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Lincolnshire Poor Law Bastardy Cases

From the Lincoln, Rutland & Stamford Mercury newspaper

Dates in Bold are newspaper edition dates.
Dates in Italic are the dates of the petty session hearings.

 2 January 1846

Louth Police Office 19 December 1845
An application was made to the bench by Ann CATER, for an order of Saml EVISON, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child, of whom she stated he was the father: ordered to pay 2s per week. The defendant has lately been married to another female, who kept close to him during the examination, and appeared anything but pleased at his proximity to his former flame.

 9 January 1846

Gainsborough Bench of Magistrates 1 Jan
Geo. GILBERT, of Messingham, was brought up under a warrant, charged with disobeying an order in bastardy for the maintenance of a bastard child born of the body of Eliz. BUTTON, singlewoman, and ordered to pay 18s and 33s 6d costs.

Louth 2 Jan
Geo. BRIAN was ordered to pay 1s per week in support of Ann WEBSTER's illegitimate child.

Boston Petty Sessions 7 Jan
An order was made upon Geo. OAKES, of Toft Hill, servant, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Mary USHER of Chapel Hill, singlewoman.

16 January 1846

Alford Magistrates [no date]
Eliz. SHORT, of Hogsthorpe, charged Tobias HILL with being the father of her illegitimate child: summons granted.

Ann CLOUGH, of Willoughby, made a similar charge against Abraham BELL, of Bratoft, and he also was summoned.

23 January 1846

Boston Petty Sessions 21 January
An order was made upon Wm. GOODYEAR of Sutterton, labourer, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child of Charlotte CUSTLEY of the same place, single-woman.

Grantham County Magistrates Meeting 16 January
Eliz. TAYLOR of Little Gonerby obtained a summons for John LYNCH, a travelling draper, to answer to the paternity of her illegitimate child.

A similar summons was granted against John EXTON, on the application of Hannah LANE, of Sedgebrook.

Wm. KETTLE consented to have an order for 1s 6d per week, and the usual midwifery fee made upon him, towards the support of the illegitimate son of Jane BECK of Carlton Scroope [sic].

Boston Petty Sessions 16 January
Samuel COLEMAN, of Boston, foundryman, was brought up under a warrant granted on the application of Sarah BACHELOR, for disobeying an order in bastardy: the defendant offered to pay now what he was able, if time was given him for the remainder, which was agreed to, and he was discharged.

An order was made upon John MITCHELL, of Boston, boot and shoe mender, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs, towards the support of Mary HARRISON's bastard child.

Wm. WHITE, sawyer, appeared to a summons obtained against him by Susannah CLIFTON, of Boston, singlewoman, on a charge of being the father of her bastard child: proof was adduced of the oath of the mother during her confinement, and some doubt arising as to the corroborative evidence, the further hearing was adjourned until Friday (this day).

Wm. MANN, of Sutterton Fen, farmer, appeared to a summons obtained against him by Mary HAYWARD, of Boston, single-woman, for an order of maintenance of her bastard child: it appeared that the child was still-born, and the defendant was advised by the Magistrates to settle the matter to save the expenses of an order, which the defendant agreed to.

An application was made by Eliz. SEARHAM, single-woman, for an order upon - SPRANER, of Lincoln, gentleman, for the maintenance of her bastard child: the further hearing of the case was adjourned for a fortnight.

Spilsby Magistrates Meeting 19 January
An application in bastardy against John PLANT, of Winthorpe, on complaint of Eliza BACHELOR, singlewoman, was adjourned to next Monday.

30 January 1846

Boston Petty Sessions 28 January
An order was made upon Mr. Geo. BOOTH, of Donington, farmer, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs for the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Eliza HARE, of Kirton, singlewoman.

Boston Petty Sessions 23 January
An order was made upon Wm. WHITE, of Boston, sawyer, for payment of 2s a week and expenses, for the maintenance of a bastard child of Hannah CLIFTON, since deceased. [The mother died since the issuing of the summons] ............etc.

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6 February 1846

Spilsby Magistrates Meeting 2 Feb
An order was granted on the application of Maria CURTIS, against Thos. BEST, of Burgh-le-Marsh, butcher, for the maintenance of a bastard child, amounting to 2s a week from the birth and costs.

