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Virginia Slavery Laws

Virginia Slavery Laws


Page Two~Crime and Punishment~Accomack County

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Trial of Nan, June 1768

Nan was accused of felony theft, but convicted only of a misdemeanor. By convicting of the lesser offense, the court was perhaps protecting the property of owner James.

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At a Court of Oyer and Terminer held in Accomack County On the 3d Day of June 1768 for the Tryal of Negro Nan a woman Slave belonging to James James Justice for Felony.

Present, Thos. Ryley, Tully Robinson Wise, James Arbuckle and John Smith Gent.

The said Nan being set to the Bar in Custody of the Sherif and charged with the Felonious breaking and Entring the Dwelling house of Sarah Clark in the night time and feloniously taking thereout Sundry Goods and Chattels the property of the said Sarah said she was not thereof Guilty and On Examination of Sundry Witnesses It is the opinion of this Court that She is not Guilty of Felony, But that She hath been Guilty of a Misdemeanor and therefore ordered that She receive thirty none Lashes at the Public Whipping Post and Stand in the Pillory one hour and ordered that the Sherif Cause immediate Execution thereof to be done.
These Proceedings were Signed
Thos. Ryley.

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