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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.

 4 January 1850

Louth Petty Sessions 26 December
Mary WELLS, singlewoman, of Grimoldby, made application for an order in bastardy upon Thos. STAINES, of Stewton; but the Magistrates thinking the corroboration of the mother's statement insufficient, declined making any order. Mr. INGOLDBY, jun., who had appeared for the applicant, immediately applied for another summons, to have the case heard again, under the recent decision of Lord Denman. The application was granted.

Spalding Petty Sessions 30 December
Wm. TINSLEY was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly to Mary BOOR, for an illegitimate child.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 30 December
Geo. BORMAN, of Salmonby, farmer's servant, was ordered to pay 2s a week and expenses towards the maintenance of the child of Hannah BUTTERS, of Tattershall Thorpe.

11 January 1850

Horncastle Petty Sessions 5 January
Wm. DOWSE, of Scrivelsby, farmer's servant, was ordered to pay 2s a week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Eliz. POGSON, of Salmonby.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 7 January
Clarke YOUNG was ordered to pay 1s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Maria BLACKBOURNE.

25 January 1850

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 7 January
Martha WHITE, of Linwood, singlewoman, obtained a summons against Rt. SEARBY, labourer, of the same place, for an order of maintenance upon him of her illegitimate child.

Louth Petty Sessions 18 January
Geo. COLBECK, blacksmith of Linwood, was charged by Mary Ann TATTERSHALL with disobeying an order made upon him at this court in 1846, for the maintenance of her bastard; ordered to pay 2s, amount due, and costs, or in default three months' imprisonment.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 19 January
Jos. BLACKBURN, of Minting, was ordered to pay 2s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Mary Ann GODDARD, of Horncastle.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 21 January
Robt. SEARBY, labourer of Linwood, appeared upon summons to answer the complaint and application of Martha WHITE, singlewoman, of the same place, for an order of maintenance of her bastard child, of which he was adjudged to be the putative father, and ordered to pay 1s 6d per week,

Mary ASHTON, singlewoman, of Market Rasen obtained a summons against John BORMAN, baker, of Tealby, for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child.

Eliz SANDERSON, singlewoman, of Middle Rasen, obtained a warrant against Jos. PAUL, of the same place, for disobedience to an order in bastardy.

 1 February 1850

Horncastle Petty Sessions 26 January
Thos. WILKINSON, of Hagworthingham, was ordered to pay 2s a week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Ann ATKIN, of Revesby.

 8 February 1850

Grantham Petty Sessions 1 February
Eliz. GREEN, of Westby, appeared to affiliate an illegitimate son on a youth named John WHEATLEY: in consequence of this being her fifth child, and an important witness not being present, the case was not gone into.

Stamford Petty Sessions 2 February
Hy. GROOM, saddler's apprentice, was adjudged to be the putative father of Sarah MEDWELL's child, and ordered to contribute 1s 6d weekly towards its support, and to pay the costs of affiliation.

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 1 February
Edw. SMALLEY was ordered to pay 2s weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Mary POOLE.

Lincoln Kesteven Petty Sessions 1 February
Amos FRANCIS, of Greatford, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly for the support of the illegitimate child of Ann BEE.

Wm. ALLEN, jun, of Saxilby, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly for the support of the illegitimate child of Ellen SOUTHRINGTON.

15 February 1850

Boston Petty Sessions 13 February
An order was made upon Wm. OSBORNE, labourer, of Spalding Fen, a married man with a family of eight children, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to a young girl named Sarah MUSSON of Surfleet: the defendant appeared to receive with perfect coolness a severe admonition from the bench upon the position in which he was placed.

An order was also made upon a young man named Richardson DRING, of Little Hale, for the sum of 1.14s 6d, being the amount of expenses incurred upon the complaint of Ann WRIGHT, of Frampton, singlewoman, charging him with being the father of her illegitimate child, since dead: Mr. YORK, solicitor, appeared for the applicant, and Mr. CHAPMAN for the defence.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 4 February
William KELK was committed for three months, for refusing to pay towards the support of the bastard child of Rebecca BIRCHBY.

