March 3-John Bedell declares that William Weir owes him for a borrowed bridle, and proves it by John Jennings and Richard Ellison. The Court order Weir to pay as good a bridle as he borrowed, or else pay 3s. and charges.- B., 278.
James Stell declares that Thomas Terry owes him for going to the Northside about some business with Stites, and he was to have half a bushel of wheat for his voyage, and next day he sent him to the Half-neck eastward at the South, and was to have reasonable satisfaction for his pains. John Ellison says, "When James came home again his mare was sick, so James was in haste one way and Mr. Terry another. So their reckoning was not made up then. Then Terry and I went to Mr. Jackson's, and while there Terry said, "It may be James will think much because I have not paid him." Then Mr. Terry prayed me to bid John Smith (who owed him some wheat) to pay James, but he did refuse." Stell then arrested this money in Smith's hands, and desired the Court to consider it and award him his debt. The Court order that Stell shall have his debt out of Terry's estate, and all his money in Smith's hands Stell is to have so far as it will go.-B., 279.
April 7.-John Jennings declares to the Court that James Pine hath wronged him in reporting he had spoke some slanderous words against Mr. Jackson. John Marshall testifies that Jennings said there were two things that caused him to be set in the stocks.
1. For giving Mr. Jackson a hint of being in drink by saying he told him of the account, but he was not capable of hearing it or answering to it before he came home; and
2. That he dealt injuriously with him about the account of charges, and that Mr. Jackson made the account himself. The Governor had told Jennings he would have some of the charges taken off, and so would have him resort to the Governor. Inasmuch as Jennings prays nothing, the Court, on Pine's request, nonsuits him.-B., 281.
John Ellison declares that he lent a load of hay to Matthew Bedell, the beginning of last winter, and he did engage to deliver him a good load of salt hay at home at his house when he wanted it. The Court order him to deliver the hay in week's time.-B., 282.
Henry Boman declares that Robert Bedell owes him for cow-keeping. The Court order defendant to pay the remainder of the money yet unpaid for six cows according to the rate. The same with Mordecai Bedent and Cornelius Mott.-B., 282.
May 5.-Thomas Ellison declares that Robert Bedell owes him for keeping a company of cattle three or four days, and was to have by bargain 3s. a day. The Court award 12s.-B., 283.
Matthew Bedell declares that Thomas Ellison owes him for two days' work in harvest. Defendant owns that he worked part of two days. The Court award 7s. for two days' work. -B., 286.
June 2.-Daniel Bedell declares that John Jennings owes him for a sow which he bought of him and was by bargain to give 23s., which money is not yet paid.-B., 286.
John Jennings declares that Matthew, son of Robert Bedell, owes him for a new cart and wheels, for which he was to have £3, to be paid when made. Bedell objects that he did not pin the ear-board on. The Court decide that Jennings shall finish the work about the cart according to the last agreement made before Mr. Jackson.-B., 287.
July 6.-Robert Jackson declares that John Jennings owes him by bill 18s. and fourteen loads of wood. Robert Bedell says he heard Jennings say he must cut Mr. Jackson some wood, and for several days Jennings came to his house and was there great part of the day with an ax. John Bedell says one day he went to mill and Jennings was at Beats', and when he came from the mill he went to William Thickston's, and Jennings was there with an ax, and he asked him what he was agoing to do, and he said to cut wood for Mr. Jackson. Matthew Bedell says, "I was one day in George's lot, aweeding, and Jennings came to the fence to me about 9 or 10 o'clock and smoked it with me, and said he was agoing to cut wood for Mr. Jackson, and a while after I went to John Smith's, and Jennings was there asmoking of it; and thence he went to Thickston's, thence to Bedell's, thence to Beats' and thence home again." When this testimony was given, the Constable asked Bedell how he knew it to be true. He said he was told so. Then it was disliked of by the Court, and no use made of it. The Court sees cause to throw this case out of Court.-B., 288, 292.
Robert Jackson declares that John Jennings owes him 5s. for a week's diet and 5s. for a team one day. Ordered that he pay 5s. for his diet and 3s. 6d. for the team.-B., 289.
Samuel Comstock declares that John Jennings owes him the cutting of eight loads of wood, which is owned. The Court order defendant to cut the wood within three days, at the place agreed on, and show it to Comstock or his order.-B., 289.
Elias Doughty declares that John Store owes him twenty bushels of wheat. The Court order the bill satisfied in three weeks' time.-B., 289.
John Seaman declares that William Wier owes him three hundred weight of tobacco, to be delivered in York, in cask, almost two years ago. The Court order defendant to satisfy the bill within three weeks time, and pay 10s. damage. -B., 290.
James Pine against William Osborne. In this case the Corut sees cause not to take cognizance of it, but do cast it out.B., 290.
