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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.

 5 January 1849

Market Rasen Petty Sessions
Ellen BAGLEY, of Middle Rasen, single-woman, applied for an order of maintenance upon John HEWITT, of Kingerby, labourer, father of her illegitimate child. Hewitt not appearing, an order for payment of 1s 6d per week and costs was made.

26 January 1849

Boston Petty Sessions 24 January
An order was made upon Mark ELKINTON, of Fosdyke Fen, servant, for payment of 1s 6d a week and expenses, for the maintenance of Eliz. GRAY's illegitimate child.

Geo. DAWSON, of Leverton, cottager, appeared by a summons obtained by Eliza GREEN of Fishtoft, single-woman, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child: case dismissed, for want of corroborative evidence.

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 9 February 1849

Grantham Petty Sessions 2 February
Wm ATKINS, of Sewstern, was ordered to pay 1s 3d per week and 2 1s expenses towards the maintenance of the illegitimate daughter of Ann DODD, of Aisby.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 1 February
Susan JOHNSON, of Gate Burton, applied for an order on Alex. HARRISON, of Lincoln, joiner, to support a bastard child. Harrison appeared in person, and denied that the child was his; but an order was made for 2s per week and costs.

16 February 1849

Horncastle Petty Sessions 10 February
Henry COATS, of Langton, was ordered to pay 2s per week for the maintenance of the bastard child of Salome MIDDLETON.

Alford Petty Sessions 13 February
Eliza TAYLOR, single-woman, of Alford, applied for an order of affiliation on Rd. MILLER, brick-maker, of Croft: ordered to pay 2s per week from the day of application, and 15s expenses.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 5 February
Wm. PARKER, of Holton le Moor, labourer, was brought up under a warrant to answer the complaint of Mr. Jos. CADE, of North Willingham, guardian of the poor, for disobedience of an order in bastardy made upon him for the maintenance of the illegitimate child of one Sarah TAYLOR, now in Caistor Union: ordered to pay arrears and costs.

23 February 1849

Boston Petty Sessions 14 February
An order was made upon Henry CARTWRIGHT, of Boson, labourer, for payment of 2s a week and expenses towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Ann BIX, of Kirton, singlewoman.

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 2 March 1849

Louth Petty Sessions 23 February
Paul WOOER, of Burwell, was charged by Susannah ROLLINSON with being the father of her bastard child: case adjourned for a week. [See also below]

 9 March 1849

Lincoln Petty Sessions 6 March
Thos. PALETHORPE, clerk to Mr. LONGSTAFF, solicitor, was summoned to show cause why he should not contribute to the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Sarah GODDARD, a young woman between 16 and 17 years of age. Mr. ANDREW appeared for the female, and Mr. TOYNBEE for Palethorpe. After the examination of several witnesses, the case was adjourned to the 17th.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 3 March
David Banks Croft RICHARDSON, of Mareham le Fen, was ordered to pay 2s per week and expenses, for the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Eliza WILKINSON, of the same place.

Louth Petty Sessions 2 March
Paul WOVER [sic], labourer of Burwell, was charged by Susanna ROBINSON [sic] with being father to her bastard child: defendant did not appear, therefore the bench proceeded exparte, and ordered him to pay 1s 6d per week, 10s midwife, and costs.

23 March 1849

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 17 March
Thos. PALETHORPE consented to pay 2s 6d weekly towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Sarah GODDARD.

Grantham Petty Sessions 16 March
Henry TURNER, of Spittlegate, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and the expenses for the maintenance of the illegitimate daughter of Eliz. BROADHEAD.

Jos. CLARKE of Barkston, who had absconded, had charged upon him 1s 6d per week and the expenses, for Mary BEESON's child, born at Honington.

Alfred MATTHEWS, of Wyville, had the same payments imposed upon him for the support of a child by Cath. BOSSEL, of East Allington: defendant in this case had purchased the ring and been asked in church, having paid for the putting in of the banns.

John MARSHALL acknowledged the paternity of the child of Eliz. LUMLEY, of Somerby, and the same sum was fixed upon him.

