Unidentified : Coroner's Inquisition, Rockbridge County
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Rockbridge County to wit An inquisition taken at Rockbridge Baths in the county of Rockbridge on the 27th day of August in the year 1870 before J. A. Walker a Justice of the said county upon a view of the body of a coulored child there lying dead. The jurors sworn to enquire when, how, & by what means the said child came to its death upon their oath do say that from the evidencie we have heard we believe that the child found was borne by Emma Fielding and by her thrown into the river whether dead or alive at birth the jury is not able to decide J. M. Webb J. M. Adams Hugh Adams John T. Bocock [illegible], Hall William [illegible], H. H. [illegible], Jos. N. Morton, W. E. [illegible], H. W. Bagby, John [illegible], A. W. Anderson, Jas. A. Walker, J. P. Acting as Coroner
Having aced as coroner in the inquisition in question & having heard all the evidence and being of the opinion that no additional evidence can be provided and that the present evidence although very suspicious is not enough to convict & [illegible] to issue a warrant for the apprehension of the woman suspected I have also consulted the