Justice in Eighteenth-Century Hackney the Justicing Notebook of Henry Norris and the Hackney Petty Sessions Book. Originally published by London Record Society, London, 1991.
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1035. The Persons whose Names are hereunder written were by the Vestry belonging to the Parish of Saint John at Hackney in the County of Middlesex returned to the said Justices of the Peace for them to nominate and appoint Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish for the year 1751. To wit: John Southern, 27 years a housekeeper; Joseph Parsons, 23 years a housekeeper; Edmund Bellis, 20 years a housekeeper; William Pratt, 19 years a housekeeper; John Darnell, 13 years a housekeeper; John Woodfield, 12 years a housekeeper; Joseph Hawkins, 10 years a housekeeper; Robert Stebbing, 10 years a housekeeper; William Hazard, 10 years a housekeeper; John Killingworth, 12 years a housekeeper; John Chavalier, 9 years a housekeeper; John Bynon, 8 years a housekeeper; John Lambert, 7 years a housekeeper; Daniel Cotier, 9 years a housekeeper, appointed; Daniel Flores, 7 years a housekeeper, appointed. [Total:] 15.
Kingsland: *Richard Dodson, Sworn, allowed 3 weeks to bring a Cert; *David Boswell, Sworn, 3 weeks; *William Howard, Sworn, 3 weeks; John Grimes, Irish; Patrick Larkin, D°. Roman; *Joseph Hawkins, Sworn, 3 weeks; *Edward Lawney, Sworn, 3 weeks; William Doughty, did not appear; *Ruth Neal, Sworn; *William Rotherford, Sworn; *Joseph Farrington, Sworn, 3 weeks; *John Wilkinson, Sworn, 1 week; Samuel Wade, rented £10 a year in Hackney, Setled [sic] here; *William Haynes, Sworn, 1 week. (fn. 1) [See 1043].
Kings Hold: Constable: Mathew Eagelsoe, Sworn [for] Jonathan Newton. Headboroughs: James Atkins, Sworn [for] John Arrundall, Church Street Division; Andrew Grinley, Sworn [for] Joseph Hawkins, Well Street D°. Aleconner: John Howard, Sworn.
Lords Hold: Constables: Abell White Sworn [for] William Pratt; George Collins, Sworn. Headboroughs: John Cowling Sworn [for] John Bride, Church Street Division; Henry Currill, Kingsland & Dalston D°, Sworn; James Bolton Sworn [for] Israel Brandon, Clapton D°; William Cawne Sworn [for] William Shepperd, Upper Hummerton D°; John Doe, Newington & Shacklewell D°, Sworn; Thomas Tayler Sworn [for] Benjamin Ball, Mare Street D°; John Dunks, Grove Street D°, Sworn; Samuel Holland, Lower Hummerton D°., appeared, but was not Sworn. Ale Conners: John Flatman, Sworn; James Atkins Sworn [for] Joseph Pases.
1038. The above named Samuel Holland appeared, and the Justices [declared deleted] told him they were ready to Swear him into his said Office which he refused alledging That he is not a Housekeeper in this Parish, having let his House in Hummerton.
1039. John Darnell and Daniel Bellnap appeared and paid the Sum of Four Pounds One Shilling and Seven pence halfpenny being the Ballance of their Accompts already [passe deleted] given in & allowed for the year 1748 to John Woodfeild their Successor in the said Office.
1040. John Woodfield appeared and paid the sum of Ten Pounds Ten Shillings and five Pence halfpenny being the Ballance of the Accompts of the said John Woodfield and Joseph Faikney the Surveyors of the Highways for the year 1750 to William Hazard the present Surveyor of the Parish of Saint John at Hackney.
1042. The Persons whose names are underwritten were Sumoned to appear here this Day to shew Cause why they have refused or neglected to pay the several sums of Money set down against each of their Names which they are rated towards the Releif of the Poor of the Parish of Saint John at Hackney in the County of Middlesex and were due at Ladyday last past.
Clapton: fol. 90, Abraham Lurie rated 12s.; fol. 98, Robert Meriton rated 6s., to pay; fol. 103, Anthony Ford rated 19s. 6d., Excused; fol. 104, Thomas Reeves rated 6s., 6s. paid; Mary Phythian rated 18s., not to be found; fol. 108, William Pickett rated 6s., to pay [possibly altered to paid]; fol. 109, Nicholas Bartmaker rated £2 5s.; fol. 111, Willliam Bells Exor rated 6s., 6s. paid; fol. 97, Margaret Gilding rated 6s., Excused; fol. 106, Henry White rated 6s., 6s. paid; fol. 99, Jane Brasier's Exor rated 7s. 6d., 7s. 6d. paid.
