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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.

 3 January 1851

Mr. Editor, - Will you correct an error which appeared in your report from Boston Sessions-house last week? - It is stated that an order was made on William COLLIER, of Warmingham, Northamptonshire, for payment of 1s 6d per week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Harriet DALE, of Gosberton. It should have been Fortune Dale of Gosberton-clough. Miss Harriet Dale is a young lady of exemplary character, living with her widowed mother, and from the report has been the subject of much annoyance and mortification, which it is hoped this notice will correct. H. OLIFF.

10 January 1851

Kesteven Petty Sessions 3 January
John THACKER, of Waddington, was ordered to pay within three weeks an amount due to Mary BEE under an order in bastardy.

17 January 1851

Grantham Petty Sessions 3 January
Jos. Quince STEVENETT, of Manthorpe, was ordered to contribute 1s 3d per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate daughter of Susan PORDHAM, of Woolsthorpe by Colsterworth.

John TAYLOR, baker, of Ingoldsby, was charged by Harriet ALEXANDER with neglecting to comply with an order in bastardy which she had obtained against him. It seemed that each of the parties bore a great deal of ill-will to the other, and were determined to give all the trouble they could. Defendant deposited the money with the Overseer, and complainant would neither fetch it nor send for it. The Bench ordered the 15s arrears to be paid, and 7s expenses, but allowed nothing to the female, as they thought the proceedings vexatious.

24 January 1851

Spilsby Petty Sessions 13 January
Sarah SCARBOROUGH, of Stickney, applied for orders of affiliation on Thos. SNOWDEN. Mr. ROBINSON appeared for the applicant and Mr. INGOLDBY for the defendant. This was one of the most disgusting cases ever brought before the Spilsby bench, and disclosed a course of most abandoned profligacy on the part of Scarborough and her mother, with whom she lived. Witness after witness was produced on the part of the defendant, who testified with unblushing face to their own immorality, and to the ill-fame of the house in which Scarborough resided. Order for 6d per week. - At the close of the case, Mrs. HALL, the mother of the girl, was told by the Rev. Geo. COLTMAN that he should, as one of the inhabitants of the town, direct the constable to indict her house.

Boston Petty Sessions 22 January
An order was made upon Sol. BROWN, farmer, of Leverton, for payment of 2s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Jane ALLEWELL, single-woman.

Grantham Petty Sessions 17 January
Mark BRISTOW, of Walcott, acknowledged the paternity of the illegitimate son of Sarah DENNIS, of Sapperton, and was ordered to pay 1s 3d per week towards its maintenance.

Mary MUSSON, of Pickworth, complained that Chas. TOWNSHEND, carpenter, of Osbournby, had never paid anything ordered by the bench at a former meeting towards the maintenance of her illegitimate child: there was now 3 10s due. Mr. OTLEY said he was a bad fellow, and had given them a great deal of trouble, and they would send him to Falkingham until the money was paid [the House of Correction was at Folkingham].

Lincoln Lindsey Petty Sessions 10 January
Joseph PARKINSON, of Glentham, was brought up for arrears due to Sarah DRAKE, of Saxilby, in a case of bastardy. The defendant foolishly stated that he had offered to marry the girl, but she declined, and that therefore he thought he was justified in stopping payment! The case was settled by the defendant?s agreeing to pay 3s weekly until the arrears be liquidated.

31 January 1851

Louth Petty Sessions 22 January
Wm. ASHLIN, labourer, of Swaby, was brought up by warrant, charged by Eliz. FUSSEY, of Legburn, with not obeying an order made for the maintenance of her illegitimate child: ordered to pay 19s 6d maintenance, and 2 17s costs.