Grimsby Petty Sessions 5 February
Ann BRATLEY, of North Thoresby, charged Thos. PEACOCK, of Healing, with being the father of her bastard child: an order was made of 1s 6d per week and costs.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 2 February
Nutt BRACKENBURY, a farmer's son, of Wilksby, was ordered to pay 2s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Mary MOYER, of Horsington.

22 February 1850

Spilsby Petty Sessions 18 February
Jane THORNLEY, of Stickford, applied for an order in bastardy on John SHAW, of Minting. In consequence of the nature of the evidence, the Bench refused to allow her to affiliate.

Ann RETFORD applied for an order of affiliation on Thos D. ALLCOCK: order granted for 2s per week and the ordinary expenses.

Boston Petty Sessions 20 February
Rd. WARD, of Algarkirk, was committed to prison for 3 months in default of paying for the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Frances COCKSHELL, of Algarkirk, singlewoman.

Grantham Petty Sessions 18 February
Mr. MALIM applied for a rather remarkable affiliation order. Miss Tabitha TOWERS, of Stamford, said she had been courted and seduced by William TOMLINSON, a cooper residing close to St. Michael's church; and when applied to, he said he would not marry her according to his promises, but would serve her the same again when she returned to Stamford. Her father had driven her from her home, and she had taken refuge in the house of HUBBARD, the Stamford and Grantham carrier, where she was confined on the 5th of January. The expenses amounted to 2 10s, and an order was made for that amount, also for 10s midwifery fee, 5s per week for the first six weeks after the birth of the child, and 2s per week afterwards.

Louth Petty Sessions 15 February
Jos. SEWELL, shoemaker, of West Barkwith, was charged by Frances LILL, of Withern, with disobeying an order made upon him for the maintenance of her bastard child: ordered to pay the amount due, 24s, with costs, or three month's imprisonment.

Dan. BROOKS, seaman, was charged by Ann WAKELIN, with being the father of her bastard child: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week, 5s per week for 4 weeks, and 10s midwife, with costs.

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 1 March 1850

No bastardy cases were found.

 8 March 1850

No bastardy cases were found.

15 March 1850

No bastardy cases were found.

22 March 1850

Spilsby Petty Sessions 18 March
John FROST, of Welton, was ordered to pay 2s weekly toward the support of Martha SHAW's bastard child.

And Cheales WHITING, of Keal, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of Jemima TAYLOR's bastard.

Grantham Petty Sessions 15 March
John DICKINSON, of Woolsthorpe Lodge, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and expenses for the maintenance of the illegitimate son of Ann JACKSON, of Hougham.

Thos. WILLIAMSON, of Aslackby, was ordered to pay 1s 3d per week and expenses towards the son of Mary WATSON, of Marston, born on the 26th October.

29 March 1850

No bastardy cases were found.

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 5 April 1850

Boston Petty Sessions 3rd April
Edw. BARRON, of Frampton, appeared to a summons obtained against him by Maria SHARP, singlewoman, of Frampton, charging him with being the father of her illegitimate child, the further hearing of which was postponed until Wednesday next.

An order was made upon Fras. GLOVER, labourer, of Bicker, for payment of 1s a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Hannah THORLBY, singlewoman, of Bicker.

Stamford Petty Sessions 30 March
John MORRIS, plasterer, was adjudged to be the putative father of Mary ROUSE's child, and ordered to pay 2s a week towards its support, as also the costs of affiliation.

12 April 1850

Boston Petty Sessions 10 April
Edw. BARRON, of Frampton, servant, appeared to a summons obtained against him by Maria SHARPE, of Frampton, singlewoman, charging him with being the reputed father of her illegitimate child: for want of corroborative evidence, the application was dismissed.