Hummerton: fol. 63, Frances Wright rated 6s., to pay; fol. 65, George Fowler rated 6s., Excused; fol. 67, Garrison Harcourt rated 15s., 15s. Paid; fol. 70, Samuel Palmer rated 6s.; fol. 73, Deborah Vanderclus rated 12s., to pay 6s. paid; Thomas Cooper rated 6s., Excused; fol. 74, Lyonell Batsford rated 6s., 6s. paid; fol. 77, Grace Allen rated 12s., to pay 9s. paid; Nathaniel Howard rated 14s. 3d., 14s. 3d. paid; fol. 78, Samuel Holland rated 15s., 15s. paid; fol. 79, John Hampson rated 6s., Excused; fol. 80, Thomas Middleton rated 12s., 12s. paid; fol. 83, Philippa Maria Bates rated 6s., to pay; fol. 86, Samuel Sadler rated 15s., Excused; fol. 87, William Dakin rated 15s.; fol. 88, John Cox rated 19s. 6d.
Church Street: fol. 2, Isaac Silver rated 15s., to pay; fol. 3, Joseph Faikney rated £3; fol. 4, Martha Brooks rated 6s., to pay; fol. 11, Nathan Marsom rated 6s., to pay 6s. paid; fol. 12, Daniel Milner rated 6s., Excused; Joseph Davison rated 10s., 10s paid; Ann Foxall rated £3; fol. 19, Clare Gordon rated 18s., 18s. paid; fol. 17, James Morison rated 9s., to pay 9s. paid; fol. 18, Ann Effingstow rated 9s., Excused; fol. 19, William Hazard Junr. rated 6s., to pay 6s. paid; fol. 21, John Cowling rated 6s., Excused; Elizabeth Spurling rated 6s., Excused; fol. 22, James Hodges rated 18s., 18s. paid; fol. 27, Mathew Perks rated 12s. Mare Street: fol. 32, William Collins, rated 6s., 6s. paid; James Corkett rated 6s., Excused; fol. 36, William Groom rated 12s., 12s. paid; fol. 40, [James Gordon deleted] Samuel Jordan rated 12s., 12s. paid; fol. 45, Aaron Da Costa rated 18s., to pay 18s. paid; fol. 47, John Lambert rated 16s. 6d.; fol. 48, Joseph Swaby rated 12s., 12s. paid; John Thompson rated 6s., 6s. paid; fol. 49, Thomas Pritchard rated 3s., 3s. paid; fol. 52, Nathaniel Potts rated 6s., 6s. paid; fol. 55, Stanhope Dickson rated 12s., Excused; fol. 56, Thomas Caddock rated 15s., to pay ¾ 11s. 3d.; fol. 57, Edward Dudson rated 3s., 3s. paid; Edmund Colnett rated 6s.
Shacklewell: fol. 129, [Elizabeth deleted] Elianor Clarke rated 6s., Excused; fol. 130, William Panther rated 3s., 3s. paid; fol. 131, William Pamplin rated 9s., 9s. paid; fol. 132, Robert Ward rated 12s.
Land Holders: fol. 141, John Bradley rated 17s. 3d., 17s. 3d. paid; John Clark rated £1 7s., £1 7s. paid; fol. 143, Humphrey Haden rated 2s. 3d., 2s. 3d. paid; fol. 144, Jerry Cotterell rated 5s. 3d., 5s. 3d. paid; fol. 146, Simon Bolton rated £1 10s., Excused; Edward Jones rated 4s. 6d., 4s. 6d. paid; Amos Wenman rated 4s. 6d., 4s. 6d. paid; fol. 147, Samuel Scott rated £3 0s. 9d., £3 0s. 9d. paid; James Huggett rated 2s. 3d.; William Bond rated £1 10s., £1 10s. paid; Thomas Webb rated 15s., 15s. paid.
1043. William Doughty was Examined upon Oath touching the Place of his last legall Settlement which is in the Parish of Saint Leonard Shoreditch in the County of Middlesex by serving One John Batts a Gardiner at Hogsdon in the said Parish for Two years and upwards by the Leave and Consent of Thomas Long Citizen and Merchant Taylor of London to whom he was bound Apprentice for Seven Years during the continuance of his said apprenticeship. [See 1036].
1045. Charles Edwards complains against Bridgeman Brown the Younger for unlawfully taking two Chickens his Property at Stoke Newington in the County of Middlesex on the first Day of June instant. Bridgeman Brown, the Younger of the Parish of [Saint Mary deleted] Stoke Newington [and] Bridgeman Brown of the same Parish, Farmer, each £5 Upon Condition That the above bound Bridgeman Brown the Younger do personally appear at the next General Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be held for the County of Middlesex at Hicks Hall in Saint Johns Street then & there to answer the Complaint of Charles Edwards for unlawfully taking two Chickens his Property at Stoke Newington aforesaid on the first Day of June instant and in the mean time to be of good behaviour and not to depart the Court without Licence Then this Recognisance to be void &c. Taken and Acknowledged the Day and Year first above written.
