Prince William County Virginia Clerk’s Loose Papers



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Prince William County Virginia
Clerk’s Loose Papers
Volume III
Selected Transcripts 1804 - 1899

Indictments, Juries, and Trials


Copyright 2004

Ronald Ray Turner

9901 Greenview Lane

Manassas, VA 20109


Printed in the United States of America

Trial and Jury - 10 Oct 1804

The Commonwealth against William Bell, James Bell Jr. & Garvis Dunanay -

Indictment for Assault on Daniel Rose

This day came as well the attorney for the Commonwealth as the defendants by John Love their attorney and thereupon came a jury to wit: Charles Binns, Gerrard McClenahan, Isaac Campbell, Charles Votter, William Robinson, William Elzey, Asel Lee, Hector Eskridge, James Newman, James Halley, William Wheeler & Fielding Lynn who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath returned ___ in these words “We of the jury do find the defendant guilty and do ___ the said William Bell in the sum of Fifty Dollars and the said James Bell Jun. and Garvis Dunaway in the sum of Twenty five Dollars each. signed C. Binns


Trial & Jury - 22 Oct 1804

Joseph Piddle vs James Dall

Joseph Piddle trading under the firm of Jos. Piddle & Company - This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a jury to wit: Charles Little, William Robinson, Veter Glascock, Jno. Luke, James Bell Jr. , James Beaty, Joel Jennings, Thos. Latham, Elias Newman, Colin Auld, James Bell Sr. and William Belt. who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath returned a verdict in these words, “We the jury find for the plaintiffs the defendant in the declaration mentioned, but to be discharged by the payment of nine hundred and ninety eight dollars and ninety three cents and the costs. ---------- William Robinson

Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiffs recover against the defendants, Twenty two hundred & seventy four dollars and eighty eight cents the debt in the declaration mentioned and their costs by them about their suit in this behalf expended and the said defendants in Mercy &c. but this judgment may be discharged by the payment of nine hundred & ninety eight dollars and ninety three cents and the costs with legal interest thereon from this day till paid.
Jury - 22 Oct 1804

William Helm against Joseph Lewis Jr.

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a jury to wit: Augustine Love, William Wheeler, Benjamin Wheeler, George Whiting, George Newman, Henry Washington, James Kidwell, Joseph Newman, Hezekiah Leach, William Cundiff, Tapley Fryers and Henry Brown.


Jury and trial 22 October 1804

Executors of William Carr deceased

against Benjamin Botts Exor. of Benjamin Harrison deceased

Thursday came the parties by their attorneys and this suit abates as to the plaintiffs Tebbs & Carr by their deaths and the defendant by leave of the court withdrew his former pleas and pleaded fully administered to which the plaintiff replied generally and thereupon came a jury to wit: George B. Whiting, Henry Brown, William Wheeler, Benjamin Wheeler, George Newman, Henry Washington, James Wigginton, Joseph Newman, Hezekiah Leach, William Cundiff and Tapley Fryer who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oaths returned a verdict in these words “We of the jury find for the defendant he having fully administer all and singular the goods, chattels and credits of his testate that came to his hands to be administered Geo. B. Whiting” Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff take nothing by his bill but for his false clamour be in mercy &c. and that the defendant go thereof without day and recover against the plaintiff his costs by him about his defence in this behalf expended.


Trial and Jury - 23 Oct 1804

Hodgson Nicholson against Thomas Wren

This day came the parties by their attorneys & thereupon came a jury to wit; James Beaty, James Bell, John Ashby, Charles Littlejohn, Luke Robt. Brown, Geo. Chapman, Geo. Minor, Veter Glascock, Wesley Hamilton, and John Harper who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issues joined upon their oath so say that the defendant did assume upon himself and did assume upon himself within five years in manner and form as the plaintiff by replying have alleged & they do assess the plaintiffs damages by occasion thereof to Two hundred and Ninety Seven pounds nine shillings and four pence half penny besides there costs. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiffs recover against the defendant their damages aforesaid.


