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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.

1 January 1847

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 21 December 1846
Thos. HOLMES, of Wrangle, groom, was charged with being the putative father of a bastard child born on the body of Helen MOORE, of Croxby: order made for 1s 6d per week.

Sarah FOWLER obtained a warrant against Isaac ALCOCK, of Caistor, labourer, for disobedience to an order in bastardy.

Boston Petty Sessions 30 December
An order was made upon Geo. WINTERS, jun. of Gosberton, for payment of 2s a week and other expenses towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Sarah PRIESTLEY, of that parish, single-woman.

An order was also made upon Geo. SLEIGH, of Gosberton, servant, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard belonging to Jane WALTON, of that place, singlewoman.

The further hearing of an application of Hannah EVERARD, of Sutterton, for an order upon Rt. BLANCHARD, of Fosdyke, farmer, for maintenance of her bastard child, was adjourned to Wednesday next.

 8 January 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 6 January
The application of Hannah EVERARD, of Sutterton, single-woman, for an order upon Rt. BLANCHARD, farmer, of Fosdyke, for the maintenance of a bastard child, was dismissed.

An order was made upon Sam. HORTON, bricklayer, of Leake, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Susannah GOODWIN, of Surfleet, single-woman.

Boston Petty Sessions 1 January
The hearing of an application of Maria LUPTON, single-woman, for an order upon Elias ALBIN, of Kirton, servant, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child, was adjourned.

Grantham Petty Sessions 1 January
Eliz GIBSON obtained an order for John HAMMOND, of Graby, to pay 1s 6d per week, 10s midwife, and 1 10s expenses, in an affiliation case.

15 January 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 13 January
An order was made upon Wm. SHOTBOLT, jun., of Gosberton, farmer, for payment of 2s 6d a week, and other expenses, towards the maintenance of a bastard child of Susannah GOODWIN, of Surfleet, single-woman.

22 January 1847

Grimsby Petty Sessions 19 January
Hannah SUDDABY, of Waltham, obtained a summons against Chas. BIRKETT, of Kirmington, for his appearance at the next petty sessions charged with being the father of her bastard.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 4 January
Isaac ALCOCK, of Caistor, labourer, appeared to answer the charge of Sarah FOWLER for disobedience to an order in bastardy, and was ordered to pay 1 a month until the arrears and costs be discharged.

Brigg Petty Sessions 5 January
William Seaton BLANSHARD, of Faldingworth, labourer, a married man, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week for the maintenance of Eliza RABY's (of Caistor) bastard child.

Grantham Petty Sessions 15 January
Mary PATCHETT, of Ancastser, a widow with six children, obtained an order for John EATON, of that place, labourer, to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of her illegitimate child. Eaton has since married another woman, though he had promised marriage to the complainant.

Wm. JENKINSON, apprentice to Mr. ARCHER, wheelwright, of Barrowby, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate daughter of Martha HAND: this case was postponed, to enable the complainant to subpoena a material witness.

Henry BROTHWELL, of Bourn Fen, was brought up under a warrant for neglecting to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Ellen MOORE: according to law, only 13 weeks' payment could be recovered: the female was cautioned not to allow him to go on so long in future, and was ordered to pay 2 12s 9d, including 19s 6d for the 13 weeks. The money was paid.

Jas FURMIDGE, of Sedgebrook, consented to pay 1s 3d in an affiliation case: the Magistrates allowed the small sum in consequence of the female (Susanna PASK) having previously had a child.

29 January 1847

Spilsby Petty Sessions 25 January
Jos. BOURNE, of Eastville, labourer, was adjudged to be the putative father of the bastard child of Biddy BOGG, of Toynton All Saints, singlewoman, and ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and costs.

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12 February 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 10 February
An order was made upon Rt. BURMAN, of Boston, groom, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Johannah WALLACE, of Skirbeck, singlewoman. Geo. WINTERS, of Gosberton, servant, was committed for three months for disobeying an order in bastardy.

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 6 February
Joseph ASHLEY was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Ann WRAY.

19 February 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 13 February
On Monday last, a man named Edw. HALLGATH, of Donington, labourer, was committed to prison by the Mayor, for three months, for disobeying an order in bastardy.

