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St Luke, Chelsea: Settlement and Bastardy Examinations, 1733-1750

1. [fol.1-3 A very incomplete contemporary names index.]

2. [p.1] Middlesex, to wit. Elizabeth Davis, single woman, aged about thirty years, upon oath saith that she was born at Trysull in Staffordshire. And that about three years since she quitted the service of one Mr Snow who then kept the Turks Head Coffee House in the Strand, which is in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the said county of Middlesex and liberty of Westminster, with whom she lived as a cook for the space of three years and half, and received of her said master her full wage for the said time at the rate of £5 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And further saith that since she quitted the said service of Mr Snow [she] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to her, this examinant's knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. The mark of Elizabeth Davis. Sworn before us, 3 Sept. 1733, Peter Elers, Thomas Cotton. Passed to the parish of St Martin in the Fields in Middlesex.

3. [p.2] Middlesex, to wit. The examination of Martha Foss, widow, taken upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children, which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Sills of Burton upon Trent in Staffordshire, innholder. Who had carnal knowledge of her body for the first time about June last, was twelve months, in the dwelling house of the said John Sills (known by the sign of the George in Burton upon Trent, aforesaid), and several times after in the said house, and other places. And further saith, that the said John Sills is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children. And further saith not. Martha Foss. Sworne at Chelsea, 8 Sept. 1733, before me, Peter Elers.

4. [p.3] Middlesex, to wit. Margaret Abbott, widow, upon oath saith that Sarah Norton, a girl aged about sixteen years, was born at a little house at Avery Farm, then in the parish of St Martin in the Fields, and now in the parish of St George Hanover Square in the said county of Middlesex. And that she was present at the birth of the said girl, who was born of the body of Sarah Norton, deceased. And saith that one William Norton, a soldier in the Scotch Guards, was the reputed father of the said girl. But [she] does not know [if] the said William Norton was ever married to the said Sarah Norton (though she went by his name). The mark of Margaret Abbott. Sworn before us, 3 Oct. 1733, Peter Elers, Thomas Cotton.

5. [p.4] Middlesex, to wit. The examination of Anne Mackenny, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one James Sparks of the Custom House, Tidewater. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time about the month of March last in the dwelling house of this examinant's master (John Guerney), known by the sign of the Old George in the parish of Chelsea in the county aforesaid. And several times after in the said house, where the said James Sparks at that time lodged. And this examinant further saith that the said James Sparks is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children. And further saith not. The mark of Anne Mackenny. Sworn at Chelsea, before me, 31 Oct. 1733, Peter Elers. [See 39].

6. [p.5] Middlesex, to wit. Barbara Tiser, single woman, aged about 24 years, born in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, upon oath saith that about two years since she quitted the service of Mr Fisher, a farmer at the Ferry House at Molesey in the county of Surrey, with whom she lived as a hired servant by the year for about the space of 8 years at the rate of 50s.wages for the first year. And for the remainder time, her wages was advanced yearly. And this examinant further saith that since she left the said service of Mr Fisher, [she] has not lived a year in service, or done any act or thing (to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. The mark of Barbara Tiser. Sworn before us, 29 Nov. 1733, Peter Elers, John Williams. Passed to Molesey.

7. [p.6] Middlesex, to wit. Joannah Chapman, widow, aged about 58 years, born in the city of Exeter, upon oath saith that about 39 years since she married her late husband, Christopher Chapman, staymaker at Exeter. By whom she had six children, one of which is living, named Elizabeth Chapman, now a servant. And saith that her said husband, about fourteen years since, quitted a home in Tinkers Alley near Bear Street in the parish of St Anne [Soho] within the liberty of Westminster in the county of Middlesex, where he lived about the space of five years, and paid £10 a year rent for the same, and all parochial taxes. Since which he lived in lodgings only. And afterwards [he] entered himself in the army where he continued till he was admitted a pensioner in Chelsea College, and died about five months since. And further saith not. The mark of Joannah Chapman. Sworn before us, 29 Nov. 1733, Peter Elers, John Williams. Passed to St Anne [Soho] within the liberty of Westminster.

8. [p.7] Middlesex, to wit. Margaret Bailey (alias Game, widow) aged about 40 years, upon oath saith that she was born at Market Drayton in Shropshire. And about eighteen years since she lived a servant hired by the year with one Mrs Tuck of the parish of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex in the station of a cook, where she continued about the space of two years and received her full wages for the said time (meat, drink, washing and lodging) at the rate of £4 per annum. And that about sixteen years since she was married at Drogheda in Ireland to one John Game, an Irishman who came afterwards to England and entered himself a soldier in the First Regiment of Foot Guards, by whom she had three children, two of which are living. One named Mary Game aged about 15 years, and John Game aged about 12 years (which said children were maintained by the parish of Chelsea for several years). And also saith that about 18 months after the death of her said husband, John Game, she married one Joseph Blunt, by whom she had four children. One of which is living, named Sarah Blunt aged about 7 years, born in the house now in possession of one Nelson, in Newkner's Lane in the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the said county of Middlesex. And further saith that her said same husband, Joseph Blunt deceased, was at the time she married him married to another woman who is now living at Kettering in Northamptonshire. And this examinant also further saith that since the time she quitted the said service of Mrs Tuck's [she] has not rented a house of £10 per annum or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. The mark of Margaret Bailey alias Game. Sworn before us, 2 Jan. 1733/4, Peter Elers, Thomas Cotton. Passed to St Giles in the Fields.

9. [p.8] Middlesex, to wit. The examination of Elizabeth Simonds, single woman, taken upon oath this 5 Jan. 1733/4, before me, Peter Elers esq. Who saith, that on or about 3 Dec. last past she was delivered of a female bastard child in the workhouse belonging to the parish of St Margaret, Westminster in the said county of Middlesex. Which [child] is baptised and named Sarah Prosser, and was unlawfully begotten on her body by one William Prosser of the parish of Kensington in the said county, shoemaker, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time, on or about the month of March last in the dwelling house of one Mr Orchard in Church Lane, Kensington (where the examinant was a lodger) and at several times after in the said house. And this examinant saith that the said William Prosser is the true and only father of the said child. And further saith not. The mark of Elizabeth Simonds. Sworn at Chelsea, 5 Jan. 1733/4, before me, Peter Elers.

10. [p.9] Middlesex, to wit. Penelope Otway, widow, aged about 48 years, born in the parish of St Mary Overey in Southwark, upon oath saith that about 22 years ago she was married to her late husband John Otway in the liberty of the Fleet. By whom she has two children now living, vizt, Richard Otway aged about 19 years, bound apprentice to a carman, and Anne, aged about 12 years now with this examinant. And further saith that her said husband was born in the parish of St John at Wapping in the said county. And [he] was only a sailor, and never rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge) to gain a legal settlement since his birth. The mark of Penelope Otway. Sworn before us, 16 Jan. 1733/4, Peter Elers, John Williams. Penelope Otway and Anne, her daughter, were passed to St John, Wapping.

11. [p.10] Middlesex, to wit. John Royde, aged about 21 years, born in London, upon oath saith that on 20 May 1732 he became a servant hired by the year to Captain James Mitford of Little Chelsea (being that part that is in the parish of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex). With whom he has continued to this time and he has received his wages from time to time of his said master at the rate of £5 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And further saith that on 14 Dec. last, he was married in the liberty of the Fleet to Grace, his wife. And saith that has not done any act or thing (to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge) to gain any other settlement. The mark of John Royde. Sworn before me, 28 Feb. 1733/4, Peter Elers.

12. [p.11] Middlesex, to wit. The examination of Catherine Price, single woman, taken upon oath, 15 Mar. 1733, before us, John Williams and Peter Elers esqs Who saith that on 1 Feb. last, she was delivered of a female bastard child in Chelsea in the said county (which child is baptised and named Mary). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Richard Williamson now a footman to Mrs Anne Fielding, a lady that lives at Odiham near Farnham, in Hampshire. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the dwelling house of Mrs Evers in Hanover Square in the said county, where this examinant lived in the station of a cook. And twice afterwards on or about the month of May last in the dwelling house of Mrs Bucketts in Swallow Street in the parish of St James, Westminster, where this examinant lodged (when out of place). And this examinant further saith that the said Richard Williamson is the true and only father of the said female bastard child. And further saith not. The mark of Catherine Price. Sworn at Chelsea, 15 Mar. 1733/4, before us, John Williams, Peter Elers.

13. [p.12] Middlesex, to wit. Jane Loveday, widow, aged about 59 years, upon oath saith that she was born at Hammersmith in the said county of Middlesex. And that on or about 42 years since she, this examinant, was married to her late husband, John Loveday, at the parish church of Clerkenwell in the county Middlesex, aforesaid, by whom she hath four children now living and provided for. And saith that her said late husband rented a house in Little Chelsea in the parish of Kensington in the county aforesaid, wherein he continued for the space of twenty five years and upwards, and paid all parochial taxes there. And further saith that since she quitted the said house (which is about seven years since) has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. The mark of Jane Loveday. Sworn before us, 25 Mar. 1734, Peter Elers, John Williams. Passed to Kensington.

14. [p.13] Middlesex sessions. Elenor Denman, aged about 30 years, the wife of John Denman, upon oath saith that about five years since she was married to her said husband at the parish church of St Margaret, Westminster, by whom she hath two children now living, vizt, Anne, aged about 4 years, and Edmund, aged about 3 years. And saith that her said husband has two more children now living with this examinant by Mary, his first wife, vizt, Thomas, aged about 14 years, and John, aged about 7 years. And further saith that her said husband, about eighteen years since, was bound apprentice to the worshipful Charles Medlycott esq., deceased, who then lived in the parish of St Martin in the Fields, and now St George Hanover Square in the said county, with whom he continued till he listed himself a soldier in the Foot Guards. In which station he has been ever since and is now recruiting in the country. So that this examinant is not capable of subsisting her said family without relief. The mark of Elenor Denman. Sworn before us, 21 May 1734, John Williams, Peter Elers. Passed to St George Hanover Square.

15. [p.14] Middlesex sessions. Hannah Holloway, aged about 52 years, upon oath saith that she was born at Chichester in Sussex. And that about 21 years ago she became a servant hired by the year to one Mr Piles, a surgeon who then lived in Fountain Court in the Strand in the parish of St Clements Danes in the county aforesaid, where she stayed about five years, and received her full wages for the said time at the rate of £4 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And after she quitted the said service she hired herself to one Mr Eyres, a woodmonger, in the same Court, where [she] lived about four years, at the rate of £4 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. Soon after she quitted the said service she married John Holloway, labourer, at the Fleet, with whom she lived a week only. And saith that she has not seen her said husband since. Neither can she give an account of him or his settlement. And also saith that after her said husband left her she lived again with the said Mr Piles about a year. And further saith that since she quitted the said service [she] has not done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. The mark of Hannah Holloway. Sworn before us, 21 May 1734, John Williams, Peter Elers. Passed to St Clement Danes.

16. [p.15] Middlesex sessions. The examination of Mary Neal, single woman, taken before me, [Peter Elers] Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Francis Potts, footman to Mr Gallerday at Fulham in this county. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time on or about eight months since in the dwelling house of the said Mr Gallerday, and never but once after in the same house (which was about two months after). And this examinant saith that the said Francis Potts is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children, and that no other person whatsoever hath had carnal knowledge of her body. And further saith not. The mark of Mary Neal. Sworn at Chelsea, 21 May 1734, before me, Peter Elers.

17. [p.16] Middlesex sessions. Miles Rains, aged about 31 years, upon oath saith that he was born at a place called Avery Farm, then of the parish of St Martin in the Fields but now of St George Hanover Square in the said county. And that about fifteen years since he was a servant hired by the year to Mr Large of Chelsea College, whetster. With whom he continued the first time two years and a half at the rate of 50s. a year, and received of his said master his full wages for the said time. The last year and half of the said time he had meat, drink, washing and lodging. After he quitted his said place he lived with his mother and then returned to the said place and continued upwards of four year. And lived twice more in the said place. And this examinant saith that since he quitted the said service of Mr Large, [he] has not been a servant hired by the year, or done any act or thing whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. And also saith he has not been a servant hired by the year in any other place but that of Mr Large. And further saith that about eight years ago he was married to Barbara, his present wife, in the Fleet, by whom he hath had three children, two of which is living, vizt, William Rains, aged 5 years, and Miles, aged 2 years. Miles Rains. Sworn, 13 June 1734, before me, Peter Elers.

18. [p.17] Middlesex sessions. The examination of Elizabeth Newman, single woman, taken upon oath this 10 July 1734, before me, Peter Elers esq. Who saith that she is pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Huggett jr, the son of John Huggett of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex, farmer, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the dwelling house of Mr William Burchett of Little Chelsea, farmer, where this examinant lived a hired servant. And several times after in the said house and other out houses belonging to the said Mr Burchett. And this examinant further saith that the said John Huggett jr is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children and that no other person hath had carnal knowledge of her body but the said John Huggett jr. The mark of Elizabeth Newman. Sworn before me at Chelsea, Peter Elers. [See 20].

19. [p.18] Middlesex sessions. Mary Wise, widow, aged about 40 years, upon oath saith that she was born in Abingdon in Berkshire. And that about twelve years since she married Hugh Wise, her late husband, in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom she had three children, two of which are living, vizt, Mary, aged about 10 years, and Elizabeth, aged about 4 years. And this examinant saith that her said late husband, at the time she married him, was an in-pensioner of Chelsea College, and that he was a Scotsman, and belonged to General Lumley's Horse for the space of 28 years till he was admitted a pensioner. So that this examinant does not know or believe he ever gained any settlement in England by renting a house of £10 a year, or paying any parochial taxes, or any act whatsoever, to the best of her knowledge. And this examinant further saith that on or about fifteen years ago (which was before her marriage) she lived a servant hired by the year with the Right Honourable the Countess of Darlington and Baroness of Blandford in the courtyard of St James's in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the county aforesaid for about the space of two years at the rate of £6 a year wages, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And has not lived a year in service since. The mark of Mary Wise. Sworn before us, 15 July 1734, John Williams, Peter Elers. Passed to St Martin in the Fields.

20. [p.18 sic] Middlesex sessions. The examination of Elizabeth Newman, single woman, taken upon oath before us, John Williams and Peter Elers esqs Who saith that on the 14th day of this instant, September, she was delivered of a male bastard child in the house of Mrs Doyley in Mealman's Row in the parish of Chelsea in the county aforesaid. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Huggett the younger of the parish of Chelsea aforesaid, husbandsman, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in or about the month of October last, was twelve month, in the dwelling house of Mr William Burchett of Little Chelsea, yeoman (where this examinant lived as a hired servant). And several times after in the said house and other out houses belonging to the said Mr Burchett. And this examinant further saith that the said John Huggett the younger is the true and only father of the said bastard child. And further saith not. The mark of Elizabeth Newman. Sworn at Chelsea, 10 Oct. 1734, before us, Peter Elers, John Williams. [The child is] dead. [See 18].

21. [p.20] Middlesex sessions. William Hewett, silk weaver, aged about 90 years, born in Dorsetshire, upon oath saith that about 43 years since (being some little time after King William came to the crown) he rented a house in Pepper Street in the parish of St Saviour Southwark in the county of Surrey, where he continued upwards of five years and paid for the said house the yearly rent of £7 and all parochial taxes. And saith that after he quitted the said house he listed himself in the army and has not rented a house of ten pounds a year, or paid any parish taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. But [he] is now an in-pensioner of Chelsea College. And further saith that about 20 years since he married Charity Hewett, his present wife, aged about 50 years, at the Fleet, by whom he has had only one child, since dead. And saith that he is not capable of providing for his said wife. The mark of William Hewett. Sworn before us, 21 Oct. 1734, Henry Barker, Peter Elers. Passed to St Saviour Southwark.

22. [p.20] Middlesex sessions. The examination of Sarah Randall, single woman, taken upon oath before us, John Williams and Peter Elers esqs Who saith that on 24 Sept. last she was delivered of a female bastard child in the house of Mr Gardner, a brazier near the horse ferry at Chelsea in the said county (which is baptised and named Susannah). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one William Answorth then servant to Mr Green, a brewer near Sand End near Chelsea aforesaid, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in or about the month [of] December last in the dwelling house of Mr Jonathan Wood at the Bull Ale House at Sand End, where this examinant lived a hired servant and where the said William Answorth at the same time lodged. And several times after in the same house. And this examinant further saith that the said William Answorth is the true and only father of the said child. And further saith not. Sarah Randall, her mark. Sworn at Chelsea, 18 Nov. 1734, before us, John Williams, Peter Elers.

