Vawter, Edmund F. & William: Petition, Orange County
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At a court of Oyer and Terminer held at Orange County Courthouse on Monday the 6th of May 1782. Present Thos Bell, William Moore, Andw Shepherd, Thos Barbour, Johnny Scott, Catlett Conway and Jeremiah White gent. [gentlemen] Justices of Oyer and Terminer did proceed on the trial of Cary, a negro man slave belonging to William Vawter of the Count aforesaid for felonously ravishing and carnal knowing Ann Stap Spenster, agt. [against] her will The said Cary being led to the bar denied the fact where upon several witnesses were examined and the sd. [said] Cary therein his defence [defense]. The Court are opinion that he is guilty of the sd. [said] ravishment and that he suffer death it is ordered that the sheriff do execute him at the gallows at the courthouse of the sd. county on Thursday the 23 of this inst. [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 prison till the time of his execution according to law. The Court do value the sd. Cary being about 20 years of age, strong able bodied fellow and a blacksmith, to one hundred and seventy five pounds curt [current] money [.] signed Thos. Bell The forgoing is truly copied from the records of the county court of Orange. Teste Reynolds Chapman Clk. Orange County Court November 2nd 1832