19 April 1850

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 17 April
John WARD, of Nocton, was ordered to pay 1s 6d a week towards the support of the illegitimate child of Mary BRIGGS. The girl stated that he procured for her some stuff, and wanted her to take it, for an improper purpose; that she kept it for a week, and then threw it away.

Wm. WATERHOUSE, of Newark, was ordered to pay 2s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Mary Ann JOHNSON. From the statement of the female, it appeared that Mr. WATERHOUSE had been endeavouring to practice upon her a very crafty trick. Whilst she was in the waiting-room, he stepped up to her, and gave her 1s to go over to the Bull's Head and get something to drink, telling her he would go into the room and settle the matter with the Magistrates, and that there was no necessity for her to wait. After she had gone, the case was called on for hearing: Mr. WATERHOUSEwalked into the room, and enquiry being made for the woman, neither Mr. WATERHOUSEor any one else knew where she was gone. Another case, however, was taken, till the woman could be sought up; and instead of the case's being dismissed for want of evidence, Mr. WATERHOUSE (who is haling horse-keeper) had an order made upon him for 2s 6d weekly. He protested that he would go to America sooner than pay.

Boston Petty Sessions 17 April
An order was made upon John SHAW, labourer, of Benington, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliz. POOLES, of Sutterton.

26 April 1850

Grantham County Petty Sessions 19 April
Wm. HOYES, of Normanton, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate son of Mary HUNT, of Hough, born on the 13th of February: the case was dismissed for want of sufficient corroborative evidence.

Mary ASHLIN, of Long Benington, complained that Wm. LILLEY had not contributed the full amount due for the maintenance of her child, which had died when eight weeks old: case adjourned.

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 3 May 1850

Boston Petty Sessions 1 May
An order was made upon Rd. WATSON, of Gosberton Fen, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs, towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Rachel PADLEY, singlewoman, of Kirton.

17 May 1850

Alford Petty Sessions 16 May
Iley EPTON, singlewoman, of Thurlby, applied for an order for the maintenance of her illegitimate child on Chas. GIBBONS, labourer, of Mumby: ordered to pay 2s. per week from the date of application and 1 expenese.

24 May 1850

Louth Petty Sessions 15 May
Application was made by Dinah AISTROPPE, singlewoman, of Grainthorpe, for an order upon Chas. SMITH, labourer, of that place, to maintain her illegitimate child: case dismissed.

31 May 1850

Spilsby Petty Sessions 25 May
Robt. C. FLESHBOURNE, of East Kirkby, was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the support of the bastard child of Frances RICHARDSON, of East Keal.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 23 May
Mary FRITH, of Grayingham, applied for an order on Geo. SMITH, of Normanby by Spital.

Boston Petty Sessions 25 May
An order was made upon Robt. HUTSON, of Boston, ostler, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Martha HARROD, singlewoman.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 20 May
William PROCTER, jobber, of Tealby, was ordered to pay 1s per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Mary BLANCHARD, of the same place.

A like order of 1s 6d per week was made upon Atkinson WHITELAM, of Saxby, towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Rebecca PEARSON, of Middle Rasen.

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 7 June 1850

Boston Petty Sessions 5 June
An order was made upon John RANGELL, farmer, of Sibsey, for payment of 2s 6d a week and expenses towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to a young woman named Ann MOWBRAY, of Kirton.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 1 June
An order was made on Jas. BALL, of West Ashby, for the payment of 1s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Mary Ann PIKE, of Horncastle.

An order was made on Thos. FIXTER, of Thornton, for the sum of 2s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Mary Ann WALKER, of Edlington.

Susanna GRESHAM, of Mareham-le-Fen, applied for an order in bastardy against Jas. CLARKE, of the same place: case dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Sophia WILKINSON, of Horncastle, applied for an order in bastardy against Drewery SORFLEET, of Mareham-on-the-Hill: dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

14 June 1850

Grantham Petty Sessions 7 June
Chris. LEIGHTON, of Redmile, was ordered to pay 1s 3d per week towards the illegitimate son of Mary DOLBY, of Skillington, born on the 21st February last.

