Talbot County Court Judgment Record 1686-1748
Judgment Record 1686-1689, 1692
Chattel Records 1689-1692
16 March 1685/6
p.68, Presentments to the grand jury by Daniell Jorgerson constable of the Island hundred
Mrs. Downes servant woman is delivered of a Bastard Child by a Negroe as I am informed.
15 November 1687
p.173, Eliza Vincent Servt. to James Down's being presented by the grand jury for bearing a bastard child & being brought before the Court for the same upon her oath declares Negro Guy servt. to the said James Downs is the true father thereof ... Ordered by the Court that the afsd Negroe Guy serve the said James Downs two years for getting of a bastard child on the body of Eliza. Vincent.
It is ordered by the Court that Barbarah Vincent the illegitimate child of Eliza Vincent live with James Downs until she arrive att one and twenty years of age.
p.320, These are to Certife whome it may consearne that the Negro Gye is a freeman as witness my hand and seale this second day of May Anno domini 1690. James Downes
Judgment Records 1696-1698, Liber AB 8, pp.1-798, CR 78,569
17 November 1696
p.3 Susana Nuttwell her appearance
15 June 1697
p.269, Margaret Nailer for a bastard child ... father white ... 25 lashes.
15 March 1697/8
p.524, Grinedge Formerly Negroe of Thomas Marcher now Living on Kent Island & Jane Shoare of ye same Island ye Daughter of William Shoare for haveing Carnell Copulation wth. one another, wch. Fact was Committed Last October 1697.
Judgment Record 1699, Liber WW, no.1
20 June 1699
formerly Negroe of Thomas Marsh now Living on Kent Island in Talbot County planter within the jurisdiction of this Court and Jane Shore of ... ye Fear of God before them not having on 7? 9th? October 1697 and at Severall times & dayes as well before as after at Kent Island in Talbot County afsd incontinently and Libidonously together did and now doe live and carnall knowledge of ye bodies of each other have had to ye great dishonour
11 March 1698/9
p.37, Thomas Marsh Constable of Kent Island Lower Hundred
p.49, Grinage a Negroe together with Richard Kempton his surety and became bound unto our sovereinge Lord ye King ... afsd Grinage in ye sum of 2,000 pounds and Richard Kempton 1,000 pounds for appearance.
Judgment Record 1705-1706, Liber RF, no.10
Judgment Record 1706-1708, MdHR 9736-2
p.5, Ordered by ye Court here that John Commee a poore old Negro be allowed at ye next laying of ye County Leavy ye Sum of six hundred pounds of Tobacco for the payment of a Fine due from said John Commee to ye County etc.
19 August 1707
p.266-267, Mary Gorman of Talbot County a single woman servant to Tho: Martin ... on the tenth day of Janry in the year 1705 and at divers other times as well before as since at Tredhaven hundred Committ fornication with a certaine Negro and did permit the said Negro to have Carnal knowledge of her body and to beget her the said Mary wth Chld to the high displeasure of Almighty God ... and now this day to wit the 16 September 1707 the said Mary Gorman ... Confessed the fact and declares upon oath that a certain Negro named Tobe a slave to Thomas Martin was ye Father ... Thirty lashes ... said Mary ... on the 20 February 1706 and divers days & times ... Tobit ... 30 lashes well laid on till ye blood appeare ... likewise further ordered that ye said Mary Gorman doe serve her master after ye expiration of ... one whole years in satisfaction of ye damage wch her sd master hath sustained .. child sold unto her said Master for 700 pounds of tobacco
16 - 19 March 1707/8
p.418, The Queen agst Catherine Langton now servt. to Richd Cooper ... Catherine Langston of Talbot County Spinster servant to John Barker ... 10 May 1707 and at divers other times as well did commit fornication and did suffer and permitt her self to be begotten with Child by Negro Paul a certaine Negro slave of ye said John Barker ... confesses ye fact and declares upon oath that a certaine Hugh Hutchins was ye Father ... ye 16 March 1707/8 ... 30 lashes Hugh Hutchins Henry Baly his security for his appearance.