Gainsborough Police Report [no date]
Mary PARKER, singlewoman of Kirton, appeared for an order upon John HUTCHINSON, butcher, of the same place, for the maintenance of a bastard child of which she had been lately delivered: order made for 2s per week.

13 February 1846

Boston Petty Sessions 11 February
An order was made upon Daniel WILCOCK, of Leake, packet-man, for payment of 2s a week and expenses towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Charlotte BOWSER singlewoman.

Louth Petty Sessions 28 January
An application was made by Mary OSBORNE, of North Somercotes, for an order of maintenance for her illegitimate child upon Joel PARKINSON: order refused

A similiar application was made by Eliz. HARRISON, of South Cockerington, for an order upon Burman THOMPSON: order refused

A like application was made by Susan JOHNSON, of Saltfleetby, for an order upon Elisha FENWICK, of Manby: order refused.

An order was made upon Reuben PHILLIPS, of Alvingham, for the maintenance of Ann WILES' illegitimate child.

Grantham County Magistrates' Meeting, 6 February
Ann DENNIS, of Colsterworth, charged Geo. DRURY of Burton Coggles with being the father of her illegitimate daughter, but did not succeed in getting an order, and had to pay 9s expenses.

Charlotte TOULSON, of Gipple, made a similar charge against Richard ARCHER, of Great Ponton: the defendant is now married: the girl and her mother (having heard that he had been "asked" in church) went to him in Grantham market, to tell him how she was situated; to which he replied "It is too late now: if you had come sooner, I would have behaved like a man". Ordered to pay 1s 6d per week from the birth of the child, the usual midwifery fee, and the expenses.

Hannah LANE, of Harlaxton, succeeded in obtaining an order for John EXTON, of Sedgebrook, to pay 1s 6d per week for the maintenance of her child with the fee and expenses.

20 February 1846

Magistrate's Office Spilsby, February 16
An order in bastardy was made upon David ROLLINSON, labourer, of Thimbleby, for payment of 3s a week for the support of the child of Harriet CURTIS, of West Keal.

Justice Room Alford, Feb 3d
Jane HOULT applied for an order in bastardy on Luke SHARPE of Alford: the case was adjourned.

Louisa SAMPSON, of Alford, applied for an order in bastardy on Michl. CROFT, of South Ormsby; summons granted.

Eliz. CLAYTON, of Alford, for an order in bastardy on Wm. ATKINSON, of Markby: summons granted.

Louth Petty Sessions Feb 11
Application was made by Rebecca JACKLIN for an order upon Rd. BRADSHAW, of North Somercotes, for the support of her illegitimate child: order granted for 1s 6d per week and costs.

A similar application was made by Maria BAGLEY, for an order upon Jos. DRAKES, of Tealby: order granted for 1s 6d per week and costs.

Louth Petty Sessions Feb 13
Sarah SMITH, late servant to Mr. BOURNE, farmer, of Cockerington, appeared to substantiate a charge of affiliation against John Orby PAWSON, aged 16, her fellow servant at the same place. Mr. GREY, for the defendant, stated that the boy's master had actually tempted him by a bribe of 5s in the first instance, and of a sovereign afterwards, to endeavor to seduce the girl; and the only inference to be drawn from such conduct was that either the master or his son was the guilty party. The bench refused to make an order.

27 February 1846

Grantham County Magistrates Meeting 20 February
Mary HALLAM of Spittlegate, obtained an order upon Chas. SEWARDS, now living in Sheffield, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child.

Geo. SHILLINGTON, of Great Ponton Heath, was ordered to pay 1s 3d per week towards the sustenance of the illegitimate son of Sophia BARKER, of Ingoldsby.

Geo. WALKER, cordwainer of Beesthorpe [sic], sent a written consent to have an order made upon him to pay the usual weekly allowance and expenses for the illegitimate daughter of Sarah RAWDIN, of Brant Broughton.

A summons was ordered to bring to the next meeting Christ. EATON, of Witham, to answer to the paternity of a child of Cath. MOORE, of North Sotke.

