Mind Your Manners

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In the Kent County Court of Quarter Sessions record from August 1727, Andrew Caldwell is charged with “scandalous abusive and disrespectful words of the Justices.”  Caldwell said “the Justices must have their wheels greased or else they will do nothing but frown.”

Mind Your Manners


Andrew Caldwell was also charged with altering his neighbor’s property line in the same term. It stated the he “together with other person to this inquest unknown” they went “unto the ground of Samuel Nicholls lying in Murtherkill Hundred … unlawfully did enter & then & there did make & mark …. White oak….” This action changed the boundary of Nicholls land.

This document is found in the Kent County Court of Quarter Sessions. These documents are in the collective record of the Kent County Court of Common Pleas, Orphan’s Court and the Court of Equity from 1680 to 1786. Documents include court proceedings, grand jury inquests, recording of apprentice indentures, appointment of court officers, power of attorneys, appointment of guardians, indenturing orphans, mill condemnations and military appointments.