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Lewis, John D : Public Claim

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At a Court held for Kanawha County at the Court-house thereof the 11th day of September 1848. Present Spicer Patrick, Allen M. Smith, Alexander Wallace, Joel Ruffner, and David Sargent Gentlemen Justices: John, a negro man slave belonging to one John D. Lewis, but by him the said John D. Lewis, & Ann his wife, conveyed by a Deed of Trust, bearing date on the 3rd day of January 1843, and duly recorded in the Clerks Office of the County Court of Kanawha County to James A Lewis and Franklin Joyes trustees, to secure the payment of divers sums of money, due from the said John D. Lewis individually, and from him the said John D. Lewis & one William D. Shrewsbury jointly to sundry persons in said Deed mentioned - he the said Negro man Slave named John being and standing charged with murder and felony - in this that he the said Negro man Slave named John on the twelfth day of August in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and forty eight, with force and arms in the County of Kanawha feloniously, wilfully, deliberately, premeditatedly and of his malice aforethought, did make an assault, in and upon a certain negro man Slave named Yamma, the property of the said John D. Lewis, and that he the said Negro man Slave named John, with a certain instrument commonly called a dirk of the value of fifty cents, which he the said negro man John in his hands, then and there had and held then and there feloniously, wilfully, deliberately, premeditatedly, and of his malice aforethought, did strike, stab and thrust the said