Queen vs Negro Toby
10 June 1705 and divers other times fornication with Mary Gorman a Lewd woman did begett with child ... 25 lashes
15 June to 18 June 1708
p.481 The Queen vs Hugh Hutchins ... Catherine Langton ... says he is not guilty ... guilty ... 25 lashes
Judgment Record 1714-1717, Liber FT, no.1
6 November 1716
p.147, Ordered by the Court that a certain Negro Park to pay him for the future at the Rate of Five hundred pounds of Tobacco p. annum for keeping a poor Old Negro woman called Bess who formerly Lived at Captain John Sherwoods
a Mallatoe Girl called Betty born to a servt. Woman belonging to Ann Davis called Elizabeth Mane is by the Court here bound unto Thomas Price until she arrives to Thirty one being now five month old he the said Thomas Paine paying to this county 495 pounds tobacco
William Heath a Mallattoe Boy born of Mary Heath is by the Court here bound unto the sd Thomas Price untill he arrives to 31 years of age he being now ten months old.
Mary Turner a Mallattoe Girl borne of Mary Turner Servt. to Robert Hopkins is by the Court here bound unto William Clayland unitll she arives to the age of Thirty One Years she being a year old the seventh of September last.
And likewise another Mallattoe Girll born of the same Woman is by the Court here bound unto the Said William Clayland till she arives to thirty one Years of Age she being Now Two Months old the Said William paying to this County the sume of Fourteen hundred and Forty five pounds of Toba.
p.153, Lord Proprietary agt. Mary Turner spinster servant to Robt. Hopkins ... did commit fornication with a certain called Jo and did permit the said Negro to have carnal knowledge of her body the said Mary and to beget her with child ... Confessed the fact ... this 6 November 1716 thirty one lashes ... serve for the said offence according to Law. And it appearing that the said Mary Turner is very sick ... suspended til next court.
pp.153-4, The same v. Mary Turner St. Michael's Parish .... with a certain Negro slave named Jo ... Confessed the fact ... thirty one lashes ... serve for the offence.
p.154, Ordered that the Negro Jo slave to Robert Hopkins be Forthwith taken to the whipping post and there receive thirty one lashes ... confession of committing fornication wth. Mary Turner.
The same agt. Mary Heath servant to Thomas Price ... fornication with a certain Negro slave of him the said Thomas Price called Jack ... pleads that she is not guilty ... Jurors ... Mary Heath is guilty ... thirty one lashes and serve her the afsd. offence according to Law ... said Mary's sick .. supsended till next Court.
Judgment Record 1717-1719, Liber FT, no.2
12 November 1717
pp.6-7, Lord Propr. v. Phoenix Negro planter first day of February 1715 at Saint Peter's Parish did commit the sinne of fornication with a certain Margery Johnson servant to Clement Sale and did beget with child ... pleads not guilty ... Jury ... not guilty.
p.7, Lord Propr. v. Margery Johnson servant to Clement Sale did commit fornication with a certain Negro called Phoenix ... confest the fact ... thirty one lashes and to serve for the offence according to Law.
4 November 1718
p.192, Lord Proprietary agt. Mary Turner servant to Eliza Hopkins at St. Michael's Parish suffer herself to be begot with child ... did commit fornication with a certain Negro man ... Confessed the fact ... Joseph a Negro slave is the father of her child ... adjudged to serve for the afsd. offence according to Law ... thirty one lashes ... serve master two years for trouble.
p.226, To Eliza Hopkins keeping her woman's Mallattoe Child till this time 800 pounds tobacco
4 August 1719
p.303, Mary Munt Servt. to Richard Cooper for having a Bastard Child ... a certain Mallatoe Robin belonging to Richd. Cooper afsd. is the father of ye sd. child being now about a month old.