Magistrates' Office Spilsby February 23
Mary SYLVESTER, of Scremby, applied for an order in bastardy against John HILL of Alford, labourer: the hearing was adjourned on application of Mr. Robinson, Hill's solicitor, until Monday next.

Lindsey Magistracy 20 February
An order for payment of 1s 6d per week was made upon Thos. FORD, of Spital, laborer, to Rebecca BELL, of Bishop's Norton, singlewoman, towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child.

A summons was issued against Wm. REAM, wheelwright, of Wisbech South Brink, on application of Rebecca WALKER, of Saxilby, singlewoman, for an order in bastardy.

County Police, Great Grimsby, 17 February
On the application of Eliza SIZER, of Ashby cum Fenby, the mother of a bastard child, a summons was issued for the appearance of Wm. VICKERS, of Clee, whom she alleged to be the father.

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20 March 1846

Market Rasen Justice-Room, 16 March
Ann WHITWORTH, of Walesby, applied for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child to be made upon Jonathan BROWN, of Glamford Briggs, bricklayer: order granted for payment of 1s 6d per week, 10s for midwife, and costs.

Eliz. BOSWELL, of Normanby, applied for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child to be made upon Wm. MASON, of Wold Newton, farmer: no order made, sufficiently strong corroborative evidence not being adduced.

Boston Petty Sessions 11 March
An order was made upon John GOODRICK, of Friskney, servant, for the payment of 2s per week towards the support of a bastard born of the body of Eliza TOPLEY, of Leake, singlewoman.

Spilsby Magistrates' Office 16 March
Frances COOT, of Midville, applied for an order in bastardy on John CLAYTON, of Stickford, labourer: discharged.

Ann TOYNTON, of Ashby, applied for a similar order against Geo. PAWSON, of Welton, miller: discharged. An order was made on Jas. RUSHBY, of Toynton, labourer, for the payment of 2s a week (and costs) towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Susan BANNISTER, of Butterwick Fen.

27 March 1846

Spilsby Petty Sessions 23 March
An order in bastardy was obtained against James WAITE, of Ingoldmells, on application of Mary GRAY, of Burgh le Marsh.

Boston Petty Sessions 25 March
An order was made upon W. BAKER, late of Gosberton, blacksmith, for payment of 2s. per week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard childr belonging to Eliz. JOHNSON, late of Swineshead, single-woman.

An order was made upon Matthew TAYLOR, late of Sutterton, carpenter, for payment of 5s. a week for two weeks up to the death of a child belonging to Damaris BURNET, of Algarkirke, single-woman, together with expenses of funeral etc.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 19 March
Frances HOSSTEAD, of Gainsboro', singlewoman, applied for an order for the maintenance of her illegitimate child to be made upon Fred. ROBINSON, labourer, of the same place: order made for 2s. per week from the birth, and costs.

Grantham Petty Sessions 20 March
John OXBY, accused of being the father of the illegitimate daughter of Eliz. Jane LANCASTER, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week, and a large bill of costs, amounting to £3 1s which had been incurred by his having rendered it necessary to summon several witnesses from a considerable distance. The parties had lived in service together at Broughton.

Christ. HEARTH, a waiter at the Bull inn, Witham Common, was ordered to pay 1s 3d per week towards the maintenance of Cath. MOORE's illegitimate son: the parties had lived in service together.

Grimsby Petty Sessions 17 March
Mary DREWERY, of Irby, charged Chas. CAPES, of Swallow, with being the father of her illegitimate child: the defendant admitted the charge: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week from the birth of the child, and the usual midwifery fee and expenses.

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3 April 1846

Louth Petty Sessions 27 March
An order for the payment of 2s per week was made on John HILL, iron-founder, (who did not appear), for the maintenance of the bastard child of Margaret FRITH, his housekeeper.

Boston Petty Sessions 27 March
An order was made upon John DAFF, of Scrubbs Hill, in the parish of Coningsby, labourer, for payment of 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Harriet LAWSON, single-woman.

10 April 1846

Kesteven (Lincoln) Petty Sessions 3 April
Rt. THEAKER, of Leadenham, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Ann DRIVER.