Grantham Borough Petty Sessions 19 March
Wm. PELL, a tailor residing at Sheffield, had 1s 6d per week and 2 2s 6d expenses imposed on him towards the maintenance of the illegitimate son of Maria EVANS of Grantham.

30 March 1849

Boston Petty Sessions 28 March
An application of Charlotte ALLITT of Kirton, singlewoman, for an order upon Sam. STONE, of Bicker, servant, for the maintenance of an illegitimate child, was dismissed for want of sufficient corroborative evidence.

Boston Petty Sessions 23 March
An order was made upon Jas. PINDARD, of Boston, plumber, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Barnett SMITH......The case occupied the court for a considerable time, and involved a nice point, the woman having been married, and it was unknown whether her husband was living or dead. [A witness claimed he had seen the husband in Grimsby more than a year ago, and at the last Boston fair, but BS swore she hadn't seen him for two years & she had been informed he was killed on the railway near Syston] etc.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 19 March
Chas. MADDISON of Market Rasen, labourer, was ordered to pay 10s expenses and 1s 6d per week for the maintenance of Sarah ROBINSON's bastard child.

A like order was made on John THOMPSON, of Somersby, for Ann WOOLLEY's child.

Louth Petty Sessions 21 March
An application for an order I bastardy, by Mary HALL, of Saltfleetby, was adjourned until the next petty sessions.

An order was made upon Wm. ASHLIN, of North Cockerington, for the maintenance of Eliz. FUSSEY's bastard child.

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 6 April 1849

Boston Petty Sessions 4 April
An order was made upon John OSTLER, jun., of Skirbeck, boatman, for payment of 2s a week and expenses towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliz. THURLBY of Bicker, singlewoman. Mr. CHAPMAN, solicitor, appeared for the defendant, and gave notice and entered into the necessary recognizance to appear against the order at the next sessions.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 2 April
David MOODY of Dunholme, labourer, was brought up in custody of Constable THISTLEWOOD, under a warrant to answer the complaint of Harriet LILL, of North Willingham, single-woman, for disobeying an order in bastardy made upon him for the maintenance of her bastard child: order made for payment of arrears and costs forthwith, and warrant of distress issued thereon.

13 April 1849

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 10 April
Wm. BORRELL was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Sarah ATKINSON, who is not 19 years of age, but who had a previous child about 4 years ago. The investigation of the case brought out some exceedingly revolting statements.

Louth Petty Sessions 4 April
Thos. ENDERBY, of Raithby cum Maltby, was committed to the house of correction for three months for not paying the weekly sum for the maintenance of Mary GRAY's illegitimate child.

20 April 1849

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 16 April
John ROBERTS, of Legsby, labourer, appeared upon summons to answer the complaint of Charlotte ROBINSON, of Claxby, single-woman, for an order of maintenance upon him of her bastard child: the girl having had four children before, an order was made for 6d per week only and costs.

Eliz SANDERSON, of Middle Rasen, single-woman, obtained a summons against Jos. PANT, of the same place, labourer, for the maintenance of her bastard child.

Alford Petty Sessions 17 April
Sarah SINYARD, of Maltby, applied for an order of bastardy on Tobias HILL, of Farlsthorpe: ordered to pay 2s a week from the date of application.

27 April 1849

Grantham Petty Sessions 20 April
Edw. FREESTON, of Doddington, (formerly a butcher at Barrowby), was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and the usual expenses towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Ann SWAIN, of Barrowby. The amount was laid low, (though Freeston was an old married man), in consequence of the female's having had three children previously.

John ASHWELL, landlord of the Crown and Cushion, Grantham, was ordered by the Mayor and Robt. TURNER Esq., on Monday last, to pay 2s per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Eliza LOCKE. Defendant is married.

Barton [on Humber] Petty Sessions 16 April
Mary FOWLER summoned Alfred HOUGHTON for non-payment of bastardy arrears, which defendant undertook to settle in a month.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 16 April
John ROBERTS, of Legsby, labourer, appeared upon summons to answer the complaint and application of Charlotte ROBINSON, of Claxby, for an order of maintenance upon him of her bastard child: the girl having had four before, an order of 6d per week only and costs was made.

