State of North Carolina, Wayne County } Court of Pleas and quarter Session November term 1837
To the worshipful the justices of said Court — The petition of the Wilmington & Raleigh railroad company humbly complaining sheweth unto your worships that the road which they are now constructing will pass through the lands of Adam Wynn of this county, They represent unto your worships that they have not been able to come to any understanding or make any agreement with the owner Adam Wynn as to the terms upon which they may construct their road over his lands They therefore pray that thus court will cause the Sheriff to summon a jury of twelve lawful men to go upon the rout that may be pointed out by the President and Directors or by their agent and say what damage the owner will sustain by the construction of the road allowing or condemning sixty five feet on each side of the base. The jury also taking into consideration the value of the benefit resulting and that may result to the owner from the construction of the road and that the jury make a return to court under hand and seal of their proceedings they first having been duly sworn and your petitioners pray that this court will take all and such other steps touching the premises as may seem necessary and your petitioner as in duty bound will ever pray /s/ W.B. Wright Sol. Pro Pet
Railroad Records, Wayne County Records, North Carolina State Archives.