1676, January 6.-Cornelius Mott declares that he planted a small crop of tobacco on Timothy Halstead's land, and was to have half the crop for his pains, and that Halstead damnified him in some corn that he had growing on his land, and that he got two hundred rails for him, for which he was never as yet paid. So he is damnified to the value of 20s. Richard Stites says, being at Halstead's last summer, he heard him say the tobacco was between him and Mott. Then he asked what quantity there was, and he replied he thought about a hogshead. Goody Champion says, last summer she was at Halstead's, and asked his wife for some tobacco, and she bid her go into the hovel and get some, and when she come into the house again she asked Timothy's wife whose tobacco that was, and she said it was between Cornelius and them. John Treadwell says that last summer he and Abraham Smith had some discourse concerning tobacco that Cornelius was aweeding of, and Abraham said the tobacco was between Timothy and Cornelius. Thomas Fese says, "I had some discourse with Timothy about tobacco, and I told him he had a good crop, and he said no, he had not. Then I asked him what he thought there was. He said he thought about a hogshead between Cornelius and him, beside smoking tobacco." Thomas Ireland says, "Being in the field with Timothy, I told him he had brave tobacco. He said aye, he hoped there would be a hogshead between him and Cornelius." William Weir says he heard Timothy say the tobacco growing in his lot was between Cornelius and him. The Court order defendant to pay one hundred pounds of tobacco, the good with the bad as it was made up, and two bushels of corn for the damage done in the cornfield.-B., 293.
Feb. 2-Christopher Yeomans declares that Michael Clark owes him upon a account £2.10. Referred till next Court.-B., 295.
Adam Mott against Peter Johnson, Schol, an action of debt. The Court order defendant to satisfy the bill between this and the first of March, else there shall be execution granted to seize on his estate to satisfy it.-B., 291.
March 1.-John Searing declares to this honored Court that he hath done some labor for Thomas Rushmore, as tending his cattle and hogs , and plowing his land and burning his meadow, and 2s. for coals. Josias Starr says he drove a plow and harrow for Searing four and a half days in Rushmore's lot and on his account. John Marvin says he saw Searing's oxen aplowing in Rushmore's lot, and either Searing or his father with them, that spring that Rushmore was at Maryland, and he saw Searing or his father with them, that spring that Rushmore was at Maryland, and he saw Searing give Rushmore's cattle meat several times that winter that Rushmore was at Maryland. The Court order defendant to pay £2.7, which is the sum of the account that plaintiff gave oath to.- B., 295.
Thomas Rushmore declares that he lent a hay-hook to John Searing, who also has an earthen platter of his in his possession, and refused to deliver them when demanded. The Court order that plaintiff shall have his good and platter.-B., 297.
April 5.-Samuel Denton declares that John Oakey owes him five gallons, one quart and two muches of rum. Timothy Halsted says he was at Denton's when he delivered an ox to Oakey, that he had sold him for rum, and he heard Oakey say that he was to give Denton three and a half ankers of rum for the ox. Abraham Smith says he heard Oakey say he was to give Denton three and a half ankers of rum for an ox that he bought of him, and further, he heard Oakey own that the cask that Denton had the rum in did hold but twenty-nine gallons and some odd measure, but Oakey said he would pay the remainder speedily. The Court order defendant to pay Denton the remainder of the rum that is yet unpaid.
Memorandum.-Oakey's money that Denton arrested in Joseph Pettit's hands doth remain under arrest till the next Court, and if Oakey doth not satisfy the debt before the next Court, then it must be satisfied with the money arrested and with the charges so far as it will go. Signed, Simon Searing, Robert Jackson.-B., 297.
1677, January 3.-richard Chew declares that Joseph Jennings did undertake to weave a piece of cloth or him, and did warp the yarn and weave part of it, and then cut it out of the loom, so his yarn was spoiled and he very much damnified. Defendant owns the charge, and the Court order him to pay plaintiff four pounds of good strong linen yarn, sizeable as his own was and fit for warp, within fourteen days.-B., 300.
Jonathan Smith humbly declares that John Spencer, of York, owes him one anker of rum, which should have been paid five months ago, for which debt he hath attached a cow, and humbly desires judgment for the beast. The Court order if defendant don't pay within fourteen days, then the cow shall be sold at an outcry, or else prised and delivered to plaintiff.-B., 301.
Cornelius Mott declares that "Thomas Jones, of Madnan's Neck, and I had some difference about the payment of two mares that I bought of him, and he had them back again. Afterwards an agreement was made between Jones and Mr. Hicks, in my behalf, that Jones should pay me £3 in country pay, and that was to be full conclusion of our differences." Mott also did work for Jones aclearing land, to the value of 30s., also some other day's work. The Court order Jones to pay Mott 9s., within fourteen days, it being his due upon balance of accounts.-B., 302.
Cornelius Mott declares that he made fifty rods of five-railed fence for Thomas Jones, at 18d. a rod. Thomas Daniels says he helped Mott set fifty rods of fence and get a parcel of posts and hole them, and sharp a parcel of rails, but he did not help Cornelius get the rails. Cornelius told him he got all the rails himself, except about fifty that Jones got. The Court allow 5s. a hundred for the rails, and order Jones to pay Mott £3.12.6 in current pay, it being his due on balance of accounts, and pay all hcarges expended about this business.-B., 303.
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