Dorchester County Court Minutes - 1830-1847

These are a few of the abstracts from the Dorchester County Court
Minutes from various years.

Please order all copies from the Maryland State Archives from the link
at the bottom of this page.

These are NOT court transcripts.  In most cases they give the charge
or reason for being in court, witnesses and juries and outcome (guilty
or not guilty)

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Dorchester County Court Minutes 1830-1847

April Term 1837
folio 151
ALLEN, Peter, free negro - Charged by the state for stealing wool
  from Thomas H. MEEKINS - Found guilty - 2 yrs in pen

April Term 1838
folio 176
BELL, Thomas M. - charged by state with forgery
  Not guilty

April Term 1838
folio 178
BYUS, Joseph, dec
  Wife - Anne M. BYUS
  Dau - Rebecca BYUS
  Son - William Stanley BYUS
  Son - Joseph H. BYUS (minor)
  Son - James A. BYUS (minor)

October Term 1836
folio 147
DASHIELL, Mathias, dec in 1834 - Lands in Dorchester & Somerset Co
  Wife - Rebecca
  Son - Cadmus
  Son - Rufus
  Dau - Emily
  Dau - Virginia
  Son - Julius
  Dau - Martha
  Son - Mathias
  Guardian to minors - Benjamin DASHIELL

October Term 1841
folio 221
FASSETT, William D. - Admitted as an attorney of this court

April Term 1837
folio 156
HARDEN, Eliza - charged by state with selling liquor without a license
  Not Guilty

April Term 1837
folio 152
HAYWARD, Samuel - Charged by the state with riot & assault on George
   TYLER - Not guilty of riot - Guilty of assault - $1.00 fine

October Term 1841
folio 221
HAZEL, Manlove - Admitted as an attorney of this court

October Term 1837
folio 169
JOHNSON, Samuel - charged by state with stealing money & clothes from
  John LARMER
  Found guilty - 3 yrs in pen

April Term 1837
folio 152
KEENE, Henry, dec
  Son - Moses L. KEENE
  Dau, Emily, wife of Benjamin WOODARD
  Dau - Elizabeth E. KEENE
  Dau - Harriett KEENE (minor)
  Son - John KEENE, dec
          Dau - Emily KEENE
          Dau - Mary KEENE

April Term 1841
folio 214 
LAFETT, John S. charged with assault & attempted rape of Elizabeth
         KENNEDY
  Not Guilty

April Term 1838
MACER, Matilda, negro - charged with burning the house of Benjamin
  HARRISON
  Not guilty

October Term 1839
folio 196
MARSHALL, Matthias, dec
  Wife - Margaret MARSHALL
  Son - Henry MARSHALL
  Dau - Ann Matilda, wife of John ELLIOTT
  Dau - Elizabeth MARSHALL
  Dau - Margaret MARSHALL
  Dau - Emeline MARSHALL
  Dau - Mary MARSHALL

April Term 1838
folio 179
MEREDITH, John, dec
  Bro - Pritchett MEREDITH
  Sister, Matilda, wife of Benjamin REED
  Bro - George MEREDITH
  Bro - Zebedee MEREDITH, dec
          Son - John MEREDITH (minor)

April Term 1837
folio 153
MOORE, Barzellai - Charged with stealing hogs from Henry SHENTON
  Found guilty - 2 yrs in pen

April Term 1839
folio 191
NORTH, Aaron, dec
  Son - John NORTH
  Dau - Margaret NORTH
  Dau - Eleanor, wife of Levin COOK
  Son - Edward NORTH
  Son - James NORTH

October Term 1838
folio 185
NORTH, John, dec
  Sis - Margaret NORTH
  Sis - Eleanor, wife of Levin COOK
  Bro - Edward NORTH
  Bro - James NORTH

October Term 1840
folio 210
PENNINGTON, Nancy - Charged by state of stealing money from Josiah
                     MARSHALL
Not Guilty

April Term 1839
folio 192
PRITCHETT, David - Petition to keep ferry over Great Choptank River
  from Cambridge to Talbot County

October Term 1836
folio 147
RAWLEY, William - charged by state with the murder of Philemon HODSON
  Found guilty - 15 years in pen

April Term 1837
folio 151
ROSS, William - charged with riot & assault on George TYLER
  Found guity - $1.00 fine

April Term - 1837
folio 154
ROY, James charged by state with stealing hog from Pritchett MEREDITH
  Not guilty

October Term 1841
folio 222
SPEDDEN, John of John, dec - Division of real estate
  Wife - Mary SPEDDEN
  Dau - Elizabeth, wife of Impey SPEDDEN of Robert
  Dau - Julia Ann, wife of Impey SPEDDEN of Hugh
  Son - Robert SPEDDEN
  Son - Thomas SPEDDEN
  Dau - Catherine, wife of Thomas DAWSON
  Dau - Mary Ann SPEDDEN
  Son - Edward SPEDDEN
  Dau - Emily Ann SPEDDEN

October Term 1837
folio 164
STANLEY, Eliza - charged by state with stealing 1 lb of cheese from
  Edward A. MARSHALL - Not guilty

October Term 1839
folio 198
STEWART, James - charged by state for stealing bull of James MOWBRAY
  No Guilty

October Term 1837
folio 166
TALL, Zachariah charged by Uriah TODD with assault & battery
  Not guilty

October Term 1841
folio 221
THOMAS, Edward - Accused of getting a child by Nancy GRAINGER
  Not guilty

April Term 1841
folio 215
THOMPSON, James N., alias James N. CORNISH, free negro by his
   guardian, Levin THOMPSON - Petition for freedom - Freedom granted

October Term 1837
folio 169
WAINWRIGHT, William - charged by state with assault on John BAKER
  by snapping a pistol with intent to kill
  Found guilty - 5 yrs in pen - 1/10th in solitary

October Term 1841
WATERS, William S. - Admitted as an attorney of this court

October Term 1838
folio 185
WHEATLEY, Edward - charged by state with perjury
  Found not guilty

October Term 1841
folio 221
WILLIAMS, Denwood - Admitted as an attorney of this court

October Term 1839
folio 196
WILLIAMS, Samuel, dec 1820
  1/4 - John W. MARTIN (nephew)
  1/4 - Thomas MARTIN  (nephew)
  1/4 - John WILLIAMS, son of Isaac F. WILLIAMS
  1/4 - Samuel WILLIAMS, dec son of Isaac F. WILLIAMS

WILLIAMS, Isaac F., dec
  Dau - Mary, wife of Charles N. TILDEN of Mississippi
  Son - Thomas H. WILLIAMS of Somerset Co (minor)
  Dau - Sarah E. WILLIAMS of Somerset Co (minor)
  Dau - Anne Maria WILLIAMS of Somerset Co (minor)

April Term 1840
folio 205
WILLIAMS, Samuel, dec
  Nephew - John WILLIAMS, dec - 1/4 of real estate
  Nephew - Samuel WILLIAMS, dec - 1/4 of real estate
             Their heirs: Sister - Mary P. WILLIAMS, wife of Charles
                                     TILDEN of Miss.
                          Brother - Thomas WILLIAMS of Somerset Co
                          Sister - Sarah WILLIAMS of Somerset Co
                          Sister - Ann WILLIAMS of Somerset Co
  Wife - Eliza WILLIAMS - 1/2 of estate
  Remainder to Thomas MARTIN (minor) & John William MARTIN

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