Louth Petty Sessions 24 January
Hy. HARRISON, of Tofton, blacksmith, was charged by Sarah ALLEN, of Louth, with being the father of her illegitimate child. Mr. WILSON, solicitor, appeared for defendant, and the complainant not being able to procure corroborative evidence of her statements, the case was dismissed.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 27 January
Rebecca MAIDENS, of Wainfleet All Saints, applied for an order of affiliation on Hy. MAULKINSON, joiner, of Spilsby. Mr. W. WALKER appeared for the defence, and the case was dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Boston Petty Sessions 29 January
John WHELBY, servant to Mr. FOSSITT, farmer, of Sutterton Fen, appeared to a summons obtained against him by Sarah DYON, for an order upon him to maintain her illegitimate child. Mr. YORK appeared for the defendant, and after a long hearing the bench dismissed the case, there being insufficient corroborative evidence.

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 7 February 1851

Horncastle Petty Sessions 1 February
Martha JACKSON, of Thimbleby, applied to have an order made on Wm. WATTAM, of Sturton Magna, for the maintenance of her bastard child, of which she alleged he was the father: case dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Eliza CADE, of Wispington, charged John SHAW, farmer's servant at Minting, with being the father of her bastard child: case dismissed, also for want of corroborative evidence.

Spalding Petty Sessions 4 February
Wm. CLAYTON, an eating house keeper, of Nottingham, formerly a drover at Whaplode, appeared to a summons for neglecting to maintain an illegitimate child born of Sarah SKETCHER, of Moulton: ordered to pay 1s 3d weekly.

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 1 February
Robt. HANSLEY was adjudged to be the father of the illegitimate child of Mary WILKINSON. The defendant, who is servant to Mr. NEWSTEAD, of Dunham on Trent, did not appear. It seemed that the child had died on the previous Monday, and it was ordered that Hansley should pay 10s for the midwife, 10s for the funeral, and 5s weekly for the period of the child's life.

14 February 1851

Louth Petty Sessions 5 February
An order was made upon Wm. HOWARD, of Louth, for the maintenance of Eliza FLETCHER's illegitimate child.

Lincoln, Lindsey, Petty Sessions 6 February
Chas. DOWMAN, of Hacthorne, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Ann HACKNEY;

Michael NORRISS, of Hacthorne, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Eliz. SIMONS.

A curious case of affiliation occupied the attention of the Boston magistrates on Friday last. Betsy SQUIRES applied for an order against Jacob SYKES, who had paid 1s 6d a week for the child up to January 1850: after which he sent 4 in one sum, and refused to pay any more. The defence was that the real father was a Mr. TENNANT (SYKES' master), and that the defendant consented to acknowledge the paternity, to shield his master; that Mr. TENNANT was now dead; and that the 4 sent to the complainant was given for that purpose by Mr. TENNANT just before he died. The magistrates made a further order upon SYKES, but his attorney gave notice of appeal.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 3 February
Thos. FIELDSEND, of Middle Rasen, appeared to answer an application of Jane CHAPMAN, for an order of maintenance of her illegitimate child. Mr. VEAL, of Grimsby, appeared for the defence. The application was dismissed for the want of corroborative evidence.

21 February 1851

Spilsby Petty Sessions 10 February
M. A. WARD, of Candlesby, applied for an order of affiliation on Jos. WELLS. Mr. ROBINSON appeared for the applicant, and Mr. MERRIFIELD for the defendant: case dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

28 February 1851

Horncastle Petty Sessions 22 February
An order was made upon Jos. TEAR, farmer's servant, of Metheringham, for the payment of 1s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Martha MELTON, of Horsington.

Alford Petty Sessions 25 February
Ellen OSBORNE, singlewoman, of Bilsby, applied for an order of affiliation against Wm. Robinson CARRITT, of Burgh. Ordered to pay 1s 6d per week from the date of application, and 1 expenses.

Spalding Petty Sessions 18 February
Charlotte CAMPS, of Lutton, made application for maintenance of her illegitimate child against Harvey BURGESS. Mr. PERCIVAL appeared for defendant, and stated that, as the young lady had four of these little encumbrances, he hoped the bench would order the lowest amount. The Chairman said there was no hesitation in attending to the suggestion: defendant was ordered to pay 9d per week, and no costs.