Thos. CROSS, of New Sleaford, appeared to a summons calling upon him to support the illegitimate child of Harriet FIELDS: the complainant could not establish her case, and the proceedings were quashed.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 30 March
Lettice Maria PELL, of Little Steeping, single-woman, made application for an order on John HALL, of Spilsby, ostler, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child, of which she alleged him to be the father..............the order was made for 2s 6d per week from the birth, costs 15s., midwife 10s.

A similar application was made by Eliza MYERS, of Candlesby, for an order upon John HIGGS, of that place: order made for 1s per week, and costs 15s.

Grantham Petty Sessions 3 April
Fras. SILLS, of Leadenham, father of the illegitimate daughter of Mary TONGUE, of Brant Broughton, was ordered to pay 2s per week maintenance.

Mary KENNEWELL, of Hougham, aged 17, accused Thos. NICKERSON of being the father of her illegitimate son: they had lived in service together at Mr. WORTH's, of Marston: case dismissed.

Thos. CASTLEDINE, of Bingham, acknowledged the paternity of M. A. STUBLEY's child, of Woolsthorpe: as this was not her first child, 1s 3d per week was imposed, and the usual midwifery fee. Defendant was stated to be a local preacher in the Methodist connexion.

17 April 1846

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24 April 1846

Grantham Petty Sessions 17 April
Ann MOYNES, of Bennington, accused Wm. SWANN of Lincoln, of being the father of her illegitimate son: at the time of the connextion defendant had kept a temperance hotel at Nottingham, but the subsequent evidence showed that "he was not temperate in all things"..........etc. Ordered to pay 2s per week, and £3 9s expenses.

Robt. HUTCHINSON, of Fulbeck, charged by Ann CLARKE, of Fenton, with being the father of her illegitimate child, was not present: the case had been before the bench so frequently, and postponed in consequence of the absence of witnesses, that proceedings were ordered to be instituted "de novo". ["anew" according to my little Collins English Gem Dictionary!]

Boston Petty Sessions 22 April
An order was made upon Chas. HAW, of Dowsby Fen, labourer, for payment of 2s a week and expenses towards the maintenance of a bastard child of Ann SMITH, of Gosberton, single-woman.

Lindsey Petty Sessions 17 April
A summons was issued at the instance of Mary COLBECK, of Kettlethorpe, against John COUTHLAND, of Eagle Moor, calling upon him to show cause why an order in bastard should not be made against him.

Louth Petty Sessions 8 April
An order was made upon Thos. ROW, of Alvingham, for the maintenance of Ann KIRK's illegitimate child. A like order was made upon Wm. TOMLINSON, of Fulstow, for the maintenance of mary CATER's child.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 20 April
An order in bastardy was made upon Eli PARKER, of Friskney, butcher, for payment of 1s a week, and 15s costs, towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Ann HARDY, of Wainfleet St Mary.

A similar order, applied for by Fanny BONNETT, of Partney, against Jas. FARMER, of the same place, bricklayer, was dismissed.

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1 May 1846

Spilsby Petty Sessions 27 April
John HILL, labourer of Alford, for disobeying an order in bastardy made upon him at the instance of M. SYLVESTER, of Scremby, was ordered to pay 14s (amount of order) and 5s 6d costs.

8 May 1846

Boston Petty Sessions 1 May
An order was made upon Oliver WHITE, of Boston, boatman, for payment of £1 3s 6d towards the expenses incurred on the birth of two bastard children belonging to Ann ROBINSON of Boston, singlewoman: both the children were still-born.

15 May 1846

Louth Petty Sessions 6 May
An order was made upon Wm. BEAN for the maintenance of Susan TAYLOR's illegitimate child.

22 May 1846

Grantham County Magistrates Meeting 15 May
Mary RODEN, of Sedgebrook, applied for a summons against Jas. OGDEN, of Casthorpe, on a bastardy charge: it was granted, and he was ordered to appear at the next meeting (June 5th).

John MEARS, of Little Ponton, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Mary Ann FOSTER, of Colsterworth.

Matthew CLARKE, of Stubton, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Eliz. PARKER: this matter required no adjudication, as the parties had made a previous arrangement.

29 May 1846

Horncastle Magistrates Office 23 May
An application for an order in bastardy by Eliz BURTON on Peter ROBINSON was dismissed by the Magistrates.