23. [p.21] Middlesex sessions. Abell Bird, husbandman, aged about 65 years, upon oath saith that about 26 years since he, this examinant, lived a servant hired by the year with the Right Honourable the Countess Dowager of Winchelsea, at Richmond in the county of Surrey, with whom he continued for the space of five years in the station of a coachman, and received his full wages for the said time, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And after he quitted the said service he rented a house in Richmond, aforesaid, wherein he continued three years and paid all parish taxes. And after he quitted the said house he entered himself a trooper in Lumley's Horse. And this examinant further saith that from the time he quitted the said house at Richmond [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. Abell Bird, his mark. Sworn before us, 30 Oct. 1734, Peter Elers, John Williams. Passed to Richmond.

24. [p.22] Middlesex sessions. The examination of Mary Handbrooke, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Evans, an apprentice to Mr John Ross of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex aforesaid, shoemaker. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the month of March last in the dwelling house of Captain Tanner in Chelsea aforesaid, where this examinant at the same time lived a hired servant. And twice after in the said house. And this examinant further saith that the said John Evans is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children. And further saith not. The mark of Mary Handbrooke. Sworn at Chelsea, 18 Nov. 1734, before me, Peter Elers. [See 25].

25. [p.23] The examination of Mary Handbrooke, single woman, taken upon oath before us, John Williams and Peter Elers esqs Middlesex sessions. Who saith that on 13 Jan. last, she was delivered of a female bastard child in the house of Mrs Brierly in Church Lane at Chelsea in the said county. Which [child] is baptised and named Mary, and was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Evans, an apprentice to Mr John Ross of Chelsea, shoemaker, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the month of March last, was twelve month, in the dwelling house of Captain Tanner in Chelsea, aforesaid, where this examinant at the time lived a hired servant. And twice after in the said house. And this examinant further saith that the said John Evans is the true and only father of the said child. And further saith not. The mark of Mary Handbrooke. Sworn before us, 1 Apr. 1735, Peter Elers, John Williams. [See 24].

26. [p.24] Middlesex sessions. Mary Sadler, aged about 34 years (the wife of John Sadler, gardener) upon oath saith that she was married about ten years since at the church in Blackfriars in the city of London to her said husband, John Sadler. By whom she had three children, one of which is living, named Anne, aged about 10 years. And this examinant saith that her said husband was bound apprentice for seven years to one Mr Heater of the hamlet of Kew in the parish of Richmond in the county of Surrey, gardener, with whom he served his full time. And after marriage her said husband rent[ed] a little house at Turnham Green in the county of Middlesex at the yearly rent of £3, where they continued upwards of one year, but did not pay any parochial taxes for the said house. And also further saith that since her said husband quitted the said house [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement since her said husband served his said apprenticeship. And further saith not. The mark of Mary Sadler. Sworn before us, 1 Apr. 1735, John Williams, Peter Elers. Passed to Richmond.

27. [p.25] Middlesex sessions. Abigale Nuttall (alias Richardson) aged about 30 years, born in St Werburghs parish in Dublin, upon oath saith that on or about nine years since she was married to Richard Nuttall, her present husband, in the said parish of St Werburghs, by whom she hath two children now living, vizt, Thomas, aged 4 years, and Elizabeth, aged 14 months. And saith that her said husband was born in Ireland. And also saith that since he came to England [he] has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement. [Blank]. Sworn at Chelsea, [blank] Dec. 1735, before me [blank].

28. [p.26] Middlesex sessions. Jane Willis, aged about 32 years, upon oath saith that about six years since she was married to her husband, John Willis, at the parish church at Enfield in the said county of Middlesex. And that before such her marriage, her said husband was a servant hired by the year to Mr Goodyer in Church Lane in this parish, where he continued about the space of two years and half, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And further saith that her said husband after marriage rented a little cottage at Enfield, aforesaid, and paid 45s. a year for the same, but did not pay any parochial taxes during his continuance there. Nor has [he] ... done any act or thing (to the best of this examinant's knowledge) whereby to gain any settlement since he quitted the service of the said Mr Goodyer's. And also saith that her said husband is a soldier in the Earl of Orkney's Regiment of Foot, now in Ireland, and that he is at this time raising recruits for the said regiment at Bristol. And that she has two children by her said husband living, vizt, George, aged about 7 years, and Edward, about 6 months, and is not capable of supporting them without relief. Jane Willis. Sworn at Chelsea, 18 Dec. 1735, before me, Peter Elers.

29. [p.27] Middlesex sessions. Sarah Johnson, widow, upon oath saith that Mary Wadman, alias Collain, a child aged about seven years (the daughter of Mary Collain, deceased) was born in the dwelling house of one Mr Blunt in Bull Yard in Windmill Street, in the parish of St James, in the liberty of Westminster, in the said county of Middlesex. And that the said child is a bastard, and was baptised in the said parish of St James, when, this examinant saith, security was given to indemnify from the said bastard child. And further saith not. Sarah Johnson. Sworn, 6 Feb. 1735/6, before us, Peter Elers, John Godfrey. [Mary Wadman] passed to St James, Westminster.

30. [p.28] Middlesex sessions. Esdras Clennick of the parish of St James, Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, chandler, upon oath saith that Mary Edlin, a child aged about six years, the daughter of Mary Edlin, was born in the dwelling house of this examinant, who then lived in Shug Lane in the said parish of St James, Westminster. And saith that he cannot give any account whether the said Mary Edlin, the mother, was ever married. And further saith not. Esdras Clennick. Sworn, 10 Feb. 1735/6, before us, John Mercer, John Godfrey. [Mary Edlin] passed to St James, Westminster.

31. [p.29] Middlesex sessions. Jane Good, the wife of Richard Good, maketh oath that she was married to her first husband John Tredaway on or about seventeen years since in the liberty of the Fleet; by whom she had several children, one of which is still living, vizt, Elizabeth Tredaway, aged about 9 years. And saith that her said first husband was born at Chiswick in the said county of Middlesex, where he served his apprenticeship to a gardener. And [he] has not gained any other settlement since (to the best of this examinant's knowledge) by renting a house of £10 a year, or paying any parochial taxes, or any other act whatever. And this examinant further saith that she received from the said parish of Chiswick several weeks allowance for the maintenance of her said child, Elizabeth Tredaway. And further saith not. The mark of Jane Good. Sworn, 10 Feb. 1735/6, before us, John Mercer, Peter Elers. Passed to Chiswick.

32. [p.30] Middlesex sessions. The examination of Sarah King, widow, taken upon oath, 13 Mar. 1735/6, before us, Peter Elers and James Cardonnel esqs Who saith that on Monday, 16 Feb. last, she was delivered of a female bastard child in a cottage of Mr Coles in Chelsea Park (baptised and named Anne). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Ash of Chelsea in this county, gardener, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in his dwelling house at Chelsea on Whitsun Tuesday last. And several times after in other places. And this examinant further saith that the said John Ash is the true and only father of the said female bastard child. And further saith not. The mark of Sarah King. Sworn before us this day and year as above, James Cardonnel, Peter Elers.

33. [p.31] Middlesex sessions. John Johnson, labourer, aged about 28 years, born at Chelsea in the county of Middlesex, upon oath saith that about thirteen years since he was bound apprentice for seven years to Joseph Cook of Mills Street, then of the parish of St Martin in the Fields, but now of the parish of St George Hanover Square in the said county, butcher. And that after serving about four years of his said time, his master and he, this examinant, having some words, his indenture was delivered up. And saith that since the time of leaving his said master (who at that time was a housekeeper in the said parish, and paid about £20 per annum rent) [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing, to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge, to gain a legal settlement. And further saith that about four years since he was married to Mary, his wife (aged about 32 years) in the liberty of the Fleet; by whom he has one child now living, named Mary, aged about 3 years. And he is not capable of supporting his said wife and child. And further saith not. John Johnson. Sworn, 27 Mar. 1736, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann. Passed to St George Hanover Square. Brought a certificate from thence.

34. [p.32] Middlesex sessions. The examination of Priscilla Howard, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Edward Lynn, now a servant (as she, this examinant, is informed) to Mr Turner, a seed man, near Durham Yard in the Strand, London. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the month of August last in the dwelling house of Mr Canum in the parish of St George Hanover Square, victualler, near Chelsea. And several times after in the said house, where this examinant and the said Edward Lynn lived fellow servants. And further saith that the said Edward Lynn is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children (when born). And further saith not. The mark of Priscilla Howard. Sworn at Chelsea, 29 Apr. 1736, before me, Peter Elers. Child died in the workhouse.

35. [p.33] Middlesex sessions. Mary Poulton of Chelsea in the said county, widow, upon oath saith that her son Henry Poulton, aged about 41 years, was bound apprentice about 24 years since to one Richard Brown of the parish of Christ Church in the county of Surrey, waterman, for the term of seven years, with whom he continued for the space of about four years and was afterwards turned over to one Mr Samuel Hills of the parish of Lambeth in the said county of Surrey, waterman, with whom he served the remainder of his apprenticeship, being about three years. And further saith that since her said son left the said Samuel Hill he has not rented a house for £10 a year, or done any act or thing (to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. Mary Poulton. Sworn before us, 28 June 1736, Thomas de Veil, Peter Elers. [Henry Poulton] passed to Lambeth in Surrey.

36. [p.34] Middlesex sessions. Catherine Martin, single woman, aged about 19 years, upon oath saith that she was born in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, but now the parish of St John the Evangelist. And that her father, Daniel Martin, deceased, was bound apprentice to one Mr Perry in Wood Street in the said parish of St John the Evangelist, paviour, with whom he served his time (as she, this examinant, is informed). And further saith that since the said servitude of her father she cannot give any account of his renting a house of £10 a year, or paying any parochial taxes, or doing any act or thing (to her knowledge) to gain a settlement elsewhere. And this examinant also saith that she herself has not lived a hired servant a year, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement since her birth. Catherine Martin her mark. Sworn before us, 6 Sept. 1736, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell. Passed to St John the Evangelist.

37. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. James Latham, a pensioner of Chelsea College, maketh oath (to the best of his knowledge and belief) that Cornelius Dowse, a child aged about 2 years, was born in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, in the said county of Middlesex, as appears by a certificate of birth from the register book of the said parish, under the hand of Thomas Wood, the parish clerk. And also saith that the said child is a bastard, and that one Cornelius Dowse in Church Lane by St Anne's Church in the said liberty of Westminster is the reputed father of the said child, and hath paid this examinant for his wife's nursing of the said child at times £2 17s. But the said Dowse now refusing to continue his payments for the said child's nursing, [James Latham] is not capable of maintaining it. The mark of James Latham. Sworn, 22 Sept. 1736, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas Cotton. [Cornelius Dowse] passed to St Margaret, Westminster.

38. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. The examination of Martha Cleasdon, single woman, taken upon oath before us, Peter Elers and Thomas de Veil esqs Who saith that on 8 July last, she was delivered of a male bastard child in the dwelling house of one Mrs Bradgate of Drury Lane, in the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the said county of Middlesex (which is baptised and named Robert Littlejohn). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Richard Littlejohn, who was then servant to Mr Chipperfield of Chelsea in the said county, farrier. Who had carnal knowledge of her body for the first time on or about three years since in the dwelling house of Mr Russell in Chelsea, aforesaid, and several times after in the said house, and other places. And this examinant further saith that the said Richard Littlejohn is the true and only father of the said male bastard child, and further saith not. Martha Cleasdon her mark. Sworn at Chelsea, 4 Oct. 1736, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas de Veil. Passed to St Giles in the Fields. [See 44].

39. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. The examination of Anne Mackenny, single woman, taken upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Who saith that she is pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Francis Ricketts, lately a servant to Mr Large, in Chelsea College. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time about a year since in the dwelling house of Mr Guerney at the sign of the Old George in Chelsea in the said county. And several times after in the said house, where this examinant lived a servant. And further saith that the said Francis Ricketts is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children when born. And further saith not. Anne Mackenny, her mark. Sworn at Chelsea, 5 Oct. 1736, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas de Veil. [See 5].

40. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Elizabeth Mayhow, aged about 40 years (the wife of Samuel Mayhow) upon oath saith that about nineteen years since she was married to her said husband in the island of Jersey, by whom she hath four children living, vizt, Elizabeth, aged about 13 years, Samuel, aged about 11 years, Mary, aged 9 years, and Sarah, aged about 2 years. And saith that her said husband is a soldier in Brigadier General Barrett's Regiment of Foot, now quartered at Edinburgh. And further saith that her said husband was born at Chelsea in the said county Middlesex, and that he has not gained a settlement since by renting [a] house of £10 a year, or paying any parochial taxes, or by living a hired servant a year, or by doing any other act or thing (to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge). And further saith not. The mark of Elizabeth Mayhow. Sworn at Chelsea, 8 Oct. 1736, before me, Peter Elers. Passed to Lambeth in Surrey. Vide, exam of J. Holmes, overleaf [See 41].

41. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. John Holmes of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex upon oath saith that it appears by the register book of the Waterman's Company, London, that on 17 July 1713 Samuel Mayhow was bound an apprentice for seven years to one Elizabeth Beck (by the name of Elizabeth Beck of St Margaret, Westminster, waterman's widow). And that it also appears by the said register book, on 24 Sept. 1714 the said Samuel Mayhow was turned over to one Seth Banford of St Mary, Lambeth in the county of Surrey, waterman, to serve the remainder of his term. Of which a certificate is given under the seal and signed by the clerk of the said company. And further saith not. John Holmes. Sworn at Chelsea, 26 Oct. 1736, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas de Veil. [See 40].

42. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Stephen Coney, husbandman, aged about 44 years, upon oath saith that he was born at Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex. And that on or about 22 years since he, this examinant, lived a servant hired by the year with one John Bond of Brompton in the parish of Kensington, in the said county, where he continued about the space of one year and half, and received his full wages of his said master for this said time after the rate of £7 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that at the time of quitting the said Bond, he married Susannah, his late wife, in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom he hath had four children (one of which only is living, vizt, Richard Coney, aged about 18 years). And further saith that his said son having lately fractured his arm by a cart wheel in Hogmore Lane in the parish of Kensington, aforesaid, and now under the care of a surgeon, [he] is not capable of paying the charge of the cure, or maintaining him without subsistence. And further saith that since he quitted the said service of the said Mr Bond he, this examinant, or his said son has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement. The mark of Stephen Coney. Sworn, 26 Oct. 1736, before us, Thomas de Veil, Peter Elers. [Richard Coney] passed to Kensington.

43. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Jane Purchase, single woman, aged about 21 years upon oath saith that she was born at Battersea in the county of Surrey, and that about four years since she lived a servant hired by the year to Dr Smartt of Chelsea College, where she continued upwards of one year and half, and received her full wages for the said time. The first year £3, and the remainder of time after the rate of £4 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that she has not lived a whole year in any service but the said Dr Smartt since her birth, or done any act or thing, to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge, to gain a settlement. [The mark of] Jane Purchase. Sworn at Chelsea, 2 Nov. 1736, before me, Peter Elers. Came with a pass from Battersea. [See 45].

44. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Martha Cleasdon, single woman, aged about 23 years, born in St George Yard in King Street in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, in the said county of Middlesex, upon oath saith that on 3 Jan. last, twelve month, was she, this examinant, became a hired servant to one Mrs Hunt of the parish of Fulham in the county aforesaid, widow. With whom she continued till the Monday before Lady Day last, being a year and upwards. And [she] received of her said mistress her full wages for the said time (meat, drink, washing and lodging) at the rate of £4 a year. And further saith that since she quitted the said service, [she] has not done any act or thing to gain a settlement. The mark of Martha Cleasdon. Sworn before us, 11 Nov. 1736, Peter Elers, Robert Mann. Passed to Fulham. [See 38].