Geo. ROSE, of Fleet, appeared to a summons, charged with being the father of an illegitimate child born of Sarah Ann CRAMPTON. Mr. CAPARN appeared for defendant, who was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week, and costs.

John WALKER, of Surfleet, appeared to a summons charging him with being the father of an illegitimate child born of Rebecca BARDWELL: adjourned for further evidence.

Grantham County Petty Sessions 21 February
Ann BELL summoned Edw. HUBBARD, mason, of Corby, for an order of affiliation: the case was dismissed, no satisfactory corroborative evidence being produced.

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 7 March 1851

Louth (Lindsey) Petty Sessions 26 February
Elijah THOMPSON was brought up on a warrant for disobeying an order of affiliation made for the maintenance of Mary WATTAM's illegitimate child: ordered to pay the amount due, and the expenses.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 3 March
Jas. WILLOWS, of Mavis Enderby, brickmaker, was ordered to pay 6d per week and the usual expenses towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Mary GOODYEAR, of East Keal.

Thos. VEAR was ordered to pay 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Emma ROOKS.

28 March 1851

Horncastle Petty Sessions 22 March
Martha ATKIN, of Hemingby, single-woman, applied to have an order in bastardy made upon Rd. MARSHALL, cattle-dealer: the bench declined to make an order, there being no corroborative evidence.

Grantham County Petty Sessions 21 March
John RINGHAM was ordered to pay 1s per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Mary PICK, of Burton.

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 4 April 1851

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 27 March
Eliz. BELL, of Corringham, singlewoman, applied for an order on John GRIMES, of Sturton, Notts., labourer, to support a bastard child: GRIMES did not appear, and an order was made for 1s 6d per week.

11 April 1851

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 5 April
Thos. KETTLEBOROUGH, of Washingboro, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Ann MALTBY, of Waddington, Mr. TOYNBEE appeared for the defendant, who was directed to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the maintenance of the child, and £1 5s 6d, the cost of the confinement.

Lincoln Kesteven Petty Sessions 4 April
John CHAMBERS, of Navenby, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Sarah BELL.

Chas. French CLAYTON was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the cost of the support of the illegitimate child of Harriet FREEMAN.

25 April 1851

Market Rasen Petty Sessions [no date]
An order was made upon Jos. HATFIELD, of Normanby by Spital, saddler, for payment of 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Catherine RICHARDSON, of Middle Rasen, together with 10s for the midwife, and the costs.

Eliz. TIDY of Market Rasen, singlewoman, obtained a warrant against Henry STUBBING, for disobeying an order in bastardy made upon him for the maintenance of her illegitimate child.

Boston Petty Sessions 23 April
An order was made upon Jas. CLAYTON, of Sutterton, laborer, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Sarah BONNETT, singlewoman.

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 2 May 1851

Alford Petty Sessions 29 April
Charlotte FROW, singlewoman, of Alford, applied for an order on Wm. DENNIS, of Hogsthorpe, for the maintenance of her bastard child: ordered to pay 1s per week and 15s expenses.

Eliz. HARDY, singlewoman, of Theddlethorpe, applied for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child, on John SUTTON, an under groom at Hainton Hall: ordered to pay 1s 6d per week.

Maria DANNETT, singlewoman, of Gayton le Marsh, applied for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child, on Hurdman ELVIN alias CLARK: case dismissed for want of sufficient evidence.

The complaint of Eliz. COUCH against Thos. ABBOTT, platelayer on the East Lincolnshire Railway, for noncompliance with an order in bastard, was withdrawn on defendant's paying 14s and 4s costs.

A like complaint of Sarah WHITE of Wither, against Wm. LADLEY, of Belleau, was withdrawn, on defendant's paying 19s 6d, the amount claimed, and 3s 6d costs.

Louth Petty Sessions 24 April
John HATFIELD, carpet-weaver, was charged by Eliz. BUCKLEY with being the father of her bastard child, and she prayed the court to make an order on him for its maintenance: order for 1s 6d per week and costs of order.

