Thomas had legal issues throughout his life. It would be interesting to hear his side of it. Court records in Richmond County Order Books do not always explain the facts of the cases, but leave a timeline and profile of Thomas and his friends and neighbors.
5 April 1710 - A case brought by Thomas Draper against Thomas Marshall is dismissed, plaintiff not prosecuting.
7 August 1713 - John Dalton’s action of debt against Thomas Draper is dismissed, the plaintiff not prosecuting.
5 August 1714 - Thomas Draper’s action of debt against Walter Wright is dismissed, the plaintiff not prosecuting.
5 April 1716 - Michaell Meldrum’s action of debt against Thomas Draper is dismissed, the plaintiff not prosecuting. Thomas owed Meldrum three hundred pounds of good merchantable tobacco due by bill, but declined to show up at earlier court dates.
5 April 1716 - Thomas Draper’s court case against George Petty is dismissed, the plaintiff not prosecuting.
6 February 1717 - Judgment is granted to Henry Woodcock, assignee of John Stewart, against Thomas Draper for six hundred pounds of good, sound merchantable tobacco ”making oath to the best of his knowledge the same is justly due” which is ordered to be paid with costs. Thomas had missed three earlier court dates.
6 February 1717 - An action of debt between John Doyle, plaintiff, and William Walker and Joseph Davis, defendants, for forty-two shillings and ten pence sterling due by bill, the defendants being called and not appearing on motion of plaintiff, judgment is granted him against Michael Meldrum and Thomas Draper, who returned securities for the defendants.
5 April 1717 - Michael Meldrum’s action of debt against Thomas Draper for three hundred pounds of good merchantable tobacco due by bill is dismissed, the plaintiff not prosecuting.
1 May 1717 - Thomas Draper gives oath in court proving William Stone’s will. The will was dated 2 July 1711. 3 William appears to be the ancestor of the Stone family of Henry County, where they married several Drapers in the 1800s.
1 May 1717 - Thomas Draper witnessed Sarah Stone’s probated will. Sarah is the relict of William Stone of Richmond County.
1 May 1717 – In an action of debt between Henry Woodcock, plaintiff, and Thomas Draper, defendant, defendant John Fann came into court and entered himself special bail for the defendant, and at the defendant’s motion for a special imparlance is granted him until the next court.
5 November 1718 - John Buxton’s action of debt against Thomas Draper and James Toone for three thousand six hundred pounds of tobacco due by bill is dismissed, the plaintiff not prosecuting.
6 November 1718 - An attachment is granted to Mary Doyle, Executrix of the Last Will and Testament of John Doyle, deceased, Plaintiff, against Thomas Draper, Defendant, for three hundred forty seven pounds of tobacco due by account, the defendant not appearing.
6 April 1720 - Thomas Barnes’ action against Thomas Draper is dismissed, plaintiff not prosecuting. Thomas owed Barnes three hundred ninety-two and three quarters pounds of tobacco due by account, and Barnes had an attachment against Thomas’ estate.
6 April 1721 - William Rout’s action of debt against Thomas Draper is dismissed, plaintiff not prosecuting.
4 July 1722 - Thomas and Sarah gave bond to William Brockenbrough for 10,000 pounds of good tobacco and casque on condition they keep all covenants and agreements.
23 July 1722 - Thomas Draper and Sarah, his wife, sold a parcel of about 100 acres of land to William Brockenbrough for 5000 pounds of tobacco (or “five shillings of lawful money of England to me in hand paid by William Brockenbrough”). The sale had to do with the statute for transferring uses into possession, and Brockenbrough “may be in the actual possession of the premises and be therefore enabled to accept a grant of the inheritance thereof to him and his heirs.” Brockenbrough and heirs would live on the property “during the full time of one whole year paying therefore the rent of one ear of Indian corn on the feast day of the birth of our Lord next ensuing if lawfully demanded.” The property was located in Richmond County “Beginning at a marked red oak standing in the line of Bedwell and corner tree to Henry Fan, and running along the line of Bedwell to a white oak, corner tree newly marked, thence along a line of now marked trees down to a branch known by the name of Christopher’s Branch, thence up the Maine branch to a line of marked trees that divides this land and ye land of Henry Fan, thence up the said line to the place where it first began; together with all houses, orchards and commodities.” Signed Thomas (T his mark) Draper, Sarah (X her mark) Draper. Witnesses: Richard (RC) Cornelias and Thos. Dew. 4
1 August 1722 - Thomas gave bond of 4000 pounds of tobacco to Brockenbrough to warrant the fulfillment of this deed.
31 July 1722 - (Recorded 1 August 1722) Thomas Draper, with the consent of Sarah, his wife, sold to Thomas Curtis for 3500 pounds of tobacco, all that parcel of 50 acres land in Farnham Parish and Richmond County on main Pocoson (a swamp) of Totesky Creek and on the south side of the Pocoson, and bounded by the Main Pocoson. Signed Thomas (T his mark) Draper, Sarah (S her mark) Draper. Witnesses: Richard Applebee, John Williams. 5
1 August 1722 - Thomas Draper and Sarah his wife acknowledge their release of the deed to Thomas Curtis for all that parcel of land containing fifty acres from a marked dogwood (the bounds are repeated as in the lease) already in his actual possession.
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