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    John Penn Autograph Docket Signed "J. P." on verso. One page, 7.5" x 3", May 5, 1783, Granville County, North Carolina. In part: "We command you to take the body of William Dodson late of your said County planter-if to be found in your bailiwick & him safely keep so that you have him before the Justices of our County Court of Granville at the Courthouse on the first Monday in Aug. next to Answer Charles Dodson of a plea of trespass on the case Damage Twenty pounds Specie and have you there then this writ Witness Asa Searey Clerk of our said Court." The document is signed by "Asa Searey C.C." Penn has docketed this document on the verso, "Dodson v. Dodson/ Writ. To Aug Term 1783", signing "J. P." Countersigned by Thornton Yancey, the sheriff of Granville County. John Penn served as the president of the N. C. Governor's Council during the final months of the Revolutionary War. He spent the last years of his life practicing law and serving North Carolina.

    North Carolina records show that Charles Dodson, Sr., had 625 acres of land which he had received from Lord Earl Granville in 1756 when he died. At his death, the land went to his son William. In 1760, William Dodson gave his brother Charles Dodson, Jr., 200 acres of the land. Their widowed mother, Frances, lived on the acreage and used the timber and house for the remainder of her life. She was still alive when Charles took his brother to court in 1783. Lightly toned at folds; near fine.

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