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Reid, Andrew : Public Claim

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At a Court held at Rockbridge Courthouse the first day of December one thousand seven hundred and eighty six and in the xi year of the Commonwealth for the Examination of York a negroe man slave the property of Andrew Reid of this County charged with Felony in murdering Tom, a slave the property of the said Andrew Reid. Present -- John Bowyer, William Paxton, James Buchanan, David Edmundson, and Thomas Edgar Gentlemen -- The above named York being committed to the Jail of this County charged with the felony aforesaid was led to the Bar in custody of the Sheriff, and being arraigned of the premises said he was not guilty, and put himself upon the Court; and thereupon William Bradby, a witness was sworn and examined against the said prisoner and he being fully heard in his own Defence; Whereupon it seems to the Court here from the Testimony of said witness and the circumstances of the case that the said Prisoner is guilty of the murder aforesaid as above against him is alledged, And it being demanded of him, if anything for himself he has further to say; why the Court to Judgment and Execution against him of and upon the premises should not proceed, he said he had nothing to say besides what he had before said; Therefore it is considered by the Court that the said York be sent back to the Jail from whence he came and be from thence taken to the place of Execution and there be hanged by the neck untill he be Dead; And it is Ordered that the sheriff perform the Execution thereof on friday next being the eighth day of this Instant by Ten o'clock in the forenoon, And that he cut off his head & stick it on a pole at the fork of the Road between Lexington and Mr. Jno. Paxtons. Memorandum The Court valued the said slave York to Eighty pounds Current Money which is ordered to be Certifyed-- a Copy Teste Andrew Reid CC