Francis, John, Estate of : Public Claim
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Virginia At a court of Oyer and Terminer for the County of New Kent held at the Court house on Friday the 10th day of September 1830 for the trial of Peggy, Patrick, Franky and Caroline slaves belonging to the estate of John Francis decd. late of this County charged with murder & arson. Present William H Macon John L. Poindexter Beverly Crump William Ratcliffe John A. Taylor } Gentlemen Justices The said Peggy, Patrick, Frankey and Caroline were set to the bar in custody of the Sheriff of this County, to whose custody for the cause aforesaid they were committed (the Court called for their trial not meeting) whereupon John B. Clopton prosecutor for the Commonwealth in this Court filed an Information against them in these words &c. New Kent County, To wit: Be it remembered &c. &c - And the said prisoners being arraigned of the premises pleaded not guilty and put themselves upon God and their country; whereupon sundry witnesses were charged sworn and examined the attorney for the Commonwealth and the prisoners by John B. Christian their counsel (assigned by the Court to defend them) fully heard On Consideration whereof it is the opinion of the Court, that the said Peggy, Patrick and Franky are guilty of the murder and arson wherewith they stand charged: and that the said Caroline is not guilty. Therefore it is considered by the Court that the said Peggy, Patrick and Franky be hanged by the neck until they be dead, and it is commanded the Sheriff that he cause execution of the Judgment to be done on Friday the 29th day of October next at the usual place of execution. The Court values the said slave Peggy to Three hundred dollars, Patrick to Three hundred and fifty dollars and Franky to Two hundred and fifty dollars. The Court recommend the prisoner Franky to the Governor and Council of this Commonwealth for mercy and commutation of her punishment into transportation, and if they should not think her worthy of mercy, the Court recommends the said Franky for a respite of her sentence as she is pregnant until she may be delivered A Copy Teste Jno: D Christian c.c