Louth (Lindsey) Petty Sessions, 20 May
An order was made for the maintenance of Mary Ann WEBSTER's illegitimate child.

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5 June 1846

Town Hall Stamford 30 May
An order was made upon John Pepperdine MANN, cabinet-maker, to contribute the sum of 2s. weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Jane COLDERWOOD, and also to pay the costs incurred.

An order was likewise made upon Wm. CLIFTON, painter, with respect to the illegitimate child of Alice AUSTIN, to pay 1s 6d weekly and costs.

Boston Petty Sessions 29 May
An order was made upon Geo. DUFFIN, of Boston, higgler, for payment of 1s 8d a week for six weeks and 2s per week afterwards, for the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Sarah HARRISON widow.

12 June 1846

Spilsby Petty Sessions 1 June
An application made by Ann SMITH of Orby, singlewoman, for an order in bastardy against Cook GOODERICK, of Keal Coats, boatman, was adjourned.

Brigg, 9 June
Jane GOOD of Haburgh, singlewoman, attended to affiliate her illegitimate child, and charged Christ. BALDERSON, who lived as a fellow servant at Mr. KIRKBY's of Cabourn, with being the father. Case dismissed.

Grantham, 5 June
Jas. OGDEN sent a written consent to pay 1s 6d per week towards the support of the illegitimate son of Mary RIDEN, of Sedgebrook.

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14 August 1846

Gainsborough Petty Sessions, 6 August
Dorothy COOK, of Kirton, single-woman, applied for an order upon Chas. LAMBERT, of Kirton, to support a bastard child: on her examination, it appeared that she did not reside in this petty sessional district, and could not be heard here.

21 August 1846

Boston Petty Sessions 19 August
An order was made upon Wm. ALFORD, of Freiston, servant, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Lucy FEATHERSTONE, of Fishtoft, single-woman.

28 August 1846

Grantham County Magistrates 21 August
Eliz THICKETT, of Great Gonerby, charged Wm. THOMPSON, of Hough, with being the father of her illegitimate son: she had had two children before by different men but had not attempted to swear either of them: the case was dismissed, and the woman ordered to pay 8s expenses.

John HOLMES, veterinary surgeon, of Bourn, acknowledged the paternity of the illegitimate child of Charlotte GOLLINGS, a widow, of Spittlegate: he did not appear, but sent the following laconic epistle to HOWITT: "Sir, - Please send me word what I have to pay towards Mrs. Gollings' kid, and I will send you a Post-office order for the money". He had to pay 2s per week and the usual expenses.

Eliza HOYES, of Londonthorpe, made a similar charge against Wm. GREENFIELD, of Aswarby Hall: he had given her money to the amount of £5, but did not appear willing to come to any permanent arrangement: he was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week from that day, and the expenses of the proceedings.

Ann BURTON, of Great Gonerby, applied for a summons for John LAMBLEY, of Sproxton, in a bastardy affair: it came out that this was the fourth illegitimate child of complainant, and that she had a sister at home who had four also. The summons was granted.

Boston Petty Sessions 26 August
The further hearing of an application of Ann TROLLOPE, single-woman, of Kirton, for an order upon Wm. RASTALL, victualler, of Kirton, was adjourned until Wednesday next.

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4 September 1846

Boston Petty Sessions 31 August
The application of Sarah WHITEHEAD, widow, for an order in bastardy, upon Thos. ASBY, of Boston, baker, was dismissed for want of sufficient corroborative evidence.

Alford Petty Sessions 25 August
Eliz. WATERMAN, singlewoman, of Hogsthorpe, applied for an order in bastardy on Jos. Harrod SMITH, servant in husbandry, of the same place: defendant ordered to pay 2s per week, and 10s expenses.

Eliz. WAITE, of Saleby, applied for a summons in a case of bastardy against Wm. BROCKSOM, labourer, of Withern: granted.

18 September 1846

Boston Petty Sessions 16 September
An order was made upon Rt. HANKS of Algarkirke, beer-seller, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Sarah BUTLER, of Leake, singlewoman.

