Random Records – Indiana vs. James Reed

Fayette County (Indiana) Civil Court Order Book G: 106-107 (Image courtesy of FamilySearch)

Fayette County (Indiana) Circuit Court Order Book G: 106

Fayette (Indiana) Circuit Court Spring Term 1850 7th Day 15th 
State of Indiana }
vs. }
James Reed } Procuring Abortion

Comes now the state of Indiana by [?] J. Burrows the pros. atty. and the defendant  comes in his own proper person and being arraigned before the Bar of this Court and it being demanded of him how he will acquit himself of said Indictment for plea there to says he is not guilty. And thereupon comes a jury to wit, A.F. Martin, Angelo Bennet, John Swift, H. N. Burgoyne, Levi Edwards, Daniel Cashner, Enos Carter, Josiah Piper, Levi Pike, Archilles Backhouse, John Stoops & William Moffat.
Twelve good and lawful men citizen householders of the County – who being elected tried and sworn, the truth to speak between the parties on the issue joined – after hearing the testimony, the argument of counsel and the charge of the Court, retire, in charge of a sworn officer to their chamber for deliberation. And after a deliberation of some thirty hours, failing to agree upon a verdict, by agreement of parties the jury are discharged and this matter is continued. And thereupon come into open Court the deft. James Reed and John Reed Sen. and acknowledge themselves each to owe and be indebted to the State of Indiana in the sum of two hundred ands dollars to be levied of their respective goods and chattels lands and tenements if default be made in the condition following that is to say that the said James Reed do, shall be and appear before the Judges of our Fayette Circuit Court on the first day of the next term thereof then and these to answer to an Indictment for procuring an abortion, and not depart without leave of court

The defendant – two possibilites:

James Reid, age 26, born in Indiana, living with a John (77) and Elizabeth Reid, in Columbia Township, farmer

or

James Reed, aged 16, born in Indiana, living with a John (49) and Margaret Reed, in Orange Township

Bondsman:

John Reed, Sr. – either of the two above mentioned Johns, likely James’ father. There is a third adult John W. Reid, age 25, but he is unlikely to be referred to as “Sen.”

The jurors:

A. [Archibald] F. Martin, age 34, born in Ohio, resident of Orange Township, occupation Lumber
Angelo Bennett, age 54, born in Delaware, resident of Orange Township, farmer
John Swift, age 43, born in Ohio, resident of Connersville Township, farmer
H. [Horatio] N. Burgoyne, age 51, born in Virginia, resident of Columbia Township, sawyer
Lewis Edwards, 38, born in Pennsylvania, resident of Jennings Township, farmer
Daniel Cashner [possibly Kerschner], 49, born in Pennsylvania, resident of Harrison Township, farmer
Enos Carter, age 54, born in Virginia, resident of Orange Township, farmer
Josiah Piper, age 48, born in Kentucky, resident of Harrison Township, farmer
Levi Pike, age 29, born in Ohio, resident of Columbia Township, farmer
Archilles Backhouse, age 40, born in Ohio, resident of Jackson Township, farmer
John Stoops, age 48, born in Kentucky, resident of Connersville Township, farmer
William Moffat, age 36, born in Pennsylvania, resident of Orange Township, farmer

Information gleaned from the 1850 census records of Fayette County, Indiana.

© 2017 copyright owned and transcribed by Deborah Sweeney
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