Appeals to the Privy Council
Report No. 04_1776_00

Chew v Weems (Heeltap v Weems)



Case Name Short

Chew v Weems

Heeltap v Weems

Case Name Long

Crispin Heeltap on the demise of William Chew v James Weems and David Weems


Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series


APC Citation 

v.5 [330] p.438 – 3 January 1776 – entry 1

PC Register Citation 

George III v.12 (June 1775 – May 1776) p.295, 394: PC 2/119/295, 394


Colonial Courts

Provincial Court – 8 September 1772

Court of Appeals and Errors – 21 February 1775


Chew, William

Heeltap, Crispin of Ann Arundel county (lessee of William Chew)

Weems, David

Weems, James

Weems, John


Action of ejectment


Not stated in Acts of the Privy Council, Colonial Series


As the Privy Council register makes clear, the ejectment action was originally brought by Heeltap and Chew. A judgment in their favor was reversed in the Court of Appeals and Errors, from which they appealed to the Privy Council. Crispin Heeltap and the lease to him are probably fictitious. ‘Heeltap’ is much more often found as a common noun than as a surname. On the action of ejectment involved here, see Additional Research, which provides further support for the proposition that Heeltap is fictional.

Additional Sources

See the report on the colonial court proceedings in Harris, Maryland Reports, under the name Chew’s Lessee v Weems.


Printed Cases

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Privy Council Documents in PC 1 at The National Archives at Kew

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