3 November 1719
p.383, Honner Munt a Mallattoe child born of the body of Mary Munt servant to Richard Cooper of this County is by the Court assigned to the said Richard Cooper to serve him the full time such children are to serve as Law in consideration of the said Richard's keeping the child
pp.386-7, Lord Propr. v. Mary Munt servant to Richard Cooper did commit fornication with a certain Mallatto and then & there sd Mollatto called Robert permit to have carnall knowledge of her body ... thirty shillings fine ... serve seven years ... serve master one year for damages.
Judgment Record 1720, MdHR 9060-1
March 1-5, 1720
p.14, Lord Prop. vs. Elizabeth Philips servt. to Eliza Stevens ... petticoats, one woman's bonnet out of her mansion house feloniously stole ... twenty shillings value ... serve one year after her term.
p.16, Lord Propr. v. Jane Ashurst spinster servant of William Harrison commit fornication with a certain Negro man ... pleads not guilty ... Jury ... is guilty of fornication but not with being begot by a Negro ... thirty nine lashes.
Judgment Record 1722-1723, Liber PF, no.2
6 November to 13 November 1722
p.92, To John Cooper assigned by Richd. Cooper for keeping Massey Munt a Mullato bastard child one thousand pounds tobacco.
By Thomas Bozman for a Mullato boy sold Edward Hargoten, six hundred pounds tobacco.
1723-1724, Liber PF, no.3
p.142, Matrey Munt a Mallato Bastard child is by the Court Bound to Richard Cooper until she arrives to the age of thirty one ... for 5,000 pounds of tobacco
p.228, Thomas Bishop an Indian allowed one wolf's head
p.235, By Richard Cooper for a Mullato Child called Massy Munt, 1000 pds. tobacco.
3 March 1723/4
p.277, John Edmondson's servant for appearance ... Anne Mitchell
Judgment Record 1724, Liber PF, no.4
p.38, Anne Mitchel's recognizance next court.
p.58, Recognizance Edward Needles for Margaret Madden's appearance.
Judgment Record 1725-1726, MdHR 9099
2-12 March 1724/5
pp.64-5, Lord Proprietary v. Eliza Philips Servt. to Eliza Stevens of Saint Peter's Parish spinster servant to Eliza Stevens did commit Fornication with a certain Negroe person ... cannot Deney but that she is guilty ... a certain Negroe Will the slave of Elizabeth Philips is the Father and Begetter of the Mullatoe Bastard afsd. ... serve seven years.
pp.68-69, Lord Propr. v. Margtt. Madden late of Saint Peter's Parish spinster servant of Edward Needles ... says that she is not guilty ... Jury Doe say is guilty of the Fornication with a Negroe ... serve her master Edwd. Needles six months and serve seven years.
pp. 73-4, Lord Proprietary v. Ann Mitchell servt. to Jno. Edmondson of St. Peter's Parish ... Fornication with a certain Negroe ... beget on her a Bastard Mullatto Child ... cannot Deney but that she is guilty of the Fornication ... serve her master six months for the disgrace of his house ... serve seven years.
3 August 1725
p.328, Whereas Mary Mount has been convicted of the indictments for bearing two Mulatto Bastards and adjudged for fourteen years ... sold to Richard Cooper.
2 November 1725
p.425, By Richard Cooper for Mary Munt (hunt?) being convict of two Mullato Bastards sold to said Cooper for 3,500 pounds tobacco.
By John Edmondson for a Mullatto child called Esther the child of Ann Mitchell.
1 March 1725/6
pp. 480-481, Margtt. Madden servt. to Edward Needles of Saint Peter's Parish ... commit fornication ... Cannot Deney but that she is guilty ... Demanded of the said Margaret who is the father and begetter of the Bastard Mallotto Child ... a certain slave belonging to Aaron Parrott named Sampson is the father ... serve seven years.
pp.485-6, Lord Propry. v. Elizabeth Phillips ... servt. to Eliza Stevens of St. Peter's Parish spinster servt. ... who is the father of the Mullatto Bastard Child whereof she stands ... swears that her master's slave named William is the father ... serve seven years.
