Griffin, Nathaniel : Public Claim
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At a Court of Oyer and Terminer in Nansemond County August 29th 1786 for the Tryal of a negro man Slave named Benn the property of Nathaniel Griffin committed on Suspicion of Murther--Present Josiah Riddick, Willis Riddick, Robert M. Riddick, and John Driver, Gentlemen Justices-- The prisoner Benn being brought into Court in custody of the Sheriff and arraigned plead not guilty. Sundries witnesses being sworn charged & heard, the Court are of opinion that the said Benn is guilty of committing the murther he is charged with. And do order that he be conveyed from house to the place whence he came & from thence to the gallows and there be hanged by the neck until he is Dead, and that the Sheriff do execution thereof on Saturday Sepr. 9th next between the hours of 10 & 12 o'clock in the forenoon, the Court then valued the said Benn to the sum of ninety pounds Specie. Signed Josiah Riddick A true copy from the Records Teste William Eley D. C. C.