Court order form William Carlisle to Constable of Sussex county Delaware to recover a debt owed Eli Coverdale by Clement Cannon. The documents are given under hand and seal, at Johnstown the 16th of Sept 1814. Johnstown or Johnson's corner, later became Reliance Md. and was located at the Maryland ,Delaware border. Clement Cannon appears to be a close relative of Patty Cannon and the following information is offered .
BACKGROUND: Patty Cannon began her life of crime in the early 1800's as the leader of a gang that was organized to kidnap free blacks and sell them into black market slavery. Legends say that she was a large, unruly woman with enormous strength and a ruthless streak that few dared to cross. It was said that the locals knew of the gang's activities and that they used a tavern, run by Patty's son-in-law Joe Johnson, as a headquarters and a holding place for the kidnap victims. There was little that the citizens of Johnson's Corners, as Reliance was called then, or the surrounding area were going to do about it. Even law enforcement officials were reluctant to halt the illegal operations, given the lack of concern that most felt for African Americans in those days.