Conway, Edward : Public Claim
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At a court of Oyer Terminer called and held for Northumberland County at the Courthouse on Monday the 2d of August 1830 for the trial of Griffin a negro man slave the property of Edward Conway. Stephen a negro man slave the property of Leroy Harcum, John a negro man slave the property of Mrs. Sally Haynie and Zachariah a negro man Slave the property of Haynes Edwards, charged with grand larceny.
Present - Griffin Edwards, William Harding, Tho: Bell, Henry L Gaskins, Joseph Deshields & Dandridge cox Gent Justices
The said slave Griffin being put to the bar in custody of the Sheriff came as well William Barge Esq. who prosecutes for the Commonwealth in this County as the said prisoner by John D Leland his counsel and the said Griffin being charged as the manner is, pleaded Not guilty and sundry witnesses being sworn and examined and the counsel aforesaid heard. It is the opinion of the court that the said Griffin is guilty of breaking the Warehouse of Bend & Burgess and stealing therefrom one hundred forty five & a half pounds of brown sugar and three & a half bushels of wheat, the whole of the value of Twenty dollars & ninety two Cents.
Therefore it is considered by the court that the said slave Griffin be remanded to the jail of this county and there safely kept till the first day of October next, on which day between the hours of Ten in the morning & four in the evening, he shall by the proper officer of the law be taken to the usual place of execution & be then & there by the said Officer hanged by the neck until he be dead.
The court unanimously recommend the prisoner to the mercy of the executive for transportation.
The court do adjudge and certify the value of the said slave Griffin the property of Edward Conway to be four hundred dollars. Copy, Teste A. [Bates?] C.C.