26 February 1847

Barton. - Affiliation Case.
Sarah COOPER, of Barrow, obtained at the Magistrate's meeting last week an order upon Joel DEE for the payment of 2s 6d a week towards the maintenance of her bastard child. During the investigation, which was heard privately, three individuals from Barrow, calling themselves respectable, came forward in order to exonerate the putative father, and swore to having had intercourse with the girl, who is a mere child. It is a pity they were not made to undergo the same penalty as that which was inflicted upon Joel Dee.

Boston Petty Sessions 24 February
An order was made upon Isaac HALL, of Wyberton, farmer, for payment of 2s per week towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Ann DAMMS, of that place, singlewoman.

Boston Petty Sessions 17 February
An order was made upon Wm. Marvel RICK, of Lenton, labourer, for payment of 2s a week towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Mary Ann FALKNER, of Donington, singlewoman.

An order was made upon John STORR, of Freiston, labourer, for payment of 1s 3d a week towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Martha HARRAD, of Freiston, singlewoman.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 10 February
Mary HARDY, of Gainsboro', singlewoman, appeared for an order upon Wm. SCOTT, of Snelland, farm-servant, to support a female bastard child of which she had been recently delivered: order made accordingly.

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 5 March 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 26 February
An order was made upon John PAULSON, of Kirton, blacksmith, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Mary Ann WATTS singlewoman.

Boston Petty Sessions 27 February
Charles Wm. SMITH was committed to prison for three months for disobeying an order in bastardy: Smith was only liberated from prison that morning, having been confined for three months under a former complaint.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 1 March
Rd. BOGG, of Raithby, labourer, was adjudged to be the putative father of Betsey REDFORD's bastard child and ordered to pay 1s 6d per week, and 15s for costs.

19 March 1847

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 22 February
Hannah BAKER, of Aisby, in the parish of Corringham, singlewoman, applied for an order upon John GLEADELE, of Gainsboro', labourer, to support a bastard child: order made for the payment of 2s per week.

Ann WILSON, of Heapham, singlewoman, applied for an order upon Thos. BATES, of Stowe Park, to support a bastardy child: order made for payment of 2s per week.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 15 March 1847
Agar JESSUP, of Burgh, miller, was adjudged to be the putative father of Susn SIMON's illegitimate child, and ordered to pay 2s 6d per week from the birth and costs of order.

26 March 1847

Grantham Petty Sessions 19 March
Thos. PORTER, groom to W. OSTLER, Jun., Esq., was accused of being the father of the illegitimate daughter of Cath. HALLAM, of Marston, whom it appeared he had succeeded in seducing by a promise of marriage: he was ordered to pay 10s midwifery fee, and 2s per week.

Boston Petty Sessions 19 March
An order was made upon James CARNALL, servant, late of Swineshead, for payment of 2s per week towards the support of a bastard child belonging to Eliz. CLAYTON, of Boston, singlewoman.

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23 April 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 21 April
An order was made upon Wm. SCARCLIFF, of Nocton, farmer, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Mary PIGGINS, of Gosberton, single-woman.

An order was also made upon Jos. BRINKLEY, of Kirton, cottager, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Eliz TOYNE of Kirton, single-woman.

Grantham Petty Sessions 16 April
John FOOTITT, shepherd to Mr ROBINSON of Brandon, was brought up to answer a charge of being the father of the illegitimate child of Mary ATTER, of Marston: defendant had given 4.5s towards the support of the female previously to her confinement, had agreed to pay 2s a week, and deposited deeds of ownership of two houses he has in Foston as guarantee of payment, to prevent the affair's being made public....etc.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 19 April
Susanna KYME, of Partney, singlewoman, made application for an order in bastardy on David BIRD, of Spilsby, cordwainer, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child, of which she alleged him to be the father: order made, 1s 6d per week and costs.

30 April 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 28 April
An order was made upon Thos. GARNHAM, late of Algarkirke, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs, for the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Jane SMART, single-woman.

Louth Petty Sessions 21 April
An order was made upon Thos. HOGARTH, of Manby, labourer, for the maintenance of Betsy KIRK's illegitimate child.

