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This document commands James McCarroll the constable of Strawberry Township, Lawrence County to keep Jarrett in the jailhouse because he was found guilty of murdering Polly Hillhouse.

Biographical/Historical Note

After the inquest was conducted, Thomas McCarroll held court as a justice of the peace and found Jarrett guilty of murdering Polly Hillhouse. Jarrett was then remanded to jail to await a full trial at the next term of court. It's notable that the constable who oversaw the jail, James McCarroll, was related to the justice of the peace who pronounced a guilty sentence. There is very little evidence given in this JP case aside from the inquest findings, which is all observation.


Territory of Arkansas, County of Lawrence: of the United States of America
To James McCarroll constable of Strawberry Township
and the keeper of the jail of said county
these are to command you the said constable forthwith to convey and deliver
into the custody of the keeper of the jail of the county of Lawrence
aforesaid the body of Jarrett a negro[sic] boy belonging to the estate of Polley[sic]
Hillhouse late decst.[sic] taken and brought before me a justice of the peace
with and for the county aforesaid [crossed out]
found guilty on an inquisition of a jury of eighteen good and lawful men
householders of the township of Strawberry [crossed out] guilty of killing
Polley[sic] Hillhouse of the county and township aforesaid and you the said
keeper of the said jail are hereby required to receive the said
negroboy[sic] Jarrett into your custody in the said jail and him
there safely keep untill[sic] he shall hence be discharged by due course
of Law. Given under my hand and seal at the county aforesaid
this 18th day of July A.D. 1831 Thomas McCarrol, A justice of the peace
Jackson July 19th 1831
this committment[sic] execute and deliverin[sic] the body
of the said negrane[sic] boy the the[sic] sheriff-
milege[sic] $1.80

Physical Description

Document, 8" x 8"


Documents; Manuscripts; Law; Law enforcement; Homicides; Slaves; Jails; Judicial proceedings; Crimes; Criminal investigations

Geographical Area

Strawberry, Lawrence County (Ark.)




MSNE.0070, Box 17, Folder 132

Resource Type



Lawrence County (Ark.) Circuit Court records, MSNE.0070


Arkansas State Archives

Contributing Entity

Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives

Recommended Citation

Hillhouse murder: Jarrett remand to jail in United States v. Jarret, JP Court, Northeast Arkansas Regional Archives, Powhatan, Arkansas.


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Hillhouse murder: Jarrett remand to jail in United States v. Jarret, JP Court