Petition of Inhabitants of the West
Side of Scupernung
(Original in the Court House at Edenton, NC - no date but after 1711)
Printed in The Records of Albemarle County; Vol 3, #2, pg 268
"To the Honoble the General Court - The Humble Petition of the Inhabitants on ye West Side of Scupernung Sheweth,
That yor Petitionrs are informed that an Order has been passed for yr Petitionrs to clear and make a road from Scuponung to ye plantation of Mrs. Aliz. Long And accordingly your Petitionrs are required to make the said Road Altho your Petitionrs were never heard touching the said Road. And your Petitions conceiving that ye sd Order being obtained ex parte is not binding. Principally for that severall persons liveing within the Limits of ye Same are exempt from working the road. And ye Petitionrs Conceive having a road between ye Inhabitants of Cusponung & ye So. Shore, it ought being a new Road to be laid out in two equal parts, So that each Inhabitant might make their own parts & that the burthen of ye same ought not to lye on your Petitionrs only & yor Petitionrs therefore pray this Court to take ye same into yr Consideration & order ye Petitionrs to do only their proportionable part and as in Duty bound shall pray.
Joseph Spruill, Sam'll Spruill, Cutbert Phelps, Godfrey Spruill Junr., Jon. Deavinport, James Singleton, Charles Cradock, Jon. Fisheer, Henry Norman, Joseph Canings, Richard Burtonshall."