University of Virginia, Anth 509 Fall 1996
1664 Plymouth Colony Records 7:120-1
7 March 1664
John Barnes v. Maher Dyer
Barnes complains that Dyer "for carrying away and makeing use of the said John Barnes his boate, withouth his order." Dyer then counter complains that Barnes had him wrongfully imprisoned. According to the records, a supposed deal was made between Barnes' son (Jonathan) and Dyer for the exchange of Barnes' boate for Dyer's sloop." Dyer believed the bargain to be complete and legal, but Barnes did not and therefore decided to file the initial complaint against Dyer. At first, the jury sided in favor with Barnes, granting him ownership of the boat because "there being noe legall bill of sale, or exchange, given to Maher Dyer [in the exchange] . . . by reason of the said Jonathan being underage, and the father of the said Jonathan not signeing therunto . . ." However, as the final verdict for his misleading actions, the court ordered Barnes to pay Dyer thirteen pounds damage.
MAHER DYER OF PLYMOUTH: HIS NETWORK OF RELATIONSHIPS
Barnes, John accused Barnes for having him wrongfully imprisoned for illegally using his (Barnes') boat, 7 Mar. 1664