Trial & Jury 26 Oct 1804

Commonwealth against Thomas Blackwell - Indictment for Forgery

This day came as well the attorney for the Commonwealth as the defendants by John Love his attorney and thereupon came a jury to wit, Samuel Bayley, Henry Gerrard, John Dedring, Gerrard Keating, Jesse C. Palmer, George Lane, Enoch Renoe, James L. Martin, Bean Posey, John Manderville, Edward Dulin and William Robinson, who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined and having fully heard the evidence and arguments of counsel were as well by consent of the attorney for the commonwealth do the defendant by his attorney and with the assent of the court adjourned until tomorrow morning at ten o’clock.


Trial & Jury 27 Oct 1804

Sarah Thompson & Richard Vietch against Isaac Arnold & Elijah Arnold

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a jury to wit, Thomas Whiting, Washington J. Washington, Colin Auld, David Anderson, Minor Winn, Thomas Norvill, John Lynn, William Clarkson, Larkin Saunders, Jacob Wilson, Reuben Strauther and William Leary who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oaths returned a verdict in these words, “We of the jury find for the plaintiff the debt in the declaration mentioned and one cent damage to be discharged by the payment of 175.16 pounds with interest thereon from the 1st of April 1803 till paid and one cent damage - Washington J. Washington.” Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiffs recover against the defendants and Humphrey Arnold security for their appearance Five Hundred & Thirteen Pounds Six Shillings and Four Pence lawful money of Virginia the debt in the declaration mentioned and their costs by them about their suit in this behalf expended. And the said defendants in mercy &c... But this judgment may be discharged by the payment of one hundred and seventy five pounds sixteen shillings and two pence with legal interest thereon from the first of April 1803 and the damages and costs with interest there on from this day till paid.



Jury 27 1804 Jury for trial of

Elias B. Caldwell Admst. of Gustavous Scott

against Gerrard Trammell, Hanson Jenkins, & Thomas Trammell

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a Jury to wit, Thomas Whiting, Washington J. Washington, Colin Ault, David Anderson, Minor Winn, Thomas Norvill, John Lynn, William Clarkson, Larkin Saunders, Jacob Wilson, Reuben Strauther and William Leary who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined the plaintiff was solemnly called and came not but altogether failed to prosecute his suit further. Therefore it is considered by the court that he be non suit and that the defendant recover against the plaintiff three dollars together with their costs by them about their defence in their behalf expended.


July 27 1804 Jury for trial of

Allen Dodd against James Withers

This day came the plaintiff by his attorney and thereupon came a jury to wit, Thomas Whiting, Washington J. Washington, Colin Ault, David Anderson, Minor Winn, Thomas Norville, John Lynn, William Clarkson, Larkin Saunders, Jacob Wilson, Reuben Strauther and William Leary who being sworn well & truly to enquire of damages in this suit upon their oaths do say that the plaintiff hath sustained damage twenty six pounds eight shillings besides his costs. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant his damages aforesaid by the jurors aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and his costs by him about his suit in this behalf expended with legal interest thereon from this day till paid and the said defendant in mercy.


October 30, 1804 Jury for trial of

William Standard & Robert Patton against McCarty Fitzhugh

This day came the plaintiffs by their attorney and thereupon came a jury to wit. Colin Ault, Walter Warder, James Leach, Thomas Harrison Jun., John Barrett, William Robinson, William Moderwell, Elisha B. Evans, Jesse Scott, Bryant Johnson, William Maddox, and William Johnson who being elected tried & sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath do say that the defendant does owe the debt in the declaration mentioned as the plaintiff by replying hath alleged and they do assess the plaintiff damages by occasion thereof to two hundred and twelve dollars and fifty cents besides their costs. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant two thousand five hundred dollars the defendant in the declaration mentioned together with their damages aforesaid by the jurors aforesaid in four aforesaid assessed and their costs by them about their suit in this behalf expended with legal interested on the said debt & cost from this day till paid. And the said defendant in mercy &c.


