This document is from the court records of Dutchess County, New York. Although not filed until May 1753, this document is dated 24 Nov 1752. It is a simple recognizance bond for Thomas Sheldon, and backed by Nicholas Delivergein and Judah Alger, to appear in court at the next general session in Poughkeepsie, Dutchess County, New York. The reason for the appearance is not mentioned,
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Be it Remembred that on the Twenty fourth Day of November in the Twenty Sixth year of the Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the grace of God King of of Great Britan & appeared Before us Stephen Hopkins & Amos Thompson Esqrs – Two of His Majestys Justices of Peace for the County of Dutchess in the Province of New York. Thomas Sheldon of Beekmans Precinct in Dutchess County and Prouvince afore said and Did acknowledg himself Indebted in the sum of forty Pounds : and Nicholas Delivergein and Judah Alger. Both of them of Crom Elbow Precinct and County & Province afore Said Each on them the sum of Twenty Pounds all of the money of the said Province of New York unto our Said Lord the King to be Levied on their and Each and every of their Lands, Tenements, goods and chattles to the use of our Said Lord the King his Heirs and Successors if failure be made in the under written condition.
The Condition of this Recognizance is Such that if the above Bounden Thomas Sheldon Shall personally appear at the Next General Sesseons of the Peace to be Held at Poughkeepsie in and for the Said county of Dutchess : to answer what shall be then and their objected against him on his Majestyes Behalf and Shall in the mean time Keep the Peace towards all his Magestyes Leige People then this Recognizance to be said Void or Else to Remain in full force –
Taken Before us } Stephen Hopkins, Amos Thompson } Esqrs