Trial of Davy (slave of Joseph Parker)

September 8, 1831 –  Discharged

 

At a Court of Oyer and Terminer summoned and held for Southampton County the seventh day of September 1831 for the trial of Bob a negro man slave the property of Temperance Parker, Davy a negro man slave the property of Joseph Parker and Daniel a negro man slave the property of Solomon Parker for conspiracy to rebel and make insurrection

 

Present: Jeremiah Cobb, Benjamin Drewry, Carr Bowers, Thomas Pretlow, and Orris A. Browne—Gent.

 

The Court being thus constituted Meriwether B. Broadnax filed an information against the prisoners and for reasons appearing the Court is adjourned till tomorrow morning nine o’clock.

 

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At a Court of Oyer and Terminer continued by adjournment and held for the County of Southampton on the 8th day of September 1831 for the trial of Bob a negro man slave the property of Temperance Parker, Davy a negro man slave the property of Joseph Parker and Daniel a negro man slave the property of Solomon Parker for counseling, advising and conspiring to rebel and make insurrection and for plotting the lives of sundry free white persons.

 

Present: Jeremiah Cobb, Carr Bowers, Benjamin Drewry, Thomas Pretlow and Benjamin L. Drew. Gent.

 

The Court being thus constituted the prisoners were set to the bar in custody of the Jailor of this County and being arraigned of the premises pleaded not guilty to the information and the prisoners were heard in their defense by James S. French their Counsel. The Court after hearing testimony and from all the circumstances of the case are unanimously of opinion that the prisoners are not guilty as in pleading they have alleged, and proclamation being made as the manner is and nothing further appearing or being alleged against them it is ordered that they be discharged from further prosecution for the said offense.