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NEWTON ABSTRACTS OF DUPLIN CO. PLEAS AND QUARTERS SESSIONS April, 1785 Abraham Newton qualified as Guardian to Joshua Newton, Orphan of [torn]; he gave Bond of 100 pounds and was Ordered to take [property] of said Joshua Newton into his possession. October 1785 Read petition of sundry inhabitants of Rockfish praying to have a road laid off from junction of Duplin and Sampson Counties with New Hanover County at Bulltail Branch to the Court House, to cross Rockfish Creek first at old foard below John Goff, Jr. and next at Bowens old foard below Tim Murphys and join the road at or near Edward Dicksons or at most convenient or useful place; Granted and Ordered…Abraham Newton… or any 12, be a jury to lay off said road and report a plan to next Court. January 17, 1786 The Jury ordered at last Court to lay off a new road beginning at the Sampson County line at Bull Tail Branch, to lead to Duplin County Court House and join the old road near Edward Dicksons Plantation, have laid off the road as follows; beginning at the Sampson County line, running a direct course to cross Rockfish near Edward Dicksons Quarter, thence to Duplin Road near Bins Creek; ordered road established, laid off and opened, William Beven, overseer with the following hands to open and maintain said road;…Abraham Newton…, Jacob Newton… Isaac Newton… October, 1786 Deed: Lois Newton and Abraham Newton to John Little for 85 acres, proved by Aaron Williams; Ordered registered. Deed: Lois Newton and Abraham Newton to John Little for 100 acres, proved by Aaron Williams; Ordered registered. July 20, 1787 Deed: Abraham Newton and Lois Newton to James Newton and Joshua Newton for 300 acres, proved by Daniel Aulderman; Ordered registered. July 21, 1787 Ordered Isaac Newton, Orphan 15 years of age Bound Apprentice to John Goff, Jr. to learn trade of Wheel Wright. October 16, 1787 Granted Abraham Newton Admin’n on Estate of Jacob Newton, dec’d, he gave Bond of 200 pounds and Qualified; Ordered him to sell Perishable Estate of said dec’d and report to next Court. Deed: Richard Meares to Patrick Newton for 2 pieces of land, proved by Austin Moore; Ordered registered. January 22, 1788 Settlement of Estate of Betsey Moore, Orphan of John Moore, dec’d, and Patrick Newton, her Guardian, Exhibited wherein there appears to be a balance due from said Orphan to said Guardian of L8-16-0; Ordered same filed. Settlement of Estate of Maurice Moore, Orphan of John Moore, dec’d, and Patrick Newton, his Guardian, Exhibited wherein there appears to be a balance due from said Orphan to said Guardian of L1-15-2; Ordered filed. April 22, 1788 Inventory of Estate of Jacob Newton Exhibited by Abraham Newton, Administrator; Ordered filed. April 23, 1788 Account of Sales of Estate of Jacob Newton, dec’d, Exhibited by the Sheriff; Ordered filed. Bill of Sale: Patrick Newton to William Wilkinson, Sr. for a Negro girl Dizey, Acknowledged; Ordered registered. Bill of Sale: Patrick Newton to Richard Meares for a Negro man Adam, Acknowledged; Ordered registered. July 23, 1788 Granted Petition of a number of Inhabitants living on Goshen praying for a Road to be laid off from the Road at Daniel Clarks plantation to the Main Road at end of Stephen Herrings Race path, being about 3 miles; Ordered following to be a Jury to lay off said Road and return a plan to next Court:…Patrick Newton… April 22, 1789 On motion of Mr. Gray, read petition of Mary Bulls, formerly widow of John Moore, dec’d; Ordered Sheriff convene a Jury upon the premises of her former husband, John Moore, dec’d, to lay off and allot such Dowry as she is entitled to and to summon Patrick Newton, the Tenant in possession of Premises, to appear at next Court to show cause why she may not have her Dower; Ordered petition filed. October 21, 1789 Ordered following:…Patrick Newton…they or any 12, be a Jury to lay off said Road and return a plan to next Court. April 22, 1790 Ordered…Patrick Newton…be Jurymen to next County Court on 3rd Monday in July next. July 19, 1790 Grand Jury sworn…Patrick Newton… April 20, 1791 In Pursance to an Order of last Court Joseph Dickson, Joseph Thomas Rhodes, Rob Southerland, Shadrack Stallings and James Maxwell, being a Committee appointed to settle accounts of Estate of Barnet Brock, dec’d, with Abraham Newkirk, Adm’r, and to divide said Estate with the Claimants, the Orphans of said dec’d, have rendered their report as follows: That they find in hands of said Abraham Newkirk the sum in money L374-6-6; 2 feather beds valued at L12 each 24 1 feather bed valued at L9 9 1 young Negro woman valued at 140-0-0 1 Negro boy valued at 120-0-0 L667-6-6 Which divided in 4 parts which is the number of Claimants, each share will be L166-9-1 and is divided as follows: To Samuel Newton and Nancy, his wife A Negro woman at L140-0-0 1 bed and furniture at 12-0-0 Money