(Excerpts from) Archives of Maryland, Vol. LIV (1937), pp. 224-225, 246-248, Kent County Court Proceedings.



At A Court held upon Kent the seventh Day of August 1661 at the house of M' Thomas Ringgould


Present          Capt Robert Vaughan   Capt William Lecads

            Mr James Ringgould     Mr Nickholas pickard



The Complaint of Sarah Tayler Seruant to Capt Thomas Brodnox taken the 5th of August 1661

Saith that on Satterday Morning being the 3d of august she bcinge about hur Mrs Bussines in hur Masters kitchin: hur Master & hur Mistres came and suddenly fell uppon hur: and she helped to hold hur untell he bagune to beate hure with a great ropes end: then she went and kept the doore untell hur husband hade beate her so unreasonably that theare is twenty on Impresions of blowes small and great upon her backe and Armes that hath binne taken notis of and when hur Master had soe beaten hur; hur Master said now spoyle me a batch of bread againe

Thes Complaint being read to Capt Brodnox he did acknoledg the beating of hur and that he would answer itt

                                    Coru nos          Rob vaughan

                                                            James Ringold

                                                            Nickholas pickard


Joseph Newman Sworne in Court Saith

That on on Sunday morneing when he liued at Capt Thomas Brodnox house Capt Brodnox tooke upe a thre futted stole and stroke Sarah Tayler on the head with it for takeing a booke in hure hand to read: and said youe disimbling Jade what doe youe doe with a booke in youre hand, & further saith not

                                                Joseph Newman



Whearas Complaint hath binne made before use by Sarah Tayler seruant to Capt Thomas Brodnox that hur sd Mr hath Correckted hur when he hade no Caus at all as itt hath apeared before use by the tistimony of Joseph Newman; and when he hade Caus Correckedhur aboue Measiour as it dide apeare by the veiw of Capt Rob Vaughan and two other Commisioners to whom she shewed the Impresion of the blowes receued from hur said Master Capt Brodnox; And thearfore we doe thinke fitt to discharge the said Sarah Tayler of hur Aprentiships: In regard of the Eminent Danger likely to insew the Invetterat Mallice of hur Master & Mistres toward hure.


Thearfore we doe by thes presents under oure hands and scales pronounce & declare that we haue fore the Causes aforesaid and other Causes to us Knowne Discharge the said Sarah Tayler the Aprentise of hur Aprentisehood thes 7th of August 1661

Teste Me Tobye Wells Clk

                                                   Rob Vaughan

                                                   Wm Leeads

                                                   James Ringgold

                                                   Nickholas Pickard


Att Court houlden ths 30th June 1668 for the Lord propriat

In the 37 yeare of his Dominion &c for kent County



(Henery Coursey Esq

Mr Richard B.unt      )


(Capt Rob vaughan

Mr Thomas osbourne)



(Mr Morgan Williams

Mr John Dabb            )



(Mr Matt Read




Toby Wells plant         )  In An Action of debt upon

Valentine Southern deft           )  Account A Referance to next Court and in Case of default of the said Southerne in Not Answering then Judgment to passe

Thease are to Impower and Authorize yow to Sweare into your Coinission for the County Court of Kent John vicaris Gent alsoe that he be Admitted of the Quorum in the said Cormission, And for soe doeing this shall bee your Sufficient warrant giuen under my hand And Lesser Seale of the prouince this fourth day of June In the Six and Thirtith yeare of the Dominion of Caecilius Absolute Lord and propriatary of this prouince of Maryland Annos Dominis one

Thousand Six hundred Sixty Eight

                                                            Charles Calvert


To Mr Robert vaughan with the Rest of his Lordships Comissioncrs for the County of Kcnt

According to this order this day John vicaris Gent: was sworne to be of the Quorum into the Comission in open Court

                                                Test:  John Wright Clk


Robt Fuller plant:   ) In An Action of the Case A Reference

Toby wells deft      ) to next Court


Edmond Burton brought two Seruants to Court to be Judged what time they should serue named Humphrey Hubbert and Mary Ewens ordered to Serue fiue yeares Apeice

