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Inquest of the Murder of William Peacock

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    Inquest of the Murder of William PEACOCK
    Duplin County, June 3rd, 1760
    This Day Robert ROLLINS made information to me one of his Majestys Justices 
    of the Peace for af'sd County That this Day William PEACOCK was found Dead 
    in his Corn field 
    These are therefore in His Majestys Name to Will and Command you to Summon 
    Twenty four Lawful men or So many as you Possibly can of the Said Number to 
    appear with out Delay at the Said Deceased Plantation to act and hold a Jury 
    of Inquest over the Said Dead Person herein fail Not as you will answer the 
    Contrary at your Perill and for so Doing this shall be your Sufficiant 
    Warrent Given Under my Hand and Seal the Day & Date above Written
    To M'r John OWENS Constable to Execute                     William MAGEE JP
    Executed on the Persons Under Written p'r one John OWENS Constable
    Robert ROLLINS
    William VANN
    Addoniram TREADWELL
    Richard HERRING
    William ATKEISON
    James TINKER
    Benjamin BLACKBURN
    Daniel CREAMER
    Joseph WHITE
    William CROMERTY
    Isaac ATKEISON
    Frances NELMS
    Henry VANN
    Duplin County June ye 3d 1760
    We the under Subscribers being Duly Qullified before William MAGEE one of his 
    Majestys Justices of the Peace for the County aforesaid Upon an Inquest on the 
    Body of William PEACOCK Being found Dead in his Corn field and upon Searching the 
    said Dead to the Best of our Judgment that the Said William PEACOCK Was Murdered 
    Given Under our hand the Day & Date above Written
     Witnesseth   William MAGEE JP
    Adoniron TREADWELL
    Richard HERRING 
    Daniel CREAMER
    William CROMARTY
    Isaac ATKEISON
    Joseph ( his "x" mark) WHITE
    Benjamin (his "B" mark--"B" pointed downward) BLACKBURN
    James TINKER
    Robert (his "x" mark) ROLLINS
    William VANN
    Henry VANN
    Frances NELMS
    The Said William PEACOCK was Murthered by one of his Negroes Which was Try'd & 
    Condem'd and Burnt at a Stake the Sixth Day of June 1760.

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