This information is contributed by Fran West Powell
Wednesday Morning 17 January 1816 The Court met according to adjournment. Present: The Worshipfull James Wright, John Beck, John Hunter, Archibald Maxwell, Esquires Upon motion ordered that Daniel Murray have leave to build a public grist mill on a stream known by the name of the Big Branch nearly opposite his house, with all the privileges and benefits accruing thereto according to law. Upon motion ordered that Elizabeth Knowles have judgement against William West and his securities for the sum of forty-three [$43.00] dollars for her expenses and trouble in lying in, nursing and maintaining a bastard child begotten on her body by the said William West - for two years ending this term. Ordered that Execution issue to Bladen County against said William West and his securities. Ordered that Thomas Phillips and Stephen Brown and Jesse Brown shall work on the Road under Robert Middleton, Overseer. A Report of the Settlement, division of Negroes, etc., of a part of the Estate of Edward Blackmore, dec'd, to wit: the part of said Estate coming to Nancy Davis, wife of Oroondatis Davis and Harrell Blackmore, heirs of the said deceased, was returned to Court and concurred and ordered to be recorded and filed. Ordered that Jo. Gillespie's hands and George McGowen's and Thomas Sheppard's hands shall work on the road under William Mallard, Overseer.