1727-1728, MdHR 9101
p.23, Lord Proprietary v. Ann Mitchel of Saint Peter's Parish servt. to John Edmondson did commit fornication with a certain negro person ... beget a Mullatto child ... saith she is not thereof guilty ... Jurors do say that the afsd. Ann Mitchell is guilty ... serve her master twelve months ... serve seven years.
November 1727, 1 st Tuesday
p.345, Lord Proprietary v. Margaret Madden spinster servant to Mr. Edward Needles ... Fornication with a certain Negroe person .. saith that she cannot Deny ... serve her master six months ... serve seven years ... Grace Madden the Daughter of Margaret Madden begot by a Negro to Edmond Needels to thirty one.
p.352, Lord Proprietary v. Sarah Jones ... Saint Peter's Parish did commit fornication with a certain Negroe person ... cannot deny ... become a servant to serve from the 7 day November 1727 for seven years. Sels the afsd. Jones to Thomas Wiles planter ... child of afsd. Sarah being eight weeks old to thirty one.
p.454, The court sells Anne Mitchell to John Edmondson for fourteen years for 1,700 pounds tobacco.
1728-1731, MdHR 9062-1
p.126, The Court binds Samuel Porter the Mullatto bastard of Sarah Porter spinster to Thomas Keet to thirty one ... 300 pounds tobacco.
Lord Propr. v. Sarah Porter of St. Michael's Parish spinster servant of Thomas Keet being a white woman did commit fornication with a certain Negroe person ... cannot deny ... serve seven years ... serve master six months.
pp. 262-3, Lord Proprietary a. Sarah Blann of St. Michael's Parish spinster servant of Mrs. Catherine Hammond did commit fornication with a certain Negro person ... saith that she is not thereof guilty ... Jury ... not guilty.
p.312, Court sells Margaret Madden to Mr. Edward Needles for twenty eight years who by her own confession hath been Convicted four times for fornication with a certain Negro man.
The court sells Isaac the Mullato bastard child of Margaret Madden to Mr. Edward Nedles to thirty one years, born 29 May 1730 for 4,000 pounds.
p.349, Lord Proprietary v. Anne Mitchel Servant of Mr. John Emondson did commit fornication with a certain Benjamin Guy alias Williams ... cannot deny ... 600 pounds tobacco fine.
Lord Proprietary v. Benjamin Guy alias Williams did commit fornication with a certain Anne Mitchel of St. Peter's Parish Labourer ... cannot deny ... 600 pounds tobacco fine.
John Edmondson agt. Benjamin Guy als. Williams for that Benjamin is a freeman prayeth your worships release and judgment against the said Benjamin ... pay John Edmondson 1,200 pounds tobacco for his damages but for in as mch. as the said Benjamin is unable to satisfy the tobacco serve said Edmondson for twelve months.
pp.428-9, Lord Proprietary agt. Ann Hopkins did commit fornication with a certain Negro Man ... saith she is not thereof guilty ... Jury ... she is guilty ... serve seven years ... commence after her term of servitude to George Coley. Court sells Thomas Hopkins the mullatto bastard child of Anne Hopkins to George Cooley til thirty one.