45. [n.p.] The examination of Jane Purchase, single woman, taken upon oath before us, Peter Elers and William Miller esqs Middlesex, to wit. Who saith that on 1 Dec. last she was delivered of a male bastard child in the workhouse belonging to the parish of Chelsea in the said county, which is baptised and named Andrew Purchase. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Walter Goldsmith of Battersea in the county of Surrey, blacksmith, who had carnal knowledge of her body in or about the month of March last in his dwelling house at Battersea aforesaid, where this examinant lived a hired servant. And at no other time or place. And this examinant further saith that the said Walter Goldsmith is the true and only father of the said male bastard child. And further saith not. The mark of Jane Purchase. Sworn, 25 Jan. 1736/7, before us, Peter Elers, William Miller. [See 43].

46. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Rachel Miles, widow, aged about 34 years, upon oath saith that she was born in Chelsea in the said county, and that on or about sixteen years since was married to her late husband, Michael Miles, at the Tabernacle or Chapel belonging to the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the said county. And that her said husband served his apprenticeship to Mr Robert Abbott, painter, late of Chelsea, deceased. And saith that her said late husband, since such his servitude with Mr Abbott, has only lived in ready furnished lodgings, and has not done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement elsewhere. Rachel Miles. Sworn at Chelsea, 29 Jan. 1736/7, before me, Peter Elers.

47. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. William Fry, single man, aged about 70 years, upon oath saith that he was born in a village called Sandhurst in Berkshire, and that about the year 1683 he was bound apprentice for seven years to one Mr James Herring, in Tuttle Street in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster in the said county, basket maker, with whom he served out his full time and had meat, drink, washing and lodging. And that since the time of serving such his apprenticeship has not done any act or thing to the best of his knowledge to gain a settlement elsewhere. The mark of William Fry. Sworn, 18 June 1737, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas Cotton.

48. [n.p.] The examination of Margaret Maver, single woman, taken upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex, to wit. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children, which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one James Ogilvie, peruke maker, now living at Mrs Harrison's, a peruke maker in St Martin Le Grand in the city of London who had carnal knowledge of her body sometime before Christmas last at the house of Mr Gordon's in New North Street. And several times after in the said house. And further saith that the said James Ogilvie is the true and only father of the said child or children (when born). And further saith not. Margaret Maver. Sworn at Chelsea, 6 Aug. 1737, before me, Peter Elers. [See 54].

49. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Charles Rider, gardener, aged about 40 years, upon oath saith that he was born (as he is informed) at Battersea in the county of Surrey. And that about 25 years since he became a servant hired by the year to one Robert Peek, a baker at Battersea aforesaid, where he continued about the space of 1 year and upwards. And that he received for the said time, at the rate of £5 a year wages, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that since he quitted the said service [he] has not rent[ed] a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. And further saith that about fourteen years since he was married to Mary, his present wife, in the parish church of Battersea, aforesaid. By whom he hath four children living, vizt, Charles, aged about 11 years, William, aged about 4 years, Anne, aged about 2 years, and [blank], an infant aged about [blank] months. And also saith that being out of business, [he] is not capable of supporting his said family without relief. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank] Aug. 1737, before us, [blank]. [See 65, 82, 230, 243].

50. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Isabella Askin, alias Willett, widow, aged about 34 years, born at Kington in Herefordshire, upon oath saith that about thirteen years since she was married to one Henry Askin, saddler, deceased, in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom she hath one child now living, named Elizabeth, aged about 11 years. And saith that at the time she married the said Askin, he had a wife and child unknown to her. And also saith that about 2 years since she quitted the service of one Mrs Brown, a widow in Tuttle Street in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster in the said county, with whom she lived upwards of a year and received of her said mistress at the rate of £4 per annum, wages, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And further saith that since she quitted the said service [she] has not done any act or thing, to the best of [her] knowledge, to gain a settlement elsewhere. The mark of Isabella Askin. Sworn, 20 Aug. 1737, before us, Peter Elers, James Cardonnel.

51. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Anne Wiatt, widow, aged about 57 years, born at Brompton in the parish of Kensington in the county of Middlesex, upon oath saith that 32 years since she was married to John Wiatt, her late husband, deceased, in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom she hath one son living, named John, aged about 22 years. And saith that her said husband (as she, this examinant, hath been informed) before her marriage with him, lived a hired servant by the year to one Robert Severe of Brompton, in the parish of Kensington aforesaid, gardener, and that he continued in the said service a year and upwards. And this examinant further saith that since such her marriage, her said late husband, or this examinant has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. The mark of Ann Wiatt. Sworn, 29 Aug. 1737, before us, Peter Elers, James Cardonnel. [See 52].

52. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Edward Woodhouse of the parish of Kensington in the county of Middlesex, gardener, upon oath saith that John Wiatt, gardener, deceased, about 36 years since became a servant hired by the year to one Robert Severe of Brompton in the parish of Kensington aforesaid, gardener, with whom he continued the space of a full year and quarter (being at the time impressed into the sea service). And that he received of his said master for the said time his full wages, at the rate of £5 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And this examinant saith that he lived at the same time a fellow servant with the said John Wiatt. Edward Woodhouse. Sworn, 29 Aug. 1737, before us, Peter Elers, James Cardonnel. [See 51].

53. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Elizabeth Bracett, single woman, aged about 36 years, upon oath saith that she was born in the hamlet of Hammersmith in the parish of Fulham in the county of Middlesex aforesaid. And that her father (John Bracett, gardener) about 15 years since quitted a house and about seven acres of land which he had rented in the said hamlet for ... about the space of 30 years, and paid parochial taxes for the same. And this examinant also saith that since the time of her living with her father, [she] has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement elsewhere. The mark of Elizabeth Bracett. Sworn, 8 Oct. 1737, before us, James Cardonnel, Peter Elers.

54. [n.p.] The examination of Margaret Maver, single woman, taken upon oath before us, [blank] esqs Middlesex, to wit. Who saith that on 9 Sept. last she was delivered of a female bastard child in the workhouse belonging to the parish of Chelsea in the said county, which is baptised and named Elizabeth [blank]. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one James Ogilvie, peruke maker, now or lately living at Mr Harrison's, a peruke maker in St Martin Le Grande in the liberty of the Westminster in the said county. Who had carnal knowledge of her body some short time before Christmas last, in the house of Mr Gordon's, in New North Street and several times after in the said house. And this examinant further saith that the said James Ogilvie is the true and only father of the said child. And further saith not. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank] Nov. 1737, before us, [blank]. [See 48].

55. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Edward Griffith, aged about 88 years, born at a place called Oswestry in Shropshire, upon oath saith that about 70 years since he, this examinant, was bound an apprentice for 7 years to one John Parry, a tailor, who then lived near the Axe and Gate in Aldermanbury, in the parish of St Mary Aldermanbury, London, with whom he continued and served 4 years and upwards (at which time his said master died). And about 2 years after the death of his said master he, this examinant, rented a house in Grubstreet in the parish of St Giles Cripplegate, London, for the space of eight years and upwards, and paid £8 per annum rent for the same and all parochial taxes. And saith that since he quitted the said house, [he] has not rented any other house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. And this examinant further saith that about 8 years since he married Anne, his present wife, aged about 40 years, in the liberty of the Fleet. And further saith not. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank] Dec. 1737, before us, [blank]. He has a son-in-law in Grubstreet in Maidenhead Court, named Minton Bayley.

56. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Robert Hardy, labourer, aged about 33 years, upon oath saith that seven years since he lived a servant hired by the year with one Mr John Akerman at the corner of Birchin Lane in the parish of St Michael Cornhill, London, cheyney man, where he continued and served for the space of two years and upwards, and received of his said master his full wages for the said time (one part of the time at the rate of £5 a year, and the other part of the time upwards of £5 a year) meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that since he quitted the service of the said Mr Akerman, [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid parochial taxes, or done any act or thing to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. And further saith that about 6 years since he was married to Mary, his wife, in the liberty of the Fleet, London, by whom he hath two children living, vizt, William, aged about 5 years, and Joseph, an infant, aged about 2 months. And also saith that being afflicted with the rheumatism, [he] has not been able to work for a considerable time past to support his family, and that they cannot subsist without relief. The mark of Robert Hardy. Sworn, 21 Jan. 1737/8, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

57. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Susanna Garlick, aged about 46 years (the wife of John Garlick, butcher) upon oath saith that on 18 Dec. 1723 she was married in the liberty of the Fleet to her said husband (John Garlick) by whom she has one child living named Sarah Garlick, aged about seven years. And saith that her said husband before her marriage was bound an apprentice for seven years to one Thomas Livintharp, a butcher in Hungerford Market in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the said county of Middlesex, with whom he continued and served between 3 and 4 years of his time and then went to sea. And this examinant further saith that since marriage her said husband has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement elsewhere. And also saith that her said husband having absconded and left her for about a 12 month past, and [she] being very lame and infirm, [is] not capable of subsisting herself and child without relief. Susanna Garlick. Sworn, 6 Feb. 1737/8, before us, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell.

58. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Mary Jones, aged about 41 years (the wife of Daniel Jones, a gardener), upon oath saith that about 7 years since she, this examinant, was married to her said husband in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom she hath had three children, all living, vizt, Edward Jones, aged about 5 years, Bartholomew Daniel Jones, aged about 3 years, and Hester Jones an infant aged about 15 weeks. And saith that her said husband, about 15 or 16 years ago (which was before he married) lived a servant hired by the year to one Alexander Brand, a gardener at Brompton in the parish of Kensington in the county of Middlesex aforesaid, and continued in the said service for the space of one whole year and upwards, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And also saith that since her said husband quitted the said service of Mr Brand, [he] has not rented a house for £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of this examinant's knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. Mary Jones. Sworn, 28 Feb. 1737/8, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

59. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Martha Ratcliff, single woman, aged about 69 years, born at Hendon in the said county of Middlesex, upon oath saith that about 26 years ago she became a hired servant by the year to one Mr Samuel Clark (afterwards Sir Samuel), merchant, in Mincing Lane in the parish of St Dunstan in the East, London, where she continued and served as cook for the space of 1 year and half, and received her full wages for the said time at the rate of £5 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that since she quitted the said service [she] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. Martha Ratcliff. Sworn, 20 May 1738, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

60. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. June Davies, the wife of John Davies, fisherman, maketh oath that she, this examinant, was married about two years since to her said husband in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom she hath two children, both living: vizt, Elizabeth Davies, aged about 15 months, and Anne Davies, aged about 11 weeks. And saith that her said husband was bound out an apprentice by the parish of St George Hanover Square in the said county to William Pearce of the parish of Chiswick in the said county, fisherman (as appears by the counterpart of his indenture). And further saith that since she, this examinant has been married, her said husband has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement since the time he quitted and left his said Master, William Pearce at Chiswick. And also saith that her said husband being entered in the sea service is not capable of supporting herself and the said two children without relief. Jane Davies, her mark. Sworn, 31 August 1738, before us, Peter Elers, George Abbott. Passed to Chiswick.

61. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Mary Milliard, the wife of William Milliard, waterman, upon oath saith that on 2 July last, was twelve month, she was married to her said husband in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom she has one child now living, named William Milliard, aged about 14 weeks. And saith that her said husband has also a child by Anne Milliard, his first wife (named also Anne Milliard), aged about 7 years. And also saith that it appears by an indenture of the Waterman's Company, bearing date 20 Sept. 1723, that her said husband (William Milliard) was bound apprentice to Charles Roberts of the parish of Barnes in the county of Surrey, waterman, for seven years. And it also appears by an endorsement on the said indenture, bearing the date 8 March 1727 (his said master, Charles Roberts, being dead), that he was turned over to Robert Parker of the parish of Ealing in the said county of Middlesex, waterman, with whom he continued and served out the remainder of his time. And this examinant further saith that since the time of her said marriage, her said husband has not rented a house for £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement since his apprenticeship. Mary Milliard, her mark. Sworn, 4 Sept. 1738, before us, Peter Elers, George Abbott. Passed to Ealing. [See 95].

62. [n.p.] The examination of Elizabeth Bicknall, single woman, taken voluntary upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex, to wit. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Boulton the younger who lives with his father, Mr John Boulton of Chelsea in the said county, attorney, who had carnal knowledge of her body in the month of April last in the dwelling house of his said father, where this examinant then lived a servant. And several times after in the said house and once at Kennington in the said county. And saith that the said John Boulton the younger is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children (when born). And further saith not. The mark of Elizabeth Bicknall. Sworn at Chelsea, 13 Jan. 1738/9, before me, Peter Elers.

63. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. John Acco, aged about 34 years, born at Navestock in the county of Essex, upon oath saith that about 22 years since he, this examinant, was bound apprentice to Mr Henry Bayley, vintner, deceased (who then kept the St Paul's Head Tavern, gill-house, in Laurence Lane in the parish of St. Mary Le Bow, in Cheapside, London), for the term of seven years, with whom he continued and served his full time of apprenticeship. And that about 5 months after he, this examinant, was out of his time, he married to Catherine, his present wife (who is now in service), by whom he hath only one child, since dead. And saith that since the time of his apprenticeship, [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement. The mark of John Acco. Sworn, 29 March 1739, before us, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell.

64. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Charles Larchin, one of the churchwardens of the parish of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex, saith upon oath that he, this examinant, when overseer of the poor of the said parish in the year 1730, delivered up Anne Alfree, single woman, with an order, or pass warrant, date[d] 4 Nov. 1730, under the hands and seals of James Cardonnel and Jobson Webster esqs to one Mr John Wilson, then churchwarden of the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the said county, who accepted the said order and received the said Ann Alfree into his care. And the said Anne Alfree (who is now a lunatic), having been for a long time returned to the said parish of Chelsea, is again likely to become chargeable thereto. And further saith that since the time the said Anne Alfree was passed to the said parish of St Giles in the Fields as aforesaid, she the said Alfree, has not rented a house of £10 a year, or done any act or thing, to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge, to gain a settlement elsewhere. Charles Larchin. Sworn, 30 April 1739, before us, Peter Elers, Michael Margettson.

65. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Mary Rider, widow, aged about 80 years, born near Stourbridge in Worcestershire, upon oath saith that about 60 years since she, this examinant, was married to William Rider, her late husband, at the parish church of St George in the borough of Southwark, by whom she hath had five children, three of which are now living, vizt, William Rider, aged about 45 years, Charles Rider, aged about 43 years, and Emanuel Rider, aged about 42 years. And saith that her said husband before marriage lived a servant hired by the year to one Mr Pedder, a farmer at Battersea in the county of Surrey, with whom he continued and served for the space of four years and upwards at the rate of £7 a year wages, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And further saith that since the time of this examinant's marriage with her said husband they have not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of this examinant's knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. The mark of Mary Rider. Sworn, 24 July 1739, before us, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell. [See 49, 82, 230, 243].

66. [n.p.] The examination of Elizabeth Barham, single woman, taken voluntary upon oath before us, Pater Elers and Richard Farwell esqs. Middlesex, To wit. Who saith that on 5 Aug. she, this examinant, was delivered of a male bastard child in the dwelling house of Peter Jones near the horse ferry at Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex, waterman, which is baptised and named George. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one George Guilford, an apothecary, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time a little while before Christmas last in the dwelling house of Mr Potts, an apothecary, then at Chelsea aforesaid, where the said George Guilford and this examinant lived fellow servants. And at several times after in the said house. And this examinant further saith that the said George Guilford is the true father of the said child. And further saith not. Elizabeth Barham. Sworn, 29 Aug. 1739, before us, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell.

67. [n.p.] The examination of Mary King, single woman, taken voluntary upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex, to wit. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children, which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Evan Muspratt, servant to Mrs Carey of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex aforesaid. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time on Thursday night in Easter week last, in the dwelling house of the said Mrs Carey (where this examinant now lives fellow servant with the said Evan Muspratt). And that he had carnal knowledge of her body twice after in the said house. And this examinant also saith that the said Evan Muspratt is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children (when born). And further saith not. The mark of Mary King. Sworn at Chelsea, 10 Oct. 1739, before me, Peter Elers.

68. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Thomas Hathaway, mariner, aged about 33 years, born at Walham Green in the parish of Fulham in the county of Middlesex, upon oath saith that about nine years since he, this examinant, was married to Frances, his present wife, in the liberty of the Fleet in London; by whom he hath three children now living, vizt. Frances Hathaway, aged about 7 years, Thomas, aged about 4 years, and Mary, an infant, aged about 3 months. And saith that about seventeen years since he lived a servant hired by the year with one William Clark of Earls Court in the parish of Kensington in the said county, farmer, where he continued and served about three years. And from thence he became a servant hired by the year to one William Burchett jr of North End in the parish of Fulham in the county of Middlesex aforesaid, farmer, where he continued and served about the space of one year and three quarters, and received of his master his full wages for the said time (at the rate of £8 10s. a year) meat, drink, washing and lodging. And further saith that since the time he quitted the said service of Mr Burchett he has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. Thomas Hathaway. Sworn, 15 Oct. 1739, before us, George Tarry, Peter Elers.

69. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Catherine Trussell (the wife of Charles Trussell, gardener), aged about 23 years, upon oath saith that about 5 years since she, this examinant, was married to her said husband at the parish church of St Bridgette alias St Bride, London, by whom she hath two children now living, vizt, John Trussell, aged about 4 years, and Mary Trussell, aged about 2 years. Both born in the parish of Fulham in the county of Middlesex aforesaid. And saith that her said husband's father and mother (as she has heard and been informed) lived in the said parish of Fulham many years and paid all parochial taxes there. And that her said husband was born in the said parish of Fulham and bred up to the business of a gardener there. And further saith that her said husband both before and since marriage (to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge and belief) has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing to gain a settlement since he lived at Fulham as aforesaid. Catherine Trussell, her mark. Sworn, 22 Oct. 1739, before us, William Morice, Peter Elers.

70. [n.p] Middlesex, to wit. Edward Arding of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex, shoemaker, maketh oath that it appears by a certificate dated 20 Apr. 1736 under the hand of one Edward Ashwell, minister, that John Andrews was married to this examinant's daughter, Elizabeth Andrews, in the liberty of the Fleet, London. And his said daughter hath one child now living by her said husband, named Mary, aged about 2 years and half. And this examinant also saith that it appears by an indenture bearing date 29 Dec. 1731 that the said John Andrews was bound apprentice for seven years to his father, John Andrews, late of Kensington in the said county of Middlesex, plumber. And this examinant further saith and believes that the said John Andrews since the time of being bound an apprentice as aforesaid, has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge) to gain a settlement. Edward Arding. Sworn, 9 Nov. 1739, before us, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell.

71. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. John Hooper, tailor, aged about 54 years, born near Exeter in Devon, upon oath saith that about fifteen years since he, this examinant, rented a house in Axe Yard in the parish of St Margarets in the liberty of Westminster in the said county of Middlesex, where he continued about seven years and paid £12 per annum rent for the same, and all parochial taxes. And saith that since the time of quitting the said house he, this examinant, has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing whereby to gain a settlement (to the best of his knowledge) elsewhere. John Hooper. Sworn, 19 Nov. 1739, before us, William Morice, Peter Elers.

72. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Hester Cooke, aged about 30 years, the wife of John Cooke, waterman, upon oath saith that she, this examinant, was married about eleven years since to her said husband, John Cooke, in the liberty of the Fleet, London, by whom she hath five children all living; vizt, William, aged about 9 years, Mary, aged about 7 years, John, aged about 5 years, Hester, aged about 3 years, and Edward, an infant aged about 13 months. And saith that her said husband (as she, this examinant, has been informed) about nineteen years since was bound apprentice for seven years to one Thomas Layton of the hamlet of Kew in the parish of Richmond in the county of Surrey, waterman. With whom he continued and served his time, excepting the two last years which was on board one of his late Majesty's ships. And this examinant further saith that since the time of her marriage her said husband has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing, to the best of this examinant's knowledge, to gain a settlement. The mark of Hester Cooke. Sworn, 4 Dec. 1739, before us, Peter Elers, William Miller.

73. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Elizabeth Mitchell maketh oath that her sister, Judith Brooks, single woman (a lunatic), aged about 32 years, lived a servant hired by the year with one Mrs Eggelsfield in Delahaye Street in the parish of St Margaret in the liberty of Westminster in the county of Middlesex aforesaid about thirteen years since. Where she continued and served a year and upwards, and received her full wages of her said mistress for the said time at the rate of £5 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that since the time of such her said sister's living a yearly servant, her said sister (Judith Brooks) has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of this examinant's knowledge) to gain a settlement. The mark of Elizabeth Mitchell. Sworn, 6 Dec. 1739, before us, Peter Elers, William Miller.

74. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Elizabeth Ellis, widow, taken upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex, to wit. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children, which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Richard Spragg, now a carter living with one Mr Randall at Uxbridge in the county of Middlesex aforesaid. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in a barn opposite to the sign of the Hogs Brought to a Fair Market at a place called Shepherds Bush near Acton in Middlesex aforesaid, and several times after in the said barn. And this examinant also saith that the said Richard Spragg is the true and only father of the said child or children (when born). And further saith not. The mark of Elizabeth Ellis. Sworn at Chelsea, 6 Dec. 1739, before me, Peter Elers.

75. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Ruth Dobson, aged about 26 years, the wife of George Dobson, upon oath says that she, this examinant, was married to her said husband in Jan. 1732 at the parish church of St Brides, London. And says that in the year 1733 her said husband rented a house in King Street in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, at the rate of £20 (and upwards) rent a year. Where they continued about three quarters of a year. And says that she believes her said husband paid the parochial taxes for the said house. And further says that since her said husband quitted the said house [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or done any act or thing (to her knowledge) to gain a settlement. Ruth Dobson. Sworn, 24 Dec. 1739, before us, Peter Elers, George Abbott. Passed.

76. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Elizabeth Bevin, aged about 32 years, the wife of George Bevin, upon oath saith that about nine years since she, this examinant, was married to her said husband in the liberty of the Fleet in the city of London, by whom she hath had eight children, four of whom are living; vizt, George, aged about 8 years, Evan, aged about 4 years, Mary, about 2 years, and Elizabeth, aged about 15 months. And saith that her said husband (as she, this examinant, has been informed) was bound an apprentice about 20 years since to one James Patterson, a shoemaker, who then lived at the sign of the White Horse and Horseshoe in Queen Street in a place called the Mint in the parish of St George in the borough of Southwark in the county of Surrey, for seven years. With whom he continued and served four years of his apprenticeship. And this examinant further saith that she has been informed that her said husband, since the time of his being an apprentice, has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement. Elizabeth Bevin, her mark. Sworn, 24 Dec. 1739, before us, Peter Elers, George Abbott. Passed.

77. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Thomas Davis, aged about 50 years, upon oath saith that about 33 years ago he, this examinant, was bound apprentice for seven years to one John Rogers, the beadle of the Company of Joiners in the city of London, and was soon turned over as an apprentice to James Spikeman of the parish St Gregory by St Paul's, London, caner of chairs, with whom he continued and served seven years. And saith that since the time of serving his apprenticeship he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. And further saith that about 20 years ago he married Anne, his present wife, in the liberty of the Fleet by whom he hath had ten Children, of which six are living; vizt, Aramena, aged about 15 years, Mary, aged about 11 years, Anne, aged about 9 years, Thomas, aged about 7 years, Jane, aged about 5 years, and Elinor, an infant, aged about 1 year. Thomas Davis. Sworn, 21 Jan. 1739/40, before us, Peter Elers, George Abbott. Passed to St Gregory by St Paul's.

78. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Stephen Pewsey, labourer, aged about 28 years, upon oath says that about twelve years ago he, this examinant, was bound apprentice to one Edward Pinner of the parish of Richmond in the county of Surrey, waterman, with whom he continued and served about four years of his time, and was then discharged by his master. And saith that about seven years since he married Anne, his present wife, in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom he hath three children now living; vizt, Anne, aged about six years, Elizabeth, aged about 3 years, and Stephen, an infant, aged about 7 months. And also saith that since the time of serving part of his apprenticeship as aforesaid [he] has not rented a house for £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing, to the best of his knowledge, whereby to gain a settlement. Stephen Pewsey, his mark. Sworn, 1 Feb. 1739/40, before us, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell. Passed the parish of Richmond.

79. [n.p] Middlesex, to wit. William Young, gardener, aged about 60 years, born in Scotland, upon oath says that about 24 years ago he, this examinant, lived a servant hired by the year with one Mr Mayheau of Wandsworth in the county of Surrey, merchant, in the station of a gardener, with whom he continued and served two years, and received his full wages for the said time at the rate of £11 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that soon after he quitted the said service of Mr Mayheau's, he married his late wife (Jane) who is dead. And further says that since such the time of living a hired servant by the year as a aforesaid [he] has not rented a house for £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to his knowledge) to gain a settlement. William Young. Sworn, 5 Feb. 1739/40, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas de Veil. Passed to Wandsworth.

80. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Anne Ross, the wife of Alexander Ross, deceased, aged about 67 years, born at Chelsea in the county of Middlesex, upon oath saith that about 38 years ago she was married to her said husband (Alexander Ross) at the chapel in the Fleet Prison. And saith that her said husband was an out pensioner of Chelsea College at the time she, this examinant, married him, and was so till he died. And this examinant further saith that her said late husband was a Scotsman, and was a soldier in the late wars in Flanders before he was admitted an out pensioner as aforesaid. And that she does not know he ever rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement since he left Scotland. The mark of Anne Ross. Sworn, 25 Feb. 1739/40, before me, Peter Elers.

81. [n.p] The examination of Honor Harris, single woman, taken voluntary upon oath before us, Peter Elers and Robert Mann esqs Middlesex, to wit. Who saith that on 6 Feb. last she was delivered of a male bastard child in the dwelling house of John Gordon, a carpenter, in Chelsea, which is baptised and named John. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Thompson, late of Chelsea aforesaid, who had carnal knowledge the first time in or about the month of May last in the dwelling house of the late Mr Wachter in Chelsea aforesaid, and several times after in the said house, where this examinant lived fellow servants with the said John Thompson. And this examinant further saith that the said John Thompson is the true and only father of the said child. And further saith not. Honor Harris. Sworn at Chelsea, 15 Mar. 1739/40, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

82. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Charles Rider, gardener, aged about 40 years, born at Battersea in the county of Surrey, upon oath saith that about 27 years since he, this examinant, became a servant hired by the year to Robert Peek, a baker of Battersea aforesaid, with whom he continued and served one year and upwards, and received for the said time of his said master at the rate of £5 a year wages, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that since he quitted the said service of Mr Peek [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And further saith that about seventeen years ago he, this examinant, was married to Mary, his present wife, at the parish of Battersea aforesaid, by whom he hath three children now living; vizt, Charles, aged about 14 years, William, aged about 6 years, and Anne, aged about 4 years. Charles Rider. Sworn, 17 Mar. 1739/40, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann. [See 49, 65, 230, 243].

83. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. James Mackall of the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the county of Middlesex, leather clog maker, upon oath saith that Mary Mackall, an infant, aged about 6 months, the daughter of David Mackall by Sarah Mackall his late wife, was born in Plumtree Court in the parish of St Andrews Holborn Below the Bars, London. And saith that the said David Mackall, the father of the said child, before marriage, lived a servant hired by the year to one Mr Archer of the said parish of St Andrew Holborn Above the Bars for about the space of seven years. And also saith that the said David Mackall (who is the brother of this examinant) is gone to sea and left his said child unprovided for. James Mackall. Sworn, 4 July 1740, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas de Veil. Passed to St Andrew Holborn Above the Bars.

84. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Mary White, widow, aged about 47 years, upon oath saith that about 25 years since she, this examinant, was married to her late husband (Thomas White, who has been dead about three years) at Bath in Somerset. By whom she hath had two children, one is living, being a daughter & married. And saith that her husband was bound apprentice by the parish officers of Lewis in Sussex to one William Danks of the parish of St John at Wapping in the said county of Middlesex, anchorsmith. With whom he continued and served ten years. And further saith that since the time her said husband served the said William Danks as aforesaid, he has not done any act or thing (to the best of this examinant's knowledge) to gain a settlement elsewhere. Mary White. Sworn, 18 Aug. 1740, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann. Passed to St John at Wapping.

85. [n.p] Middlesex, to wit. John Littlefoot, gardener, aged about 40 years, born at Willey in Shropshire, upon oath saith that about eleven years since this examinant left the service of one Mr [blank] Pace who keeps livery stables at the sign of the Green Man in Coleman Street, being in the parish of St Stephen Coleman Street, London. Where he continued and served for the space of about ten years in the station of a horse keeper, and received of his master for the said time his full wages, at the rate of £2 10s. a year, meat, drink and lodging. And saith that about nine years ago he married Mary, his late wife, at the parish church of St George Hanover Square in the said county, by whom he hath two children living; vizt, John, aged about 8 years, and Anne, aged about 5 years. And also saith that since he quitted the service of the said Mr Pace [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement elsewhere. And this examinant further saith that being afflicted with the rheumatism in one of his hands [he] is not able to work to maintain and support his said family. John Littlefoot, his mark. Sworn, 22 Sept. 1740, Peter Elers, Thomas de Veil. Passed to the parish of St Stephen Coleman Street, London. [See 244].

86. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Richard Boshur, husbandman, aged about 53 years, born at Cholsey near Abingdon in Berkshire, upon oath saith that about 26 years ago he quitted the service of one Mrs Onslow who then lived in a house of Mr William Burchett's at Little Chelsea, being in the parish of Chelsea in the said county, with whom he continued and served in the station of a coachman for the space of two years. And [he] received his wages for the said time at the rate of £6 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that about a quarter of a year after he quitted the said service he married Fruzan, his present wife, in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom he hath one daughter living named Jenny, aged about 16 years. And further saith that since the time of his quitting the said service of Mrs Onslow, [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any other act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement elsewhere. Richard Boshur [his mark]. Sworn, 29 Sept. 1740, before us, Peter Elers, James Cardonnel. A certificate granted the parish of Dorking [in] the county of Surrey.

87. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Robert Richardson, fisherman, aged about 36 years, borne at Lambeth in the county of Surrey, upon oath saith that about seventeen years ago he, this examinant, was bound apprentice for seven years to one James Searing of Chelsea in the said county, fisherman (who was at the same time, as this examinant hath heard, a certificate man from the parish of Chiswick in the said county). With whom he continued and served his full term of apprenticeship. And saith that about six years ago he was married to Judith, his present wife, in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom he hath two children living; vizt, Robert, aged about 5 years, and James, an infant, aged about 15 months. And further saith that since the time of his birth he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. Robert Richmond, his mark. Sworn, 3 Nov. 1740, before us, Peter Elers, William Morice.

88. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Mary Kimberly, single woman, aged about 40 years, born at Kensington in the said county, upon oath saith that she, this examinant, about seventeen years ago became a servant hired by the year to one Mr Francis Sawle, a woollen draper in the Strand (then in the parish of St Mary Savoy, and now the parish of St Mary Le Strand in the said county of Middlesex). With whom she continued and served for the space of seven years, and received her full wages for the said time; vizt, the first two years at £4 per annum, and the remainder of the time at the rate of £5 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that since the time of quitting the said service of Mr Sawle [she] has not lived a year in service, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge) to gain settlement elsewhere. Mary Kimberly, her mark. Sworn, 17 Nov. 1740, before us, Peter Elers, William Morice.

89. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Mary Drew, single woman, taken upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex, to wit. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children, which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Cord, gentleman, who is a housekeeper in Church Lane in Chelsea in the said county (where this examinant lived a hired servant). Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the month of July last in the dwelling house of the said John Cord in Church Lane aforesaid, and several times after in the said house. And this examinant further saith that the said John Cord is the true and only father of the said child or children (when born). And further saith not. Mary Drew. Sworn at Chelsea, 12 Dec. 1740, before me, Peter Elers.

90. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Joseph Northest, weaver, aged about 63 years, born at the Castle of Ballikilcaven in Queen's county in Ireland, upon oath saith that he, this examinant, was bound an apprentice to his father, William Northest, weaver, who then lived at a place called Dardistown about 24 miles from Dublin in Ireland, with whom he continued and served his full time. And that soon after he had served his apprenticeship he married Rebecca, his first wife, in Ireland, and that about 5 years after such his marriage he entered himself for a soldier and is now an in pensioner of Chelsea College. And this examinant also saith that his said father (as he hath heard and been informed) was born in the town of Stafford in Staffordshire and that he served his apprenticeship there. And this examinant also saith that about nine years since he married Catherine, his present wife, at the Fleet, by whom he hath two children living; vizt, John, aged about 4 years, and Edith, aged about 2 years. And that at the time he married his said last wife he was a hired servant to one Captain Trigeer, who then was a housekeeper in Chelsea where he lived upwards of a year and received £4 per annum wages. And this examinant further saith that since the time of serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid [he] has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. Joseph Northest, his mark. Sworn, 29 Dec. 1740, before me, Peter Elers.

91. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Mary Obrian, widow, aged about 40 years, upon oath saith that about eight years ago she, this examinant, was married at Ludgate Church, London, to her late husband, Thomas Obrian, by whom she hath had two children, both living; vizt, Jenny, aged near 7 years, and Elizabeth, aged about 4 years. And saith that her said late husband, about four years since, rented a house of £11 a year at Walham Green in the parish of Fulham in the county of Middlesex where he followed his trade of a smith and farrier for the space of five years and upwards, and paid all parochial taxes there. And also saith that since the time of his quitting the said house she, this examinant (nor her said late husband), has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. Mary Obrian. Sworn, 29 Jan. 1740/1, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann. Passed to Fulham.

92. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Mordecai Moulslow (by trade a tobacconist), aged about 41 years, born near Portsmouth in Hampshire, upon oath saith that about 24 years ago he, this examinant, was bound an apprentice to one Mr John Sparkes of the parish St Giles Crippegate, London, with whom he continued and served seven years. And saith that since the time of serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid, he has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And this examinant also saith that about fourteen years ago he married Mary, his second wife (deceased), in the liberty of the Fleet, London, by whom he hath one child living named Henry, aged about 8 years. And further saith that about six years ago he married Anne, his present wife, in the liberty of the Fleet aforesaid. By whom he hath also two children; vizt, Jane, aged about 5 years, and Hammand, aged about 2 years. And saith that he being afflicted with sickness and almost blind is not capable to work to support his said family, who are also in a deplorable condition. Mordecai Moulslow. Sworn, 29 Jan. 1740/1, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann. Passed to St Giles Cripplegate, London.

93. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. John Drew, sawyer, aged about 59 years, born at Westerham in the county of Kent, upon oath saith that about 22 years ago he, this examinant, married Elizabeth, his last wife, by whom he hath one child living named Jane, aged about 10 years. And saith that about 37 years ago, which was before he married his first wife, he lived a servant hired by the year with William Hooker of the parish of Greenwich in the said county of Kent, esquire, in the station of groom. With whom he continued and served one whole year and upwards, and received of his said master his full wages for this said time at the rate of 50s. a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that his said master kept another house in Boswell Court in the parish of St Clement Danes in the said county of Middlesex. But [he] was discharged by his said master at Greenwich aforesaid, where he, this examinant, had resided more than the last 40 days. And this examinant also saith that since he quitted the said service of Mr Hooker's, he has not lived a hired servant, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. John Drew, his mark. Sworn, 10 Feb. 1740/1, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann. Passed to Greenwich in Kent.

94. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Richard Boozes, labourer, aged about 40 years, born in the parish of Epping in the county of Essex, upon oath saith that he lived in the said parish of Epping for 20 years and upwards, and that from the time of his birth and quitting the said parish, he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. Richard Boozes. Sworn, 30 Jan. 1740/1, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann. Passed to Epping.

95. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Mary Milliard, the widow of William Milliard, waterman, deceased, maketh oath that in and about the month of Sept. 1738 she, this examinant, and two children were removed by an order under the hands and seals of two of His Majesty's justices of the peace for the said county of Middlesex from the parish of Chelsea to the parish of Ealing in the said county as the place of their legal settlement. And saith that since the time of such her removal she has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement elsewhere. And this examinant also saith that she hath one child by her said late husband now living, named Maria Milliard, aged about 1 year. Mary Milliard, her mark. Sworn, 16 Mar. 1740/1, before us, Peter Elers. [See 61].

96. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Mary Steward, single woman, taken upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex sessions. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Pink, gardener to the Right Honourable the Lady King, at Ockham Mill in the county of Surrey (where this examinant lived a hired servant). Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the month of September last in the tool house in the garden belonging to the said Lady King at Ockham aforesaid, and several times after in other places. And this examinant further saith that the said John Pink is the true and only father of the said child or children (when borne). And further saith not. Mary Steward, her mark. Sworn at Chelsea, 17 Mar. 1740/1, before me, Peter Elers.

97. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Anne Everson, widow, aged about 55 years, born at a place called West Felton in Shropshire, upon oath saith that about 37 years ago she, this examinant, was married to her late husband, Joseph Everson, gardener, deceased, at one of the parish churches in the town of Shrewsbury in Shropshire aforesaid (but cannot remember the name of the church). And saith that she hath heard that her said late husband served his apprenticeship to his uncle, Samuel Chapman, at a place called (as she, this examinant, says) Abby-Foregate in Shrewsbury aforesaid, but does not know neither the name of the parish Abby-Foregate is in. And also saith that since the time of her being married, he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing whereby to gain a settlement. Only says that she hath lived in Chelsea as a inmate for upwards of 30 years. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank], before me, [blank].

98. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Isaac Webb, by trade a basket maker, aged about 33 years, born at Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex, upon oath saith that on or about 9 July 1722 he, this examinant, was bound an apprentice to one Samuel Field of the parish of Kensington in the said county, basket maker, for the term of seven years, with whom he continued and served his full time of apprenticeship. And saith that about six years ago he, this examinant, was married to Mary, his present wife, at the parish church of St Martin in the Fields in the said county, by whom he hath two children living; vizt, John, aged about 5 years, and Elizabeth, an infant, aged about 7 weeks. And saith that since the time of serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any other act or thing (to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement elsewhere. And further saith that his said wife being now lunatic, [he] is not capable to support his said family without relief. Isaac Webb. Sworn, 28 May 1741, before us, Peter Elers, George Howard. Passed to Kensington.

99. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Edward Crook of the parish of Harlington in the county of Middlesex aforesaid, husbandman, maketh oath that his brother-in-law, John Jennings, lately deceased, was a housekeeper in the parish of Dinton in the county of Buckinghamshire for about the space of 20 years, and was by trade a weaver and shopkeeper in the said town. And saith that since the said John Jennings lived a housekeeper at Dinton aforesaid he, this examinant, does not know that he ever rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any other act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. And this examinant also saith that the said John Jennings has left two children by Sarah, his late wife; vizt, Mary Jennings, aged about 10 years, and Christopher Jennings, aged about 6 years. Both born in the said parish of Dinton in the county of Buckinghamshire. And further saith not. Edward Crook, his mark. Sworn, 9 June 1741, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

100. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Sarah Gilbert, widow, aged about 30 years, born at Islington in the said county, upon oath saith that about eleven years since she, this examinant, was married to her late husband, William Gilbert, at the parish church of St George, Southwark. And that she hath four children by her said late husband living; vizt, William and Susannah (twins), aged about 10 years, Sarah, aged about 4 years, and John James Gilbert, an infant, aged about 5 months. And this examinant also saith that her said late husband was born (as she hath been informed) in the parish of Fulham in the said county and that the father of this examinant's husband was a housekeeper in the said parish of Fulham for many years and paid parochial taxes there. And further saith that her said late husband followed the business of brick making and sometimes a chairman, but does not know that he ever rented a house for £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any other act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement since the time of his birth. The mark of Sarah Gilbert. Sworn, 27 June 1741, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Vincent.

101. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Anne Coxon, the wife of William Coxon, shoemaker, upon oath saith that about nineteen years ago she, this examinant, was married to her said husband at Northampton, by whom she hath two children living; vizt, Mary, aged about 17 years, now at service, and Richard, aged about 14 years, who is employed (this examinant says) below bridge at work. And says that it appears by an indenture bearing date 18 Jan. 1716/7, that her said husband was bound apprentice to one Francis Arthur of the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the said county of Middlesex, cordwainer, for the term of seven years. And that by an endorsement thereon, bearing the date on or about 9 Mar. 1720/1, the said Francis Arthur turned over the said William Coxon, his said apprentice, to his son, John Arthur, who lived in the said parish of St Giles in the Fields for the remainder of his term of apprenticeship. And this examinant further saith that her said husband is gone to sea. And she having been afflicted with illness and being very lame [she] is not capable to subsist without relief. The mark of Anne Coxon. Sworn, 24 Aug. 1741, before us, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell.

102. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. William Browne, aged about 28 years, born at Cirencester in Gloucestershire, upon oath saith that about fourteen years ago he, this examinant, was bound apprentice for seven years to one Mr John Varnon, who kept the Swan and Rumer Tavern in Fince Lane, in Cornhill. With whom he continued and served the space of four years, at which time his said master failed in his business and he was soon after turned over to one Mr Thomas Crawford, vintner, who then kept the Bear and Harrow Tavern in the Butcher Row in the parish of St Clement Danes in the said county of Middlesex, where he continued and served the remainder of the term of his apprenticeship (wanting about eight months). And saith that about the time he quitted the said Mr Crawford's service, he married Anne, his present wife, at the new church in Spitalfields, by whom he hath two children living; vizt, Thomas, aged about 5 years, and Anne, an infant, aged about 3 months. And this examinant saith that since the time of quitting the service of the said Mr Crawford, he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. William Browne. Sworn, 17 Sept. 1741, before me, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell.

103. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. John Redbath, single man, aged about 34 years, born at a place called Tranent near Edinburgh in Scotland. And says that about fourteen years ago he was bound an apprentice for seven years to one William Hamsead, a barber and peruke maker in the town of Dalkeith in the shire of [blank, Midlothian] with whom he continued and served his full term of apprenticeship. And says that since the time of his serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid, he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his, this examinant's, knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank] Feb. 1741/2, before me, [blank].

104. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Thomas Wythes, by trade a baker, aged 61 years, upon oath saith that about the year 1714 he, this examinant, became a servant hired by the year to Richard Lockwood esq., Turkey merchant. Who then lived on College Hill in the parish of St Michael Royal in the city of London, with whom he continued and served above the space of one year and a quarter of a year in the capacity of a brewer and baker. And [he] received of his said master his full wages for the said time, meat, drink, washing and lodging (at the rate of £6 a year). And saith that his said master at the time he, this examinant, lived with him had a country seat near Hatfield in Hertfordshire, where he was some part of the said time employed to brew and bake. But says that he was for the last two months of his said service at his master's London house on College Hill aforesaid, when he was discharged. And saith that about two years after he quitted the said service he married Elizabeth, his present wife, by whom he hath one son living, named Thomas, aged about 11 years. And also saith that since he, this examinant, quitted the said service of Mr Lockwood [he] has not lived a hired servant a year before marriage, or rented a house for £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. Thomas Wythes. Sworn, 1 Mar. 1741/2, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

105. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Thomas Patterson, aged about 72 years, born at Tangiers, upon oath saith that about the year 1684 he was bound an apprentice for seven years to one Mr William Hyde of Queens Head Alley in Newgate Street in the parish of Christ Church, London, house joiner, with whom he continued and served about the space of three years and half of his said apprenticeship. And then [he] voluntary entered himself a soldier and was abroad in part of King James' the Second reign, and in the late King William's wars and has continued in the army till he was admitted an in pensioner of Chelsea College, where he is now provided for. But says he is not capable of supporting or maintaining his wife, named Joan, aged about 80 years, to whom he was married in the liberty of [the] Fleet in the parish of St Brides, London, as appears by a certificate bearing date 5 Nov. 1732. And this examinant further saith that since the time of quitting his said master, Mr Hyde's service (to whom he was bound apprentice as aforesaid) [he] has not rented a house for £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any other act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement elsewhere. The mark of Thomas Patterson. Sworn, 12 March 1741/2, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

106. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Frances Harris, aged about 64 years, the widow of Thomas Harris, brewer, deceased, upon oath saith that about three years and a half ago her said husband rented a house in a place called the Hop-Garden in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the said county, for which he paid at the rate of £13 per annum rent, and held the same about the space of six months only. But [she] does not know that her said late husband paid any parochial taxes for the same. And saith, that her said late husband also rented a brew house in the said parish of St Martin in the Fields at the yearly rent of £11, which he held about a year and half till he died. And this examinant further saith that since she has been a widow she has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her, this examinant's, knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. Frances Harris. Sworn, 23 Mar. 1741/2, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas de Veil.

107. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Martha Guilder, alias Geldart, single woman, aged about 19 years, upon oath says that it appears by a certificate under the seal of the rulers of the Waterman's Company, bearing date 28 Nov. 1715, that Philip Guilder (the late father of this examinant) was bound apprentice to Mary Roe of the parish of Rotherhithe in the county of Surrey, widow, for 7 years from 22 Aug. 1712. And that on 29 May 1713 [he] was by order of the said rulers turned over to Thomas Avery to serve the remainder of his time unexpired. And that on 4 June 1714, the said Philip Guilder was again by an order of the said rulers, turned over to Alexander Crocker of the parish of Lambeth in the county of Surrey, waterman, to serve the residue of his time. And this examinant saith that her said late father, since the time of his serving the remainder of the term of his apprenticeship with Alexander Crocker of the parish of Lambeth as aforesaid, does not know that he ever did rent a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement. And this examinant further saith that she hath three brothers; vizt, Philip, Joseph, and George. Philip and Joseph are placed out apprentice by the parish of Lambeth. And... George, who is aged about 9 years is not provided for, he having been lately discharged by a gentleman, who is the brother of Mr Arrundell of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex aforesaid, for his misbehaviour, and who only kept him out of charity and compassion for some time, with an intention (if he had behaved well) to have made him a servant. And that the said George Guilder alias Geldart, is now lain chargeable to the said parish of Chelsea. Martha Geldart, her mark. Sworn, 12 Apr. 1742, before us, Peter Elers, George Abbott.

108. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Mary Bradly, aged about 27 years, the wife of George Bradly, upon oath says that about eleven years ago she, this examinant, was married to her said husband at the parish church of St Clement Danes in the liberty of Westminster in the said county of Middlesex. By whom she has three children living; vizt, Mary, aged about 10 years, Lucy, aged about 7 years, and George, aged about 5 years. And says that her said husband (as she, this examinant, has been informed) was born in the royal palace at Kensington where his father and mother then resided as having a place at Court and being one of the King's band of music. And further says that she cannot give any particular account with regard to her said husband's settlement. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank] May 1742, before me, [blank]. [See 110].

109. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. John Ford, aged about 36 years, soldier in Captain Criche [blank] Company of Foot commanded by the Honourable Brigadier General Cornwallis, upon oath says that about 23 years ago he, this examinant was bound an apprentice for seven years to Mr Michael Jennings of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex, baker, with whom he continued and served six years and nine months of his time. And says that the reason he did not serve his full time out was because he absconded and stayed out all one night from his said master's service at Greenwich and that he would not receive him when he return[ed]. So that he was obliged to go to his friends in Hertfordshire where he stayed about a fortnight, at which time his said master delivered this examinant up his indenture, and by endorsement thereon promised him his full liberty of following his trade. And he would not molest or hinder him during the remainder of his apprenticeship (being then about ten weeks to come). And this examinant also says that soon after he had his indentures given him, he lived a journeyman by the week with one Mr Sandford, a baker at Wandsworth in the county of Surrey. Where he continued about the space of three months, and received of the said Mr Sandford 5s. a week wages, meat, drink and lodging. And says that since the time of serving his apprenticeship in manner aforesaid, he, this examinant, has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And further says that about twelve years ago, he married Isabell, his present wife, in the city of Edinburgh in Scotland, by whom he has two children living; vizt, James, aged 10 years, and John, aged about 7 years. John Ford. Sworn, 21 May 1742, before me, Peter Elers.

110. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. George Bradly, aged about 37 years, upon oath saith that he was born in that part of the royal palace at Kensington which is in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster in the said county. And saith that the late Dr Richard Bradly, professor of botany, was this examinant's father, and that he rented a house of about £7 a year about 25 years ago at North End in the parish of Fulham in the county of Middlesex, about the space of seven years and paid all parochial taxes for the same. And that this examinant lived with his said father at the same time. And further saith that since he lived with his father at the time aforesaid [he] has not been an apprentice, or rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And saith that in the month of Feb. 1731 he, this examinant, was married to Mary, his present wife, at the parish church of St Clement Danes in the said county, by whom he has three children living; vizt, Mary, aged about 10 years, Lucy, aged about 7 years, and George, aged about 5 years. George Bradly. Sworn, 22 June 1742, before us, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell. [See 108].

111. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. John Pritchett, a sawyer, aged about 54 years, upon oath says that he was born in the parish of Garway in Herefordshire. And that about 28 years since he, this examinant, lived a servant hired by the year to one Mr Murdock Broomer, a soap maker, who then lived in West Smithfield in the parish of St Sepulchres, London, with whom he continued and served the space of two years and upwards, and received his full wages of his said master for the said time at the rate of £8 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that about seventeen years ago he married Elizabeth, his present wife, in the liberty of the Fleet. And further says that since the time that he lived a hired servant by the year as aforesaid (which was before he married) [he] has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement elsewhere. The mark of John Pritchett. Sworn, 20 July 1742, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

112. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. William Dyos of Catherine Street in the Strand, painter, says upon oath that John Bell, a child aged about 2 years and a quarter, is the son of John Bell, brewer, deceased, by Sarah Bell, alias Morgan, who is also deceased. And that the said child was born in Blackfriars, which is in the parish of St Ann Blackfriars, London, where the said John Bell (the father) rented a house of about £20 per annum and lived and cohabited together with the said Sarah Bell as man and wife. And this examinant also says that he was a lodger in the said house at the time the said child was born and is godfather to it and was a near relation to the mother of the said child. But [he] cannot say that the said Sarah Bell, alias Morgan, was ever married to the said John Bell, though she went always by his name and was reputed to be his wife. William Dyos. Sworn, 31 July 1742, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

113. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. John Edlin, shoemaker, aged about 47 years, born at East Acton in the said county of Middlesex, upon oath says that in the year 1708 he, this examinant, was bound apprentice to one Richard Simmons, shoemaker in New Brentford in the parish of Hanwell in the said county for the term of seven years, with whom he continued and served his full time of apprenticeship. And says that since the time of serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement. And further says that about fourteen years ago he, this examinant, married Betty, his present wife, at Bristol, by whom he hath two children living; vizt, Betty, aged 8 years, and Polchampton, aged about 4 years. John Edlin. Sworn, 16 Aug. 1742, before us, Peter Elers, George Abbott.

114. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Hester Coronel, widow, upon oath says that she is a midwife, and that on or about the nineteenth day of this instant August last, was twelve month, she, this examinant, delivered one Mrs Mary Delacoste of a female child which is (as she has since heard) called or named Mary. And says that the said Mary Delacoste (the mother) is a foreigner and does not know that she ever gained a settlement in England. And that at the time when she, this examinant, delivered her of the said child, the said Mary Delacoste (the mother) lodged in the dwelling house of one Mr John Lecam, a jeweller, who lives in that part of the Strand which is in the parish of St Clement Danes in the said county of Middlesex. And further saith not. [Blank]. Sworn, 30 Aug. 1742, before us, [blank].

115. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Augustine Eggburt, aged abut 22 years, the widow of Thomas Eggburt, gardener, lately deceased, upon oath says that about thirteen years ago she, this examinant, was married to her said late husband at the parish church of St George Hanover Square in the said county, by whom she hath six children living; vizt, Phillis, aged about 12 years, Sarah and Anne (twins), aged about 9 years, Casander, aged about 7 years, Thomas, aged about 4 years, and William, an infant, aged about a month. And this examinant says that her said husband before marriage lived with one Mr Wright of Earls Court in the parish of Kensington in the county aforesaid, merchant, about the space of three years as a hired servant by the year in the capacity of a gardener, and had meat, drink, washing and lodging, besides about £10 a year wages. And this examinant further says that since her said late husband lived with Mr Wright a hired servant before marriage as aforesaid, [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. Augustine Eggburt. Sworn, 13 Sept. 1742, before us, Peter Elers, William Miller.

116. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Sarah Cadles, aged about 25 years, the wife of James Cadles, a gardener (who is a soldier in the Second Regiment of Foot Guards, now in Flanders), upon oath says that on 21 Oct. 1739 she, this examinant, was married to her said late husband in the liberty of the Fleet, London, by whom she has one child living, named Elizabeth, aged about a year and three quarters. And says that at the time she was married to her said husband he was apprentice, bound for seven years, to one Thomas Arnold of the parish of St George Hanover Square in the said county, gardener. And that when she married him he wanted about a year and four months to serve of his apprenticeship; which he served his master out faithfully notwithstanding his marriage with this examinant. And this examinant further says that since her said husband served his apprenticeship as aforesaid, he has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes; or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. Sarah Cadles, her mark. Sworn, 2 Nov. 1742, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers.

117. [n.p.] The examination of Barbara Frampton, single woman, taken voluntary upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex sessions. Who says that on 20 Oct. last she was delivered of a dead female bastard child in the workhouse at Chelsea. Which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one James Hoar who was servant to Lord Frederick Murray, then a lodger to Mr Greenhead, an apothecary in Mealman's Row at Chelsea in the said county, where the said James Hoar had carnal knowledge of her body the first time, which was on the fourteenth day of February last (being Valentine's day) and several times after in the said house. And that the said James Hoar was the true and only father of the said female child. And further saith not. The mark of Barbara Frampton. 16 Nov. 1742, before me, Peter Elers. [See 182].

118. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Elenor Digsby, single woman, aged about 21 years, born at Chertsey in the county of Surrey, upon oath says that about three years ago she, this examinant, became a servant hired by the year to one Mr Shutes in Berry Street in the parish of St James in the liberty of Westminster in the said county, snuff maker. With whom she continued and served for the space of a whole year and upwards, and received her full wages of her said master for the said time (meat, drink, washing and lodging) at the rate of £3 10s. per annum. And says that she has not lived a year a hired servant in any place since, or done any other act (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement elsewhere. The mark of Elenor Digsby. Sworn, 23 Nov. 1742, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

119. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. The examination of Anne Eliker, single woman, taken voluntary upon oath before me [blank] esq. Who says that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Robert Barnes (who is now a journeyman to Mr John Chipperfield, a farmer in Chelsea in the said county). And says that the said John Barnes had carnal knowledge of her body the first time on Christmas day last in the dwelling house of Mr [blank] Hanks of Little Chelsea in the parish of Kensington in the said county, blacksmith and farrier, where this examinant and the said Robert Barnes at the time lived fellow servants, and several times after in the said house. And also says that the said Robert Barnes is the true and only father of the said child or children (when born). And further saith not. [Blank]. Sworn at Chelsea, [blank] Dec. 1742, before me, [blank]. [See 121].

120. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Jane Moles, single woman, aged about 23 years, born at Gibraltar (where her father was a soldier), upon oath says that about fifteen years ago she, this examinant, was bound an apprentice at Gibraltar to one John Richardson for seven years, who soon after came to England with his family and this examinant. And [he] rented a house in Rochester Row in Tuttleffields, which is in the parish of St John the Evangelist, Westminster, which was at the time an alehouse known by the sign of the Sun and which the said Richardson kept (as this examinant believes) about the space of four years and paid about £18 per annum rent besides parochial taxes. And says that after the said Richardson quitted the said house he went to Guernsey and Jersey. And this examinant further says that since the time of her living with her said master (Richardson) while she was an apprentice in Rochester Row as aforesaid, she has not been a hired servant in any place by the year, or done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. The mark of Jane Moles. Sworn, 27 Jan. 1742/3, before us, Robert Mann, Thomas de Veil.

121. [n.p.] The examination of Anne Eliker, single woman, taken voluntary upon oath before us, Peter Elers and Robert Mann esqs Middlesex sessions. Who says that on 12 Dec. last she was delivered of male bastard child in the workhouse belonging to the parish of Chelsea in the said county, which is baptised and named Clement. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Robert Barnes now or lately a journeyman to Mr Chipperfield, a farrier at Chelsea aforesaid, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time on Christmas day last, was twelve month, in the dwelling house of one Mr Hanks at Little Chelsea in the parish of Kensington in the said county, where this examinant and the said Barnes lived as fellow servants. And at several times after in the said house. And this examinant says that the said Robert Barnes is the true and only father of the said male bastard child. And further says not. The mark of Anne Eliker. Sworn at Chelsea, 19 Jan. 1742/3, before us, Robert Mann, Peter Elers. [See 119].

122. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Mary Ossiter, widow, aged about 28 years, born at Fulham in the county of Middlesex, upon oath saith that about six years ago she, this examinant, became a servant hired by the year to one Catherine Thomas, widow, who keeps a public house near Chelsea College known by the sign of the Coach and Horses. With whom she continued and served five years and received of her said mistress £4 per annum wages, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since the time of her quitting the said service (which was at Christmas last, was twelve month) she has not been a hired servant by the year or done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. [Blank]. Sworn, 27 Jan. 1742/3, before me, [blank].

123. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Elizabeth Freeman, single woman, aged about 18 years, upon oath says that she was born in the parish of Fulham in the said county of Middlesex where her late father, David Freeman, lived, who was a farmer and rented near £100 a year in land and paid all parochial taxes in the said parish of Fulham. And this examinant says that she has not lived a year in service, but has lived most of her time with her mother since her said late father died. And also says that she has not done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement since she lived with her parents. The mark of Elizabeth Freeman. Sworn, 7 Apr. 1743, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

124. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. Bartholomew Vinet, aged about 32 years, by trade a weaver but now a seafaring man, upon oath says that he was bound apprentice for seven years as appears by his indenture dated 14 Nov. 1726, to one James Grimall (by the name of James Grimall, weaver of London) who was then a housekeeper in Fleet Street in the hamlet of Bethnall Green, which is in the parish of St Dunstan at Stepney, in the county of Middlesex. With whom he continued and served the space of about two years of his said time. And then he absented himself from his said master's service about the space of one year, part of which time he lived with one Mr Cowley, an apothecary near Cripplegate, as a hired servant at the rate of £3 a year wages, where he continued about three months. And afterwards [he] returned again to his said master (Mr Grimall) and continued about eight months, and then quitted his said master's service again and went to work as a journeyman in different places, sometimes by the week and at other times worked by the piece for the remainder of his apprenticeship. During which time he lived in lodgings and dieted and maintained himself. And also says that since the time of his being an apprentice in manner as aforesaid, he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. And further says that about nine years ago he, this examinant, was married in the liberty of the Fleet to Dorothy, his present wife, by whom he has two children living; vizt, Margaret, aged about 8 years, and George, aged about 6 years. The mark of Bartholomew Vinet. Sworn, 31 Mar. 1743, before us, Peter Elers, Robert Mann.

125. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Anne Scafe, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex sessions. Who says that she is pregnant of a bastard child or children, which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Benjamin Durant, a gardener, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time about eight months ago in the dwelling house of Mrs Perriman in Chelsea in the said county (where this examinant and the said Benjamin Durant lives fellow servants). And several times after in the same house. And says that the said Benjamin Durant is the true and only father of the said bastard child or children (when born). And further says not. The mark of Anne Scafe. Sworn at Chelsea, 22 May 1743, before me, [blank]. [See 126].

126. [n.p.] Middlesex sessions. Anne Scafe, single woman, aged about 27 years, born at Islington in the county of Middlesex, upon oath says that about three years ago she, this examinant, lived a hired servant with one Mr Henry Borer of Vauxhall, innholder (which is in the parish of Lambeth in the county of Surrey). With whom she continued and served fourteen months, and received her full wages for the said time of her said master at the rate of £3 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since she lived with the said Mr Borer as aforesaid, [she] has not lived a year in any service, or done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement elsewhere. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank] May 1743, before us, [blank]. [See 125].

127. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Hutchinson, single woman, aged about 23 years, born in Ireland, upon oath saith that about six years ago she, this examinant, was a hired servant by the year to one Mr [blank] Irbey, a cheesemonger, who then lived near the church in the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the said county of Middlesex. With whom she continued and served for the space of two years and upwards, and received her full wages of her said master for the said time at the rate of £5 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that since she left the said service [she] has not lived a year in any other place or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement. And also saith that her father is a soldier lately come from America and now receives his pay from the agent belonging to Chelsea College, and that [she] having a bad sore leg is not able to work to support and maintain herself without relief. The mark of Elizabeth Hutchinson. Sworn, 17 Oct. 1743, before us, Peter Elers, William Morice.

128. [n.p.] Middlesex. Christopher Cam, coachman, aged about 50 years, born at a place called Congresbury in Somerset, upon oath says that about sixteen years ago he, this examinant, lived a servant hired by the year with Edward Southwell esq., in Spring Garden, which is in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the said county of Middlesex where he continued and served for the space of two years as postillion and coachman, and received his full wages of his said master for the said time at the rate of £7 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that about half a year after he quitted the said service, he married Anne, his present wife, in the liberty of the Fleet, by whom he has had one child, since dead. And also says that since he quitted the said Mr Southwell's service [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. The mark of Christopher Cam. Sworn, 19 Jan. 1743/4, before us, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell.

129. [n.p.] Middlesex. Hannah Lowry, single woman, aged about 32 years (the daughter of John Lowry by Margaret his wife), upon oath says that she was born near Chelsea in that part of the parish which was then St Martin in the Fields but now St George Hanover Square in the county of Middlesex aforesaid. In which said parish this examinant's father rented a house and paid parochial taxes. And says that since the time of her birth she has not lived a servant hired by the year in any place, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement elsewhere. Hannah Lowry, her mark. Sworn, 17 Apr. 1744, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas de Veil.

130. [n.p.] The examination of Margaret Dean, widow, taken voluntary upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. Who saith that on 18 Apr. last, was twelve month, she, this examinant, was delivered of a male bastard child in a little cottage or tenement in Whiteharte Alley in the parish of Chelsea in the county aforesaid (who is baptised and named John). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Hoskins of Strand-on-the-Green in the said county, fisherman, who had carnal knowledge of her body at [the cottage] several times, and in particular on 3 Aug. last, was twelve month, and several times after in the said cottage or tenement. And this examinant saith that the said John Hoskins is the true father of the said child. And further saith not. Margaret Dean. Sworn at Chelsea, 5 May 1744, before me, Peter Elers.

131. [n.p.] The examination of Anne Oliphant, widow, taken voluntary upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. Who saith that on 21 Apr. last she, this examinant, was delivered of a female bastard child in the then dwelling house of one Turnor Desborough in the parish of Chelsea in the said county (who is baptised and named Mary). And was unlawfully begot on her body by one Francis Willoughby, who is an out pensioner of Chelsea College and late of Colonel Douglas's Regiment of Marines. And that the said Francis Willoughby had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in or about the month of July last in the said dwelling house of the said Turnor Desborough and several times after in the said house. And this examinant saith that the said Francis Willoughby is the true father of the said child. And further saith not. The mark of Anne Oliphant. Sworn at Chelsea, 18 June 1744, before me, Peter Elers.

132. [n.p.] Middlesex. William Prouting, by trade a shoemaker, aged about 70 years, born at a place called Boxgrove near Chichester in Sussex upon oath says that about 48 years ago he, this examinant, was bound an apprentice for seven years to one William Howgett, shoemaker, who at that time lived at the Point in Portsmouth in Hampshire (which is in the parish of [blank]). With whom he continued and served about the space of two years only of his said time and then entered himself a soldier in the army and is now an in pensioner of Chelsea College. And says that about 30 years ago he married Elizabeth, his first wife, at the parish church of St Margaret, Westminster, by whom he believes he has a daughter living and married. And also says that about the year 1725 he married Margaret, his second wife, deceased, at Port Royal in South Carolina, by whom he has one child living with him, named Susanna, aged about 9 years. And further says that since the time of living with his said master William Howgett as an apprentice, he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement elsewhere. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank].

133. [n.p.] Middlesex. Margaret Rogers, single woman, aged about 28 years, born in Chelsea in the said county, upon oath says that about five or six years ago she lived with the late Lady Catherine Jones at Chelsea aforesaid at several times in the space of six years (but not as a hired servant). And says that about three years ago she, this examinant, lived a hired servant by the year with the then Right Honourable Sir Robert Walpole (now Lord Orford) in the station of laundry maid, and afterwards upper house maid. Where she continued for the space of two years and received her full wages for the said time at the rate of £6 per annum when laundry maid, and £7 per annum when house maid, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that at the time she was discharged the said Sir Robert Walpole's service, she lived at his Chelsea house and had resided there for above three months before. And further says that since she quitted the service of Sir Robert Walpole's [she] has not been a hired servant by the year, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement elsewhere. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank], before me, [blank].

134. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Elizabeth Dawson, single woman, taken upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. Who says that she is pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Thomas Bowes, footman to [blank] Dorrell of Richmond in the county of Surrey, esq. Who had carnal knowledge of her body at one John Wood's at Richmond aforesaid, gardener (where this examinant lodged and passed for the wife of the said Thomas Bowes). And several times after in the said house and other places. And this examinant also says that the said Thomas Bowes is the true father of the bastard child or children (when born). And further says not. Elizabeth Dawson. Sworn at Chelsea, 31 July 1744, before me, Peter Elers. [See 134].

135. [n.p.] Middlesex. John Bishop, waterman, aged about 62 years, born at Chelsea in Middlesex, upon oath says that in the year 1699 he, this examinant, was bound an apprentice for seven years to one John Davis, waterman, who then kept a house in Chelsea known by the sign of the Three Cranes. With whom he continued and served about the space of one year and half of his said time, and afterwards went to sea and continued in the navy a sailor for thirteen years successively in Queen Ann's wars. And says that since the time of his said apprenticeship he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And also says that in April last he was married to Deborah, his present wife, who is of the age of 52 years, at Chatham aforesaid. The mark of John Bishop. Sworn, 2 Nov. 1744, before me, Peter Elers.

136. [n.p.] Middlesex. Mary Whitehead, aged about 38 years, the widow of Daniel Whitehead, shoemaker, deceased, upon oath says that about eleven years ago she, this examinant, lived a servant hired by the year with one Mrs Rider in the parish of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex. With whom she continued and served for the space of fourteen months and upwards and received her full wages for the said time at the rate of £5 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that she entered upon the said service in May 1733 and was married in the liberty of the Fleet in March following to her said late husband (who was an Irishman). And [she] continued in her said service notwithstanding her marriage for the said time. And further says that since her marriage as aforesaid neither this examinant or her said late husband did not rent a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any other act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement since she lived with Mrs Rider as aforesaid. The mark of Mary Whitehead. Sworn, 10 Oct. 1744, before me, Peter Elers.

137. [n.p.] The examination of Jane Phillips, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. Who saith that on 15 Aug. last she, this examinant, was delivered of a female bastard child (baptised and named Mary) in the house of one [blank] Maine in the parish of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex aforesaid. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Samuel Price (by trade a carpenter). And says that the said Samuel Price had carnal knowledge of her body the first time about fifteen months since at one Mr Edward's at the Black Horse at Kensington in the said county, and several times after in other places. And says that the said Samuel Price is the true and only father of the said female bastard child. And further saith not. The mark of Jane Phillips. Sworn before me at Chelsea, 6 Nov. 1744, Peter Elers.

138. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Dawson, single woman, aged about 29 years, upon oath says that in the month of February last, was twelve month, she, this examinant, became a servant hired by the year to one Mrs Hally Candy of the hamlet of Kew in the parish of Richmond in the county of Surrey, widow. With whom she continued and served until 29 Mar. last (being a year and upwards), and received her full wages for the said time of her said mistress at the rate of £6 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since she quitted the service of the said Mrs Hally Candy [she] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement. And says that she has a child living named Christiana, aged about 10 months, which is a bastard and was born in the hamlet of Kew aforesaid. Elizabeth Dawson. Sworn, 14 Nov., 1744, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers. Passed to Kew. Kew appealed [against] the order, but it was confirmed in January sessions, 1744/5. [See 134].

139. [n.p.] Middlesex. Thomas Morless, waterman, aged about 32 years, upon oath says that about twelve years ago he, this examinant, became a servant hired by the year to Mr John Medley of Battersea in the county of Surrey, ferryman, deceased. With whom he continued and served for the space of one year and upwards and received his full wages for the said time at the rate of £8 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that after he received his said wages he continued with his said master for the further term of about one year and half, and had meat, drink, washing and lodging. And also says that in the year when the hard frost was (in 1739) he married Susanna, his present wife, in the liberty of the Fleet, London, by whom he hath a child living named Thomas, aged about 18 months. And further says that since he lived servant with the said Mr Medley [he] has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. The mark of Thomas Morless. Sworn this 26 Nov. 1744, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers. Passed to Battersea.

140. [n.p.] Middlesex. James Morgan, by trade a sawyer, upon oath says that he was born in the parish of St John the Evangelist in the town of Brecon in the county of Brecknock in South Wales. And says that since the time of his birth as aforesaid he, this examinant, has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. And also says that about fourteen years ago this examinant was married to Elizabeth Morgan, his present wife, at the parish church of St David's in Brecon aforesaid, by whom he hath one child living named James, aged about 3 years. The mark of James Morgan. Sworn at Chelsea, 10 Dec. 1744, before me, Peter Elers. Ordered to bring a certificate.

141. [n.p.] Middlesex. Martha Vandan, aged about 36 years, the widow of Charles Vandan, deceased, upon oath says that she was married to her said late husband at the parish church of St Ann Blackfriars, London, on 22 Aug. 1733. By whom she hath had four children, who are all living; vizt, Anne, aged about 10 years, Sarah, aged about 8 years, James, aged about 6 years, and Elizabeth, aged about 2 years. And says that her said late husband belonged to the army when she was married to him and was a trumpeter in Sir James Chamberlaine's Troop of Horse Guards (blue) when he died, which was in Hanau in High-Germany by an accident he received from his horse at the late battle of Dettingen. And this examinant says that her said late husband was born and baptised in the parish of St James in Westminster in the said county of Middlesex (as appears by a certificate from the register book of the said parish). And also says that from the time she was married to her said late husband he never rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her, this examinant's knowledge) whereby to gain a settlement. Martha Vandan. Sworn, 10 Jan. 1744/5, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers. Passed to St James, Westminster.

142. [n.p.] Middlesex. Easter Graham, widow, aged about 75 years, born at Thame in Oxfordshire, upon oath saith that about 37 years ago she was married to her first husband (Abraham Hazard) at the parish church of Ealing in the county of Middlesex, who was an out pensioner of Chelsea College, and that he never did rent a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act (to her knowledge) to gain a settlement. And this examinant also says that in the year 1732 she was married to her last husband (Thomas Graham) in the liberty of the Fleet, London, and that he was a Scotsman and an in pensioner of Chelsea College. And says that she does not know that he ever rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing since he came from Scotland to gain a settlement. And this examinant also says that before she was married to her said first husband (some short time) she lived a servant hired by the year to Charles Batemen esq. at his seat called Castle Bear in the parish of Ealing in the said county of Middlesex, with whom she continued and served for one year and a quarter and received her full wages for her said time at the rate of £3 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And further says that since the time of last living with Mr Bateman as aforesaid [she] has not done any act, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. Easter Graham, her mark. Sworn, 10 Jan. 1744/5, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers. Passed to the parish of Ealing.

143. [n.p.] Middlesex. Phillarista Keen, aged about nineteen years, the wife of George Keen, shoemaker, upon oath says that about two years and a quarter ago she, this examinant, was married to her said husband in the liberty of the Fleet, London, and that he hath lately absconded and left her big with child unprovided for. And says that she hath frequently heard her said husband say that he was born in Earls Court in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the county of Middlesex, and was bound out apprentice by the said parish to one John Lewin, shoemaker, who then lived in Red Cross Court in Long Acre in the parish of St Martin in the Fields aforesaid. And also says that her said husband since his marriage had not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parish taxes; or done any act (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement. The mark of Phillarista Keen. Sworn, 22 Jan. 1744/5, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers. Passed to the parish of St Martin in the Fields. St Martins appealed to the order and she was again removed to St Giles in the Fields.

144. [n.p.] Middlesex. Sarah Brown, widow, aged about 60 years, born at Crookham in Hampshire, upon oath says that about fourteen years since she, this examinant, was married to her late husband, Denis Brown, deceased, in the liberty of the Fleet, London. And says that he was born in Ireland and does not know that he ever gained a settlement in England. And also says that before she was married to her said late husband this examinant lived a servant hired by the year to one Mr Thomas Walton of the Neat Houses, gardener, which is in the parish of St George Hanover Square in the said county of Middlesex, with whom she continued and served two years and upwards and received her full wages for the said time at the rate of £4 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. The mark of Sarah Brown. Sworn, 22 Jan. 1744/5, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers. Passed to St George Hanover Square.

145. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Wilkinson, aged about 65 years, the widow of Richard Wilkinson, deceased, upon oath says that about 37 years ago she, this examinant, was married to her said late husband in Gray's Inn Chapel (who died about seven years after). And says that she cannot give any account of any settlement that her said husband ever gained either before or after marriage. And further says that about 23 years ago she, this examinant, became a servant hired by the year to one Crew Offley esq., who at that time lived in St James Place, which is in the parish of St James in the liberty of Westminster in the county of Middlesex, where she continued and served about the space of ten years (as nurse), and received her full wages for the said time (meat, drink, washing and lodging) at the rate of £20 per annum. Elizabeth Wilkinson. Sworn, 22 Jan. 1744/5, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers. Passed to St James, Westminster.

146. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Elizabeth Inwood, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. (upon oath). Who saith that a week before Christmas day last, was twelve month, she, this examinant, was delivered of a female bastard child in a little cottage in Chelsea Park in Middlesex inhabited by one Thomas Pim (who is baptised and named Elizabeth). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Francis Newton [blank] who lives at Wandsworth in the county of Surrey, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the month of March last, was twelve month, in an open field near Battersea in Surrey aforesaid and once in the room where this examinant lodged at Thomas Pim's aforesaid. And several times in the open fields. And says that the said Francis Newton is the true father of the said female bastard child. And further says not. The mark of Elizabeth Inwood. Sworn, 22 Jan. 1744/5, before me, Peter Elers. [See 198].

147. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Susan Street, single woman, taken upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. Who saith that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Sprawley now at Wandsworth in the county of Surrey, shoemaker. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first [time] about the latter end of July last in this examinant's mother's house at Wandsworth aforesaid, and several times after in the said house and other places. And this examinant saith that the said John Sprawley is the true father of the said bastard child or children (when born). And further saith not. The mark of Susan Street. Sworn at Chelsea, [blank] Feb. 1744/5, before me, Peter Elers. [See 157].

148. [n.p.] Middlesex. Frances Capel, single woman, aged about 47 years, born in Chelsea College, upon oath says that (to the best of her knowledge) about Michaelmas 1740 she became a servant hired by the year to Thomas Chester esq., Member of Parliament at his seat at Knowles, which is in the parish of Almondsbury in the county of Gloucester with whom she continued and served a year and six weeks (except two weeks that she was away on account of sickness). But [she] received her full wages for the said time at the rate of £10 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since the time of her living with the said Thomas Chester esq. she has not lived a year in any place as a hired servant, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. [Blank]. Sworn at Chelsea, [blank] Feb. 1744/45, before me, [blank].

149. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Mary Snaggs, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. Who says that on 8 Jan. last she, this examinant, was delivered of a male bastard child (baptised and named William) in the dwelling house of Mr Stephen Fisher in Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Mr Joseph Collett of the parish of St Clement Danes in the said county of Middlesex, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the month of April last at a bagnio in Spring Garden near Charing Cross. And several times after in the said bagnio and other places. And this examinant says that the said Joseph Collett is the true father of the said male bastard child. And further says not. Mary Snaggs. Sworn at Chelsea, 11 Feb. 1744/5, before me, Peter Elers.

150. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. The examination of James Clarke taken on oath 19 Mar. 1744. This examinant, aged about 59 years, on his oath saith that in the year 1707 he was hired by the year to one Francis Clarke, a farmer, who then lived at Nottinghill in the parish of Kensington in the said county of Middlesex. With whom he continued and served for two years and upwards, and received his full wages for the said time of his said master at the rate of £7 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And saith that from the time of his living with Mr Clarke as aforesaid he has not been a hired servant a year in any place, or rented a house of £10 a year, or done any other act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And this examinant further saith that in the year 1717 he was married to Elizabeth, his wife, in the liberty of the Fleet by whom he has a daughter named Anne, aged about 24 years (if living). James Clarke. Sworn the day and year above written, Peter Elers, Henry Withers. Passed to Kensington.

151. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Catherine Watson, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. The examinant, on her oath, saith that on Monday last, being the first of this instant April, she was delivered of a male bastard child in the apartment in Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex, belonging to her father ( which is baptised and named Alexander). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by Mr Alexander Reid of Chelsea aforesaid, surgeon, who had carnal knowledge of her body on a Sunday in the month of August last, in the said apartment of her father's (where she now lies in). And this examinant saith that the said Alexander Reid is the true father of the said male bastard child. And further saith not. The mark of Catherine Watson. Sworn at Chelsea, 10 Apr. 1745, before me, Peter Elers.

152. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Anne Snelson, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. The examinant on her oath saith that she is pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one George Dolly, a blacksmith now living with Mr [blank] Galland, blacksmith, near Grosvenor Square, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the month of November last in the house of Mr Richard Haywood in the parish of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex aforesaid, and several times after in the said house and other places. And this examinant further saith that the said George Dolly is the true father of the said bastard child or children (when born). And further saith not. Ann Snelson. Sworn at Chelsea, 16 May 1745, before me, Peter Elers.

153. [n.p.] Middlesex. Isabella James, single woman, aged about 22 years, born at Kingston upon Thames in the county of Surrey, upon oath saith that her late father, Thomas James, deceased, was bound an apprentice for seven years to one John Wilkinson of the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the county of Middlesex, cordwainer (as appears by his indenture of apprenticeship bearing the date of 10 Mar. 1713). And saith that her said father, to the best of her knowledge, never rented a house of £10 a year, or did any act or thing to gain a settlement since the time of serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid. And this examinant further saith that from the time of her living with her said father she has not been a hired servant a year in any place, or done any act or thing, whereby to gain a legal settlement. The mark of Isabella James. Sworn, 13 May 1745, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers. Passed to St Martin in the Fields.

154. [n.p.] The examination of Anne Smith, the wife of Leonard Smith, taken upon oath 11 June 1745. Middlesex, to wit. This examinant on her oath saith that Mary Smith, single woman, aged about 21 years lived with her about eight or nine years ago in the parish of St Paul Covent Garden in the liberty of Westminster and county of Middlesex, a servant hired by the year for the space of two years and upwards. And received of this examinant her full wages for the said time at the rate of £3 for the first year and £4 for the second year (to the best of her knowledge). And this examinant verily believes that the said Mary Smith has not been a hired servant a year in any other place since she left her service as aforesaid, but has followed some business in Covent Garden Market which this examinant turned over to her. The mark of Anne Smith. Taken and sworn the day and year above written, before Henry Villiers, Peter Elers esqs Removed to the parish of St Paul Covent Garden.

155. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Gardner, single woman, aged about 22 years, upon oath says that near a year since she, this examinant, quitted the service of Mrs Norton at Cecil Street Coffee House in the Strand in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the county of Middlesex. With whom she lived a servant hired by the year for the space of three years, and received her full wages for the said time at the rate of £3 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since the time of quitting the said service of Mrs Norton's, she has not rented a house of £10 per annum, or done any act or thing (to the best of [her] knowledge) to gain a settlement. Elizabeth Gardner. Sworn, 29 June 1745, before us, Peter Elers, Peregrine Furye. Removed to St Martin in the Fields.

156. [n.p.] Middlesex. Edward Holland, aged about 71 years, born at Prestbury in the county of Cheshire, upon oath says that when he was about the age of 30 years, he entered himself a soldier in the First troop of Horse Guards and continued in the army till about twelve years since he was discharged. And that about four years ago he was admitted an in pensioner of Chelsea College, where he now belongs. And this examinant says that upwards of twenty years ago he rented a public house upon lease (known by the sign of the Red Lyon) in King Street in the parish of St Ann, Westminster, in the said county of Middlesex, for the space of five years at the yearly rent of £14, and paid all parochial taxes for the same. And says that since the time of renting the said house, he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And this examinant also says that about 50 years since he was married to Christiana, his present wife, and that he hath a daughter by his said wife (named Elizabeth Holland), aged about 27 years, who is not capable of service or maintaining herself, she being afflicted with convulsions and at intervals out of her reason. And this examinant further says that he having no other dependence than the said College, is not able to support his said wife and daughter. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank] 1745, before us, [blank]. Removed to the parish of St Ann, Westminster.

