The Resource Bontley's account of robberies

Bontley's account of robberies

Label
Bontley's account of robberies, 1782
Title
Bontley's account of robberies
Inclusive dates
1782
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • Handwritten account of robberies committed by "Bontley" (no first name given) and other persons during a nine year period. The deposition was taken on March 12, 1782 and provides information on each man involved, including his last place of residence, notes about family relationships and other personal information. The criminal activities centered around horse thievery and counterfitting money. The group appeared to be highly organized with members spread throughout the Commonwealth of Virginia and beyond
  • This deposition may or may not be related to the case of a group of "banditti" who referred to themselves as a "Company of North Carolina Independents." This group was thought to be responsible for a rash of crime in Virginia during the same time period. A reference to this case can be found in the Calendar of State Papers, Volume II, p. 677. The provenance of the written account is unclear, but it may have been separated from the executive papers of the governor
  • The document lists the following men as having participated in various criminal activities prior to 1782: Mark Powell, William Stegall, William Daniel (Halifax County); Robert Williamson, Peter Thompson, John Barnett, Henry Johnson, George Tucker (Mecklenburg County); David Vaughan, Moses Quarles, Jesse Briggs, Frederick Briggs, Gray Briggs, (Brunswick County); Abner Greenwood, Mordecai Rucker, Charles Knight, Drury Hutchinson (Amelia County); Charles Sceggs (Montgomery County); William King, John Frazer, John Willshire (Prince Edward County); Edmund Graves (Caroline County); David Burton (Cumberland County); Joseph Wray (Powhatan County); William Randall, John Randall, Burr Harris, Samuel Blaine (Prince William County); Robert Bowman (Charlotte County); John Cleaveland (Rock Fish Gap, Va.); Selathiel Coffey (South Carolina); Benjamin Jones (Maryland); Nathaniel Coffey, Samuel Wood, and John Wood
Member of
Action
  • Accessioned
  • Described
Cataloging source
VIC
Citation source
Salmon, John S., comp. A GUIDE TO STATE RECORDS IN THE ARCHIVES BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA BRANCH OF THE VIRGINIA STATE LIBRARY AND ARCHIVES. Richmond: Virginia State Library, 1985
Label
Bontley's account of robberies
Note
Part of Record Group 0 (Miscellaneous Records)
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  • The Library of Virginia
Extent
5
Governing access note
There are no access restrictions
Immediate source of acquisition
Acquisition information unavailable.
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001631426
Terms governing use
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Type of unit
leaves (1 folder)

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