Judgment Record 1731-1733, MdHR 9062-2
First Tuesday August 1731
p.446, Lord Proprietary v. Elizabeth Williams late of St. Michael's Parish servant to Risdon Bozeman commit fornication with a certain Negroe ... acknowledgeth ... become a servant for seven years ... Court sells a Molatto Male child of Elizabeth Williams to Mr. Risdon Bozman to thirty one years.
p.463, Lord Proprietary v. Elizabeth Phillips servt. to Wm Stevens ... fornication ... cannot deny ... thirty lashes .
p.550, Lord Propr. v. Ann Ladley servant of John Loockerman the first day of October 1731 at St. Michael's Parish commit fornication with a certain Negroe person ... acknowledgeth ... servant for seven years
p.631, Lord Proprietary v. Anne Mitchel fornication with a person to the jurors unknown ... 600 pounds fine.
p.633, Lord Propr. v. Benjamin Guy Labourer servt. to Mr. John Edmondson ... felony ... twenty lashes.
p.673, Lord Propr. v. Margaret Madden servant of Edward Nedles ... fornication with a certain Negroe person ... cannot deny serve seven years.
Judgment Record 1739-1740, Liber JL, no.2
p.252, Negro Phenix aged seventy years free from Levy ... ordered that for the future is exempted.
Judgment Record 1740-1741, Liber JL, no.3
p.259, The Court sells Minto a Mullatto Bastard Child begot on the Body of Jane Nuttle to Isaac Dobson, Junr., until she arrives to thirty one.
p.272, Lord Proprietary v. Jane Nuttle of St. Peter's Parish spinster ... a certain Negroe person ... a Mulatto bastard child ... cannot deny ... become a servant for seven years from the time of her conviction.
1740-1742, Liber JL, no.4
pp. 318-9, Lord Proprietary v. Esther Mitchel of St. Peter's Parish spinster a Mulatto woman 10 May 1739 ... commit fornication ... bastard child ... acknowledgeth ... thirty shillings fine.
pp.319-20, Lord Proprietary v. Esther Mitchel St. Peter's Parish Mulatto ... 10 May 1740 ... fornication with a person ... acknowledgeth ... thirty shillings fine.
p.327, Lord Proprietary v. Margaret Cartey ... 1 Tuesday of November 1741 presented Margaret Cartey of Saint Peter's Parish otherwise called Margaret Deepup being a white woman now the wife of John Cartey 10 September 1739 being a Mullattoe man begotten by a Negroe man upon the body of a white woman ... now the wife of John Cartey and otherwise called Margaret Deepup ... says she is not guilty ... Jurors ... is guilty ... become a servant for seven years ... Court sells Margaret Cartey for seven years to John Jones of Talbot County Tanner.
pp.328-9, Lord Proprietary v. John Cartey of St. Peter's Parish Labourer being a Mulatto man begotten by a Negroe man upon the body of a white woman. 10 September 1739 did intermarry with a certain Margaret Deepup ... says he is not guilty ... Jury ... is guilty.
Judgment Record 1742, Liber JL, no.5
pp. 93-4, Lord Proprietary v. Margaret Maddin of St. Peter's Parish a white woman 10 January 1740 commit fornication with a Negroe person ... become a servant for seven years to commence after she has completely served and ended her time of servitude unto Edward Nedel.
pp.98-9, Lord Proprietary v. Catherine Murphy of St. Peter's Parish ... Fornication with a Negroe ... begot a Mulatto Bastard ... puts herself upon the Court ... not guilty
p.171, The Court sells Sarah Knowlman seven years to James Woolcot Weaver for five pounds, five shillings.
p.189, Lord Proprietary v. John Cartey of St. Peter's Parish Labourer 10 May 1738 being a Mulatto borne to a white woman did intermarry with Margaret Deepup being a white woman ... says he is not guilty ... Jury ... is not guilty.
p.293, Lord Proprietary v. Margaret Dobson ... November 1742 in St. Peter's Parish spinster 10 December 1741 ... commit Fornication with a Negroe person ... Mulatto bastard ... acknowledgeth ... be a servant for seven years ... serve Nicholas Goldsborough her master twelve months ... child named Diana, born 6 May last past, sold to said Goldsborough for 650 pounds.
