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Deposition of John Sampson concerning Matthew Rowan's suit against Henry McCulloh
Sampson, John, d. 1784
April 03, 1750
Volume 04, Pages 1092-1093

North Carolina

Before me James Hasell Esqre Chief Justice of the Province of North Carolina this third day of April in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and fifty Personally came and appeared John Sampson of New Hanover County in the Province aforesaid Esqre who being duly sworn on the Holy Evangelists of Almighty God Deposeth and saith that he this Deponent was at the time of the Commencement of an action or actions in the General Court of this Province (wherein Mathew Rowan Esqre was Plantiff against Henry McCulloh Esqre Defendant) High Sheriff of the County of New Hanover and as such did serve the first process or Capias ad respondendum upon the said Henry McCulloh

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in the actions aforesaid. That this Deponent continued in that Office for near twelve months after the service of the said Process and that during all that time the said Henry McCulloh was not under any confinement but on the contrary had the liberty to go all over the Province of North Carolina And this Deponent further saith that after the expiration of the time of service of this Deponent in the said Office of Sheriff one Robert Walker since deceased was appointed High Sheriff of the said County of New Hanover and was such some time before and at the trial of the said suits between the said Mathew Rowan and Henry McCulloh That this Deponent lived all that time at the Town of Wilmington in New Hanover County aforesaid where the said Robert Walker resided and where the County Goal for the said County of New Hanover was kept That this Deponent never knew or ever heard that the said Henry McCulloh was in close confinement but on the contrary was always at large to go wheresoever he thought proper And further this Deponent saith not.