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 4 May 1849

Boston Petty Sessions 2 May
An order was made upon Thos. WRIGHT, labourer, of Leake, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Mary MOTLEY, of Wrangle, single-woman.

11 May 1849

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18 May 1849

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 7 May
Jos. PANT, of Middle Rasen, labourer, appeared to answer the application of Eliz. SANDERSON single-woman, for an order of maintenance of her bastard child: in consequence of the non-attendance of a witness on behalf of the defendant, the case was adjourned to the 21st inst.

Sarah ROBINSON, of Market Rasen, single-woman, obtained a warrant against Chas. MADDISON, labourer, for disobedience of an order in bastardy.

Stamford Petty Sessions 12 May
An order of affiliation was made upon Jos. STOKES of Grantham, cabinet-maker's apprentice, whereby he was directed to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of Sophia MERCER's illegitimate child, as also the costs of the order, and other expenses.

Boston Petty Sessions 16 May
An order was made upon Thos. THORP, labourer, or Swineshead, for payment of 1s 6d a week and expenses towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Susannah PARKER, of Bicker.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 10 May
Mary HUNSLEY, of Scotter, applied for an order on Saml. SHARP, to support a bastard child. Sharp did not appear, but an order for 2s per week was made.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 7 May
Jos. PANT, of Middle Rasen, labourer, appeared to answer the application of Eliz. SANDERSON single-woman, for an order of maintenance of her bastard child: in consequence of the non-attendance of a witness on behalf of the defendant, the case was adjourned to the 21st inst.

Sarah ROBINSON, of Market Rasen, single-woman, obtained a warrant against Chas. MADDISON, labourer, for disobedience of an order in bastardy.

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27 July 1849

Boston Petty Sessions 25 July
An order was made upon Geo. WRIGHT, of Stickney, groundkeeper, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliza PARKER, of Leake, singlewoman.

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 3 August 1849

Louth Petty Sessions 25 July
Paul DREWERY, of Carlton, (whose case stood remanded), charged with being the father of Susan WILLERTON's bastard child, was called for, and not appearing, the case was again adjourned to Friday next.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions [no date]
Martha SHADLOCK, of Usselby, single-woman, applied for an order upon George BRUMPTON, who did not appear, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child: order made for 1s 6d per week and costs.

Jas. PADDISON, of Croxby, labourer, appeared to answer the complaint of Lydia HOOD of Stainton le Vale, single-woman, for an order for the maintenance of her illegitimate child: in consequence of the absence of a witness on the behalf of Hood, the case was adjourned until next meeting (6th August)

Jos. PANT, of Middle Rasen, labourer, appeared to answer the complaint of Eliz. SANDERSON, single-woman, for disobeying an order in bastardy: Pant was given until next meeting to pay arrears and costs.

10 August 1849

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 6 August
Frances PHILLIPSON, singlewoman, of Market Rasen, applied for an order upon Jas. PARISH, labourer, of West Rasen, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child: Parish did not appear: order made for 1s 6d a week and costs.

Jas. PADDISON, labourer, of Croxby (defended by Mr. F. RHODES), appeared to answer the complaint and application of Lydia HOOD, singlewoman, of Stainton, for an order upon him for the maintenance of her illegitimate child: this case was dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Ann WOOLLEY, of Tealby, singlewoman, obtained a warrant against John THOMPSON, late of Somerby, labourer, for disobeying an order in bastardy.

Stamford Petty Sessions 4 August
On hearing a charge in bastardy preferred by Maria PARKER, singlewoman, against Henry NEWMAN, of St. Martin's, labourer, after a most disgusting disclosure of profligacy and perjury, the Magistrates dismissed the case.

Boston Petty Sessions 8 August
An order was made upon Wm. MILLER, of East Horbling, Norfolk, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Ann NEWTON, of Fishtoft, singlewoman.

Louth Petty Sessions 2 August
Paul DREWERY, of Carlton, was charged by Susan WILLERTON, of Louth, with being the father of her illegitimate child, and refusing to contribute towards its support: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and costs.

Grantham Petty Sessions 3 August
An affiliation order, charged by Mary WINTER against Rt. PEPPER, of Pickworth, was postponed, in consequence of the illness of a material witness.