October 30, 1804 Jury for trial of

John McCormack, Mahlon Combs against Thomas Bridges

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a jury to wit. Colin Auld, Walter Warder, James Leach, Thomas Harrison Jun., John Barnett, William Robinson, William, Moderwell, Elisha B. Evans, Jesse Scott, Bryant Johnson, William Maddox & William Johnson who being elected tried & sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oaths returned a verdict in these words to wit, “We of the jury find the defendant ---- and one cent damage to be discharged by the payment of forty eight pounds fifteen shillings and one penny half penny - William Robinson, therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant one hundred and sixty pounds the debt in the declaration mentioned together with his damages aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and his costs by him about his suit in this behalf expended. But this judgment may be discharged by the payment of forty eight pounds fifteen shillings & one penny half penny and the damage and costs with legal interest thereon from this day till paid.


October 30, 1804 Jury for trial of

Obediah Pettitt assignee of Samuel Fisher against Thomas Chilton

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a jury to wit. Colin Auld, Walter Warder, James Leach, Thomas Harrison Jun., John Barnett, William Robinson, William Moderwell, Elisha B. Evans, Jesse Scott, Bryant Johnson, William Maddox & William Johnson who being elected tried & sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oaths do say that the defendant hath not paid the debt in the declaration mentioned as the plaintiff by replying hath alleged and they do assess the plaintiffs damages by occasion thereof to one penny besides his costs. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant and John Chilton security for his appearance fourty pounds with legal interest thereon from the 23rd day of May 1798 the debt in the declaration mentioned together with his damages aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and his costs by him about his suit in this behalf expended with interest on the said debt from the said 23rd day of May 1798 and on the said costs from this day till paid and the said debt in mercy &c.


October 30, 1804 Jury for trial of

Jeremiah Debell assignee of William Debell

against Robert H. Grayson & Robert Carter

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a jury to wit. Colin Auld, Walter Warder, James Leach, Thomas Harrison Jr., John Barnett, William Robinson, William Moderwell, Elisha Evans, Jesse Scott, Bryant Johnson, William Maddox & William Johnson who being sworn well and truly to enquire of damages in this cause upon their oath do say that the plaintiff hath sustained damage sixteen pounds four shillings and seven pence besides his costs. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant Carter and Charles Tyler jun. security for his appearance Fifty two pounds ten shillings current Money of Virginia the defendant in the declaration mentioned together with his damages aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and his costs by him about his suit in this behalf expended and the said defendant in mercy &c. But this judgment may be discharged by the payment of forty five pounds eleven shillings & one penny half penny and the damage and costs with legal interest thereon from this day till paid.


October 30, 1804 Jury for trial of

George Hoffman assignee of Walter S. Belt against Beverly R. Wagener

This day came the plaintiff by his attorney and thereupon came a jury to wit. Colin Auld, Walter Warder, James Leach, Thomas Harrison Jr., John Barnett, William Robinson, William Moderwell, Elisha Evans, Jesse Scott, Bryant Johnson, William Maddox & William Johnson who being sworn well and truly to enquire of damages in this suit upon their oath do say that the plaintiff hath sustained damage twenty three dollars & eighteen cents besides his costs. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant and Peter Wagener security for his appearance two hundred and ten dollars & seventy three cents the debt in the declaration mentioned together with his damages aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and his costs by him about his suit in this behalf expended and the said defendant in mercy &c.


Grand Jury - 5 Nov 1804

The following were sworn a Grand Jury for the body of this County & having received their charge withdrew to their chambers to consider their presentments.