Kesteven Petty Sessions 7 June
Upon the application of Ann MITCHELL, of Swinethorpe, a girl 17 years of age, an order of bastardy for payment of 2s 6d weekly was made against Thos. MITCHELL, farmer, of Ingham, the girl's own uncle! The defendant did not attend, but sent Mr. BROWN, solicitor, to watch the proceedings. From the evidence it appeared that the girl's mother had died, and the father marrying again, the uncle took the girl to bring her up, and eventually seduced her.

Boston Petty Sessions 12 June
An order was made upon Edw. BLACKSHAW, of Wyberton, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Sarah BONNETT, of Swineshead.

Lincoln Petty Sessions 13 June
Wm. GIRDHAM, of Wainfleet, who was summoned to show cause why he should not contribute to the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Hannah HOLLAND, did not appear. The parties had lived in the service of Thos. BARTHOLOMEW, Esq., of Langton Hall, which they left in February 1849, when Girdham was committed by the magistrates on a charge of injuring the female with the intent to procure abortion, but was acquitted at the following assizes. An order was made for 2s 6d a week. - Girdham afterwards appeared and said he had had to pay 2s weekly for the last six years in another case of bastardy.

21 June 1850

Horncastle Petty Sessions 14 June
An order was made upon John ABBOT, of Fulletby, for the payment of 2s per week for the maintenance of the bastard child of Ann HORNE, of Horncastle.

Sophia WILKINSON of Horncastle applied again for an order upon Drewery SORFLEET, farmer's servant, of Mareham on the Hill: case dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 17 June
Maria CRESSWELL, of Bolingbroke, summoned John SCRIMSHAW for not obeying an order of bastardy: defendant was ordered to pay the money owing forthwith, and the expenses in a month.

Maria HOWSHAM applied for an order in bastardy against Geo. WESTERBY, farmer, of Tetford: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week.

A similar order was, on the application of Sarah SQUIRES, of East Keal, made on Charles LILL, of Boston.

Boston Petty Sessions 19 June
John SHAW, labourer, of Benington, was committed to prison for three months for disobeying an order in bastardy.

28 June 1850

Spilsby Petty Sessions 24 June
Ann BINGLEY, of Bolingbroke, complained of Jas. HOLMES of Hagg [Hagworthingham], for non-payment of an order in bastardy: it appeared that the money owing (7s 6d) was all that Holmes had omitted to pay during the course of four years: to be paid in a fortnight, & expenses in another fortnight.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 7 June
John NASH, jun., of Market Rasen, appeared by Mr. INGOLDBY, of Louth, to answer the complaint and application of Sarah BULHAM, of Market Rasen, for an order for the maintenance of her illegitimate child: the application was withdrawn.

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 5 July 1850

Boston Petty Sessions 3 July
An order was made upon James CODD, baker, of Donington, for payment of 1s a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Damaris BURNETT, singlewoman.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 1 July
An order in bastardy was made on the application of Eliza HUBBARD, of Great Steeping, made on Wm. EVISON, of Hundleby: ordered to pay 2s weekly and expenses.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 29 June
An order was made on Wm. COVILL, of Tetford, for 2s a week for the maintenance of the bastard child of Sarah SMITH.

Boston Petty Sessions 28 June
On Friday last (28 June), Rd. WARD, late of Holbeach Marsh, farmer, was brought before the Rev. Dr. ROY and the Rev. M. SHEATH for having neglected to obey an order in bastardy, and in default of payment of 1 12s 6d for maintenance and costs, he was committed to prison for three months.

12 July 1850

No bastardy cases were found.

