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Whitticoe, James : Commonwealth Cause, Caroline County

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At a Court Called & held for Caroline County, at the Courthouse, on the 23d day of July 1821 for the examination of James Whitticoe Charged with being an accessary to a rape committed on the Body of Betsy F Gray by John Tyre a free man of colour

The said James Whitticoe was this day led to the Bar in custody of the sheriff of this county, & for reasons appearing to the court, the examination of the said prisoner is deferred until the next court; and thereupon he is remanded to Jail.

At a Court of Quarterly session held for Caroline County at the Courthouse on Monday the 13th day of August 1821. The Court called for the examination of James Whitticoe charged with being an accessary, before the fact, to a rape feloniously committed on the body of Betsy F Gray by John Tyre a free man of colour, having adjourned the examination over to court in course was this day led to the bar in custody of the sheriff of this county and sundry witnesses being sworn & examined, and arguments of counsel as well for the Commonwealth as for the prisoner at the Bar being heard, the Court is of opinion that the said Prisoner ought to undergo a trial for the said offence at the next Superior Court of Law to be holden for this county in October next & thereupon the said Prisoner is remanded to Jail. Thompson Samuel a witness sworn on behalf of the Commonwealth deposed, that he was reaping wheat in Whitticoes wheat field with the prisoner & others when he heard Whitticoe tell John Tyre that he had a variance with Mrs. Gray and that he must have revenge and that at a subsequent conversation heard Whitticoe tell the said John Tyre he must go with him for, that he would have revenge. That on the morning after, he heard the said John Tyre say, he was very sorry for what he had done the night before. The witness askd the said John Tyre if it was what he had committed that he heard Whittico telling him to do the evening before, the said john Tyre replied that it was The Court is of opinion that the said James Whitticoe may give bail for his personal appearance before the next Superior court of Law for this county to undergo a trial for the said offence before two magistrates, the said Whittico in the sum of $100 & two securities in the sum of $20 each