Joseph Gilbert - foreman, Paesley Jewell, Stephen Harrison, Sampson Windsor, William Jamison, William B. Webster, Benjamin Cooper, James Cooper, James Newman, Hugh Attwell, John Cross, Charles Modicett, Richard Gill, Richard Newman, Thomas Larkin, Townsend Dade, Walter Warder
John Hearsley against John Littlejohn

7 Nov 1804

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a jury to wit, William Brooks, Andrew Heath Jun,William Robinson, Elisha B. Evans, John Saunders, William Cundiffe, William Beckham, William Johnson, Washington J. Washington, Richard Newman, Philip Heatley, and Britton Saunders who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath do say that the defendant hath not paid the debt in the declaration mentioned as the plaintiff by replying hath alleged and they do assess the plaintiffs damages by occasion thereof to one cent besides his costs. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant four hundred and fifty dollars with legal interest thereon from the 13th day October 1800 and the damages and costs with interest thereon from this day till paid.


15 Nov 1804 Jury for trial

Timothy Brundige against George Chapman

This day came the parties by their attorneys & thereupon came a jury to wit, John Cox, Alex. Scott, Jacob Weaver, John Prossere, John Brown, James Gunnell, Thomas Hunton, Uriah Byrne, Wm. Armistead, Robert Latham, Minor Winn, Jesse Petty who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath do say that the defendant did assume upon himself in manner and form as the plaintiff by replying hath alleged and they do assess the plaintiff damages by occasion thereof to forty four pounds ten shillings and five pence half penny besides his costs. Therefore it is ordered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant his damages aforesaid in the form aforesaid assessed with legal interest thereon from this day till paid.


Grand Jury

18 May 1805

Thomas Page - foreman, John Bagley, Hugh Douglass, Obediah Clifford, John Ewing, Robert Armistead, Johnson Cleveland, William Brookes, John Starke, William Taylore, Marmaduke B. Beckwith, John Wilkinson, Francis Adams, Daniel Lewis, Griffin Matthews, and John Hutchinson were sworn a Grand Jury of Inquest for the body of this District & having received their charge retired and after sometime returned into court and presented. An Indictment against Dudley Diggs Richard, McCarty Chickchester and John Hamper for assault on Thaddeus Norris “a true bill,” An Indictment against George Simpson and George Robinson for an assault on Hendley Maddox “a true bill,” An Indictment against Jas. Wigginton & Henry Brewer for an assault on Elizabeth Russell “a true bill,” An Indictment against William Davis for Murder “a true bill,” they also made the following presentments to wit, We present William Stone, Peter Waggoner, William Bond, John Thompson, Thompson Reardon, and Jesse Oard for a Felony and Burglary by them committed in Burglarousley Breaking & Entering the Dwelling House of Peter Van Brooke in the County of Fairfax in the night of the first day of May last by the information of Peter Van Brooke. --------- Thomas Page foreman

We of the Grand Jury also present John Veale son of William & William Cullison for an assault on Abraham Horeseman upon the information of Abraham Horseman a witness sworn and sent to us by order of Court --- Thomas Page foreman.

And having again retired after some time returned & presented an Indictment against John Veale son of William & William Cullison for an assault on Abraham Horseman “a true bill” and having no further presentments to make were discharged.


Monday the 20th day of May 1805 present

the honorable John Tyler and Robert White Jun. Judges.

Case of William Mocklar

William Mocklar late of the Parish of Shelburne & County of Loudoun laborer who stands indicted for Murder was led to the bar in custody of the keeper of the public jail and thereof arraigned and pleaded not guilty to the indictment, and for his trial put himself upon God and the country, and thereupon came a jury to wit. Joseph O’Bannon, Richard Newman, Robert Latham, Charles Thornhill, Elias O’Bannon, Charles Lowe, John Roach, Burwell Bullitt, Thomas Rogers, Richard Garner, Raleigh Feagan, and Benjamin Pridmore who being elected tried and sworn the truth of and upon the premises to speak, and having heard the evidence upon their oath do say that the said William Mocklar is guilty of Murder in the first degree in manner and form as in the Indictment against him alleged and thereupon he was remanded to Gaol.


