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Vawter, Edmund F. & Others: Petition, Orange County

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Virginia,

At a court of Oyer and [illegible] held at Orange county courthouse on Monday the 6th of May 1782.

Present

Thomas Bell, William Moore, Andw Shepherd, Thomas Barbour, Johnny Scott, Catlett Conway and Jeremiah White. Gent. Justices of Oyer and [illegible] did proceed on the trial of Cary a negro man slave belonging to William Vawler of the county aforesaid, for feloniously ravishing and carnal knowing Ann Stayr, spinster, against her will. The said Cary being led to the bar, denied the fact. Whereupon several witnesses were examined and the said Cary heard in his defence - the court are of opinion that he is guilty of the said ravishment 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 is dead, and that he be remanded to the 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, current money.

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