Bastardy Cases 1680-1714

Bucks Quarter Sessions

22 April 1680
Thomas Pease of Winslow, gardener, entered into £40 recognizance for the bastard child of Anne Oliver. Sureties: Thomas Goodwin & John Ambrose of Winslow, yeomen.

18 July 1700
John Green of Winslow, surgeon, was adjudged to be the father of the bastard child of Catherine Green of Winslow, widow. He had run away and his estate was to be charged with payment of 2s per week to the overseers. Joseph Turner of Winslow, surgeon, held the lease of Green's property and appealed against the order to pay part of his rent direct to the overseers. The appeal was adjourned. The child was baptised on 19 June 1700: William, son of Katherine Green and John Green, illegitimate.

17 Jan 1705/6
Edward Anstee of Swanbourne, yeoman, entered into recognizance to answer the overseers of Winslow for refusing to execute a warrant for arresting Edward Hobcroft for bastardy with Susan King.

18 July 1706
William Miller and William Burrell of Winslow, labourers, were bound in £50 each that Catherine Green who had been twice convicted of bastardy should not offend again. The second child was Grace, bap. 1 Nov 1705 (no father named); her surname was given as Griffin when she was buried on 14 Sep 1707.

William Smith of Winslow, carpenter, entered into recognizance for bastardy with Lydia Paynter. Sureties: Richard Smith & John Small of Winslow.

14 Jan 1713/14
Mathew Ayres of Stony Stratford east side, innholder, churchwarden, overseer & constable was indicted for suborning Ann Saunders, singlewoman, to charge Joseph Bigg of Winslow, bricklayer, a married man, with begetting her with a bastard child instead of William Coxhead of Wakefield Lodge, keeper. Verdict: not guilty.

Copyright 31 July, 2015