Isabella Barnes brought A seruant to Court named william watly odered to Serue Six yeares According to law

John Wright brought A seruant to Court who Came in without Indenture named Thomas Henfrey and ordered to serue six yeares according to Law

Mark benton Brought a seruant to Court who Came in without Indenture named James Dee & ordered to serue seauen yeares According to Law

Execution granted to Mr John vicaris for Eight hundred pounds Tobacco and all Just Fees Against Toby Wells

Ordered that Christian Deare the Daughter of John Deare deceased shall Serue Robert Dunn for and during the Terme of Foure yeares or untill she be marryed The bond of security for the orphans Cattle is deliuered unto Robert Dunn

This Day John Maggison was Sworne Cunstable for Lower Hundred Henery Downes for upper Hundred


Thomas Collins plant   ) In An Action of the Case two g

John Erreckson defft   ) Euidence bein taken in part of the plant: the Court finding it just doth order the Said Erreckson to pay unto the plant: one hundred and Eighty pounds of Tobacco all Accounts being Ballanced with Cost of Sute ells exc


Bee it knowne unto all men by these presents that I John Dabb of the Island of Kent for diuers good Causes and Consideracons me Thereunto moueing doe bind ouer my Daughter Sarah Dabb unto Morgan Williams and his wiffe for and during the Terme of four yeares to serue them in such occasions as they shall require and in Consideration whereof the Said Williams is to finde her meate drink washing and Lodging and Cloths for the true performance of the premises I bind my selfe my heires Executors Administrar Assignes In witnes whereof I haue hereunto sett my hand the 30th June 1668

                                                      John Dabb

Acknowledged in Court and          his rnarke

ordered to be recorded

Test John Wright Clk


This day Isaac Winchester desired to Record his marke of his cattle and hoggs as Followeth A halfe square ouer the right Eare and A Crop and A nick underneath A halfe square under the left and A Cropp

John Wright Records his marke of Cattle and hoggs as Foll cropt of both Eares and A slitt in the Right

John Wright Another marke underkeeled of the right Eare and A small peice taken away of the upper side Cropt and slilt of the left


Know all men by these presents that I pasco Dunn doe Assigne ouer all my Right and Title of this within specifyed Bill of Saile unto Henery Downes his heires or Assignes for euer with all priuildges thereunto belonging for pformance hereof I haue hereunto

Sett my hand this 16 of Aprill 1667     Pasco Dunn

Acknowledged in Court by Robert

Dunn his Atturney and ordered to be Recorded

Test John Wright clk


Articles of Agreement made this 18 day of June 1668 & fully Conceud betwixt Tho: Bright of the one party & Francis Shambrooke one the other party In manner and Forme as Followeth

Impres that the Said Francis shambrooke for A Considerable Consideration Already Reced doth bind her Selfe for Three Compleat yeares After the date hereof to serue Tho: Bright in Such Seruice & Imploymt as the Said Bright shall Imploy her in & during the said Terrne the Aforesaid Tho: Bright doth firmly Ingage hemselfe to Allow the Said shambrooke meate drinke lodging & Apparrell to with Agreement the partyes aboue mentioned haue hereunto Sett their hands & seales

                                                Francis 0 shambrooke

witnes           Thomas Thcchiley                her signe & seale

         Robert Hawkshaw             Tho: T Bright

                                                      his signe & seale

Acknowledged in Court & ordered to be recorded

                                                Test: John Wright Cia:


Alexander Thourson Entred A marke for his Sonne Andrew Thourson Cattle being Fiue head the left Eare ouer keeled and a hole the Right Eare Cropt and Three Slitts

Peeler Scales desired to Record his marke of Cattle and hoggs as Followeth the Right Eare Slitt underkeeld and ouerkeeld the left Eare Cropt underkeeld and ouerkeeld

Mary Scale her marke slitt and underkeeld of the left Cropt and underkeeld of the Right

Robert Humphreys desired to record his rnarke of Cattle and Hoggs as Foll: Cropt on the left Eare and A Swallow Forke of the Right Eare

This daye William pledge desired to record his marke of Cattle and hoggs as Foll: Cropt of both eares and two stilts in each eare and underkeeled of the left