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
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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