Boston Petty Sessions 11 September
An order was made upon John DAWSON, of Swineshead, labourer, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs, towards the support of a bastard child belonging to Eliz. RYLOTT, singlewoman.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 7 September
Geo. BRUMPTON, labourer, of Market Rasen, appeared upon summons to answer an application by Martha SHADLOCK, of Usselby, for an order in bastardy to be made upon him: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week, and 10s for expenses.

25 September 1846

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 15 September
Thos. TYSON, farm-servant, of Upton, was brought up in the custody of the constable of Scotter, under a warrant for refusing to maintain his bastard child by Jane DRINKALL, single-woman: ordered to pay the arrears and costs, which he did, and was then discharged. Tyson appeared before the magistrates some weeks ago, in answer to a summons from the same party, when he was ordered to pay 2s per week towards the maintenance of the child.

Grantham County Magistrates 18 September
Thos. SHEPPARD, of Wellingore, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate son of Harriet RAWDING, of Brant Broughton: they had been living together as servants in husbandry at Temple Bruer: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week. Notice of appeal was immediately given by Mr. Kewney on the part of the defendant. [The appeal will have been heard at Quarter Sessions]

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2 October 1846

Spilsby Petty Sessions 28 September
T. HOTCHIN, of East Kirkby, laborer, was adjudged to be the putative father of Mary COATS, of Bolingbroke, and ordered to pay 2s per week and costs.

9 October 1846

Boston Petty Sessions 2 October
An order was made upon Jos. MANNING, of Boston, pipemaker, for payment of 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Sophia GREEN, single-woman.

Louth Petty Sessions 29 September
Saml. HARRISON, of North Ormesby, agricultural labourer, was charged by Mary Ann KEMP, of Louth, with being the father of her illegitimate child: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and expenses.

Grantham Petty Sessions 2 October
Jos. EELES, painter, of Grantham, was accused of being the father of the illegitimate son of Mary WILFORD, of the Commercial road, Spittlegate: the case was dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

16 October 1846

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 5 October
Esther PADLEY, of Linwood, single-woman, appeared and charged Geo. THOMPSON, of Faldingworth, with being the father of her illegitimate child. After hearing each party's evidence, the Justices ordered Thompson to pay 1s 6d per week for the next 13 years from its birth, 10s for midwife, and the costs of obtaining the order.

Boston Petty Sessions 9 October
An order was made upon Smith ALLCOCK, of Nottingham, boatman, for the payment of 2s 6d a week and costs, for the support of a bastard child belonging to Naomi ATKIN of Boston, single-woman.

30 October 1846

Louth Petty Sessions 23 October

Wm. VICKERS, labourer, was ordered to pay 2s per week towards the maintenance of Ann CROWSON's illegitimate child.

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6 November 1846

Boston Petty Sessions 23 October
An order was made upon Geo. PERCIVAL of Boston, labourer, for payment of 1s a week towards the support of a bastard child belonging to Ann BALDERSON, of Boston, widow.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 2 November

Frances BEECH, of Market Rasen, single-woman, complained of non-payment by Wm. SEWELL of weekly payments under an order in bastardy: a warrant was issued.

20 November 1846

Louth Petty Sessions 21 October
Eliza SLEIGHT obtained an order of affiliation upon Wm. STARMER, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 29 October
Sarah GILBERT, who at the last meeting applied for an order on Thos. FRITH to support a bastard child, which was adjourned to this day, did not appear. Frith was in attendance with his witness.

Boston Petty Sessions 11 November
An order was made upon Geo. SPARROW, of Dogdyke, servant, for payment of 2s per week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Mary PACEY, of Leverton.

Grantham Petty Sessions 6 November
Emma EATON, of Colsterworth, applied for a summons against John STEEL, of Stainby, in an affiliation case, which was granted, and also one to M. A. FOSTER against John MEARS, of Little Ponton, who has run away.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 16 November
Esther PADLEY, of Linwood, singlewoman, applied for a warrant to apprehend Geo. THOMPSON, of Faldingworth, servant in husbandry, for not obeying an order in bastardy.

Boston Petty Sessions 25 November
An order was made upon Wm. FARROW, of Mount Pleasant, labourer, for payment of 2s a week, and costs, towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Susannah HALL, of Leake, single-woman.

