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Court Actions

A Sampling of Early Bermuda Court Documents

The following documents are court actions, deed, & grants in Bermuda, or relating to Bermudians. They are listed in chronological order:

Ship Garland: 1620 Wye vs. Farrer & Sheppard
Ship Peter Bonadventure: 1631 prize court records
Ship King of Poland, owners Anthony Peniston, Perient Trott, et al: 1651 court action
Ship King of Poland, owner Anthony Peniston: 1656 court action
Anthony Peniston, re return of escaped slaves, 1659
Bryan of London et al re: bond to Stephen & Paul Paynter, 12 Oct 1659
Ship "Jonathan & Abigail"; court action 1650
John Cox, possession of land of Roger Wood, 16__
Martha Cox, widow, marriage to William White of Boston (prenuptial agreement)
Sale b/w William Pearman & John Briggs, 26 Feb 1676
Indenture b/w John Tucker of London & John Bristow of Somer Islands als Bermuda, 1677

Depositions to His Majesty's Council:
Richard Stafford, 10 August 1686
Copeland Lea, 10 August 1686
Joseph Milbourne, 10 August 1686
Jane Hubbard, 10 August 1686
Fra Tucker, 10 August 1686
William Righton, 10 August 1686
William Keel, 10 August 1686
John Stone, 10 August 1686
John Tucker, 20 August 1686
John Argent, 10 August 1686
George Bascomb., 10 August 1686
Mich. Burrows, 10 August 1686
Bartholomew Sharp, 10 August 1686
Lawrence Dill, 10 August 1686
Richard Peniston, 12 August 1686
Samuel Trott, 12 August 1686
Anthony White, 12 August 1686
Joseph Hinson, 12 August 1686
Thomas Burton, 12 August 1686
William Pitt, 12 August 1686
Mich Burrows, 12 August 1686
Francis Jones, 12 August 1686
Richard Pitt, 12 August 1686
Joseph Stow, 12 August 1686
Francis Dickinson, 12 August 1686
Stephen Righton, 12 August 1686
Richard Stafford, 14 August 1686
Bartholomew Sharp, 27 June 1686
John A Searles, 14 August 1686
Capt. George StLo, 16 August 1686
Jonathan Stoakes, 12 October 1685
William Rett, 12 May 1685/6

Edward Pearman: court action 10 Dec 1689
Edward Pearman vs Mary Pearman : court action 28 Jul 1690
Nathaniel Beese (Vesey): Deed 12 Jul 1692
Marriage License: John Dickinson and Elizabeth Fifield widow, 20 Sep 1693
SC records: William Joell, owner of sloop "Success" 16 May 1698
Receipt of bill from Capt George Door? 10 Nov 1699
SC records: William Joell's vessel 1700
Guardianship of Thomas Gilbert, minor to mother Mary Gilbert, 13 March 1700
SC records: William Joel of Bermuda 15 June 1700
Dunscomb, Samuel & Sears, Thomas: deposition re Hannah Dunscomb, daughter of Thomas Jadwyn (1705)
Deed b/w Nathaniel & Love Gibbs & Samuel & Susanna Sherlock: 1 Jul 1721
William Hilton vs. Samuel Harvey: 4 June 1724
Nathaniel Bascome vs. William Davis: 4 June 1724
Nathaniel Bascome vs. Charles Besea als Vesey: 4 June 1724
Nathaniel Bascome vs. Lazarus Frith: 4 June 1724
Thomas & Eliz.Nairn, Benj Wood vs. Charles Vesey, 1 Nov 1726
Geo: Parris vs. Edward Smith, 4 Nov 1726
Court of Assize 5 Dec 1726
Court of Assize 1728
Court of Assize 2 July 1730
Court of Assize 6 Dec 1731
Court of Assize 4 June 1733
Court of Assize 3 June 1734
John Keele, Jos & Cath Besey (Vesey), Jane Keele, etc.: court action 2 Apr 1740
Indenture: William Pearman & Martha Owen, 21 Apr 1742
Benjamin Vesey, master sloop "Elizabeth": protest 31 July 1746
Edward Pearman : court action 1 Oct 1748
Thomas Joell, master "Ready Money": Protest 9 Dec 1761
Thomas Joell, master "Ready Money": Protest 23 Feb 1762
William Doe, master "Dolphin": Protest 23 Feb 1762
Benjamin Vesey vs. James Wilshe for Thos Osborn & Geo Bascome: Protest 28 Dec 1762
John Goodwin, master "Charming Nancy": Protest 22 December 1762
Benjamin Vesey vs George Bascome & Thomas Osborn: Protest 28 Dec 1762
The Duke of Grafton, master Nicholas Hinson, prize of Adv-Genl. etc.; court records 1778
Indenture: John Pearman & John Godard, 3 Aug 1779
The Crow Lane, master Clive McBane, prize of Alexander McPherson, of the Experiment. etc.; court records 1779
Sloop Ranger, master John Ingham, prize of the St Andrew; court records 1779
The Friendship, master James Cox, prize of the Mohawk; court records 1779
The Evening Star, master Hinson Gilbert, prize of 5 privateers in Chesapeake Bay; court records 1780
Abraham Vesey, master "Betsey": protest 9 Feb 1783
Benjamin, James & Henry Crofford Tucker deed to John Wilkinson 14 August 1783 (Southampton Co, VA)
John Jennings: Deed 4 July 1788, South Carolina
John & Mary Jennings: Deed 15 Oct 1792, South Carolina
Philippa, freed slave of Bridger Goodrich: court action 1797
John Dutarque Jennings: Deed 10 February 1804, South Carolina
Mary Jennings: Deed 5 Dec 1805, South Carolina
Indenture: John Benjamin Tatem: 28 Jan 1822
Indenture between James Good and John R Tatem: 30 Nov 1810
children of John & Mary Jennings: Deed 5 Aug 1815, South Carolina
Letter of administration: estate of (?)Edmund McDonald, 13 June 1822
Letter of adminstration: estate of Joshua Hill, 17 June 1822
Letter of administration: estate of Jane Place, 4 July 1822
Letter of administration: estate of Jonathan Burch Gibson, 8 August 1822
Court of General Assize- reported 20 May 1828 Royal Gazette
Marriage license: Richard Peniston & Helen Sankey at Jersey, 29 May 1844