19 July 1850

Horncastle Petty Sessions 13 July
An order was made on James CLARK, of Mareham le Fen, for the payment of 2s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Susanna GRESHAM of that place.

An order was made on Wm. LOVELEY, of Bardney Dairies, for the payment of 5s per week for 6 weeks, and afterwards 2s per week, and 1 0s 6d costs, for the maintenance of the bastard child of Jane THOMPSON, of Horncastle.

26 July 1850

Alford Petty Sessions 16 July
Ann CROFT, of Aby, obtained a summons in bastardy against John WILKINSON, labourer, of that parish

Spilsby Petty Sessions 22 July
On the application of Mary COATES, of New Bolingbroke, Newton CLEMENTS was ordered to pay 1s 3d weekly, and the ordinary expenses, towards the support of her bastard child.

Geo. BALDWIN, for refusing to pay to the support of Mahala GREEN's bastard child, was ordered to pay 1 6s now and 1 6s in a month, or to undergo a month's imprisonment, and still the debt would continue.

Grantham Petty Sessions 18 July
John STEEL, of Stainby, was again brought up for non-payment of maintenance towards the support of the illegitimate child of Emma HILTON. The arrears amounted to 18s., which sum was by this neglect foolishly swelled to £1 12s 6d. Defendant was allowed a fortnight for paying.

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 2 August 1850

Horncastle Petty Sessions 27 July
An order in bastardy was made on Jos. FRESHNEY, of Moorby, for the payment of 2s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Ann BLADES, of Hameringham.

Alford Petty Sessions 30 July
Charlotte LYMAN, servant at the "Luck's All" beerhouse in Alford, obtained a summons in bastardy on Jas. SIMPSON, of Wainfleet.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 29 July
John NASH, jun., of Market Rasen, appeared by Mr. Christopher INGOLDBY, solicitor, from Louth, to answer the complaint of Sarah BULHAND, of the same place, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child.

 9 August 1850

Kesteven Petty Sessions 2 August
John GANT was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Eliz. CARTER.

Harriet STORRS, of North Scarle, was appointed guardian of the illegitimate child of her daughter, who had died since the birth of the child; and a warrant was issued against John CATTLIFFE, the father of the child, who had neglected to pay the weekly payments ordered to be made for the child's support.

16 August 1850

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 8 August
It was ordered by consent, the defendant not appearing personally, that Edw. Jacklin MASON should pay 2s weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Hannah JOBSON.

Alford Petty Sessions 13 August
Charlotte LYMAN, of Alford, applied for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child on James STIMSON, of Wainfleet St. Mary. Mr. ROBINSON attended on behalf of the applicant, and Mr. MERRIFIELD on that of defendant: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week from the date of application.

23 August 1850

Grantham County Petty Sessions 16 August
Mary HEMMINGTON, aged 19, charged Rd. HEALEY with being the father of her illegitimate son, of which she was delivered in the Grantham Union-house on the 28th June. The parties had lived fellow-servants at Swineshead Lodge. HEALEY was ordered to contribute 1s 3d per week, and to pay £1 10s expenses.

30 August 1850

Horncastle Petty Sessions 24 August
Jemima daughter of Mr. Thos. CHEESMAN, bricklayer, of Horncastle, applied to have an order made upon Mr. Josh. WALESBY, solicitor, of Horncastle, for the maintenance of her bastard child, of which she alleged he was the father. Mr. C. INGOLDBY, Jun., of Louth, appeared for Mr. WALESBY, and in Mr. I.'s examination of plaintiff so much prevarication was used and contradictory statements were made by plaintiff that the Magistrates declined to proceed further with the affair, and dismissed the case.

Boston Petty Sessions 23 August
An order was made upon Jos. CROWSON, of Boston, shoemaker, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Sarah CAMMACK singlewoman.

