14th District Court BookA

December 1847

(p. 37) 6th December, 1847 
Present the Honorable Amos Clark, Judge of the 6th Judicial District; Thomas W. Shedd, Dist. Atty; John Hewitt, Sheriff; Samuel B. Pryor, Clerk.

The following were not served jury summons: John Casey, Peter Lain, Alexander Harwood, Nathaniel Case and William McCullough. The following did not answer jury summons: Alexander M. Harwood, Jacob Badgley, William Coombs, William Barnes, Alexander Harwood, William McCullough, Jesse Elam. Fifteen jurors selected: Timothy Carder, Aaron Overton, James McCommas, Carlos Wise, James Mooneyham, Warren A. Ferris, Adam Haught, William W. Conover, William Pruitt, Green Combs, William P. Carder, Crawford Treece, Albert Moore, John W. Wright and William Mooneyham. Warren A. Ferris, foreman. 

(p. 38) 
A $25. fine assessed against William Combs for contempt of court and not appearing to serve as a juror. 

Tuesday, December 7th, 1847 
Additional jurors selected: Thomas Langley, James Bird, Isaac Edwards, William Traughber, Hiram Bennett, George W. Glover, Henry C. Long, Wesley Cockrell, Solomon Dixon, John Robinson, Steven B. McCommas, Archibald Greathouse, John C. Cook and Robert Wilburn. 
William M. Simpson vs Ellis C. Thomas. Trespass to Try Title.
Trial set for Thursday next. 

William M. Simpson vs Alexander Thomas. Trespass to Try Title.
Trial set for Thursday next. 

(p. 39) 
William M. Simpson vs. William Cox. Trespass to Try Title.
Trial set for Thursday next. 

Bush & Gouger vs Hewitt & Tilley. In Debt.
Case continued till next term at the costs of the plaintiffs. 

Archibald McKeller vs John N. Bryan. On Appeal.
Plaintiff failing to appear, hearing dismissed and the defendant is to recover of the plaintiff the costs and charges about his defense. 

John Johnston vs William P. Carder. On Appeal.
John C. Cook acknowledged himself security for all costs in this case. Defendant to file a new appeal bond. Case continued until next term. 

(p. 40) 
Sarah Pendleton vs Robert Pendleton. Petition for Divorce.
Plaintiff by attorney, defendant failing to appear. The jury: Thomas Langley, James Bird, Isaac Edwards, William Traughber, Hiram Bennett, George W. Glover, Henry C. Long, Wesley Cockrell, Solomon Dixon, John Robinson, Stephen B. McCommas and Archibald Greathouse. (Without leaving the jury box) the jury returned the following verdict: The facts and allegations in plaintiff's petition are true and she is entitled to a decree of divorce. William Traughber, foreman. Sarah Pendleton to pay costs of suit and to have custody of her infant child, the same being a female. 

John C. Cook a juror summoned to attend at this term should not be given any allowance in consequence of his failing to attend this day. 

John Nelson vs James Barker. On Appeal.
Now on motion this cause is placed at the heel of the docket. 

Robert Wilburn et al vs John Young & wife. Petition of Distribution.
Motion that this cause be placed at the heel of the docket. 


(p. 41) Wednesday, December 8th, 1847 
State of Texas vs Morris Ferris. Indictment for Betting on Election.
Defendant acquitted. 

State of Texas vs William P. Carder. Maliciously Shooting a Sow.
Case to be continued, and attachment ordered against George M. Case a defaulting witness on behalf of the State. 

State of Texas vs Solomon Carver Indictment for Adultery. & Eleanor Wilcox.
The suit is abated by the marriage of the parties since the finding of the said bill of indictment. Court to recover from the defendant the costs of this prosecution except one docket fee. 

(p. 42) 
State of Texas vs George W. Glover & William Hicklin. Affray.
Glover pleads not guilty. The jury: Thomas Langley, Thomas Lumly, Isaac Edwards, William Traughber, Hiram Bennett, John C. Cook, Henry C. Long, Wesley Cockrell, Solomon Dixon, Stephen McCommas, Archibald Greathouse. Defendant found not guilty. Stephen McCommas, foreman. 

