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Minutes of the Craven County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions
North Carolina. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Craven County)
March 11, 1777
Volume 11, Page 710

From Records of Craven Co.

State of North Carolina.
At a Court of Quarter Sessions and the Peace, Begun and Held for the County of Craven, at the Court House in New Bern on Tuesday the 11th day of March, in the year of our Lord 1777, and in the first year of the Independence of this State.

An ordinance for appointing Justices of the County of Craven being read, the following Gentlemen being named in the Commission of the Peace appeared, who having been qualified, agreeable to a Dedimus from His Excellency Richard Caswell, Esquire, Governor, &c., of this State, took their seats on the Bench; viz: James Davis, Alexander Gaston, Richard Ellis, Jacob Johnson, John Fonvielle, William Carraway, John Tillman, Bazil Smith, William Bryan, William Tisdale, John Gilliard, Esquires.

The Court proceeded to nominate and appoint a Clerk, when Christopher Neale being proposed was unanimously chosen and appointed as such, and took the Oath of Allegiance to the State, and the Oath of Office, and entered into Bond with sufficient security for the Faithful discharge of his Duty in Office, which Bond is to be lodged in the Secretary's Office.

John Bryan, Esquire, was unanimously nominated and appointed Sheriff of the County of Craven, and thereupon he produced a Commission from His Excellency the Governor, which being read, the said John Bryan, Esquire, took the Oath of Allegiance to the State and the Oath of Office, and entered into Bond with John Tillman, John Bryan, Trent, & William Carraway Securitys in the sum of one thousand Pounds for the Faithful Discharge of his Duty in office.

John McGraw was appointed Cryer of this Court.