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Court of Common Pleas Slave Wins Case Lucy, a negro, in February 1799, filed a suit against Reason Pumphrey (a well-known resident of Washington County until 1786 when he moved to Ohio County, now West Virginia). He claimed that she was his slave. She claimed that she was not and that she was free. January 1-1799 Pumphrey detained her, saying that he had her registered in July 1782 under the name of Ruth, age 13. She won the case getting $1 in damages, not the $500 she asked for. Hero Jailed Colonel David Williamson, frontier defender, died in the county jail April 12-1809. He bought a gold watch and was sued in May 1803 for non-payment. He was sent to jail in May 1806 for contempt of court. Every 3 months the case came up and he was resentenced, the last time December 1808. Before the case was settled he was dead. Breach of Promise In April 1782 Judith Dodd sued John Williamson of Ohio County (cousin of Colonel David) for breach of promise. He had promised to marry her and had married someone else. The sheriff ordered him to appear April 2. John and his father, Moses, had to post a bond for 1000 pounds. The matter was referred to 7 referrees, who ordered him to pay her 20 pounds ($53) in hard, not paper, money. It must be equal to 48 ounces of silver or 3.2 ounces of gold. (His first wife died and for his second wife he chose the above Judith.) Estate Accounts – Register of Wills Office Conrad Philabaum killed by Indians 1782 at Rice's Fort (Sep 14) Accounts filed by widow Salome 1787 and 1797 "We being greatly on the frontier line, Oh this horrid scene happened as we were all forted at Mr Rice's and between our cabin and his blockhouse. This happened, my husband and son as they fell in the enemy's hand, my husband scalped, lying in his blood, to me a great surprise and affecting sight, the loss of a good husband and obedient son." Conrad was killed in the field, son George in the fort Matthew Grey killed by Indians 1781 west of Waynesburg (Mar 9) Accounts filed by widow Susanna 1788 The estate is charged for the upkeep of her son from March 9- 1781. This gives the date of the killing. Such charges were customary. Susanna was a daughter of Francis Baskins of Paxton. Francis Frazer died 1786 Peters Township Accounts filed 1790 and 1793 Francis was a schoolmaster and when he died some of the parents owed him money. To prove it his school attendance book from July 5-1785 to June 7-1786 was filed. John Clemens died 1814 Buffalo Township Accounts filed 1815 John was a storekeeper at Taylorstown. The inventory lists every- thing in the store – 300 items. From the list one can imagine walking into the store and paying 2 ½ cents for a sheet of sandpaper, 6 cents for a handkerchief, 7 cake of soap, 8 violin base, 12 ½ cents for a pair of suspenders or a pound of sugar or a paper of ink powder. A tin horn was 20 cents, a pound of tea 24 cents (no coffee). For 25 cents one could buy a pound of snuff, a sugar dish, a chisel, a psalm book or a pound of chocolate. A clothes brush was 30 cents. If one had more money a whip was $1.40, a barrel of salt 1.80, a muslin shawl $2 or a bonnet $2.50. The inventories for John and 3 brothers have been preserved. John Clemens Feb 13-14, 1815 300 items value $1985 – storekeeper Abraham Clemens Jul 7-1841 80 items value $230 – farmer Jeremiah Clemens Feb 20-1827 300 items value $9950 – tavern-keeper in Mercer County, Kentucky James Clemens Jul 3-1860 330 items including 126 slaves value $119,935 – cotton planter in Madison County, Alabama - - - - - - Jacob Wolf, who lived several miles west of Washington, was given permission by the Ohio County, Virginia court (which then claimed jurisdiction) on June 6-1780 to open an ordinary (tavern) charging $4 for breakfast or supper, $6 for dinner, lodging with clean sheets $3, horse overnight with hay $6, pasturage $3. Raymond Martin Bell
This article was transcribed by Bonnie Hill of Emmett, ID in February 1998.
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