Thomas Lumly be discharged from further service as a juror. 

Grand jury to present true bills: Warren A. Ferris, Foreman. 

State of Texas vs Anthony Leek, the [State of Texas] vs Anthony Leak, the [State of Texas] vs William M. Cochran. 

(p. 43) Thursday, December 9th, 1847 
State of Texas vs George Norval. Indictment for Larceny.
Defendant pleads not guilty. Jury: Albert G. Walker, Wesley Chenault, Thomas Langley, Isaac Edwards, Hiram Bennett, George W. Glover, Henry C. Long, Wesley Cockrell, Solomon Dixon, John Robinson, Stephen B. McCommas and John C. Cook. Jury finds defendant not guilty, A. G. Walker, foreman. 

Wesley Cockrell discharged from jury duty. 

(p. 44) 
William M. Simpson vs Ellis C. Thomas. Trespass to Try Title.
The plaintiff to show cause why this case should not be dismissed for want of security for costs. 

William M. Simpson vs Alexander Thomas. Trespass to Try Title.
The plaintiff to show cause why this case should not be dismissed for want of security for costs. 

William M. Simpson vs William Cox. Trespass to Try Title.
The plaintiff to show cause why this case should not be dismissed for want of security for costs. 

Robert Wilburn et al vs John Young Petition for Distribution.
& Jane Young.
David R. Cameron and Edward Wilburn, Jr., two plaintiffs filed a motion to dismiss this cause. At the same time, another of the plaintiffs, Robert Wilburn, filed his motion to relieve him from prosecuting this suit. Cause dismissed and leave given remaining plaintiff to amend his petition. Continued till next term. 


(p. 45) Friday, December 10th, 1847 
State of Texas vs William M. Cochran. Indictment for Issuing
Marriage License, etc.
Case quashed and defendant discharged. 

William M. Simpson vs Ellis C. Thomas. Trespass to Try Title.
On motion of the plaintiff leave was given to file an amended answer. Continued until next term. 

William M. Simpson vs Alexander Thomas. Trespass to Try Title.
On motion of the plaintiff, leave was given to file an amended answer. Continued until next term.

William M. Simpson vs William Cox. Trespass to Try Title.
On motion of the plaintiff, leave was given to file an amended answer. Continued until next term. 

(p. 46) 
State of Texas vs Samuel West & Archibald Greathouse.
Indictment for Betting.
Quashed on motion of defendants' attorney. 

Madison Bennett to be paid $4.50 as bailiff to the Grand Jury. 

Ordered Samuel B. Pryor be allowed $25.00 for office rent. 

John Huit, Sheriff of Dallas County, be paid $25.00 for services. 

John Huit be allowed $1.00 for repairing the Court House. 

John Nelson vs James Barker. On Appeal.
On motion of the defendant's attorney this case is dismissed and defendant should recover his costs from the plaintiff. 

(p. 47) 
Court adjourned. 

(p. 48) 23rd February, 1848 
Samuel B. Pryor, Clerk of the Dist. Ct., Charles H. Durgin, Deputy Clerk of Said county, William H. Hord, Acting Justice of the Peace for said county drew from box #1 the following to serve for the June term: Richard Bruton, John Helms, John R. Bell, George Olney, Isaac B. Webb, Jesse N. Everett, Zeb Heath, Archibald Robinson, Michael James, Crawford Treece, Hamilton McDowell, William F. Newton, John Nix, Henry K. Valentine, Amariah Hanna, Edward Cook, Thacker V. Griffin, William H. Newton, William Rawling, Sr., Frederick Moss, Aaron Wilson, James H. Bledsoe, Peter Noyes, John W. Smith, Joshua Barker, Hiram Vale, William M. Leonard, Jesse Larkin (or Harkin), Robert J. West, William Kinnaman, Henry Maxwell, James Cotes, Henry McCullough, Richard Wilson, William Pearson, William Pruitt. [These jurors set aside, see next entry] 

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Revised: March 21, 2008


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