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13 September 1850

Kesteven Petty Sessions 6 September
Thos. TOWL, shoemaker, of Bardney, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Rebecca GREEN, of Branston.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 2 September
Eliz WHITING applied for an order in bastardy against Wm. WHALER: case dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Grantham County Petty Sessions 6 September
Ann DUNNS, of Great Gonerby, who had been delivered of a girl on the 5th August last, charged John CLEAVE, a sawyer on the railway works with being its father: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week, and £1 14s 6d expenses.

20 September 1850

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 12 September
Joseph TURNEY, fellmonger, of Ashby de la Zouch, was ordered to pay 2s. weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Eliz. FORMAN. It was stated that the poor woman had been under the necessity of pawning her cloathing to raise the means of fetching the man up to Lincoln. TURNEY said he had nearly 2s. to pay weekly to the fund of his own trade towards the maintenance of tramps. The Mayor said he had better give over paying, as it was only encouraging an idle set of scamps to prowl about the country, and there would always be tramps while people supported them.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 7 September
An order was made on John EASTGATE, jun., carpenter, of Hemingby, for the payment of 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Ellen BREWER, of Mareham le Fen.

Alford Petty Sessions 10 September
Susan ROBINSON, singlewoman, of Anderby, charged Alfred HANDSON, of Driby with being the father of her bastard child: ordered to pay 1 expenses and 2s per week from the date of application.

27 September 1850

Grantham Petty Sessions 20 September
A summons was granted for Henry son of Mr. THOMPSON, of Ingoldsby, who is a journeyman butcher now at Birmingham, to answer a charge of being the father of the illegitimate son of a female who lived servant with his parents before he left home.

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 4 October 1850

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 30 September
An order was made upon Wm. WARD, of Market Rasen, joiner, for payment of 2s per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Emma CHAPMAN, of the same place, singlewoman.

Louth Petty Sessions 27 September
Wm. CROW, agricultural labourer, of Authorpe, was charged with being the father of the bastard child of Eliz. BETTS, who sought to obtain an order upon him for its support. Defendant denied the allegation, and the woman failing to produce any corroborative proof, the case was dismissed.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 28 September
An order was made upon Jas. COX, of Horsington, for the payment of 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Eliza DAVY, of Edlington.

11 October 1850

No bastardy cases were found.

16 October 1850

No bastardy cases were found.

25 October 1850

Grantham County Petty Sessions 18 Oct
Ann MUSSON, of Pickworth, accused Chas. TOWNSHEND, of Osbournby, of being the father of her illegitimate son born on the 3d August last. Townshend did not appear, but was proved to have frequently promised to marry the girl, and to have once given her money. An order was made upon him to contribute 2s per week from the birth of the child.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 19 Oct
Harriet GRAHAM, of Wood Enderby, charged Rt. VINTER, of the same place, with being the father of her child: an order for the payment of 1s 6d per week was made.

Louth Borough Petty Sessions 18 Oct
Daniel DANIELL, of Long-lane, was ordered to pay 1s 6d a week towards the support of the illegitimate child of Mary BOND.

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 1 November 1850

Spilsby Petty Sessions 27 October
Mark BUSH, of Welton, was adjudged to be the putative father of the bastard child of Susan BALDERSON, of Burgh, and ordered to pay 2s per week towards its maintenance.

Fanny BARBER applied for an order of affiliation on John FIXTURE, of Leverton Fen: application granted, and 2s per week ordered.

 8 November 1850

Boston Petty Sessions 6 November
An order was made upon Denman RETFORD, labourer, of Fosdyke Fen, to pay 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliza TEMPLE, of Holland Fen.

An order was also made upon Saml. MAIDENS, labourer, of Boston, for payment of 2s a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child of Eliza WRIGHTSON, of Wrangle.

Stamford Petty Sessions 2 November
Thos. WEBSTER, of Bainton, blacksmith, was adjudged to be the father of Cath. MOORE's illegitimate child, and ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards its support, also the costs of affiliation.

