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Vawter, William: Petition, Orange County

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A court of Oyers and [illegible] held at Orange county court house on Monday the 6th of May 1782

Present Thos. Bell, William Howe, Andw. Shepherd, Thos. Barbour, Johnny South, Callett Condry and Jeremiah White. Gentl. Justices of Oyer and [Terminer?] did proceed on the account of Cary a negro man slave belonging to William Vawter of the county aforesaid for feloniously ravishing and carnal knowing Ann Slay, spinster, after her will. The said Cary being led to the bar denied the fact. Whereupon several witnesses were examined and the said Cary heard his defence. The court are of opinion that he is guilty of the Punishment and that he suffer death, it is ordered that the Sheriff do execute him at the gallows at the courthouse of the said county on Thursday the 23rd. of this instant between the hours of eleven in the morning and four in the evening and then be hung by the neck till he be dead and that he be remained to prison till the time of his execution according to law . The Court do value the said Cary being about 20 years of age strong able bodied fellow, and a blacksmith, to one hundred and seventy five pounds [illegible] money.

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