 9 May 1851

Lincoln Lindsey Petty Sessions 2 May
Hannah DENMAN, of Torksey, applied for an order of affiliation on Alfred DALTON, of Wiseton, Notts: the frail fair one, however, admitted that her favours had been bestowed on three different men; and one wit said, "Thou knowest, Hannah, thou was very enticing, and that he did not know that the child was not his."

Horncastle Petty Sessions 3 May
An order was made upon Rd. MARSHALL, of Hemingby, for the payment of 2s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Martha ATKIN, also for the payment of £4 13s 6d expenses.

An order was made upon Isaac STOREY, of Horncastle, for the payment of 2s per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Mary Ann SHEARWOOD.

Eliz. SMITH, of Revesby Bank, applied to have an order made upon Wm. BLANCHARD, late of Bucknall, for the maintenance of her bastard child: case dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Thos. ABBOT, farmer's servant, of Thimbleby, was summoned for neglecting to obey an order in bastardy: ordered to pay a quarter's arrears and expenses.

Lincoln Petty Sessions 8 May
A warrant was granted against Thos. KETTLEBOROUGH, of Washingboro', for 6s, being four week's pay due towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Hannah MALTBY. It appeared that the man was about to go away.

16 May 1851

Boston Petty Sessions 14 May
An order was made upon Edw. WOODS, of Kirton, blacksmith, for payment of 1s 6d per week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Biddy LEVERTON, widow, of Kirton Holme.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 8 May
Mary CUNDY, of Grayingham, singlewoman, applied for an order on Wm. ANDERSON, farm servant, to support a bastard child: order made for 1s 6d per week from the date of the order, and costs.

Eliza SPRIGGS, of Gainsboro', singlewoman, applied for an order on Wm. BACON, of Lincoln, to support a bastard child: defendant did not appear, and the applicant's witness not being in attendance, the case could not be heard.

23 May 1851

Spittlegate Petty Sessions 16 May
Mary GODON, of Barrowby, applied to affiliate her illegitimate child upon Thos. WESTON, of Elton: he had paid her 1 towards the expenses and 3s 6d to buy the child a frock etc., and promised also, in the presence of Eliz. ATKINSON, to settle everything at May-day. Ordered to pay 1s 3d per week, and 21s expenses.

30 May 1851

Boston Petty Sessions 28 May
An order was made upon Henry Edw. BATES, of Wigtoft, labourer, for payment of 2s per week, and costs, towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Sarah BROUGHTON, singlewoman.

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 6 June 1851

Alford Petty Sessions 27 May
The case of Eliza ROBINSON, singlewoman, of Anderby, against Farrow JACKLIN, of Mumby Chapel, for bastardy, was dismissed for want of evidence.

Maria DANNETT, singlewoman, of Gayton le Marsh, applied for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child on Elvin CLARK, whom she alleged to be the father. This case had previously been heard by the Magistrates, and was dismissed for want of evidence. On the present occasion, Mr. BRACKENBURY attended on behalf of Dannett, and Mr. INGOLDBY for Clark. Ordered to pay 1s 6d per week and expenses from the date of the second application.

Spalding Petty Sessions 2 June
Elizabeth CLARK, of Gedney Dyke, charged T. GRAVES with being the father of her illegitimate child: there was ample proof, but the disgusting manner in which the girl had prostituted herself induced the magistrates to dismiss the case without any order.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 2 June
An order was made upon Benj. FLINTHAM, late of Market Rasen, labourer, for payment of 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the illegitimate child of Mary Ann HORN, of Market Rasen, singlewoman.

Charlotte SANDERSON, of Market Rasen, singlewoman, obtained a summons against Thos. BUTTERS, of Ludford Magna, labourer, for an order upon him for the maintenance of her illegitimate child.

20 June 1851

Spalding Petty Sessions 17 June
Sarah BOND swore her illegitimate child to Edw. THISTLE, who was ordered to pay 1s 3d per week.