1046. William MacAndrew was Examined upon Oath touching the Place of his last legall Settlement. (fn. 2)
Church Street: Henry Howship, sworn, allowed 1 week to bring a Certificate; George Granger, sworn, till Michas next; Thomas Lane, sworn, 1 Month; John Marshall, has a Certificate from Trumpington in Cambridgeshire; Thomas Miller; William Houtton; William Thorp; William Griffin, sworn, 1 Month.
Mare Street: William Wilson; Richard Capper; Thomas Pells, sworn, 1 Month; Robert [Dickenson deleted] Diggins, will bring a Certificate to Justice Norris 17 June which he said he had [by deleted] at Home; Robert Royston; Richard Capper, sworn, 1 Week.
Cambridge Heath: John Beavis; William Cleaver, Sworn, 4 Months; Richard Leeds, Sworn, 1 Month; John Muncey; Henry Baker; Benjamin Thompson, Sworn, 4 Months; William Ivory; John Barrans, Sworn, 1 Month; William Allen; Edward Flack. (fn. 3) [See 1050, 1051, 1052, 1054, 1057, 1061].
1049. Ordered That Mary May Daughter of William May deced be Removed from this Parish (being Chargeable to the same) to the Parish of St. Mary Stoke Newington in the County of Middlesex and that an Order be made out for that Purpose. [See 1064].
Cambridge Heath: John Beavis, Sworn, D° forthwith D°; John Munsey, Sworn, D°. 2 weeks, D°; *Henry Baker not Sumoned; William Ivory, Sworn, D°. till Michaelmas next, D°; William Allen did not appear; Edward Flack did not appear; Elizabeth Barrans Wife of John. (fn. 4) [See 1048, 1051, 1052, 1054, 1057, 1058, 1060, 1061, 1063, 1066, 1099].
1051. Robert Royston Appeared and gave an Account of his Settlement, To witt, That he was born in the Parish of Eccleston in the County of Chester and could not make appear that he had gained any legal settlement elsewhere and being required to make Oath of his said Settlement he refused [and deleted] to be sworn and being asked by the Justices if he was one of the People called Quakers and offered by the said Justices his affirmation in case he was a Quaker The said Robert Royston declared he is not a Quaker. (fn. 5) [See 1048, 1050, 1054].
1052. Ordered That a Warrant be made out to oblige the following Persons to give an Accompt of their respective Settlements on the Oath of James Atkins that they were duly sumoned To witt, John Keymer, Robert Diggins, Phebe Hams, Joseph Jones, William Allen, Edward Flack. [See 1048, 1050, 1054, 1057, 1058, 1063, 1099].
1053. Adjourned to this Day four Weeks, and Ordered That the Accompts of the several Church Wardens and Overseers which have not yet been Signed by the Justices be brought to the next Petty Sessions for that Purpose. And that those which have not yet been passed be gott ready by that time.
Well Street: Samuel Beasor, did not appear; Thomas Spring, Sworn, [allowed deleted] imediately to bring a Cert; Thomas Redford, not Sworn; Francis Spencer, Sworn, imediately; Robert Smith, did not appear; Thomas Punt, Sworn, allowed One Month; Edward Thornby, did not appear; James Cornwall, Sworn, One Month; Mathew Dixon, Sworn, One Month; Robert Harrison, Sworn.
1055. Ordered That Mr: Thomas Slater, Church Warden do pay to James Bolton the sum of Ten Shillings for Assisting James Atkins the Beadle in the Execution of his said Office while the said James Atkins was sick being about fourteen Days.
1056. Complaint being made by Richard Dann Overseer of the Poor of the Parish of Saint John at Hackney [That deleted] against Elizabeth Riddle Singlewoman That he hath received information That the said Elizabeth Riddle was about Ten Weeks agoe delivered of a Male Bastard Child in the said Parish called Henry which is now living and likely to become chargeable to the said Parish. Ordered That the said Elizabeth Riddle be sumoned to attend us at the next Meeting to be held here to be Examined upon Oath touching the putative Father of the said male Bastard Child. [See 1062, 1107].
1057. William Allen brought in Custody of Mathew Eagelsoe Constable on a Warrant granted against him to Oblige him to give an Account of his Settlement was Examined upon Oath touching the Place of his last legall Settlement which is in the Parish of Saint Peters in the East in the City of Oxford by being a yearly servant to one John Rawlins a Scowerer there at Two Pounds & Ten Shillings a year and serving him in the said Parish One year & Six Months. [See 1048, 1050, 1052, 1054].