Kesteven Petty Sessions 1 November
Hy. NORMAN, of Muston, Leicestershire, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Mary KIRKBY, of Boothby.

and John SCHOFIELD, of Metheringham Fen, 1s 6d towards the support of the illegitimate child of Harriet PEARSON, of the same place.

15 November 1850

Horncastle Petty Sessions 9 November
Sarah EASTGATE, of Kirkby super Bain, charged Thos. ATKINSON, ostler at the Turnor's Arms inn at Wragby, with being the father of her child: case dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

22 November 1850

Grantham County Petty Sessions 15 November
John TAYLOR, a baker at Ingoldsby, and a married man, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate son of Harriet ALEXANDER. The case occupied an hour and a half. Mr. JOHNSTON, of Grantham, appeared for the plaintiff, and Mr. PERCIVAL, of Spalding, for the defendant. Several young men were produced to swear to improper intimacy with Alexander. The Magistrates said it was one of the most disgraceful cases that had come under their notice, but they should grant an order for 1s 3d per week, and expenses.

Eliz. WILSON, of Marston, charged Edmund CRAGG, with being the father of her illegitimate son: they had lived together at Mr. MONKS', of Belton Gorse. Mr. HEALEY appeared for the defendant, and on cross-examining the woman, elicited that she was receiving 1s 6d per week from Thomas PIKE, of Wyville, for a former child two years old; and she was so ignorant of facts as to time, and so destitute of corroborative evidence, that the Magistrates dismissed the case.

Harriet HOLMES, late of Skillington, had been delivered of a daughter at Wyville, on the 11th August: Jos. CODDINGTON, of Ingoldsby, admitted the paternity, and was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards its maintenance.

Fras. WARTNELEY [sic - probably should be WARTNEBY], stone-mason, who was at work at the new maltings now being built by Mr. WILSON for Messrs. WYLES, on the Wharf-road, Grantham, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate son of Harriet IRELAND, of Woolsthorpe by Belvoir: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and the expenses.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 18 November 1850
Mat. PRIDGEON, laborer, of Hainton, was ordered to pay 1s per week towards maintenance of the illegitimate child of Harriet LILL, of North Willingham, together with 29s costs.

Stamford Petty Sessions 15 November
An order of affiliation was made upon Thomas Fuller BACON, of Stamford, whitesmith, in respect of Sarah COULSON's illegitimate child: he was ordered to pay 5s. a week from the birth for the first six weeks, and 2s 6d a week afterwards towards its support; also costs of the order etc.

29 November 1850

Boston Petty Sessions 27 November
An order was made upon Thos. WEST, servant, of Friskney, for payment of 1s a week and expenses towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Maria CHAPMAN, of Leake.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 25 November
Rt. CLARK, of Spilsby, was charged with being the father of Hannah WAITE's illegitimate child, and ordered to pay 2s weekly and expenses.

Alford Petty Sessions 26 November
Ann NEAL, singlewoman, of Hogsthorpe, applied for an order on Benj. ANDREWS, bricklayer, of Stickford, for the maintenance of her bastard child: ordered to pay 2s per week, and £1 expenses.

Elizabeth COUCH, of Claythorpe, obtained a summons for Thos. ABBOTT, platelayer on the East Lincolnshire railway, whom she alleged to be the father of her bastard child: the complainant is not quite 15 years old.

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 6 December 1850

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 30 November
Wm. GARNISS of Goxhill, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Hannah BROWN.

Alford Petty Sessions 3 December
The warrant obtained by Ann CROSSKILL, of Swaby, against Jonathan GRAVES, of Spalding Out-fen, for neglecting to pay towards the maintenance of her bastard, was withdrawn, the amount claimed and the expenses having been paid over to Supt. CASEY.

Eliz. COUCH, of Claythorpe, applied for an order of affiliation on Thos. ABBOTT, platelayer on the East Lincolnshire railway. Mr. ROBINSON attended on behalf of the applicant: ordered to pay 2s per week from the date of the birth, and expenses.

