Mayre, Matthew, Estate of : Public Claim
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At a court of Oyer and Terminar held for Prince George County at the courthouse on Tuesday the sixth of December 178[illegible] for the tryal of Bob a negro man slave belonging to the estate of Matthew Mayre dec'd for felony and burglary
Present Isaac Hall Billay H Avery John Share William Poythress } Gt Justices Christopher McCannico
Carter Bassett Harrison attorney for county Prince George chargeth that Bob - a negro man slave belonging to the estate of Matthew Mayre dec'd did on the tenth day of October one thousand seven hundred and eighty two did feloneously and burglariously break and enter the dwelling house of James Martin in the night time of the said day between the hours of six in the evening and four in the morning and from thence did feloneously take and carry away sundrey articles of wearing apparel, bed cloths, and other thing the property of the said James contrary to the peace and dignity of the Commonwealth. Where upon the said Bob was led to the bar under the custody of Robert Gilliam gentleman sheriff of this county to whose custody [for?] the causes aforesaid he was committed and being arraigned of the premises he said he was in no wise guilty there of and thereupon according to the farm of the act of assembly in cases of the nature made and provided did put himself upon the court whereupon divers witnesses were sworn and examined and the prisoner heard in his own defence. On consideration where of it seems to the court here that the said Bob is guilty of the felony and burglary aforesaid in manner and form as above against his is alledged, and it being demanded of him if anything he had or knew for himself to say why the court to judgment and execution against him of an upon the premises should