17 August 1849

Horncastle Petty Sessions 11 August
Edw. BROWN, of Belchford, was ordered to pay 2s per week, and expenses, towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Mary Ann SUTTON, of that place.

Boston Petty Sessions 12 August
Lucy Ann PEACE v. Mr. Weston TUXFORD. Mr. CALTHROP appeared for the applicant, and Mr. HARWOOD for the defendant, in a case of bastardy. Order made for 2s 6d a week and expenses, together with costs.

Ann GRESHAM v. Rt. SARGESON: paternity admitted, and order made for 2s a week, with expenses and costs.

24 August 1849

Grantham County Petty Sessions 17 August
Ann DODD, of Oasby, said Wm. ATKIN, of Sewstern, was in arrear 13 weeks' payment of 1s 3d per week, according to an order in bastardy. The order was renewed. Defendant is now in gaol, being committed for non-payment.

Boston Petty Sessions 22 August
An order was made upon Thos. PEART, servant, of Swineshead, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliz. REESON.

31 August 1849

Stamford Petty Sessions 25 August
John SIMPSON, jun, of St. Martin's, brewer, was adjudged to be the father of Eliz. COX;s illegitimate child, and ordered to pay 2s a week towards its maintenance, and also the costs of obtaining the order.

Wm. Munton PALMER, of Lolham Mills, Miller, was adjudged to be the father of Emily SHELTON's illegitimate child, and a similar order was made upon him.

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 7 September 1849

Boston Petty Sessions
An order was made upon Wm. MASTIN, of Frampton, farmer, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliz. MARSHALL, single-woman.

14 September 1849

Grantham County Petty Sessions 7 September
Rt. PEPPER, of Pickworth, was accused of being the father of the illegitimate child of Mary WINTER, of Ancaster. A long string of evidence was gone into to prove that the female had had illicit intercourse with various parties. Sir Robert HERON said, "There appear to be so many fathers that we cannot find the right one, and the case must be dismissed".

21 September 1849

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 15 September
Arthur JENKINSON was ordered to pay 2s weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Charlotte SPARROW.

24 September 1849

Grantham County Petty Sessions 17 August
Ann DODD, of Oasby, said Wm. ATKIN, of Sewstern, was in arrear 13 weeks' payment of 1s 3d per week, according to an order in bastardy. The order was renewed. Defendant is now in gaol, being committed for non-payment.

Boston Petty Sessions 22 August
An order was made upon Thos. PEART, servant, of Swineshead, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliz. REESON.

28 September 1849

Alford Petty Sessions 25 September
Ann BROADLEY, singlewoman, of Alford, applied for an order for the maintenance of her male bastard child on Chas. MABBOTT, waggoner to Mr. RIGGALL of Ulceby: ordered to pay 2s a week from the date of application.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 17 September
Eliz. SANDERSON, singlewoman, of Middle Rasen, obtained a warrant against Jos. PANT, labourer, for disobeying an order in bastardy made upon him for the maintenance of her illegitimate child.

Stamford Petty Sessions 22 September
An order was made upon Mr. Peter JACKSON, surgeon's apprentice, for the support of Harriet WELLS' illegitimate child.

Boston Petty Sessions 26 September
An order was made upon Oliver INGHAM, labourer, of Holland Fen, for payment of 1s 3d per week towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliz. CREASEY, widow.

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 5 October 1849

Sleaford Petty Sessions 1 October
Thos. DOWNES, a serjeant in the Royal South Lincoln Militia, appeared to answer a charge brought against him by Mary COVEL as being the father of her illegitimate child. The defendant brought forward several boys to prove that they had seen her with other men, but an order was made upon him for the payment of 1s 6d per week.

Gainsboro' Petty Sessions 27 September
Sarah Ann OWEN, single-woman, of Marton, applied for an order on Jos. NEEDHAM, labourer, of Sturton-le-Street, to support her bastard child: order made 2s a week.

Eliz: DIXON, of Scotter, made a similar application, which was refused.

