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At a Court of Oyer and Terminor summoned and held at the court house of Southampton County on the eighth day of Febuary 1839 for the trial of Jeff a negro man slave belonging to Nancy James of this county charged with ravishing Polly Oney a white female person of this county on the pubic highway on the evening of the 31st day of January last past near the farmers bridge in this county. Present Jeremiah Cobb, James Clayton, Samuel B. Hines, Nicholas M. Sebrell & William H. Nicholson [Gent?]

The court being thus constituted the said Jeff was set to the bar in custody of the jailer and being arraigned pleaded not guilty and thereupon sundry witnesses to wit Polly Oney, Sally Kitchen, Eliza Deloach Edwards Butts & Thomas C. Jones were sworn and examined and the prisoner fully heard by James S. French his counsel assigned him by the court. The court after hearing the evidence and upon due consideration thereof and of all the circumstances of the case are unanimously of opinion that the prisoner is guilty of the felony aforesaid of which he stands charged and it being demanded of the prisoner if any thing for himself he had or knew to say why the court