21 May 1805 Jury for trial

Commonwealth against Jacob Baugh - Assault

This day came as well the attorney for the Commonwealth and the defendant by, Thomas Swann his attorney and thereupon came a jury to wit. Andrew Heath Jun., William Robinson, William Wheeler, Presley Hamilton, Elias Newman, Washington J. Washington, George Newman, James Espey, Sylvester Walsh, James Williams, James Saunders, & George H. Brown, who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oaths returned a verdict in these words “We the jury find the defendant guilty and amerce him in the sum of Seventy Five Dollars --signed Andrew Heath, foreman. Therefore it is considered by the court that the Commonwealth recover against the defendant the Amercement aforesaid by the jury aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and the costs of this prosecution and the said defendant may be taken &c.


21 May 1805 Jury for trial

Thomas Keith Exor. of William Hamilton Dec.d against William Leach

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a jury to wit, Lowery Jones, Joseph Harvey, Samuel Mooney, Jacob Baugh, Henry Washington Jr., Presley Sanders, Aaron Sanders, Moore Huff, William Mount, John Kipheart, Jonathan Smith, and George Blackwell who being elected trued and sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oaths do say that the defendant doth not detain the Slaves in the declaration meet. in manner and form as in pleading he hath alleged. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff take nothing by his bill but for his false clamour be in Mercy &c. and that the defendant go there____ day and recover against the plaintiff his costs by him about his defence in his behalf expended. recover against the defendant the Amercement aforesaid by the jury aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and the costs of this prosecution and the said defendant may be taken &c.


22 May 1805 Jury for trial

George Chapman Jun. against George Chapman - Trespass

This day came the parties by their attorneys and thereupon came a jury to wit, James Kemp, Kemp Florence, James Merchant, Thomas Whiting, George Newman, William Dye, Daniel Dye junior, Daniel Dye sen., James Sanders, James Espey, Gerrard Keating, and William Florence who being elected tried and sworn the truth to speak upon the issues joined upon their oath do say that the defendant is guilty in manner and form as the plaintiff by replying hath alleged and they do assess the plaintiff’s damage by occasion thereof to two hundred and eighty pounds besides his costs. Therefore it is considered by the court that the plaintiff recover against the defendant his damages aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and his costs by him about his suit in this behalf expended, and the said defendant may be taken &c.


22 May 1805 Jury for trial

Commonwealth against Daniel Dye Sen. - Assault on Wm. Fields

This day came as well the attorney for the Commonwealth as the Defendant by Benjamin Botts his Attorney and thereupon came a jury to wit, Alexander Scott, Burwell Bullitt, William Cundiff, William Bailes, John Brown, Thomas Hunton, George G. Tyler, Henry Washington Jr., George Whiting, John Sanders, John Norris, & Charles Thornhill who being elected, tried & sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath returned a verdict in these words “We the jury find the defendant guilty and amerce him in the sum of three hundred dollars ---- A. Scott foreman.

Therefore it is considered by the court that the Commonwealth recover against the defendant the amercement aforesaid by the jury aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and the costs of this prosecution and the said defendant may be taken &c.
22 May 1805 Jury for trial

Commonwealth against Daniel Dye Jun.- Assault on Wm. Fields

This day came as well the attorney for the Commonwealth as the Defendant by Benjamin Botts his Attorney and thereupon came a jury to wit, Alexander Scott, Burwell Bullitt, William Cundiff, William Bailes, John Brown, Thomas Hunton, George G. Tyler, Henry Washington Jr., George Whiting, John Sanders, John Norris, & Charles Thornhill who being elected, tried & sworn the truth to speak upon the issue joined upon their oath returned a verdict in these words “We the jury find the defendant guilty and amerce him in the sum of eighty dollars ---- A. Scott foreman.

Therefore it is considered by the court that the Commonwealth recover against the defendant the amercement aforesaid by the jury aforesaid in form aforesaid assessed and the costs of this prosecution and the said defendant may be taken &c.

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