Adam HUNTER of Virginia, heir and brother of James HUNTER, deceased, also of Virginia, and Samuel PURVIANCE and Robert PURVIANCE, both of Baltimore County vs Fielder GAUNT (Iron Master) Fielder GANT of Frederick County purchased NEGROES in 1763 from Annapolis, jointly with the Honorable Benedict CALVERT of the said James HUNTER, expecting to receive Mr. Calvert as a partner in the Iron Works. He later entered into a partnership with James HUNTER which has resulted in monetary disagreement. Fielderea Furnace Account - 1764, Virginia currency with William HUNTER; Pennsylvania currency with Thomas TAYLOR, William WILLIAMS; British Sterling used by Fielder GAUNT. Apr 18, 1764 - Servants - 10 boys, 3 women, little boy named COPPER; Various items and cargo; account of James HUNTER Letter to Fielder GANTT dated 19 March 1765 from James HUNTER from York River; (first letter dated 26 Feb 1765 was from King George County) he mentions he is leaving by ship to London; also business dealings with providing goods of cargo from James River to Fielderea Furnace and mentions the Virginia and Pennsylvania and British Sterling currencies; and about Small Pox breakout in the Fielderea area. Another letter from Hunter to Gantt dated 2 August 1765, written from Annapolis, mentions a business association for constructing a forge on Ketocton (Catoctin) and that Gantt's designs on Monocacy were defeated by Calvert & Company because the stream is only sufficient to carry a single hammer for five or six months of the year. Hunter's interest is in taking the pig iron to market. He also mentions he has heard Gantt treats his workmen intolerable and, if not for money, he would have no one to work for him; and stresses there should be a bond between master and servant and, if it is broken, the interest of the master will suffer. Hunter always lodged at the house of Robert PETER, Georgetown. In letter dated 20 April 1768, wagoners mentioned were Peter PEKENCASE, Martin EASTERDAY and Jacob BOULES. Decree from the Chancery court on 27 Feb 1790 ordered Fielder GAUNT to pay Adam HUNTER and Robert PURVIANCE, the surviving administrator of James HUNTER, the sum of 6,294 pounds, one shilling and one penny current money with interest from December 1769 plus court costs. Land tracts: "Fielderea" (8,150 acres to Gaunt by grant/patent) which was agreed to be conveyed to: - Christian EASTERDAY (600 acres); - John THRASHER (123acres); - Conrad SPACE (99 acres); - Christopher EDELEN (62 acres); - John SIMPSON and Abraham LEAKINS (560 acres to be laid off between the Kitockon Mountain and Creek); - Elias DELASHMUT (100 acres to be laid out contiguous to tract "Moreland" or "Children's Chance"); - Henry SHOVER (300 acres to be laid out to join tract "Baker's Ramble"); - Henry SHOVER (50 acres to join resurvey on tract "Addition to Hazell Thickett"); - Conrad GROSH and Michael RAYMER (100 acres to be laid off beginning at end of 177 or 178th line of "Fielderea"). Also - "Spit" (43 acres patented by Fielder GAUNT), - "Cut Knee" (315 acres from George Frazier HAWKINS to Gaunt and Hunter), - "Fouts Delight" (150 acres from Conrad LICKLIDER), - "Wells Invention" (416 acres from Robert LAMAR), - "Ore Bank" (104 acres from Thomas TAYLOR and James HUNTER), - "Addition to Hazel Thicket", "Unsills Delight" (241 acres from Henry UNSEL); - "Resurvey on Beauty" (32 acres was condemned). Also Fielderea Furnace with goods, chattels, utensils, implements, cattle, slaves, servants, etc. Deposition was heard from Thomas JOHNS of Montgomery County, age 52, who sat in on the arbitration between Gaunt and Hunter. Mr. Charles GRAHAM, one of the arbitrators, was absent and Johns went to Lower Marlboro in Calvert County to ask him to come to Annapolis. After his return when Johns and Gaunt were sitting at their lodging, Sheriff William STEWART of Anne Arundel County came into the room and arrested Gaunt by suit of Thomas TAYLOR. Thomas Johns went to Thomas JOHNSON and asked him to post the bail to keep Gaunt from going to prison which he did.
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