Graves, Elijah : Public Claim
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At a Court of Oyer and Terminer held at the Courthouse of Mecklenburg County on Tuesday the fifteenth day of January 1799 for the trial of Nat a negro man slave late the property of Elijah Graves for feloniously and meliciously murdering the said Elijah Present - Clausel Clausel, Edward S. Tabb, James Hester, William Taylor jr and Abraham Keen } Gent. Justices The said Nat was led to the bar in the custody of the sheriff of this county to whose custody for the cause aforesaid he was committed, and being arraigned of the murder above mentioned, he said he was in no wise thereof Guilty, and for his trial according to the act of assembly in such case made, put himself upon the Court. Whereupon sundry witnesses were sworn charged and examined and the said Nat by George Craghead his Counsel heard in his own defence. On consideration whereof It is Unanimously the Opinion of the Court that the said Nat is Guilty of the murder aforesaid: and thereupon It being demanded of him if any thing for himself he had or knew to say, why the Court to Judgement and Execution against him of and upon the premises should not proceed, he said he had nothing but what he had before said. Therefore It is considered by the Court that he be hanged by the neck until he be dead; and It is commanded the sheriff of this County that he cause execution of this judgement to be done on friday the fifteenth day of February between twelve & four O'Clock in the afternoon at the Gallows near this place. The Court value the said Nat to one hundred & ten pounds. The minutes of these proceedings were signed 'Clausel Clausel' A Copy Teste W Baskerville CC:
Received a Warrant in the name of the Representatives of Elijah Graves for three hundred sixty six dollars 67 Ct 16 April 1799 Thomas Wilson