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Stafford County (Va.) Court Records, Order Book, page 205

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{ 205. February Court, 1753

At a Court held by a Commission of Oyer & Terminer for Stafford County 13th Febry. 1753 A Commission of Oyer & Terminer for the Tryal of Bob a negro Man Slave belonging to Burkett Pratt together with a Dedimus for administering the Oaths, Francis Thornton & Thomas Fitzhugh gentlemen pursuant to the sd. dedimus administered the Oaths to John Mercer Gentleman, who having subscribed the Test & abjuration Oath, administred [sic] the sd. Oaths to the sd. Francis Thornton, Thomas Fitzhugh, Mott Doniphan John Payton, Henry Fitzhugh, William Fitzhugh & John Stuart Gent. who subscribed the Test & abjuration Oath.

Bob a negro Man Slave belonging to Burket Pratt of this County who was committed to the Jail of this County by a Mitimus [Mittimus] under the hand of John Stuart Gent. one of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the County aforsd. was led to the Bar in Custody of the Sheriff & thereupon Mosley Battaley Gent. Deputy attorney of our Lord the King brought into Court an Indictment against the sd. Bob in these Words " Be it remembered that on the 18th day of February in the twenty sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the second by the Grace of God of Great Britain, France, & Ireland King Defender of the Faith &c. that at a Court of Oyer & Terminer held in the County of Stafford at the Court House thereof, Mosley Battaley Gent. Attorney of our said Lord the King in the County aforsd. in that behalf specially deputed came before John Mercer, Mott Doniphan, John Peyton, Peter Daniel, Henry Fitzhugh, Francis Thornton, Thomas Fitzhugh, William Fitzhugh & John Stuart Gent. Justices of our sd. Lord the King by Letters Pattent of our sd. Lord the King to them & others directed under the Seal of this County bearing date at Williamsburg the thirtieth day of January last past pursuant to the Act of Assembly in such Cases made & provided, & giveth the Court to understand & be informed that Bob a negro man Slave belonging to Burkett Pratt of the sd. County of Stafford Planter in the sd. Commission named, on the nineteenth day of January, in the twenty sixth year of the Reign of our sd. Lord the King in the night of the same day with force & arms did feloniously & burglarily break & enter the Mansion House of Elizh. Buckner Widow at the Parish of Saint Pauls in the the County of Stafford aforsd. with an intent feloniously, & burglarily to take steal & carry away the Goods, & Chattles of the sd. Elizabeth Buckner being in the House & then & there with force & arms feloniously & burglarily did take steal & carry away of the Goods & Chattles of the sd. Elizabeth Buckner (that is to say) eleven Pieces of Pork of the Value of sixteen Shillings, & twenty Gallons of Cyder of the Value of fourteen Shillings being in the same House against the Piece ]Peace] of our sd. Lord the King his Crown & Dignity. Wherefore the sd. Mosley Battaley in behalf of our sd. Lord the King, prays that the sd. Slave Bob may be arraigned, & tryed for the sd. Felony & Burglary pursuant to the Act of Assembly aforsd. & may thereof be convicted & Jud[g]ment may pass against him & Execution thereupon awarded. And thereupon the