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Trial of Stephen (slave of James Bell)

September 21, 1831 –  Discharged


At a Court of Oyer and Terminer summoned and held for the County of Southampton on the 21st day of September 1831 for the trial of Stephen a negro man slave the property of James Bell charged with conspiracy to rebel and make insurrection.


Present—James W. Parker, Jacob Barnes, James Trezvant, Alexander P. Peete, and Alexander Myrick. Gent.


The Court being thus constituted the prisoner was set to the bar in custody of the jailor of this County and Meriwether B. Broadnax Attorney prosecuting for the Commonwealth filed an information against the prisoner and the prisoner being arraigned of the premises pleaded not guilty to the information and sundry witnesses were sworn & examined. The Court after hearing the testimony and from all the circumstances of the case are unanimously of the 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 the prisoner be forthwith discharged from further custody—

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