|Capt. David Sabiston House circa 1782 - 124 Ann Street|
|Portion of an 1857 Chart of Beaufort Harbor showing the islands |
and marshes off the west end of town in the early part of 19th century
On July 4, 1811, Capt. David Sabiston was bludgeoned to death with an oar, in the presence of Sabiston's slave Sal, who testified at the trial. The brutal murder was committed by slave Jerry, property of Mary Marshall, widow of Dr. John Marshall, near what was then known as Gabriel's Island, most likely a small island off the west end of Ann Street. Being found guilty at trial, the murderer was hanged at the Beaufort Court House on September 13, 1811.
An excerpt from the court minutes as transcribed by Rebecca W. Sanders in Early Carteret Court Minutes, "The State vs Negro Jerry, Property of Mary Marshall. John Marshall, Executor of John Marshall decd. - Indictment of Murder on the Body of David Sabiston. Justices present of this trial were - Jacob Henry, Josiah Davis, John Roberts, Nathaniel Pinkham, Buckner Hill, Edmund Daily, David Wallace, and Richard Whitehurst. Jury impaneled and sworn were - James Johnson, David Russell Sr., Thomas Reese, Gilbert Rumley, William Temple, David Bell, James Chadwick, William Fisher Sr., Newel Bell Sr., Josiah Bell, and Soloman Ward. Find the Defendant guilty. The sentence and judgement of the court pronounced by Nathaniel Pinkham as Chairman of the Court is - That he be returned back to the Prison from where he was taken and from thence to the place of execution and that he be hung from the neck till he is dead."
Source: The Researcher, Vol.X (No. III), 12-18, Dr. Robert Glenn Lewis,1994