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Henrico County, Virginia murder trial

At a Court called and held for Henrico County at the Courthouse on Saturday the 29th of September 1792 for the examination of Angela Barnett charged with Murdering Peter Franklin of this County.

The Prisoner was set to the bar in Custody and on her examination denied the charge which she stands accused. Whereupon sundry witnesses were sworn and examined and the Prisoner heard in her defence. On Consideration whereof, It is the opinion of the Court that the said Angela is guilty of the Charge and for the same that she be tried at the next District Court to be held at the Capitol in the City of Richmond in April next. And thereupon she is remanded to Jail.
Jesse Carpenter a Witness on behalf of the Commonwealth...saith That in the night of the third instant he accompanied the deceased to the House of a certain William Anthony in this County (with whom the prisoner lived) in search of some runaway negroes which they suspected were harboured at the said house, and for the taking of whom a reward was offered in the Virginia Gazette. That in their search they apprehended a small boy at the said house, whom they carried away as a runaway, he answering the description of one of the runaways described in the said advertisement. That in consequence of information received from the said boy, they went to the same house the following evening about eleven o'clock at night to apprehend two other runaways, and upon knocking at the door, it was opened by the said Will Anthony, to whom they communicated their suspicions and went in (There being very little light in the house). That upon their entering the house, they were abused by the prisoner in the most indecent manner, in consequence of which the decedent threatened the prisoner that if she persisted in her abuse, he would correct her. That in a few minutes afterwards the prisoner was discovered by the deceased searching behind a trunk upon which the decedent made a seeming disposition to strike the prisoner with a small cowhide which he held in his hand. That the deponent did not see any stroke given by the deceased to the prisoner, but at the same instant the prisoner struck the deceased and knocked him down, upon which the deponent caught hold of the weapon with which the blow was given, and it seemed to him to be a square piece of wood, but did not get it out of the hands of the prisoner. That in the scuffle the deponent was pushed out of the door and as he went out, he got hold of the deceased and dragged him out also, who appeared to be much hurt, he complaining of being badly cut. That the deponent so soon as he could get the deceased upon his horse conveyed him home the distance being about four miles, in effecting which he was obliged to hold him on his horse the greater part of the way, during which the decedent appeared out of his senses. That the said Franklin after lingering a few days departed this life and this deponent believes died of the said wound given him by the prisoner.
Examination of Will Anthony charged with aiding and assisting Angela Barnett in the murder of Peter Franklin...not guilty.
Examination of Elizabeth Creaton charged with aiding and assisting Angela Barnett in the murder of Peter Franklin...not guilty
[Court Orders 1791-1794, pages 278-9].
Angelina Barnett was taxable in the upper district of Henrico County on the tithe of (her son?) Allen Barnett, a slave and a horse in 1804 and taxable on Allen Barnett and a horse in 1805. She was taxable on 2 lots in 1811, and Allen was taxable on 30 acres in 1813 [Personal Property Tax Lists].
I think this is the Barnett/ Burnett family on my site.
William Anthony was a "Negro man" emancipated by the Henrico County deed of William Duval. He was taxable on an acre of land in the upper district of Henrico in 1810 and was listed with his wife Rebecca Anderson in 1813.

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