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Vawter, William: Petition, Orange County

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I Robert Taylor of Orange county do hereby certify that previous to the year one thousand seven hundred and eighty four a negro man slave said to belong to one Vawter in the said county was convicted for a rape upon a woman named [Step?], by the court of Orange county, and under that sentence was executed. The undersigned was not immediately at the spot of his execution, but believes he was at the court house, and that the act was spoken of by those who returned from the spot in the way those subjects are generally spoken of and he does not believe the smallest doubt exists of the fact.

Given under my hand this second day of January one thousand eight hundred and twenty three.

Robert Taylor 5-h