Darby Kerwick.
21st October 1761
Reference Numbert17611021-26
VerdictsNot Guilty; Not Guilty > no evidence

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310 (L.) Darby Kerwick , was indicted for knowingly, willingly, and feloniously, taking a a false oath, in swearing he was brother to Dennis Kerwick , deceased, late belonging to his majesty's ship the Defiance, in order to obtain letters of administration, in order to take possession of the deceased's effects . ||

It appeared upon the trial, that the prisoner had administred, and taken the wages due to Dennis Kerwick , &c. and that the deceased's father had since been with the prisoner, to whom the prisoner returned the said money. His defence was, he had a brother of that name gone abroad in his majesty's navy, but did not know to what ship he belonged, or whether dead or alive, having heard nothing of him, till he found one of that name belonging to that ship; he believed by the father's account, he had been mistaken, and had readily returned the money.

He called nine people, who gave him the character of an honest man.

Acquitted .

He was a second time indicted, for personating the brother of Dennis Kerwick , in order to take out letters of administration, with intent to receive his wages due from on board the Beneficent and Defiance men of war .

No evidence produced.

Acquitted .

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