1058. Jas. Bolton Inf. Pheebe Hams threatned to leave her Children to the Parish. (fn. 6) [See 1050, 1052, 1063].
1059. Adjd. this day fortnight. (fn. 7)
1061. Edward Flack was brought in Custody of Mathew Eagelsoe Constable on a Warrant to be Examined upon Oath touching his last legall settlement and was Examined and Sworn thereto which is at Barkway in Hertfordshire having lived a Yearly Servant with one William Stallabrass a Farmer there for two years at £5:5s: a year and was allowed One Month to bring a Certificate. [See 1048, 1050, 1052].
1062. Elizabeth Riddle Singlewoman was brought in Custody of Taylor Headborough to be Examined on Oath touching a Bastard Child born of her Body in the Parish of St. John at Hackney which is now living and likely to be chargeable to the said Parish and Signed an Adjudication against Mathew Dixon of the same Parish as the reputed father thereof. [See 1054, 1056, 1107].
1063. Pheebe Hams Widow of Richard Hams deced was brought in Custody of James Bolton Headborough to give an Account of her settlement She declared she is marryed since the Death of the said Richard Hams and that her sd Second Husband is now alive but refused to tell his Name, who he is, or where he lives but said That She hath been marryed about 3 years and that her now Husband is the Father of her last Child born since the Death of the said Richard Hams. James Bolton made Oath That about 10 or 12 Days agoe the said Pheebe Hams told him That if the Justices insisted That she should declare the Father of her last Child She would go away and leave her 3 Children to the Parish Whereupon a Warrant was Ordered to committ her to the House of Correction as an Idle and disorderly Person. (fn. 8) [See 1050, 1052, 1058].
1064. Mary Etheridge wife of — Etheridge made Oath That [entry incomplete]. (fn. 9)
1065. Granted a Search Warrt. (fn. 10)
Homerton: John Doughtee, brought a Certificate from Ewelm in Oxfordshire; John Seagood, Sworn, [one deleted] Three Months; Fortune Waters, brought a Certificate from St Andrew Undershaft; John Seal, Sworn; John Stacy, Sworn, One Month.
Homerton: John Archer, did not Appear; Henry Shepherd, Sworn, 1 M°; Richard Bull, Sworn, 2 Weeks; Thomas Willmot, Hannah his Wife Sworn (he not living wth Her); Thomas Simpson, Sworn, Settlemt. in this Parish.
1068. George Neadham Attended and desired leave to draw Drink at the Yorkshire Grey in Homerton in the room of Abel White till the next General renewing of the Licences of Victuallers. Agreed That he have Leave accordingly.
1069. Mr Daniel Deflores attended on a Sumons to Shew Cause why he refuses to take upon himself the Office of one of the Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of Saint John at Hackney in the County of Middlesex for the present year (to which he hath been appointed) on the Complaint of Mr Daniel de Votier one other of the Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish and the said Mr Daniel de Votier also attended And It was agreed between them That [entry incomplete; the remainder is taken from the draft minutes] Mr. Flores alledged That Mr Votier the other Ov. proposed & offered to do the Duty for him and told him to take no Care about it only you give me what you would give another And that he is ready to pay Mr. Votier £10 to do the whole Duty & will pay it [Teusday deleted] next week. (fn. 11)
1070. John Blackwell attended and made Information on his Oath That on the nineteenth Day of this Instant December he did hear Robert Abbott of the Parish of Saint John at Hackney in the County of Middlesex Saylor swear Six prophane Oaths saying each time By God And Curse Six prophane Curses saying each time Damn Your Blood in the said Parish of Saint John at Hackney. Granted A Sumons for the said Robert Abbott to appear at a Petty Sessions to be held at this Place on Monday the [Thirty fir deleted] thirtyeth day of this Instant December. [See 1075].
1071. Thomas Chapman produced and delivered a Certificate dated the 19th of April 1727 whereby he and [blank] his Wife are owned to be Inhabitants of South Mims in this County And he was Sworn that he hath not gained any Legal Settlemt. since. [See 1067].
1072. Signed an Order for G Clear Ch. W. &c 1749 to pay the Ballance of his Accompts as such to Mr Slater the prsent Ch. W. (fn. 12)
1073. Adjd. to Monday 30th Instant. (fn. 13)
Kingsland: Samuel Geary, Sworn, brot Certificate from the parish of St. Peter in St. Albans, Hertf. (fn. 14) [See 1067, 1077].
1075. Robert Abbott appeared on his Sumons to answer to an laid [sic] before Henry Norris Esq against him for Swearing Six prophane Oaths saying each time By God and cursing six prophane Curses saying each time Damn your Blood on the Nineteenth Instant in the Parish of Hackney Of which John Blackwell now made Oath Whereupon the said Robert Abbot was convicted of the said Offences and (being the second Conviction) he was fined and paid down the Sum of two Shillings for each of the said Oaths and the further Sum of two Shillings for each of the said Curses making in the whole the Sum of One Pound and four Shillings. (fn. 15) [See 1070].