Wm. BURRIDGE, of Stickford, was brought up on a warrant for neglecting to pay towards the maintenance of his bastard child: committed to Spilsby house of correction for two months.

13 December 1850

Horncastle Petty Sessions 5 December
An order was made on Wm. DODSON, of Coningsby, for payment of 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Eliz. HUTTON, of Tumby.

Grantham County Petty Sessions 6 December
Thos. TIPLER, a servant in husbandry at Keisby Lodge, was accused by his fellow female servant named BLOODWORTH, from Lenton, of being the father of her illegitimate son. Mr. JOHNSON conducted the defence, and the case was dismissed.

Jane PULLEN, of Great Ponton, obtained an order for 1s 3d per week and expenses upon Chas. RAWLINSON, of Grantham, towards the maintenance of her daughter, born Sept. 15. The parties lived in service together at T. C. BEASLEY, Esq.'s, of Harston.

Chas. TOWNSHEND, of Osbournby, was brought up on a charge of not contributing towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Ann MUSSON, of Pickworth. The parties stated they had agreed to settle the dispute by getting married:
the case was adjourned for a month, to see if Townshend fulfilled his promise.

Boston Petty Sessions 4 December
An order was made upon Jabez BROOKS, of Holland Fen, farmer, for payment of 2s per week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Rebecca PICKERING, of the same place.

20 December 1850

Horncastle Petty Sessions 14 December
An order was made upon John WINTER, farmer's servant, of Metheringham, for the payment of 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Emma SAMPSON, of Minting.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions (no date given)
Geo. BENSON, stoker, of Lincoln, appeared upon summons to answer the application of Mary Ann DANNATT, of Market Rasen, for an order of maintenance of her illegitimate child: this case was defended by Mr. R. H. DAUBNEY, and the evidence being insufficient, the application was dismissed.

An order for 1s 6d per week and costs was made upon Wm. SIMPSON, groom, of Walesby, towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Caroline COOK, of Stainton le Vale.

A like order was made upon Emanuel COOPER, labourer, late of Doddington, towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Mary LENI [sic], of West Rasen.

Louth Petty Sessions 5 December
An order was made upon Jesse SMITH, of Grainthorpe, for the maintenance of Susan TAYLOR's illegitimate child.

A similar order was made upon Parnell Grundy PARKER, tailor, of Lincoln, for the maintenance of Sarah PLUMTREE's illegitimate child.

27 December 1850

Boston Petty Sessions 24 December
An order was made upon Wm. COLLIER, labourer, of Warmington, Northamptonshire, for payment of 1s 6d per week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Harriet DALE of Gosberton.

Please see the note at the beginning of 1851 LSRM report correcting the above entry.

Grantham Petty Sessions 20 December
Fras. WARTNEBY, a bricklayer in the employ of Messrs. NEALE & WILSON, of Grantham, was brought up in custody for not having paid maintenance-money and expenses as the father of the illegitimate child of Harriet IRELAND, of Woolsthorpe. The order and expenses amounted to 2 15s. Warneby's mother had been to Grantham during the time he had been in prison, and left £2 in the hands of WHITE: the gaol fees, 2s 3d, and the girl's loss of time, for which was allowed 3s 9d, augmented the remainder to a guinea, and he was ordered to be imprisoned until it was paid, he having no goods on which distraint could be made. He offered to pay the expenses, and marry the girl, if the Bench would let him off the maintenance-money, but this proposition was not agreed to.

Wm. SOUTH, servant in husbandry to Mr. HICKSON, of Hougham, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate son of Mary HARVEY, aged 17, daughter of one of Mr. Hickson's groundkeepers. Wm. KNAPP, a labourer, said he saw SOUTH in an act of familiarity with the girl. Mr. KING conducted an energetic defence and produced two respectable witnesses who declared that KNAPP had made different statements to them. The case was dismissed.

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