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Wednesday, August 22, 2007

Israel Pinkney of the Manor of Pelham, Held in Confinement for Debts in 1769

A brief notice that appeared in the June 5, 1769 issue of The New-York Gazette; and the Weekly Mercury sheds light on an unfortunate debtor who lived in the Manor of Pelham at the time. His name was Israel Pinkney. The item suggests that he was held in confinement (perhaps debtor's prison) for debts owed to Thomas Rich of Westchester County. The item appears below, followed by a citation to its source.

"THE creditors of Israel Pinkney, of the manor of Pelham, in Westchester county, an insolvent debtor, are desired to meet at the house of Josiah Fowler, in Harrison's purchase, in Rye, on Thursday the 8th day of June, 1769, at one of the clock of said day, to shew cause (if any they have) why an assignment of the estate of said Israel Pinkney, should not be made to Thomas Rich, of said county, pursuant to an order of John Thomas, and Gilbert Bloomer, two of the judges of the court of common please, of said county of Westchester, and he the said Israel Pinkney, thereupon discharged from his confinement, according to the laws of this province in that case made and provided.


Source: The Creditors of Israel Pinkney, The New-York Gazette; and the Weekly Mercury, Jun. 5, 1769, Issue 919, p. 4, col. 2.

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