Grimsby Petty Sessions 17 June
Hy. SUTTON, of Tetney, was charged by Eliz. HARDY, of Fulstow, with disobedience of a bastardy order: discharged on promising to pay in a week.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 16 June
Thos. BUTTERS, of Ludford, ostler, appeared to answer the application of Charlotte SANDERSON, of Market Rasen, singlewoman, for an order upon him for the maintenance of her illegitimate child. For want of corroborative evidence, the case was dismissed.

27 June 1851

Spittlegate Petty Sessions 20 June
Henrietta ELSON, of Ingoldsby, came before the court for an order of affiliation upon Thos. HOWITT, as the father of her illegitimate female child, which was born on the 21st of April last. Mr. HEALEY appeared to support the charge, and Mr. ATTER, of Stamford, for the defence. Mary ELSON (the mother of the girl), Catherine MITTEN, and Susan DANIELS, gave corroborative testimony, Mr. ATTER produced no witnesses, but contended that no case had been made out on which to make an order. Order granted for 1s 6d per week, with the usual expenses from the birth of the child.

Sarah WOOTHERD, of Long Bennington, applied for an order of affiliation upon Philip LUFFEN, farmer, of Claypole, with whom she had lived as servant for three years: she left his service ten weeks before May-day, and was delivered of a male child on the 14th May. Her mother proved that when she went to fetch her daughter home Mr. LUFFEN admitted being the father. He denied, however, in court that such was the case. Ordered to pay as in the previous case.

Boston Petty Sessions 20 June
An order was made on a man named Daniel CHESTER, of Leverton, labourer, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs, towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Ann WILKINSON, of Boston, singlewoman.

Louth Petty Sessions 25 June
Ann CENLAM, late of Gayton le Wold, singlewoman, made application for an order upon Geo. HOWDEN, of the same place, groom, for the maintenance of her illegitimate child, born on the 2d April last: application dismissed.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 19 June
Sarah SPENCER of Gainsboro' applied for an order against Wm. NEEDHAM of Laughton, and Eliz HINDLEY of Marton against Wm. ELLIS of Ingham, to show cause why an order should not be made to compel them to support bastard children.

Boston Petty Sessions 25 June
An order was made upon Martin RICHARDSON, of Wyberton, labourer, for payment of 1s 6d a week and costs towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Eliza CARROT, of Wyberton, single-woman.

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 4 July 1851

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 30 June
Wm. WARD, of Market Rasen, joiner, was brought up under a warrant to answer the complaint of Emma the wife of Geo. W. MARSHALL (late Emma CHAPMAN), who complained of WARD's refusing to pay her the arrears due up to the day of her marriage under an order made upon him for payment of 2s per week towards the maintenance of her illegitimate child: ordered to pay arrears and costs.

18 July 1851

Boston Petty Sessions 9 July
Henry INGRAM, of Swineshead, groom, appeared to a summons obtained against him by Elizabeth HORN, of Wyberton, singlewoman, charging him with being the father of her illegitimate child. Mr. CALTHROP appeared for Ingham, and after hearing the case the Magistrates dismissed it, there being insufficient corroborative evidence.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions [not dated]
Ann LAYNES, of Marton, singlewoman, applied for an order on Sam. SCETCHERD, of Ollerton, to support her child. Mr. PLASKITT took an objection to the service, which was fatal, and a fresh application was made.

Eliz. HINDLEY, of Marton, obtained an order for 1s 6d per week and costs on Wm. ELLIS, of Ingham; and Sarah SPENCER, of Gainsboro', an order of 1s 6d per week on Wm. NEEDHAM, of Laughton, and costs.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 12 July
An order was made upon Wm. PATCHETT, of Wyberton, for the payment of 1s 6d per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Margaret LILLEY, of Revesby; also ordered to pay 12s. expenses.

25 July 1851

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 17 July
Ann LANES, of Marton, singlewoman, applied for an order on Sam: SCATCHERD, of Laceby, saddler, to support a bastard child. SCATCHERD appeared personally. Order made for 1s 6d per week from the birth of the child, and costs.

