Chatham County (N.C.) court documents  1790-1822
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Collection Scope and Content Note

The Chatham County, N.C., court documents, contains 23 court orders and other legal documents relating to debt payments from the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Chatham County, North Carolina. These papers shed light on the North Carolina residents' financial affairs, and show court and attorney fees. Many of the documents are writs ordering the seizure of property to fulfill debts. One writ, dated August 23, 1821, ordered John Cocke to sell two slaves, Rose and Eliza, to pay back a $79.82 debt. Another writ required that Asa Stone sell her furniture, mare and colt, and other livestock to satisfy a ninety-one dollar debt owed to Mary Lucas. Items were often written one day and issued weeks later.

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