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 7 May 1847

Spilsby Petty Sessions 26 April
An order in bastardy was, on the application of Maria CARROTT, made on John LANCASTER, of West Keal, for the payment of 1s per week towards the maintenance of her bastard child.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 3 May
Barker VICKERS, of Binbrook, laborer, appeared upon summons to answer the application of Mary TAYLOR, of Tealby, single-woman, for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child: order made for payment of 1s 6d per week, and costs of obtaining order and midwife.

Louth Petty Sessions 23 April
Geo. CLARKSON, ostler at the Blue Bell inn, Market-place, Hull, was charged by Martha THOMPSON, of Louth, with being the father of her bastard child: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the support thereof.

14 May 1847

Spilsby Petty Sessions 10 May
An order was made on Nathaniel LAMMIMAN, of Friskney, to pay 2s per week towards the support of Sarah SLIGHT's illegitimate child, born at Friskney on the 8th of October last.

Grantham Petty Sessions 7 May
Rebecca HALL, of Great Gonerby, accused Saml. CLIFFE, of Wilsford, (who now carries milk in Nottingham on the part of his parents), of being the father of her illegitimate female child: this case was rendered rather intersting by Cliffe's brother interfering and creating a disturbance in court before the affair came on for hearing, and the defendant himself appearing (as it was said) in a much more humble attire than his circumstances warranted. Cliffe merely stated in defence that the woman was older than he was, and led him into it. He was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week from the birth of the child, 10s midwifery fee, and 2 1s expenses.

Henry NORTHEDGE, of Corby, did not appear to a summons in a bastardy case in which Hannah PIDD, of Spittlegate, was complainant; and an order was made for 2s per week and expenses. [Anne Cole adds: Henry NORTHRIDGE (son of William) and Hannah PIDD (dau of George) were married at Spittlegate on the 25th December 1847 - post 1837 marriage index]>

21 May 1847

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 13 May
Ann SLEIGHT, of Laughton, single-woman, applied for an order on John OTTER, of Misterton, to support a bastard child. Otter appeared personaly, and also by his attorney, Mr. CAPES, of Epworth. Order made for 2s a week from the date of the application, and costs.

28 May 1847

Grantham Petty Sessions 21 May
John RADFORD, of Winkburn, near Southwell, was accused of being the father of the illegitimate daughter of Maria TOWE, of Maston, born on the 5th January, 1846. The female had lived two years as servant to defendant's father. Radford had at various times given money to the mother of complainant towards the maintenance of the child, and promised it should never want. Perhaps a worse attempt at defence in a charge of this kind was never heard, and he was ordered to pay 2s 6d per week (the largest amount the bench could legally impose), and 2 4s for expenses.

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 4 June 1847

Stamford Petty Sessions 29 May
Jas. PORTER, of Stamford, was adjudged to be the father of Eliz. Ann WATSON's illegitimate child, and ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards its maintenance, as also the costs of obtaining the order of affiliation.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 31 May
Edward JACKSON, of Brinkhill, farmer, was adjudged to be the putative father of Elizabeth TODD's bastard child, and ordered to pay 2s per week and costs of order.

18 June 1847

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 7 June
An order in bastardy was made upon Thos. ENDERBY, of Binbrook, for payment of 1s 6d per week towards the support of Mary WRIGHT's illegitimate child. It appeared in evidence that Enderby and Wright had been cohabiting together for some time, and that Enderby had lately turned her out of his dwelling-house.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 10 June
Sarah SCRAFIELD, of Springthorpe, single-woman, applied for an order upon Edw. COOK of Kexby, for maintenance of her bastard child: dismissed.

Boston Petty Sessions 16 June
The hearing of an application of Prudence KEY, of Donington, singlewoman, for an order in bastardy upon John GUNN of Donington, victualler, was adjourned to Wednesday next.

25 June 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 23 June
An order was made upon John GUNN, of Donington, victualler, for payment of 5s a week for three weeks, being up to the death of a bastard child belonging to Prudence KEY, formerly a servant of his: and also for payment of 10s for the doctor, 10s for the funeral expenses, and 3 5s costs.

