Gowns, Petticoats and Silver Spoons
Have you ever seen a court case ordering the sale of the household goods — including the gowns and petticoats — to pay a debt?
I admit I haven’t looked at a lot of court records – but this one is new to me.
I found the court case when looking for documents relating to CRAWFORD family members in Madison County, Kentucky. The index for the Court of Quarter Sessions case files led me to Case #588 for William Crawford vs William Cox.
April Court 1795
William Crawford Plft
William Cox Deft
The constabel having returned the attachment
executed on three feather beds & furniture a glass
brush ten gownds six petticoats two basons one
dish one tabel one large silver spoon four small
one fourteen tea spons one silver candelstick
a silver cream pot one case of kinves & forks
& other articels the property of the said defendant
and it is ordered that the sheriff make sale of the
said property or so much thereof as will be of value
sufficient to satisfy the said William Crawford
the sum of fifteen pounds which late in our court
of quarter sessions for the County of Madison was
adjudged to the said William Crawford for his
debt also one pound nine shillings and three pence
for hist costs in his behalf expended and that you
have the same before the Justices of our said Court
at the Courthouse on the first Wednesday after the
Last Tuesday in October next to render to the
said William Crawford his debt & Costs aforesaid.
Test Will Irvine
Bleed thru / faded writing
Back side of paper
A Or [dsh]
To October 1795
The Defendent failes to deliver the
John Adams [?]
After transcribing this file, I think a page found in case 587 actually belongs to case 588. Read the page and decide for yourself!
Madison (Sct) April Court 1795William Crawford [P?]against Upon AttachmentWilliam Core Deft
The Constable having returned the attachmentexecuted on three feather beds, furniture, [aglass brush]Ten gownds six peticoats two basons one dishOne table one large silver spoon four small One fourteen tea dittos one silver candlestickA silver cream pot one case of knives & forksAnd thes articles the property of the said defendantAnd is ordered that the sheriff make sale of the [damaged – can’t read] much [damaged can’t read]Sufficient to satisfy the said William CrawfordThe fine of sixteen pounds which late in our courtOf quarter sessions for the count of MadisonWas adjudged to the said William Crawford for hisdebt also one pound seven shillings and fourpense for his costs in the behalf [pended] whereofthe said William Core is convict as appears tous of [Rund] and that you have the samebefore the Justices of our said Court at the Courthouse on the first Tuesday in Junenext to render tot hes aid William Crawfordhis debt and costs aforesaidTest Will June M