Hi again, Holly, it's me Jean. On your last notice, Daniel Lake is my
ancestor. My grandmother on my mother's side was a Lake before she became a
Nye. I have a whole book pub. on the Lakes. It's interesting thanks for all
your research. Wish I could be there helping. I love doing research. Solong
for now. Jean Tranum
Subject: Old SI Court records redux
Date: Tuesday, August 29, 2000 6:52 PM
After the exhileration of my first session with boxes of old court
records, it figures that I would com crashing down to earth.
This week the boxes I ordered with the help of the index acquired at
County Clerk's in Staten Island arrived. First on my must-have
court records from the case of Matilda DECKER who abused the poor
to death. I want to know what happened to her! So I ordered boxes
[turned out to be transcripts of judgments---civil]
"Judgments 1857-8" [civil]
"spec. sessions Record of Conviction 1836-1884"
[petty crimes-- not murder]
"Old files-- various years"
[I ordered the first one, just a chance. A real pig in a poke.]
So I still don't know the denoument of the Matilda saga. I don't know
I am going to wring more info out of the index with its limited
I have to believe that the criminal court records I need were not
but are there to be mined.
Still, I managed to eke out a few fascinating morsels. Perhaps one
resonate with you:
19 Nov 1840
Castleton, Richmond Co.
charged with having received stolen goods
on the oath of Walter SWALLOW and their own confessions
they were convicted
Ann COPES--got 6 mos in common jail
Elizabeth DECKER-- got 1 mo. and $10 fine
Walter SWALLOW confessed having stolen a number of stockings
and a number of dresses of silk and merino
He got 6 mos. in common jail
6 Oct 1866
Israel VREELAND Sr.
convicted of being "disorderly"
for having abandoned his wife and children or child
since 26 Jun 1865 he offered no support to them
Judge required him to post 2 sureties of $264 each
for his good behavior in maintaining
Susan VREELAND and child for one year
Israel failed to enter such sureties.
Judge locked him up in common jail.
17 Sep 1862
The People v
indictment for seduction
Nol Pros entered
Daniel LAKE of Northfield
it says in a statement by Mary Ellen McGRONIGLE, 17
"He promised to marry me."
LAKE came to see Mary Ellen for 3 months at the home of
where she lived as a servant
He "violated" her 2 or 3 times without her consent.
She didn't make noise as Mr DECKER was upstairs.
She is now "enceinte." (preggers)
"Nol Pros" is the short version of the Latin phrase
an entry made upon the records of a court when the plaintiff or
will proceed no further in a suit or action.
Thanks to the lister who tipped me off to the meaning of "NP"!
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