The further hearing of an application of Sarah HARDY, of Swineshead, single-woman, for an order upon Fras. ASPLAND, of Hale Fen, servant, for the maintenance of her bastard child, was adjourned till the 30th inst.

Louth Petty Sessions 15 June
Jas. REED, bricklayer, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of Ann BULLIVANT's bastard child of which he admitted he was the father.

Alford Petty Sessions 22 June
Mary STEPHENSON, singlewoman, of Aby, charged Christ. KEELEY, blacksmith, of South Ormsby, with being the father of her bastard child: Keeley admitted the paternity, and was ordered to pay 2s per week from the date of application, and 15s expenses.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 21 June
Charlotte SLIGHT, of Stickney, singlewoman, charged John BAILEY, of Toynton All Saints, labourer, with being the father of her bastard child: case dismissed, gross impropriety on the part of the girl having been proved.

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 2 July 1847

Stamford Petty Sessions 26 June
thos. TEBBUTT, of Upton, farmer, was adjudged to be the putative father of Mary Ann HARRISON's illegitmate child, and ordered to pay 2s weekly towards its support, and also the costs of the order.

Boston Petty Sessions 30 June
An order was made upon Fras. ASPLAND, of Hale Fen, servant, for payment of 5s for one week's maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Sarah HARDY of Swineshead, singlewoman, and costs amounting to 1 18s.

 9 July 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 7 July
An order was made upon Rd. SCOTNEY, of Skirbeck, brickmaker, for payment of 2s a week towards the support of a bastard child belonging to Betsy SCOTT, of Skirbeck, single-woman.

16 July 1847

Spilsby Petty Sessions 12 July
Joseph KNOWLES, of Boston, baker, was adjudged to be the putative father of the illegitimate child of Mary GREEN, of Croft (late in his service), and ordered to pay 2s per week and costs.

Boston Petty Sessions 14 July
An order was made upon Wm. LACKEY, of Dogdyke, labourer, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Rebecca BEDFORD, of Swineshead, single-woman.

23 July 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 21 July
The application of Sophia WOODWARD, of Butterwick, single-woman, for an order upon Wm. BURGESS, of Leverton, servant, was dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Grantham Petty Sessions 16 July
Alfred CHILTERN was accused of being the father of the illegitimate child of Alice GREEN, of Little Gonerby. They had lived in servitude together at Colney Hatch, near London: defendant, who did not appear, was now ostler at the Torrington Arms, Finchley. Ordered to pay the expenses, and 5s per week for the first six weeks, and 2s per week afterwards.

30 July 1847

Stamford Petty Sessions 24 July
Wm. SEWELL, of Empingham, labourer, was adjudged to be the father of two illegitimate children (twins) of which Marian WARD, single-woman, had lately been delivered in the Stamford Union-house, and he was ordered to pay 1s 3d weekly towards the support of each child, and likewise the cost of affiliation, being 1 3s.

Boston Petty Sessions 28 July
The application of Mary Ann NOBLES, of Swineshead, single-woman, for an order upon Mr. John SANDALL, of Swineshead, butcher, for the maintenance of a bastard child was dismissed for want of sufficient corroborative evidence.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions [no date]
Wm. HALL, of Tathwell, labourer, appeared to show cause why an order should not be made upon him for the maintenance of Ann WARD's bastard child: an order was made for the payment of 1s 6d per week and costs.

Mary KETTLEWELL applied for an order in bastardy against Wm. EDLINGTON of Bottesford: order made for the payment of 1s 6d per week and costs.

Boston Petty Session 23 July
An order was made upon Thos. AINSFORTH, of Whittlesea, van-driver, for the payment of 2s a week and expenses towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Ann HAW, of Boston, singlewoman.

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13 August 1847

Louth Petty Sessions 11 August
An order was made upon Geo. SMITH of Grimoldby, mller, for the maintenance of Eliz. WHITE's bastard child.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 28 July
Ann SLEIGHT, single-woman, obtained a warrant against John OTTER, of Misterton, servant, for not obeying an order in bastardy: settled out of court, defendant paying maintenance and costs.

