Coleman, Cluverius: Petition, Mecklenburg County
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At a Court of Oyer and Terminer held at the Courthouse of Mecklenburg County on Tuesday the 28th day of August 1787 for the trial of Daniel a negro Man slave belonging to Cluverius Coleman for feloniously burning the Barn of John Thompson with a considerable quantity of tobacco therein, also for feloniously entering in the night time the Smoak House of Robert Allen and stealing thereout Bacon, flour and Bread of the value of five shillings Present Samual Dedman Clausel Clausal Edward Finch William Hepburn and Will G. Baptist } Gent Justices The said Daniel was led to [the?] bar in custody of the sheriff of this County to whose custody for the cause aforesaid he was committed and being arraigned of the Felony above mentioned he said he was in no wise thereof guilty and for his trial according to the Act of Assembly in such case made he put himself upon the Court. Whereupon sundry Witness were sworn charged and examined and the said Daniel heard in his own defence. On consideration whereof it is the opinion of the Court that the said Daniel is Guilty of the felony aforesaid and thereupon It being demanded of him if any thing for himself he had or knew to say why that court to Judgment and execution against him of and upon the premises should not proceed, he said he had nothing but what he had before said Therefore It is considered by the court that he be hanged by the Neck until he be dead; and it is commanded the sheriff that he cause execution of this Judgment to be done on Friday the twenty eighth day of next month between the Hours of twelve and one oClock in the Afternoon, at the Gallows to be erected for that purpose by the Sheriff. The court also value the said Daniel to eighty two pounds current money The minutes of these proceedings were signed Saml Dedman A Copy Teste W Baskerville Ded: