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Dorchester Poor Law Records

Bastardy Order for Sarah CRUET & James SEARLE

Compiled by Michael Russell OPC for Dorchester January 2013

Dorset Borough of Dorchester - 5th Oct 1795

Examination of Sarah CRUET taken before me on oath this 17th February 1740/1

At the General Quarter Sessions of the peace of our Lord the King Held in and for the said Borough on Monday the fifth day of October in the thirty Fifth year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Third by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King, Defender of the faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and Ninety Five before Charles WHITE Esquire Mayor, Nathaniel BOND Esquire Recorder these two of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace and of the locum for the said Borough James CHAFY, Roben STICKLAND and other Justices of our said Lord King assigned to keep the peace of our said Lord King in and for the said Borough And also to hear and determine divers felonies trespassing & other misdemeaners done or committed in the said Borough.

Whereas it appears unto this Court as well upon the complaint of the Churchwardens and Overseers of the poor of the parish of All Saints in the said Borough as upon Oath of Sarah CRUET of the said parish single woman taken the tenth day of December last part before Christopher ARDEN Mayor and one of his Majesty's justices of the peace for the said Borough that she the said Sarah CRUET was then with child which child was likely to be born a Bastard, and to be chargeable to the said Parish of All Saints

    And that James SEARLE of the Borough aforesaid Journeyman Carpenter was the father of the said child
    And whereas the said James SEARLE entered into a Recognizance to appear at the next General Quarter Sessions of the Peace to be held in and for the said Borough then and there to abide by and perform such order or orders as then to be made pursuant to the statute in that case made and provided
    And whereas it appears upon examination of the said Sarah CRUET this day taken on Oath in Court that on or about the eleventh day of August last past she was delivered of a female bastard child in the said parish of All Saints which child is now living and chargeable thereto and that the said James SEARLE the father of the said bastard child this Court upon examination of the cause and circumstance of the premise doth order that as well for the better relief of the said parish of All Saints as for the sustentation & maintenance of the said bastard child that the said James SEARLE shall pay or cause to be paid unto the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the said parish of All Saints or to some or one of them the sum of twenty shillings for and towards trhe lying in of the said Sarah CRUET & the maintenance of the said bastard child for the first month
    And this Court doth further order the said James SEARLE shall likewise pay or cause to be paid unto the churchwardens and Overseers of the poor of the said parish of All Saints for the time being or to some or one of them the sum of one shilling and six pence weekly and every week from the end of the said first month for and towards the keeping sustenation & maintenance of the said bastard child & during so long as the said bastard child shall be chargeable to the said parish of All Saints
    And this Court doth also further order that the said Sarah CRUET shall pay or cause to be paid unto the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said parish of All Saints for the time being to some or one of them the sum of six pence weekly & every week towards the maintenance of the said bastard child for and during so long time as the said bastard child shall be chargeable to the said parsh in case she refuses to take care of and to name the said child herself.

Examined Thomas STICKLAND Junior


Genealogical Notes: -

(1). Link to Mayors of Dorchester which conforms Christopher ARDEN was Mayor in 1794 followed by Charles WHITE in 1795

(2). Link to a listing of Recorders of Dorchester for more information on Nathaniel BOND

(3). There is no trace of a bastard female child being baptised in Dorchester

(4). Note:- The only other reference that I can locate of a James SEARLE is a document called a 'Vagrants Pass' issued at Shaftsbury by J Obowen Esq a JP for Southampton in respect of a James SEARLE and Elizabeth his wife who were apprehended as vagrants in Overton. Overton is situated between Andover and Basingstoke in Hampshire. The order is for their conveyance together with a Horse and Cart from Shatftsbury to Henstridge in the County of Somerset on the 21st May 1787, a distance of 10 miles. This is just one step in the chain of orders that would have been issued to return him to Ashburton in Devon his place of settlement. Further research is needed ( in Ashburton Devon) to establish whether this is the same James SEARLE referred to in this bastardy order.

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