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 1 August 1851

Horncastle Petty Sessions 26 July
Eliza ALLEN, widow, of Donington upon Bain, applied to have an order made upon Joseph BLADES, of the same place, for the maintenance of a bastard child of which she alleged he was the father: the plaintiff not producing sufficient corroborative evidence, and keeping a house of ill-fame, and also having on two occasions taken arsenic to procure abortion, the magistrates declined to make an order.

 8 August 1851

Lincoln Kesteven Petty Sessions 1 August
John ANDERSON was directed to pay 2s weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Ann NUTTS; and Wm. RASEN 1s 6d weekly towards the maintenance of the child of Sarah TETHER.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 4 August
On the application of Sarah WAKEFIELD, of Sibsey, an order in bastardy was made on John KNIGHT, of the same place, to pay 2s weekly, and expences.

Spittlegate Petty Sessions 1 August
Thos. HOWITT, of Ingoldsby, was brought up on warrant, he being 19s 6d in arrears to Henrietta ELSON, for the support of her illegitimate child. He was ordered to pay in addition 11s 6d costs, and in default was taken into custody for committal to Falkingham house of correction.

15 August 1851

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 9 August
Geo. OLDHAM, painter, formerly of the neighbourhood of Newark, but now in the employ of Mr. NIXON, of this city, was charged with being the father of the illegitimate child of Abigail BENNETT, of Monson- street. From the evidence it was clear that the defendant had behaved with great heartlessness; and the charge being satisfactorily established, an order was made for 2s 6d weekly, and £2 19s, the amount of the various expenses incurred.

22 August 1851

Middle Rasen Petty Sessions 18 August
Jane CHAPMAN, of Middle Rasen, singlewoman, obtained a warrant against Thos. FIELDSEND, of Thornton le Moor, laborer, for disobeying the order made upon him for maintenance of her illegitimate child.

Grimsby, Lindsey, Petty Sessions 19 August
A warrant was issued against Jas. SURFLEET, of Humberstone, at the instance of Charlotte HANNAH, for disobedience of an order in bastardy.

The like against John SUTTON, of Tetney, at the instance of Eliz. HARDY, of Fulstow.

Grimsby, Lindsey, Petty Sessions 5 August
Sam. KIRK, labourer, of Clee, was summoned at the instance of Mary POTTAGE, of Laceby, charged with being the father of her bastard child: an order was made for 5s. a week for the first six weeks, and 2s. a week afterwards: 10s. the midwife and 2 1s. 2d. costs.

26 August 1851

Alford Petty Sessions 26 August
Sarah SMITH, singlewoman, of Sloothby, applied for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child on Joseph MASON, whitesmith, of Alford: ordered to pay 2s. per week from the date of application, and expenses.

Boston Petty Sessions 27 August
Wm. GOODWIN, labourer, of Kirton, appeared to a summons obtained against him by Eliz. PARKINSON, of Kirton, singlewoman, to maintain her illegitimate child: after hearing the case, it was dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

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 5 September 1851

Boston Petty Sessions 29 August
John Henry BOURNE was charged with being the putative father of an illegitimate child of Ann LADD: case dismissed for want of corroborative testimony.

Louth Petty Sessions 29 August
George EAST, groom, of Tetney, was charged by Mary Ann BARKER, of Louth, with being the father of her bastard child. Mr. FAULKNER, solicitor, appeared for complainant, and asked for an order to be made upon defendant for the support of the child: ordered to pay 1s. 6d. per week, with costs.

12 September 1851

Lincoln Kesteven Petty Sessions 5 September
Edw. THOMPSON, a carrier, of Wellingore, was ordered to pay 1s 6d weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Mary PUTTERGILL.

Spittlegate Petty Sessions 5 September
Ann ROBERTS, of Skillington, on whose application Robert TISH was summoned to show cause why an order should not be made upon him for the support of her illegitimate male child, stated that they had arranged together that he should pay 1s 6d a week. The Bench agreed that an order should be made to that effect.

Alford Petty Sessions 9 September
Ann CHEFFINS, singlewoman, of Sloothby, applied for an order for the maintenance of her bastard child on Wm. Kinsley WILEY, servant to Mr. HAMMOND, of Friskney: case adjourned until the 30th inst.

Horncastle Petty Sessions 6 September
Ann ATKINSON, of Low Toynton, applied to have an order made upon Mark CADE, of Mitcheldever, Hampshire, for the maintenance of her bastard child. No order granted, for want of corroborative evidence.

19 September 1851

Horncastle Petty Sessions 13 September
Rt. BARKER, the younger, of Boston East, had an order made on him for the payment of 2s. per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Thirza NICHOLSON, of Ranby.

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 3 October 1851

Louth Petty Sessions 24 September
An order was made upon John Watson ALCOCK of Theddlethorpe, yeoman, for the maintenance of Ann GRAVES' illegitimate child at the rate of 2s. per week, and 2. 17s. 6d. expenses.

Lincoln Petty Sessions 2 October
Eliza ALMAN appeared to affiliate a child to Hy. ARNOLD, innkeeper, of Ulceby, near Killingholme, formerly a grocer in High-street, Lincoln. The woman stated that this was the third child she had had by ARNOLD: that all three were living; and that all the money she had had from him since this child was born was 1s. 6d. She stated that she was living servant with ARNOLD, and went away to be confined, and then returned to the service again, Mrs. ARNOLD not knowing that her husband was the father. Adjudged to pay 2s. 6d. a week. Mr. ARNOLD did not appear.

Spalding Petty Sessions 23 September
Wm. COLTON was ordered to pay 1s. 6d. per week towards the maintenance of a child sworn to him by Sarah WILKINSON.

10 October 1851

Boston Petty Sessions 2 October
Harriet WHITEHEAD, singlewoman, attended to affiliate her illegitimate child on John BURRELL, labourer, of Pinchbeck, but the magistrates had no jurisdiction, and the parties retired to settle the matter between themselves.

Spalding Petty Sessions 6 October
Sarah SIMPSON swore her illegitimate child to Henry Nichols FOSTER, who is to pay 1s. 3d. weekly towards the maintenance of the same.

Stamford Petty Sessions 7 October
On Tuesday last, an order of affiliation was made upon John BRAHAM, of Stamford, hairdresser, on the complaint of Catherine THOMPSON, singlewoman, for the support of her illegitimate child: he was directed to pay 1s. 6d. per week and costs.

17 October 1851

Louth Petty Sessions 1 October
An order was made upon Jos. WHITWORTH for the maintenance of Jane JOHNSON's bastard child, at 1s. 6d. per week, and 1. 15s. costs.

24 October 1851

Spittlegate Petty Sessions 17 October
Hannah LANE, of Harlaxton, applied for an order of affiliation upon Thos. INGLE servant to Mr. GIBSON, of Bassenthorpe, (where LANE also previously lived as servant), as the father of her illegitimate female child, which was born on the 1st September last. He was ordered to pay 1s. 6d. per week, with the usual expenses for midwifery, court costs, etc.

A similar case was heard in which Hannah WELBOURNE was the applicant, and Thos. FRANCIS the defendant both of Claypole: ordered to pay 2s. per week, with the usual costs.

31 October 1851

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 23 October
Sarah Ann SHARP, of Gainsboro', singlewoman, applied for an order on Geo. COOK, waterman, to support a bastardy child: order made for 2s. per week and costs.

Harriet STAMP of Cleatham, singlewoman, applied for an order on John MARSHALL, of Laughton, to support a bastard child: case dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

Boston Petty Sessions 29 October
The further hearing of an application of Mary WILLEY, for an order upon Mr. Geo. BOOTH, farmer, of Kirton, for the maintenance of an illegitimate child, was postponed for a fortnight, for want of sufficient corroborative evidence.