and notes indorsed 14-9-1 L166-9-1 July 19, 1791 Bill of Sale: Lois Newton to her Children for sundries, proved by Abraham Newton; Ordered registered. April 16, 1792 Appointed Isaac Newton Guardian to James Newton, Orphan, he gave Bond of L200; Ordered he take Estate of James Newton into his possession, also Ordered he sell perishable part of said Estate and report to next Court. Appointed Abraham [torn] to Samuel Newton [torn] gave Bond of two [torn]nds; Ordered he take possession of Estate of [torn] Newton and also ordered he sell perishable Estate of said Samuel [torn] and report to next Court. Court tak[torn] case of Isaac Newton, aged and [torn] afflicted with the Palsy, Ordered he be exempted from payment of Tax as a Poll in the future. April 19, 1792 Ordered following be summoned by Sheriff to attend the next Court to be held for this County on the 3rd Monday in July next to serve as Jurors…Patrick Newton… January 22, 1793 Deed: Nathaniel Edwards to Abraham Newton for 250 acres, proved by Frederick Williams; Ordered registered. Bill of Sale: [torn] Malpass to Patrick Newton for a Negro wench [torn], proved by Thomas Bloodworth; Ordered registered. January 24, 1793 Ordered following summoned to attend next County Court as Jurors:…Patrick Newton… April 15, 1793 Last Will and Testament of Patrick Newton, dec’d, Exhibited and proved by Maurice Moore and at the same time James Reardon and Mary Newton, two of the Executors named in said Will, Qualified. Ordered Executors of Patrick Newton, dec’d, sell perishable Estate of said dec’d agreeable to Will of said dec’d and report to next court. April 17, 1793 Account of sales of property belonging to the Orphans of Jacob Newton, dec’d, to wit Samuel Newton, James Newton and Joshua Newton, the 3 youngest sons of said Jacob Newton, dec’d, sold by Isaac Newton and Abraham Newton, Guardians, amounting to L149-4-0. Exhibited by Abraham Newton; Ordered recorded and filed. Deed: Patrick Newton to Felix Frederick for 15 ¾ acres, proved by Warrin Blount; Ordered registered. July 10, 1793 Inventory and Account of Sale of Estate of Patrick Newton, dec’d Exhibited by Ex’rs of said dec’d, amount of said sale being L350-15-6 and amount of money, notes and account L91-7-0; Ordered same recorded and filed. Ordered Felix Frederick be Overseer of said Road from Great Branch near Widow Newtons to end of said Road near Thomas Normants and that all the above mentioned hands now added to said Road with all the hands belonging to said District living on the Waters of said Great Branch and Nahunga East-wardly of said branch work under him. October 22, 1793 Wiliam Dickson, William Beck and Thomas Wright, appointed a Committee to divide the property contained in Doll, a Negro wench of the Estate of John Moore, dec’d, with the increase of said Doll, among the 6 daughters of said John Moore, to wit Annis, Sarah, Beckey, Mary, Sukey, and Betsey, agreeable to will of said dec’d, Report as follows: they find said Negro Doll has the following increase, Darcus, Peter and Moses and they find that Mary Newton, and Ex’x of Patrick Newton, dec’d, claims for herself and for 3 other of her sister, to wit Sarah, Betsey and Suckey, by purchase made by said Patrick Newton in his lifetime, being 4 shares; we also find that Daniel Glisson, assignee, claims the share of Annis by purchase and William Wilkinson claims a share for Betsey, his wife; The Committee have rated the several Negroes as follows: Doll at L110-0-10 Darcus 60-0- 0 Peter 40-0- 0 Moses 35-0- 0 L245-0-10 Divided into 6 shares is L40-16-8 each. Mary Newton takes Doll and Darcus at L170 and is to pay L6-13-4; Daniel Glisson and William Wilkinson, jointly, take Peter and Moses at L75 and area to receive L6-13-4 from Mary Newton [illegible] by the Parties concerned and is submitted to the Court by said Committee; Court concurred and Ordered filed. October 23, 1793 Elizabeth Newton, a Single woman, charged Philip Thomas with begetting a Bastard Child on her and rendered her account against said Philip Thomas for her lying in expenses and 161/2 months maintaining said child; Court has given her a Judgement for L10-9-0 the balance of her said account to be paid by said Philip Thomas or Execution to issue for same with costs. April 22, 1794 Ordered Ex’rs of Patrick Newton, dec’d, sell Perishable part of Legacies of the Orphan children of said dec’d, according to Law and make return to next court. July 22, 1794 Ordered Thomas Hooks, James Wright and Charles Hooks be a Committee to inspect the papers and accounts of Estate of Patrick Newton, dec’d, and report to next Court. July 22, 1794 Additional Inventory of Estate of Patrick Newton, dec’d, consisting of money due said Estate amounting to L112-19-0 Exhibited; Ordered recorded and filed. Account of Sales of Orphans Legacies of Estate of Patrick Newton, dec’d, amounting to L53-14-6 Exhibited by