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Accomac County, Virginia Court Order Abstracts 1663-1666 Vol. 1, JoAnn Riley Mckey, Heritage Books, Bowie Md. 1996

pgs.. 9/10 -22 May 1663

Capt. George Parker (who exited court) complained that Mr. George Hack had killed hogs belonging to Parker. The jury found Dr. Hack guilty and ordered him to pay Parker 2000 lbs. tobacco and remain in the sheriff's custody till he posted bond for good behavior and paid court costs.

Deposition of John Rickets, Last Christmas Ricket's master sent him into the woods to look for a boar killed the day before by John Michill. Richetts did not find it, so his master sent for John Michill and George Truett with their dogs. Michell found the boar and said it was not Capt. Parker's and advised Rickets' master to cut off the left ear to satisfy Parker that it wasn't his. Signed, John Rickets. (p.7b-9a)

pgs 60/61 -11 Nov 1663

Mr. Browne excited the court for the following action:

Gov. Wm. Berkeley commanded that the court rehear the difference between Col. Edmund Scarburgh as His Majesty's suit. and Mr. George Hack, defendant, concerning a cow killed by Mr. Hack. Last August the court found Hack guilty, but obedient to His Honor's commands, permitted to make further defense. The evidence was considered by the jury, who found no cause to alter their former verdict. Ordered that Mr. Hack perform the former order and pay court charges.

(Note: There appears in this jury a Mihill {Miles} Ricketts , who appears throughout these early Accomac records. He appears to be landed gentry and does not appear to have any connection to the indentured servant John Ricketts {Rickards}. As time went on John Ricketts names appears to take on the spelling of Rickards, whereas Miles{Mihill, Michael}Rickett's surname spelling appears unchanged.)

Deposition of John Ricketts, aged about 23 years: At the June Court, Ricketts heard John Rogers say that he thought there would be a lawsuit between Rickett's master and Rogers about a cow that Rickett's master has killed. Rogers admitted believing the cow belonged to Rickett's master. However, Capt. Parker urged Rogers to sue Rickett's master, saying that Parker would recover the cow for Rogers. Rogers further said that he would not have troubled Rickett's master, but Capt. Parker "set him on" and would "put a thorn" in the foot of Rickett's master. Signed, John Ricketts (pg. 50a-51a)

pg. 133 -16 Nov 1665

John Rickords, servant to Mrs. Hack, declared that on October third he was free. He brought in witnesses who confessed they were not present at the assigning of Rickords, but pretended to hear at other times. Further proof being demanded, Rickords produced a canceled indenture wherein the words stating his time of service were obliterated and changed. Ordered that Rickords serve according to the custom of the country with Mrs. Hack paying the court costs and Ricords reimbursing her after his term of service.(p. 104a)

pg. 139 -18 Dec. 1665

Ordered that the following persons be summoned to appear at the next court: For Sabbath breaking: (among others)

John Rickards and Elizabeth his wife, servants to Mr. Hack

Accomac County, Virginia Court Order Abstracts 1663-1666 Vol. 2, JoAnn Riley Mckey, Heritage Books, Bowie Md. 1996


"The vast majority of servants were single when they arrived; the number of illegitimate children born to them indicates that marriages between servants generally were not allowed, but there may have been exceptions. John Rickards and his wife, both servants to Mr. Claus Boote, were accused of fornication. As married couples were accused when a baby arrived too soon after the marriage, the implication is that these two had been wed quite recently, possibly while they were servants in Virginia."

pg. 15 -16 Jan 1666/67

John Rickords and his wife, both servants to Mr. Claus Boote, were presented for fornication; because Mr. Claus Boote agreed to pay both fines totaling 1000 lbs of tobacco, they were acquitted from corporal punishment. ordered that Rickords be taken into custody till posting bond for good behavior and paying court costs.(p. 10a)

pg. 22 -18 Feb 1666/67

Ann Beadle, presented for "bastard bearing," swore that JohnRickords was the father. Ordered that Rickords be summoned to the next court to answer the charge.

Ann Beadle confessed the sin of fornication with John Rickords; ordered that the sheriff takes her into custody and give her 35 lashes on her bare back.(p. 15a)

pg. 26 -18 March 1666/67

Ann Beadle swore that John Rickords was the father of her bastard child; ordered that Rickords be taken into custody and receive corporal punishment for his offense.

Ordered that John Rickords remain in the sheriff's custody till posting bond with security for his good behavior and paying court costs.

Ordered that Ann Beadle be taken into the sheriff's custody and receive corporal punishment for the sin of fornication. (p. 17a)

pg. 47 -16 July 1667

The case between Mr. Nicholas Boote, plaintiff, and Mr. James Fookes.......

Deposition of Augustine Herman, aged about 44 years; About a year ago Herman, who was to be part owner of the new sloop, was with the widow of Doctor George Hack, Anne, now the wife of Nicholas Boote, at her plantation in Pungoteague.........

Deposition of Tho. Saywell aged about 30 years, about last September, Ann, the widow of George Van Hack, bought a sail from the ship Daniell of Dublin......

pg. 75 -17 Feb 1677/68

John Rickords requested and received his two behavior bonds. Proclamation had been made three times with no objections. He paid court costs. (p. 47b.)

pg. 116- 9 Dec 1668

John Rickards acknowledged owing Robert Brace 2130 lbs of tobacco; ordered that he pay the debt and court costs.(p. 79)

pg. 163 -17 May 1669

Robert Brace owed John Rickords 246 lbs of tobacco. Ordered that Brace pay the debt and the court costs. (p. 141)

pg. 167- 16 July 1669

Mrs. Anne Hack requested a certificate from the court stating that Morris Mathews and John Alford departed the county like runaway rogues: At the request of Mrs. Anne Hack, alias Boote, the certificate stated that John Alford and Maurice Mathews ran away out of the county. Alford was of "evil life and turbulent behavior during his residence here" and would have been severely punished if he had not run away. (p.147)

pg. 177- 24 Nov 1669

John Rickards publicly declared that he was drunk when he bargained with William Ebourne about his horse. Ordered that he be fined.

Deposition of Henry Wright aged about 24 years, 24 Nov 1669: Six or seven weeks ago John Rickards agreed to deliver to William Ebourne a gray horse on the following Saturday. Ebourne was to pay him a barren cow, 40 gallons of cider, and 450 lbs of tobacco the next year with a former 80 lb debt discounted. A gallon if cider and sugar was brought in earnest for the bargain, but Jno. Rickards didn't drink any of it. The next morning Jno. Rickards sold his saddle, and sold to Wright the cow that Ebourne was to give him. Signed, Henry (H) Wright.

Deposition of John Marvell aged about 37, 24 November 1669: About six weeks ago, John Rickards sold a horse to Wm. Ebourne for a barren cow, 40 gallons of cider and 450 lbs of tobacco, forgiving what Rickards owed him. After making the bargain Rickards called for a gallon of cider and sugar; the next morning Rickards sold Ebourne his saddle for a gallon of cider and sugar. Signed John Marvel. (p. 161)

Antony Longo owed 785 lbs of tobacco to John Rickards. Ordered that Longo pay the debt and court charges. ( p. 162)

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