12 October 1849

Boston Petty Session 5 October
An order was made upon Geo. MORTON, coach-painter, for 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child of Martha AUDAS, singlewoman.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 1 October
Wm. TYSON, labourer, of Skegness, was adjudged to be the father of the bastard child of Eliz. PINNER, and ordered to pay 1s 6d per week.

Grantham County Petty Session 5 October
A summons was granted to bring up Geo. GIBSON, of Old Sleaford, to answer as to the paternity of the illegitimate daughter of Sarah HUTCHIN, of Ropsley.

Stamford Petty Sessions 6 October
Benj. GREENWOOD, of Uffington, carpenter, was ordered to pay 1s 9d weekly towards the maintenance of Rebecca FOISTER's illegitimate child, as also the expense of the order, 1.9s 6d

19 October 1849

Spilsby Petty Sessions 14 October
The application of Anna Maria GREENFIELD, of Asgarby, for an order of affiliation on Jas. HOLMES, of Burgh, was dismissed.

26 October 1849

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 11 October
Jos. BROWN labourer, of Ludford, appeared to answer the complaint of Eliz. RUSSEL, singlewoman, of Market Rasen, for the maintenance of her bastard child: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and 10s costs.

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 2 November 1849

Horncastle Petty Sessions 27 October
Jos. SKELTON of Revesby, was ordered to pay 2s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Mary BRACKENBURY of Wilksby.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 29 October
The application of Betsy GRAVES for an order of affiliation on John PINDER, farmer, of Steeping, was dismissed, for want of sufficient corroborative evidence.

Jonas MALTBY, labourer, of Orby, was ordered to pay 2s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Eliz MUMBY, of Welton.

Gainsboro Petty Sessions 25 October
Harriet TEFT, of Gainsboro', singlewoman, applied for an order on Wm. GLEADALL, of the same place, to support a bastard child. Gleadall appeared in person, and by Mr. OLDMAN, his attorney: order refused.

Eliza OGLESBY, of Scotter, applied for an order on Sam. SHARP, farmer, of that place, to support a bastard child: order made for 2s per week from the birth.

Louth Petty Sessions 17 October
An order of affiliation was made in Dinah WARD's bastardy case (of Saltfleet) upon John ADLARD, for 1s 6d per week and costs.

 9 November 1849

Grantham County Petty Sessions 2 November
Sarah HUTCHIN, of Ropsley, obtained an order for Geo. GIBSON, of Sleaford, to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of her illegitimate daughter: the expenses in this case amounted to 3 6s 6d: it had been twice before the bench, and the witnesses were from Lincoln and Sleaford.

Boston Petty Sessions 7 November
An order was made upon Rd. WARD, of Holbeach Marsh, labourer, for payment of 2s 6d a week, and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Frances COCKSELL, of Algarkirke, singlewoman.

Kesteven Petty Sessions 2 November
Charlotte WAITE, of Coleby, attempted to affiliate an illegitimate child upon Jos. OGDEN, of Navenby: order refused, for want of evidence.

Wm MARSHALL, of Welbourn, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly to the support of the illegitimate child of Harriet GLEADALE.

Wm. BOOTH, of Metheringham, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly to the support of the illegitimate child of Sarah YORK, of Branston.

16 November 1849

Boston Petty Sessions 9 November
An order was made upon Chas. BARKER, a labourer in the employ of Mr. SPURR, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Ann MOODY, single-woman.

23 November 1849

Grantham County Petty Sessions 16 November
Thos. ROYCE, of Gunby, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate daughter of Jane ROE, of that place: the case was dismissed for want of sufficient proof.

Spilsby Petty Sessions (no date given)
Geo. WALKER, of Keal Cotes, was adjudged to be the putative father of the child of Frances BROOKS, of East Kirkby, and ordered to pay 1s 6d per week.

On the application of Rebecca BIRCH, of Croft, Wm. KELK was ordered to pay 1s per week towards the maintenance of her bastard child.

Alford Petty Sessions 13 November
Julia MILLGATE, singlewoman, of Alford, applied for an order of affiliation on Jas. BLACKBOND, jun., of Alford: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of his illegitimate child.