The application of Eliz. ADDLESEE, of Swineshead, single-woman, for an order upon Perring POTTER, of Heckington Fen, serevant, for the maintenance of a bastard child, was dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Alford Petty Sessions 17 November
Ann HAINES, single-woman, of Sloothby, charged John LUCAS, laborer, of Hogsthorpe, with being the father of her bastard child: ordered to pay 2s per week, and £1 expenses.

Louth Petty Sessions 18 November
An order was made for the support of Mary GRAY's bastardy child upon Thos. ENDERBY, of Raithby.

A similar order was made for the maintenance of Ann OLIVER's child upon Jos. WINKS of Keelby.

Mary MICHAEL of North Somercotes, applied for an order of filiation to be made on Geo. HAWES, of Asserby, but it was refused.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 22 November
Jas. OVERTON, of Bilsby, laborer, was adjudged to be the putative father of Jane GREEN's bastard child, and ordered to pay 1s 6d per week, 10s for midwife, and £1 8s costs.

Grantham Petty Sessions 20 November
Thos. ANDREW, of Buckminster, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate daughter of Jane COUSINS, of Gunby: the child was born on the 29th June. This was an adjourned case, in which the corroborative evidence was so slight that the Magistrates did not feel justified in making the order.

A similar charge was made by Eliz. BURGIN, of Fenton, against Sam. SEATON: they had lived in service together at Newark. This case was also dismissed, and the woman ordered to pay expenses.

Eliza HOYES, of Londonthorpe, had at a previous meeting obtained an order for 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of her illegitimate child on Wm. GREENFIELD, a servant at Aswarby Hall, who was brought up by warrant to state why he refused: there was 18s due up to Friday last, which he was ordered to pay, together with 13s expenses: he was also ordered to remit the money to the girl's father punctually every month for the future.

Caroline GOLLINGS, of Spittlegate, obtained an order for 1s 6d per week from John ADCOCK, towards the support of her illegitimate daughter.

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4 December 1846

Louth Petty Sessions 26 November
Thos. HALLAM was ordered to pay 2s per week in support of Ann WILLEY's illegitimate child of whom she stated on oath he was the father.

11 December 1846

Grantham Petty Sessions 4 December
John HAYES, of Market Deeping, was accused of neglecting an order in bastardy by not contributing towards the support of the illegitimate child of Cath. SIMPSON, of Spittlegate: he had by letters and verbal promises caused the poor girl to delay any application to the Magistrates for nearly twelve months, and she could now only claim (by the Act of parliament) 13 weeks subscription, which with the expenses, amounting together to £2 9s 6d, he was ordered to pay and also ordered punctually to remit her the legal allowance every two months.

Caroline JORDAN, of Carlton Scroop, obtained a summons for Julius BLAKE, of Little Hale, to appear at the next meeting and answer a charge as to the paternity of her illigitimate son, born on the 9th Nov. last.

18 December 1846

Brigg Petty Sessions 8 December
Thos BROWN, late groom to Mr. BROOKS, of Fonaby, near Caistor, was charged by Eliz. INCH of Keelby, single-woman, with being the father of her illegitimate child; and also attended at the same time, Mary RABY, of Caistor, an orphan girl, to affiliate her bastard child. Both reputed fathers attended by attorney, and for want of sufficient evidence both cases were dismissed.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 14 December
Jos. WHITWORTH, footman of Louth, was adjudged to be the putative father of the illegitimate child of Ann HARDY, singlewoman, of Great Steeping, and ordered to pay 2s 6d per week, and costs of order.

Wm. BALDERSTONE, miller, of East Kirkby, was adjudged to be the putative father of the illegitimate child of Caroline WOODTHORPE, of Stickney, and ordered to pay 2s 6d per week and costs of order.

25 December 1846

Grantham Petty Sessions 18 December
John BURSNALL, of Edenham, was ordered to pay 1s 3d per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Elizabeth ELLIS, and £1 13s 3d costs. An order for 1s 6d per week was made on John STEEL of Stainby, for the support of the child of Emma EATON, of Colsterworth, born on the 22d September last: he was also to pay the midwife and expenses.

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Thank you, Anne Cole, for the above.

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