Ex’rs; Ordered recorded and filed. October 23, 1794 [Account current with Estate of Patrick Newton, dec’d, amounting to L522-2-10 Exhibited by James Reardon and Mary Newton, ex’rs of last Will of said Patrick Newton, which accounts with vouchers have been previously examined by Thomas Hooks, James Wright and Charles Hooks, a Committee appointed for that purpose who reprot that vouchers are good, etc., Court concurred and Ordered account with said report and vouchers filed and recorded.] (This was struck out.) Ordered William Dickson, Thomas Hooks, James Wright and Charles Hooks, or any 3, be a Committee to state and settle the accounts of the Ex’rs of Patrick Newton, dec’d, and examine the vouchers relating thereto and report to next Court. April 18, 1798 Bill of Sale: William Matchet to Abram Newton for a Negro girl Suck, Acknowledged; Ordered registered. July, 1801 David Wright, Lewis Barfield, Enoch Newton being returned on the Venieri to last Term and did not attend and being fined Nisi, appeared before Court and are excused, also… January 21, 1802 David Newton, Orphan nine years old last March, bound Apprentice to Jonathan Thomas till age 21 to learn to be a farmer and to read and write, etc. April 20, 1803 Deed: Enoch Newton to James Newton for 13 acres, proved by Abraham Newton; Ordered registered. April 17, 1805 Read Petition of Sundry Inhabitants on Waters of Rockfish Creek praying a Road may be laid off Leading out of Sampson Road at the lower end of the Bay called Harvills Bay and thence a direct Course down to Abraham Newkirks at t he County line, there to join a New Road from Washington; Granted. Ordered James Newton, Britton Powell, John Alderman, Daniel Alderman, Enoch Newton, William Hysmith, William Bland, David Alderman, Jr., Jesse Lee, Elias Sutton, Isaac Newton, David Alderman, Sr., be a Jury to view and lay off said new Road and report a Plan to next Court. [Read Petition of Sundry Inhabitants of Rockfish praying a New Road be laid off leading from the Main Road at Harvills Bay the most direct way into the main Road at John Millers(?) and that the hands on the West side of Rockfish Creek be granted to open and Maintain the said Road and that Abraham Newton be appointed Overseer; Granted] Marked through and expunged by Order of the Court Pursuant to an Order of last Court a Jury has been convened and laid off a New Road from the Black River Road at Harvills Bay thence to a foard Crossing the Doctors Creek near Abraham Newkirks and from thence into a Road leading to South Washington; Court concurred and Ordered Brittain Powell be Overseer of said Road and that Daniel Alderman, Jr., Elias Sutton, David Alderman, Jr., Enoch Newton, Isaac Newton, Jesse Lee, Joshua Lee, James Newton, Elisha Powell, William Hysmith, John Alderman, William Roades, William Bland, Joseph Stringfield, Richard Welsh, Elijah Powell, William White and John Smith work under him. October 22, 1805 Ordered Aaron Williams and Enoch Newton, Ex’rs of Issac Newton, dec’d, authorized to sell any part of Perishable Estate of said dec’d as they think will be most benefit to Heirs of dec’d. January 21, 1812 Will of Patrick Newton, dec’d, the lands of said dec’d and that Hugh Maxwell, the County Surveyor, be added to this Committee and make return to next Court. Ordered that Abraham Newton Pay to John Bray the sum of L18-0-0 out of the Estate of Jacob Newton, dec’d, for the maintenance of an infant child which was lawfully sworn to said Newton, dec’d, for the term of 3 years, which is now expired. January 19, 1814 On motion ordered that Charles Hooks, David Hooks, James Wright, David Wright, and Alexander Herring be a committee to divide the lands of Patrick Newton, dec’d, among the heirs agreeable to the Will of said deceased, and Wm. Beck be one of the Committee as Surveyor and report the same to next Court. April 18, 1814 Charles Hooks, David Hooks, Alexander Herring, David Wright and James Wright are appointed a Committee to divide the lands of Patrick Newton, dec’d, between the several claimants and make return thereof to this Court, and that Charles Hooks act as Surveyor. April 19, 1814 James Wright, Esq’r, Charles Hooks and David Hooks are appointed a Committee to settle the accounts of Elenor Newton as natural Guardian to her children and make report thereof to next Court. Upon motion ordered that the Sheriff do convene a Jury upon the premises and lay off to Elenor Newton, the widow of James Newton, dec’d, the dower of her deceased husband’s lands and return to next Court. Division of the lands of Patrick Newton, dec’d, containing 3 divisions was handed into Court, concurred and ordered to be registered. October 14, 1814 Ordered that Enoch Newton, Exec’r of Isaac Newton, sell all the Personal Estate of Isaac Newton, dec’d, that is now found remaining of said Estate and not sold heretofore and make return thereof to next Court.