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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Minutes of the Perquimans Precinct Court
North Carolina. Precinct Court (Perquimans Precinct)
January 12, 1703
Volume 01, Pages 573-575

[Records of Perquimans Precinct Court.]

Jan 1703

At a Court Houlden At the House of Capt James Coles The Secont tuesday In Janewar for the prcinct of Piquimons
Capt Ralph ffletcher Judg
Mr ffrancis ffoster
Mr William Bartclift
James Coles

Mr Robart ffendall Atorney to Patrick Kenedy Acknowledged An Assignment of a Pattent to Mr Thomas Snoden Aturney to John ffalconer Aturney to James ffugeett.

Mr Peter Godfrey Proved An Account Against Peter Gray for too Pound fower Shilling And fower Pence Halfe Peney

Att a Courte held att the house of Capt James Cole the Second Tuesday of January 170⅔ being for the prcint of Pequimons

Prsent Capt Ralph ffletcher Judge
Mr ffrancis fforster
Captt James Cole
and Mr Wm Bartlett
and Captt Jno Stepney

Pr Godfrey produces a Com̄iss to be clerk of the sd prcinct Court and is admitted

Richard Woollard acknowledges a pl of Land to Thomas Hares his heirs and assigns forever.

ffrancis Beasley acknowledges a pl of Land to Thoms Grey Ordered that ffrancis Beasley be made Surveyour of the High Ways—and Impowered thereunto

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Captt Jno Stepney is Sworne Commissr for the peace.

Mgr Samuell Swann proves himself the Lawfull Attorney of Mr Jno Taylors by ye Subscripcon of

ffrancis Toms Jur
Ralph ffletcher
ffrancis ffoster
James Coles
John Stepney
William Barclift

A Record of Pr Godfreys Commis to be Clerke of the prcinct Court of Pequimins proved ye 12th of Jany last

Forasmuch as Capt John Stepney late Clerke of the Court of Pequimins prcinct is added to ye Comiss of the peace for the Same prcinct therefore out of the certaine knowledge I have of the ability & Integrity of Pr Godfrey Gent I do hereby appoint authorize and Impower him ye sd Pr Godfrey Gent to be clerke of the aforesd Prcinct Court and I do by these prsents authorize and Impower the sd Pr Godfrey to aske demand take & receive all legall & Just ffees profitts and Emolumts wtsoever to the sd place or office belonging or any wise Aperteyning and allso to take into his Custody possession and Care all and Singular the records papers and writings belonging unto the sd prcinct Court hereby revoking and making void any former Commiss for the sd office this Comisi to continue in force dureing my pleasure In testimony whereof I have hereunto putt my hand and Seale this 6th day of January 170⅔

Samll Swanne Secretary [Seale]
A true Coppy of the Commisi for the Peace.

North Carolina ss:

Jno Earle of Bath Palatine and the rest of the true and absolute Lords proprietors of all Carolina Greeting

To our trusty and well beloved Captt Ralph ffletcher Jno Barrow ffrancis ffoster Captt James Cole Captt Jno Stepney and Wm Bartlett Gent. being well assured of your Loyalty prudence & Integrity do hereby assigne and appoint you Justices of the Peace for the prcinct of Pequimins in the County of Albemarle Joyntly and Severally to keepe or Cause to be kept her Maties peace wthin the said Prcinct as allso to keepe or Cause to be kept all laws and Statutes made for the good governmt of this Country and you or any three of you whereof one of you Ralph ffletcher, Jno Barrow, ffrancis ffoster shall be one shall hold and keepe a Court for your said prcinct Seaven times every yeare viz the 2d Tuesday in the monthes of October, November, December January ffebruary March and August there to try by a Jury of twelve true & Lawfull

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men all Petty larcenies all unlawfull riotts and routes that shall committed wthin your prcinct and Judgemt theron to give to such paines and Penalties as by law is provided and allso do heare and determine all personall actions not exceeding the Summe of fifty pounds that shall bye Lawfull processe be brought before you and allso once every yeare viz the 2d Tuesday in the month of August you shall hold a Court for the tryall of all Causes perteyning to Orphans and their Estates wth full power to award processe heare and determine all and every matter cause and things for the disposall & reliefe of orphans and Secureing their Estate wthin your prcinct that shall be by Informacon plaint or any other ways or meanes be brought before you and a record thereof you shall cause to be kept of all ye orphans in your prcinct their Guardians the vallue of their Estates and what Security is given for the same wch you shall cause to be altered & renewed as often as you shall find necessary.

This Com̄iss to continue during our pleasure. Given under our hands and Seales of our Collony the 30th of July 1702 in the first yeare of her Maties reigne

Wittness our trusty and well beloved Hendrson Walker Esqr prsidt of our Councell & Comandr in Chiefe of our said province and ye rest of our trusty and well beloved Counsellours of State who have hereunto Sett their hands


This Comm̄iss was truely and faithfully
recorded Jany the 16th 170⅔