Manuscripts Division William L. Clements Library University of Michigan
Finding aid for Chatham County (N.C.) Court Documents, 1790-1822
Finding aid created by Philip Heslip, September 2009
Title: Chatham County (N.C.) court documents Creator: North Carolina. Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions (Chatham County) Inclusive dates: 1790-1822 Extent: 23 items Abstract:
This collection consists of 23 court documents from the Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions of Chatham County, North Carolina, including court orders and other legal documents relating to debt actions.
Language: The material is in English Repository: William L. Clements Library, University of Michigan
909 S. University Ave. The University of Michigan Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1190 Phone: 734-764-2347 Web Site: www.clements.umich.edu
Access and Use
The collection is open for research.
Copyright status is unknown
Cataloging funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the "We the People" project.
Chatham County (N.C.) Court Documents, William L. Clements Library, The University of Michigan
This collection is organized chronologically.
Chatham County, North Carolina, was formed as a settlement by Quakers in 1751, and was established as a county in 1771. During the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, the county was governed by justices of the peace, who operated Court of Pleas and Quarter Sessions and appointed state General Assembly representatives as well as the county sheriff and other officials.
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.