Grantham Petty Sessions 5 August
Thos. TAYLOR, of Langton by Horncastle, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate daughter of Eliz. HOLMES, of Bassingham. In consequence of the great distance the parties came, the expenses were 2 18s.

20 August 1847

Spilsby Petty Sessions 16 August
Samuel FIELDS, of Friskney, cottager, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and costs towards the maintenance of Rebecca SHAW's illegitimate child. Thomas HALES, of Wainfleet All Saints, labourer, was ordered to pay 2s per week and costs towards the maintenance of Ann MILN's illegitimate child.

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17 Sep 1847

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 2 September
Sarah COOK, of Gainsboro', singlewoman, applied for an order upon John ROSS, of Belton, to support a bastard child of which she had been delivered: order refused.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 6 September
Mary BELL, of Market Rasen, obtained a summons against Jos. DIXON, carpenter, of West Rasen, for an order of maintenance of her bastard child.

Alford Petty Sessions 7 September
Sarah WHITWORTH, single-woman, of Mumby, applied for an order in bastardy upon Nimrod HOLGARTH, labourer, of the same place: ordered to pay 2s per week from the date of application, and 10s expenses.

24 September 1847

Grantham Petty Sessions 17 September
Mary BRIGGS, of Brant Broughton, obtained a summons for Wm. RYLATT, of Swineshead, to answer a charge as to the paternity of her illegitimate daughter.

Ann HOYES obtained an order for 1s per week on Horatio WILLMER, of Grantham, towards the support of her illegitimate son: they had lived together at the Blue Ram inn, Grantham: she is 24 years of age, and has a child 8 years old.

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15 October 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 13 October
An order was made upon Wm. ELSAM of Helpringham Fen, boatman, for payment of 5s a week for six weeks, and 2s 6d a week afterwards, and costs for the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Ann BATTERHAM, of Swineshead, singlewoman.

22 October 1847

Horncastle Petty Sessions 9 October
Biddy BROOKS, of Thornton, sought to make Wm. GILLIATT, jun., of Martin, the father of her bastard: the case was dismissed. Biddy Brooks was afterwards brought before the magistrates for dropping her child at the alleged father's residence and absconding: the child was handed over by Mr. Gilliatt to the Union authorities, and the mother was committed to the house of correction for 14 days.

Louth (Lindsey) Petty Sessions 20 October
An order was made upon Geo. BROOKS, of Withern, for the maintenance of Mary SMITHSON's bastard child.

Grantham Petty Sessions 15 October
Ann BARNES, of Syston, obtained an order for 1s 6d per week and 10s midwifery fee on Chas. HEDWORTH, of Anwick, towards the maintenance of her illegitimate child.

29 October 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 27 October
An order was made upon Chas. BONNER, of Carrington, labourer, for the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Sarah KITCHING, of Sutterton, single-woman.

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 5 November 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 3 November
An order was made upon Wm. Lee BAINES, late of Skirbeck, grocer, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Eliza CUTHBERT, of Swineshead, single-woman.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 1 November
Susan WILKINSON, of Newton, single-woman, obtained a warrant against John WHEATLEY, of Saxilby, for disobedience of an order in bastardy.

Boston Petty Sessions 29 October
An order was made upon John CARROTT, of Boston, tailor, for payment of 2s 6d per week and expenses for the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Alice TOWNSEND, widow.

12 November 1847

Grantham Petty Sessions 5 November
Wm. DOUBLEDAY, of Woolsthorpe by Belvoir, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenence of the illegitimate child of Martha CLARK, in addition to 10s midwifery fee and the expenses.

19 November 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 17 November
An order was made upon Geo. HALL, of Leake, tailor, for payment of 2s 6d a week towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Ellen COWHAM, of Wrangle, singlewoman.

Alford Petty Sessions 16 November
Eliz. TAYLOR, singlewoman of Withern, applied for an order in bastardy on John AHSTON, farm servant, of Hemingby: he was ordered to pay 2s a week.