30 November 1849

Alford Petty Sessions 27 November
The bastardy case of Salonic JOHNSON v. Thos. WILLIAMSON was adjourned for a week, in consequence of the absence of Mr. INGOLDBY, solicitor, who is engaged on behalf of defendant.

Emma RHOADES, of Alford (only 14 years of age), applied for a summons against [blank] BROWN, blacksmith, whom she alleges to be the father of her bastard child.

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 7 December 1849

Horncastle Petty Sessions 1 December
Wilson KIRK, of Timberland, was ordered to pay 2s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Anne PANTON of Stixwold.

Chas. SKELTON, butcher, of Revesby, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Mary FRISKNEY, who is now residing at Moorby.

Stamford Petty Sessions 1 December
Geo. CHRISTIAN, boot-maker, was adjudged to be the putative father of Sarah Ann PARKER's illegitimate child, and was ordered to contribute 1s 6d weekly towards its maintenance, as also to pay the costs of obtaining the order.

14 December 1849

Spilsby Petty Sessions 9 December
Lucy DODSON applied for an order of affiliation on Josh. TASKER. The cross-examination of the applicant elicited disgusting particulars, and she was reprimanded and sent away, the Magistrates refusing to allow her to affiliate. The evidence is not fit for publication.

21 December 1849

Spilsby Petty Sessions 17 December
Mary HUGGINS applied for an order in bastardy against S. HILL: an order was made for 2s per week.

Alford Petty Sessions 18 December
Salomi JOHNSON, singlewoman, of Sloothby, applied for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child on Thos. WILLIAMSON, wheelwright, of Toynton. The case attracted considerable attention from its having been previously heard and dismissed: shortly afterwards the applicant availed herself of the privilege of Lord Denman's decision, by which the mother of the child may, after any number of hearings, obtain fresh summonses against the reputed father, provided she brings forward fresh evidence. Mr. ROBINSON, of Alford, attended on behalf of the applicant, and Mr. INGOLDBY, of Louth, on the part of the defendant. After a lengthened investigation, an order was made on Williamson for the payment of 2s per week and £2 expenses; payment to commence from the date of last application.

Grimsby Petty Sessions [date not noted]
Jos. HEWSON, labourer, of Beelsby, was summoned at the instance of Sarah CROSS, of Laceby, singlewoman, charged with being the father of her bastard child: ordered to pay 1s 9d per week and costs.

28 December 1849

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 20 December
Harriet TEFT, singlewoman, applied for an order on Wm. GLEADALL of Gainsboro' to support a bastard child: order made for 2s. per week, and costs.

29 December 1849

Louth Petty Sessions 18 December
Fred WILKES, fate [sic. Should be late?] valet to Lord Frederick BEAUCLERK, of Little Grimsby, but now a waiter at the George the Fourth inn in Nottingham, was charged by a girl 16 years old with being the father of her bastard child. Applicant being sworn, said that in the beginning of February last, the defendant was living in the service of Lord Fred. Beauclerk, at Little Grimsby; that she lived as a servant with Mr. GILBERT, a farmer of that place, and one of his Lordship's tenants; that defendant came to her master's house, when all were absent but herself, and attempted to violate her person, but from the resistance she made he did not succeed, and went away, and that she informed her mistress on her return. That on the following day, the defendant came again to the house, during the absence of all but herself, and there forcibly threw her into a seat, and violated her person, notwithstanding her struggles to prevent him, and that the child now produced before the bench was the result of that violation. She also said that she informed her master and mistress on their return home, and that her master went to defendant on the following morning, and that he (the defendant) came to the house and there beat and kicked her. Mr. Gilbert, complainant's master, was called in corroboration of her statement, and gave her an excellent character for prudence and modesty. Benj. ADLARD, constable, and Charlotte KEMP, mother of the complainant were called in corroboration of her statement......... Ordered to pay 2s 6d per week for the maintenance of the child, 5s per week for four weeks during the month's confinement, 10s the midwife, and £5 3s costs.

Boston Petty Sessions 21 December
An order was made upon Jas MARSHALL, of Algarkirk, servant, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of a bastard child belonging to Eliz. NEALE, singlewoman.

An order was also made upon Christ. MUSCHAMP, of Wisbech, brazier, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliz. GRAY........etc.

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