George Washington Papers

Court Case, 3 December 1751

Court Case

3 Dec. 1751. “Ann Carrol and Mary McDaniel Servts of Fredericksburgh, being Committed to the Goal of this County by William Hunter Gent.,1 on Suspicion of Felony, & Charged with robing the Cloaths of Mr George Washington when he was washing in the River some time last Summer,2 the Court having heard Severall Evidences Are of Oppinion that the said Ann Carroll be discharged, & Admitted an Evidence for our Lord the King Against the said Mary McDaniel.

And Upon Considering the whole in Evidence, & the prisoners defense, the Court are of Oppinion that the said Mary McDaniel is Guilty of petty Larceny, whereupon the said Mary desired Immediate punishment for the sd Crime & relied on the Mercy of the Court, therefore it is ordered that the Sheriff carry her to the Whipping post & Inflict fifteen lashes on her bare back, And then she be discharged &.”

D, Spotsylvania County Order Book, 1749–55, p. 141, Vi Microfilm.

1William Hunter (d. 1754) was a merchant in Fredericksburg. He came to Virginia from Scotland in the 1730s, and in 1743 he married Martha Taliaferro of Spotsylvania County.

2GW was surveying in the Shenandoah Valley as late as 1 May, after which, presumably, he returned to Fredericksburg to sell two town lots he had advertised to be sold at the Fredericksburg June fair, which was held in the early days of that month (Virginia Gazette [Williamsburg], 25 April 1751). He was probably at Mount Vernon on 10 Aug. and in Fredericksburg on 20 Aug. (Ledger A description begins Manuscript Ledger Book 1, 1750-72, in George Washington Papers, Library of Congress. description ends , 4, 8, DLC:GW). Some time in August he accompanied his brother Lawrence on a trip to Annapolis, and in September he left Virginia to accompany Lawrence to Barbados, where he remained until 21 Dec. 1751.

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