, & examined deposeth & saith, "That being informed that a white Man who was suspected to be runaway was seen about Mr. Waugh's Plantation he went this Morning in Pursuit of him & meeting the sd. John Holt told him he believed he was a Runaway which the sd. Hold confessed, & that he belonged to Moses Grigsby, & the sd. John Holt confessed to him likewise that he had stolen the Cloaths he had on & about him to wit two Jacketts, a Shirt, a Hat a Cap & three linen Handkerchiefs out of a Chest in the old House where the Justices of Stafford, sit, & hold Court by straining the Lid of it open, & added that he had done worse, upon which this Deponent told him he supposed he had burnt the Court House which at first the sd. John Holt denied but afterwards acknowledged that thereupon this Deponent took him up, & brought him before me, & further saith not. the mk. [mark] George P. Pilcher

The Examination of John Holt Runaway Sert. Man belonging (as he sais [says]) to Moses Grigsby of Stafford County taken before me John Mercer of his Majys Justices of the Peace for the sd. County this 11th day of June 1751.