Lincoln Petty Sessions 11 November
Jane OSBORN sought to compel Stephen SWIFT of Blankney, to contribute to the maintenance of her illegitimate child. Eventually the case was adjourned.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 11 November
On the information of Mary DREWRY, of Scotton, a warrant was granted against Wm. CHESWICK, jun., of Scotton, for disobeying an order in bastardy. The said Mary Drewry also applied for a summons against Cheswick to shew cause why an order should not be made on him to support a bastard child of which she had been lately delivered.

26 November 1847

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 15 November
Rebecca COULSON, of Market Rasen, single-woman, obtained a summons against Wm. ORBY, late of the same place, postboy, for an order of maintenance of her bastard child.

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 20 November
Stephen SWIFT was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Jane OSBORN

Louth Petty Sessions 18 November
Evelyn COOK of Alford, who appeared by attorney, was charged by Eliz. PARKER, of Louth, with being the father of her bastard child: for the defence it was not denied that Cook was the father of the child, but it was averred that he had not contributed towards its support for twelve months after the birth, and therefore was not legally liable to its maintenance. The complainant produced to the bench nearly a hundred letters and scraps of paper, without date or signature, which she said were the defendant's writing, and that she had received them from him, together with monies, cloathing, etc. for the child's support, through the Alford carrier: case adjourned for the production of evidence corroborative of her statement.

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 3 December 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 1 December
An order was made upon Jas. BATES, servant to Mr. Sam. BURNELL, of Frampton, farmer, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Eliz. PARKINSON of Frampton, single-woman.

Louth Petty Sessions 26 November
Evelyn COOK, of Alford, whose case was remanded from Friday the 19th, for the production of evidence as to the delivery of money, goods, etc. for the support of the child, appeared this day through his attorney, Mr. Farrow, of Alford, and Mr. W. G. Allison, solicitor, of Louth, appeared in support of the complainant, Eliz. PARKER. Agabah WILLEY, a charwoman, proved that she assisted to pack the cloathing, goods, etc. in a box, and took it by Cook's orders to TAYLOR and his wife, carriers from Alford to Louth, who proved the delivery of the box to the complainant at Louth. The charwoman prevaricated most shamefully in her evidence, and was evidently an unwilling witness. The case occupied a considerable time, and an order was made on defendant for 2s 6d a week and costs.

10 December 1847

Brigg Petty Sessions 7 December
Edw. CREDLETON, laborer, of Searby, was ordered to pay 2s per week (with additional expenses) for the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Esther CURTIS, of the same place.

Boston Petty Sessions 1 December
An order was made upon Rt. TURNER, of Swineshead, for payment of 2s 6d a week towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Sarah EDGOOSE, singlewoman.

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 4 November
John PARKER was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Sarah BURTON, who stated that she came from Hinckley, in Leicestershire, and that she had previously had a child which was kept by her parents. The examination led to disclosures which showed that great immorality had been carried on in a particular part of Lincoln.

Boston Petty Sessions 3 December
An order was made upon Thomas THORNELLY, of Boston, laborer, for payment of 1s a week and costs, towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Sarah GOODACRE, widow.

17 December 1847

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 6 December
Wm. ORBY, postboy, late of Market Rasen, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of Rebecca COULSON's bastard child.

Boston Petty Sessions 10 December
An order was made upon Wm. KENNERBY, of Old Bolingbroke, servant, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Eliza MUMBY, now a convict confined in the gaol at Boston.

24 December 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 22 December
Edm. KEAL, of Wyberton, labourer, appeared to a summons obtained by Harriet MOORE for an order in bastardy, the hearing of which was further adjourned until Wednesday next.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 20 December
John HALL, of Spilsby, was adjudged to be the putative father of the bastard child of Sarah CABORN of Partney, and ordered to pay 2s 6d per week and 14s costs.

Sam. HOUGHTON, of Willoughby, was adjudged to be the father of the bastard child of Eliza PARKER, of Orby, and ordered to pay 1s per week and costs.

31 December 1847

Boston Petty Sessions 29 December
An order was made upon John KEAL, jun., of Wyberton, labourer, for payment of 1s. 6d. a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Harriet MOORE, of Sutterton, single-woman.

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Thank you, Anne Cole, for the above.

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