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28 November 1851

Spittlegate Petty Sessions 21 November
Sarah RASEN, of Braceby, applied for an order of affiliation upon Elliss BROWN, of Market Overton. Both had lived together in the service of Mr. P. RIPPIN, of Waltham. Defendant (who was quite a youth) admitted being the father of complainant's child (a boy born on the 17th February last) but said he was only receiving 1s. 2d. a day as a labourer, and that the best labourers in that part did not receive more than 1s. 6d. The order was granted for 1s. 3d. a week from that date.

Boston Petty Sessions 26 November
An order was made upon John ALLEN, of Donington, servant, for payment of 1s. 6d. a week towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Ann CARTER, of Skirbeck, singlewoman.

An order was also made upon Goodyear TAYLOR, of Bunker's Hill, a labourer, for payment of a like sum towards the maintenance of an illegitimate child belonging to Martha WILSON, of Swineshead, singlewoman.

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 5 December 1851

Louth (Lindsey) Petty Sessions 26 November
Thos. CODD was adjudged to be the putative father of Charlotte MAIMWELL's illegitimate child, and ordered to pay 1s. 6d. per week for its maintenance, and 1. 3s. costs.

Stamford Petty Sessions 29 November
Benjamin MEDWELL, labourer, was adjudged to be the father of Alice DRAGE's illegitimate child, and was ordered to pay 1s. 6d. per week towards its support, also the costs of affiliation.

Spilsby Petty Sessions 1 December
John Fant TINKS, a tramp glazier, was ordered to pay 2s. per week towards the support of the bastard child of Lucretia LONGDEN.

Undated
An order for 2s. per week having been made upon Abraham COOPER of Huddersfield (YKS), for the support of an illegitimate child, he makes the payment on all occasions as irksome as he can. A quarter's pay being due, COOPER last week tendered 1200 farthings and two cabbages.

12 December 1851

Spilsby Petty Sessions 8 December
Robt. HOWSHAM, of Gautby, was ordered to pay 1s. per week towards the maintenance of the bastard child of Eliza BOYSE, of Bolingbroke. Defendant, who was examined under the provisions of the recent act, strenuously denied the paternity of the child.

Gainsborough Petty Sessions 4 December
Sarah Ann WILSON of Gainsboro', wife of Charles Wilson, applied for an order on Hy. KIRKBY, labourer, to support a bastard child. KIRKBY appeared in person; and Mr. POPPLEWELL, clerk to Mr. PLASKITT, appeared. Order refused.

Lincoln (Kesteven) Petty Sessions 5 December
Geo. HOLLIS, of Besthorpe, was ordered to pay 1s. 6d. weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Eliza TURNER.

John CAMM, of Digby, was ordered to pay 1s. 6d. weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Mary RABY.

19 December 1851

Lincoln City Petty Sessions 13 December
Mary WHEATLEY, of St. Botolph's. appeared to affiliate a child to Thos. HEWITT, one of the grooms to the Marquis of Lichfield, who had been engaged in the Burton HUNT. Mr. TOYNBEE appeared for the defendant. The examination elicited that the girl had had a child before, and that she had not been over delicate in the number of nature of her amours. There was no corroborative testimony in support of the girl's statement, and the case was dismissed.

26 December 1851

Spilsby Petty Sessions 22 December
Jos. WELLBURY was ordered to pay 2s. per week towards the support of the bastard child of Jane BOYSE.

Lincoln (Lindsey) Petty Sessions 19 December
Chas. LIMON, saddler, of Nettleham, was ordered to pay 2s. weekly towards the support of the illegitimate child of Myra CARTWRIGHT, of Welton, a girl only 16 years of age.

Market Rasen Petty Sessions 15 December
Wm. ATKINSON, of Skircoate, near Halifax, Yorkshire, (defended by Mr. C. INGOLDBY jun.), was summoned to answer the complaint of Eliza KEYWORTH, of North Owersby, for being the father of her illegitimate child: the case was adjourned to the 29th inst.

A like complaint was preferred by Maria PADDISON, of Croxby, against Thos. MELTON, of Humberstone: this case was also defended by Mr. Ingoldby, and dismissed for want of corroborative evidence.

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Thank you, Anne Cole, for the above.

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