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Trial of Sam (slave of James W. Parker)

September 7, 1831 – Discharged


At a Court of Oyer and Terminer summoned and held for the County of Southampton on the Seventh day of September 1831 for the trial of Sam a negro man Slave the property of James W. Parker, Fery, a negro man slave the property of James W. Parker—Jim late the property of Wm. Vaughan and Wright late the property of Rebecca Vaughan charged with insurrection and murder.


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


The Court being thus constituted Meriwether B. Broadnax Attorney prosecuting for the Commonwealth filed and [sic] Information against the prisoners and thereupon Sam a slave the property of James W. Parker was set to the bar in custody of the Jailor of the County and the Court doth assign William C. Parker/appeared/ Counsel for the prisoner in his defense and the prisoner being arraigned of the premises pleaded not guilty to the information and the Court after hearing the testimony and from all the circumstances of the case are unanimously of opinion that the prisoner is not guilty as in pleading he hath alleged and proclamation being made as the manner is and nothing further appearing or being alleged against the prisoner it is ordered that he be discharged from custody.

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