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Colonial and State Records of North Carolina
Minutes of the Craven County Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions [Extracts]
North Carolina. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Craven County)
May 15, 1779 - November 15, 1779
Volume 14, Pages 302-303


15th May, 1779.

At this term, “The Town of New Bern being generally infested with Small Pox, which rendered it dangerous for those who have Business in Court to attend, the Court ordered all Business to be continued over from this to the next succeeding term.”

15th Nov. 1779.

At this term the Judges were Samuel Ashe, Samuel Spencer and John Williams.

Indictments for “Misprision of Treason,” and

State vs. Joseph Killett. “Indictment for Horse stealing, upon which Indictment the said Joseph Killett was found Guilty, and the Court passed the following Sentence, to-wit: That the said Joseph Killett be taken from Court, and thence

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to the Gaol from whence he came, and on the 3d day of December next be carried to the place of Execution, where, between the hours of 10 & 2, he is to be hanged by the neck until he is dead.”

(Three other sentences similar to the above at this term.)

This Court appoints the following Commissioners of Forfeited Estates: Lewis Welch, David Hall and Joseph Bell, agreeable to Law passed in January last.