Judgment Record 1742-1743, Liber JL, no.6
p.289, Lord Proprietary agst. Mary Kersy of St. Peter's Parish spinster servant of Nicholas Glen ... fornication ... on 10 April 1741 did permit unknown person ... one pound, ten shillings fine.
p.290, Lord Proprietary agst. Mary Kersy of St. Peter's Parish spinster servant of Nicholas Glen ... fornication ... on 10 April 1741 did permit unknown person ... one pound, ten shillings fine.
p.301, The court here Binds a Bastard Child called Nero Kersey alias Kerse son of Mary Kersey alias Kerse unto Nicholas Glen until twenty one ... born February last past.
1743-1744, Liber JL, no.7
p.352, Lord Proprietary v. Violet Barrott of St. Michael's Parish wife of Darby Barrott ... a Mulatto slave man ... beget a mulatto Bastard child ... says she is not guilty ... Jury ... guilty ... Violet Barrott do become a servant for seven years.
p.353, Lord Proprietary v. Mulatto Martha Servt. to Joseph Dawson of St. Michael's Parish ... cannot deny ... one pound, ten shillings fine.
1744-1745, Liber JL, no.8
p.109, Nicholas Glen v. Mary Kersy exhibits the following account against his servant Mary Kersy. absented herself 80 days and the trouble of ye petitioner's house in baring two bastard children:
Mary Kerse Mulatto
1742 to running away 30 Augst. brought then 6th Sept. ... 7 days
to running away 30 March brought then May ... 7 days
1743 to running away 18 November to 25 ... 7 days
1744 to running away 21 Augst. to 11 Oct. ... 50 days
to running away 24 Oct. to 29 ... 5 days
To paid the sheriff of Queen Ann County 540 pounds tob.
serve two years and eleven months ... two years for damages caused by bastard children
p.142, Anthony Lacompt v. Adam Cornish Carpenter ... two pounds, seventeen shillings.
pp. 230-1, Lord Propr. v. Grace Madden of St. Peter's Parish spinster ... fornication ... saith that she is guilty ... ten lashes.
Lord Proprietary v. Honorio Ward of St. Michael's Parish did commit adultery with a Mulatto person ... (says) she is not thereof guilty ... Jury ... guilty ... pay fine of three pounds. Anthony Guy of Talbot County Planter acknowledges himself six pounds that he shall pay three pounds charges.
pp. 238-9, Lord Proprietary agst. Margaret Dobson late of St. Peter's Parish a white woman the servant of Nicholas Goldsborough did commit fornication with a Negroe person ... a Mulatto bastard child ... serve seven years ... serve master twelve months ... Court sells James the Mulatto bastard issue of the afsd. Martha Dobson to Nicholas Goldsborough til thirty one years.
p.362, William Slow and James Woolcot recognizance for Ann Slow.
p.363, Lord Proprietary vs. Ann Slow of St. Peter's Parish ... commit adultery with a Mulatto person ... Anne Slowe the wife of William Slowe ... saith she is not guilty ... Jury ... not guilty.
1745-1746, Liber JL, no.9
p.3, Lord Proprietary v. Mary Karse ... commit fornication ... St. Peter's Parish ... fifteen lashes.
p.134, Court binds Jane a bastard Daughter of Mary Kerse unto Nicholas Glynn until she attains to the age of eighteen, now being three months old.
p.245, Lord Proprietary v. Martha Bond of St. Michael's Parish spinster begot then and there a Mulatto Bastard Child ... cannot deny .... be a servant seven years ... serve master Francis Pickering twelve months.
pp. 246-7, Lord Proprietary vs. Catherine Parsons ... commit fornication with a certain Indian man named William Asquash ... cannot deny ... ten lashes
Judgment Record 1747-1748, MdHR 9105
Edward Nedels v. Grace Madden Junr. damages sustained by her having a bastard child ... serve six months
Phineas Wilson v. Catherine Parsons ... had a bastard child ... pay her master 520 pounds tobacco.