157. [n.p.] The examination of Susan Street, single woman, taken upon oath before us, Peregrine Furye and Peter Elers esqs Middlesex. Who saith that on 14 May last she, this examinant, was delivered of a female bastard child (baptised and named Mary Sprawley) in the workhouse in the parish of Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one John Sprawley of Wandsworth in the county of Surrey, shoemaker, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time about the latter end of July last, was twelve month, in the examinant's mother's house at Wandsworth aforesaid, and several times after in the said house and other places. And this examinant saith that the said John Sprawley is the true father of the said female bastard child. And further saith not. The mark of Susan Street. Sworn at Chelsea, 8 July 1745, before us, Peter Elers, Peregrine Furye. [See 147].

158. [n.p.] The examination of Margaret Lumbey, single woman, taken upon oath before us, Peregrine Furye and Peter Elers, esqs Middlesex. Who says that on 4 Sept. 1742 she, this examinant, was delivered of a female bastard child (baptised and named Anne Johnson, alias Lumbey) in the dwelling house of Mr Moody in Pipemaker's Alley in Bedford Bury, which is in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the county of Middlesex. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Daniel Brown now of Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex, lighterman. And that the said Daniel Brown is the true father of the said female bastard child. And further says not. Margaret Lumbey. Sworn, 16 July 1745, before us, Peter Elers, Peregrine Furye.

159. [n.p.] Middlesex. Sarah Robinson, single woman, aged about 25 years, born at Southampton in Hampshire, upon oath says that about three years ago she, this examinant, lived a servant hired by the year with one Mr Edward Jones, a Plasterer, in Sandwich Court in Devonshire Street, which is in the parish of St Botolph without Bishopsgate, London, with whom she continued and served a year and five months, and received her full wages of her said master (Edward Jones) for the said time, meat, drink, washing and lodging, at the rate of £4 a year. And says that since the time of her quitting the said service of Mr Jones she, this examinant, has not lived a hired servant a year in any place, or rented a house of £10 per annum, or done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. Sarah Robinson. Sworn, 7 Oct. 1745, before us, Peter Elers, William Morice.

160. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Mary Morrison, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. This examinant on her oath says that she is now pregnant of a bastard child or children, which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one William Radford (late a soldier in Lord Beauclerk's Regiment of Foot, but now admitted an out pensioner of the Royal Hospital in the parish of Chelsea). Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time at a house at Brussels in Flanders, about eight months since, and several times after in other places. And this examinant further says that the said William Radford is the true father of the said bastard child or children (when born). And further says not. The mark of Mary Morrison. Sworn at Chelsea, 22 Oct. 1745, before me, Peter Elers.

161. [n.p.] Middlesex. Jane Scott, single woman, aged about 22 years, born at Stortford in Hertfordshire, upon oath says that about six years ago she, this examinant, became a servant hired by the year to one Captain Hogan at Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex, with whom she continued and served for the space of two years and received her full wages for the said time at the rate of 50s. for the first year, and £3 for the last year. And that soon after she quitted the said service this examinant was hired to one Joseph Batts of Chelsea aforesaid, where she also continued about two years and received her full wages of her said master for the said time, at the rate of £3, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since she quitted the said Mr Batt's service [she] has not lived a year in any place, or done any act, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. The mark of Jane Scott. Sworn at Chelsea, 27 Dec. 1745, before me, Peter Elers. [See 162, 169].

162. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Jane Scott, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. This examinant on her oath says that she is pregnant of a bastard child or children, which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one George Adlam, who lives with one Mr Giles, a potter at Chelsea in the said county, and who had carnal knowledge of this examinant's body the first time on or about 28 Mar. last in the dwelling house of Robert Hopperton (where this examinant lived a hired servant), and several times after in the said house and other places. And this examinant says that the said George Adlam is the true father of the said bastard child or children (when born). And further saith not. The mark of Jane Scott. Sworn at Chelsea, 27 Dec. 1745, before me, Peter Elers. [See 161, 169].

163. [n.p.] Middlesex. James Townsend, constable of the parish of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex, came this 2 Jan. 1745/6 before me, one of His Majesty's justices of the peace for the said county, and made oath that he, this deponent, did this day apprehend Alice Furnivall with two small children wandering and begging and committing the act of vagrancy in the said parish of Chelsea. James Townsend, constable.

The examination of Alice Furnivall taken upon oath the said 2 Jan. 1745/6. Who saith that her husband, Ralph Furnivall, was late a soldier of Beauclerk's Regiment of Foot and is now absconded and left this deponent without any subsistence. And says, that she was married to her said husband about five years ago at Chester in the county of Cheshire, by whom she hath two children now living, vizt, Ralph, aged about 4 years, and Mary, an infant aged about 6 months. And this deponent further says that her said husband was born at Sandbach in the county of Cheshire aforesaid, and served his apprenticeship there for the term of seven years to a shoemaker. And also says that her said husband since the time of his apprenticeship as aforesaid has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. The mark of Alice Furnivall. Sworn at Chelsea before me, Peter Elers.

164. [n.p.] Middlesex. Edward Preston, watchmaker, upon oath says that his late brother, Samuel Preston, deceased, about the year 1707 was bound an apprentice for seven years to his father, Samuel Preston, carpenter, deceased, who at that time lived in Green Arbour Court, in the parish of St Sepulchres, London. And with whom he continued and served about five years of his apprenticeship, and from that time was a soldier in the late Queen Ann's wars, and was ordered over to Ireland, where he continued about the space of thirteen years. And this deponent says that his said brother since the time of his serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid has never rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. Edward Preston. Sworn at Chelsea, 5 Jan. 1745/6, before me, Peter Elers.

165. [n.p.] Middlesex. Catherine Preston, widow, aged about 60 years, upon oath says that she was married soon after the great eclipse of the sun (which was in the year 1715) to Samuel Preston, carpenter, deceased, at the parish Church of St Brides in Dublin. And this examinant says that she is well informed by Edward Preston, her said late husband's brother, that her said late husband was bound an apprentice to his father, Samuel Preston, carpenter, deceased, who then lived in Green Arbour Court in the parish of St Sepulchres, London, and served about five years of his apprenticeship. And then he was entered a soldier in the late Queen Ann's wars and was ordered to Ireland. And [he] continued there for about thirteen years. And this examinant says that since the time of her husband serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid, he did not rent a house of £10 a year, or done any act or thing (to her knowledge) to gain a settlement. The mark of Catherine Preston. Sworn, 9 Jan. 1745/6, before me, Peter Elers, Richard Farwell. Sent to St Sepulchres, London.

166. [n.p.] Middlesex. James Pope, by trade a baker, aged about 68 years, born at Hempstead in Hertfordshire, upon oath says that he was married to Mary, his present wife (who is of the age of about 53 years), in May last in the liberty of the Fleet, London. And that in the years 1692-3 he, this examinant, was bound apprentice to one James Ward, a baker, who then lived in German Street in the parish of St James Westminster in the said county of Middlesex, where he continued and served his full apprenticeship for the term of seven years, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that his said master (James Ward) died when he had served about three years of his time. And that his widow afterwards married one Thomas Brown. And this examinant further says that since the time of his serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any taxes, or done any other act or thing, to the best of his knowledge, to gain a settlement. And also says that his wife being lame, is not capable to help herself. And this examinant being but an in pensioner in Chelsea College is not able to support his said wife. Signed by James Pope. Sworn, 11 Mar. 1745/6, before us, Peter Elers, Edward Impey. Mary Pope sent to St James.

167. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Roson, widow, aged about 30 years, upon oath says that last New Years Day, was twelve month, she, this examinant, was married to her late husband, William Roson, shoemaker, deceased, in the liberty of the Fleet, London. By whom she hath one child living, named James who is of the age of about 15 months. And says that she never heard or can give an account of her said late husband's settlement, he being only a journeyman shoemaker at the time she married him. And as to her own settlement, before her marriage she says as follows, that about seven years ago she lived a servant hired by the year with one Mr Guerin in Henrietta Street in the parish of St Pauls Covent Garden in the county of Middlesex, with whom she continued and served two years as cook, and received her full wages of her said master at the rate of £5 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And further says that she has not been a yearly hired servant or housekeeper since she quitted the said Mr Guerin's. Elizabeth Roson, her mark. Sworn, 12 Mar. 1745/6, before us, Peter Elers, J. Bromfield. Sent to St Paul Covent Garden.

168. [n.p.] William Rose, shoemaker, aged about 37 years, born in the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the county of Middlesex, upon oath says that about the year 1722 he, this examinant, was bound an apprentice for seven years to one Mr Jonas LeBatt, shoemaker, who at that time lodged in Lloyd's Court in the parish of St Giles in the Fields aforesaid, with whom he continued and served his full term of his apprenticeship. And says that his said master lived the last year of his apprenticeship in Lloyd's Court aforesaid. And also says that since the time of serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid he, this examinant, has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing whereby to gain a settlement (to the best of his knowledge). William Rose. Sworn, 20 Mar. 1745/6, before us, Peter Elers.

169. [n.p.] The examination of Jane Scott, single woman, taken upon oath before us, [blank] Middlesex. Who saith that on 14 Feb. last she, this examinant, was delivered of a female bastard child (baptised and named Jane) in the workhouse in the parish of Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one George Adlam, who at that time lived with one Mr Giles, a potter in Chelsea aforesaid, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time on or about 28 Mar. last, in the dwelling house of Robert Hopperton at Chelsea (where this examinant lived a servant), and several times after in the said house and other places. And this examinant says that the said George Adlam is the true father of the said female bastard child. And further says not. [Blank]. Sworn at Chelsea, [blank], before us, [blank]. [See 161, 162].

170. [n.p.] The voluntary examination of Mary Hughes, single woman, taken before me, Peter Elers esq. Middlesex. This examinant on her oath says that she is pregnant of a bastard child or children which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one James Clayton, a chairman, who lodges at the sign of the Marlborough Head in Great Marlborough Street. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time at a house known by the sign of the Bunch of Grapes in a lane [Hartshorne Lane] almost opposite the Star Inn in the Strand near Hungerford Market, on or about 14 or 15 Aug. last, and at no other time. And this examinant says that the said James Clayton is the true father of the said bastard child or children (when born). And further saith not. Mary Hughes. Sworn at Chelsea, 12 Apr. 1746, before me, Peter Elers. [See 178].

171. [n.p.] Middlesex. Thomas Fairbrother, shoemaker, upon oath says that in the year 1723 he, this examinant, was bound an apprentice for seven years to his uncle John Fairbrother, shoemaker, who at that time lived in White Harte Yard in Brook's Market in the parish of St Andrews Holborn above the Bars in the county of Middlesex. With whom he continued and served his full term of apprenticeship. And says that for the last two years of his time his said master lived in Spread Eagle Court in Gray's Inn Lane, which is in the said parish of St Andrews Holborn above the Bars. And says that his said master paid parochial taxes in the said parish of St Andrews Holborn. And this examinant further says that since the time of serving his said apprenticeship [he] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. And also says that he was married about twelve years since to Mary, his present wife, aged about 27 years, in the liberty of the Fleet, London, but has not any children by her living. Thomas Fairbrother. Sworn, 2 June 1746, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas DeVeil.

172. [n.p.] Middlesex. James Brown, shoemaker, aged about 57 years, upon oath says that he was born in Hungerford Market in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the county of Middlesex. And that he was bound apprentice for seven years to one William Honnor of the parish [of] Lambeth in the county of Surrey, shoemaker, with whom he continued and served about three years of his said time, and was then turned over to one Mr Killway, a shoemaker who lived in Cloth Fair in the parish of St Bartholomew [blank], London, where he continued about half a year. And was again turned over to one Jacob Webb, shoemaker, who lived at Charing Cross in the said parish of St Martin in the Fields, where he continued and served the remainder and full term of his apprenticeship. And says that since the serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid he has not paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing, to his knowledge, to gain a settlement. James Brown. Sworn, 22 July 1746, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers.

173. [n.p.] Middlesex. George Alexander, aged about 70 years, an in pensioner of Chelsea Hospital, upon oath says that he, this examinant, by indenture bearing date 12 July 1734 bound his son David Alexander (who is about 25 years of age) to one William Darlington of the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the said county, barber surgeon, for the term of seven years. With whom he continued and served till 18 October 1737 when the said David Alexander was again bound an apprentice for four years (as appears by the said respective recited indentures) to one John Nisson of the parish of St Paul Covent Garden in the said county, peruke maker, with him he continued and served the said term of four years (wanting about twelve days or there[abouts]). And this examinant also says that his said son David Alexander since the time of his serving his apprentice[ship] in manner as aforesaid has not lived a year a hired servant in any place, or rented a house of £10 a year, or done any act or thing (to his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And further says that his said son being lame and at present not in his reason is not capable to support and maintain himself without relief. George Alexander. Sworn, 4 Aug. 1746, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Villiers.

174. [n.p.] Middlesex. Thomas Coules, carpenter, aged about 51 years, upon oath says that he was born at Binstead in Hampshire and that about 30 years ago he was bound apprentice for seven years to one Henry Hammond of the parish of Alton in Hampshire aforesaid, carpenter. With whom he continued and served about five years and half of his said time and was then turned over to one John Watts of the parish or town of Farnham in the county of Surrey, carpenter. With whom he served the remainder and full term of his said apprenticeship. And this examinant says that since the time of serving his term of apprenticeship as aforesaid he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act (to his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And also says that he has four children living by Mary his late wife; vizt, Elizabeth, aged about 22 years, Allieueser, aged about 19 years, Thomas, aged about 13 years, and James, aged about 10 years. The mark of Thomas Coules. Sworn at Chelsea, 13 Sept. 1746, before me, Peter Elers.

175. [n.p.] Middlesex. William Stapleton, husbandman, aged about 60 years, born in the parish of St Anns in the liberty of Westminster in the county of Middlesex, upon oath says that about 30 years ago he, this examinant, became a servant hired by the year to Mr George Burr of Chelsea, gardener, with whom he continued and served about the space of three years and received his full wages for the said time at the rate of £5 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since he lived with Mr Burr as aforesaid he, this examinant, has not lived a hired servant a year or rented a house of £10 per annum, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act (to his knowledge) to gain a settlement. The mark of William Stapleton. Sworn this, 11 Oct. 1746, before me, Peter Elers.

176. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. The voluntary examination of Martha Kemp, widow, taken upon oath before us, King Gould and Peter Elers, esqs Who saith that on Sunday 9 Nov. last past she, this examinant, was delivered of a male bastard child in the dwelling House of Mrs Jane Dawson in Lordship Yard in Chelsea in the county of Middlesex (which is baptised and named John). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Mr John Hamilton a dealer in Scotch linen, now living at one Mr Youngs, a Broker, in High Holborn. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time the day after Michaelmas day last, was twelve month, in the room where the said John Hamilton then lodged at Mrs [blank] Ogelby's in Cecil Court in St Martin's Lane and where this examinant lived a hired servant, and had carnal knowledge several times after in the said house. and this examinant further saith that the said John Hamilton is the true father of the said child. And further saith not. The mark of Martha Kemp. Sworn at Chelsea, 9 Jan. 1746/7, before us, Peter Elers, King Gould.

177. [n.p.] Middlesex. Anne Sprew, aged about 45 years, the wife of Thomas Sprew, mariner, upon oath says that about 27 years ago she, this examinant, was married to her said husband in the liberty of the Fleet, London, by whom she has a daughter named Mary, a single woman aged about 24 years, who has always lived with this examinant ever since she was born. And says that her said husband, before her marriage with him served his apprenticeship to one Thomas Clark, a green grocer, who than lived in Eagle and Child Yard near the church in the parish of St Giles in the Field in the said county of Middlesex. And also says that her husband from the time of her said marriage has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement. And further says that her said husband, about 22 years since, went to sea and that she has not seen him since. The mark of Anne Sprew. Sworn, 20 Feb. 1746/7, before us, Thomas Burdus, Peter Elers.

178. [n.p.] Middlesex. The voluntary examination of Mary Hughes, single woman, taken upon oath before us, Thomas Burdus and Peter Elers, esqs Who saith that 7 May last past she, this examinant, was delivered of a female bastard child (baptised and named Frances) in the dwelling house of one Mr Harris in a place called Jew's Row in the parish of Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex. And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one James Clayton, a chairman, who then lodged at the sign of the Marlborough Head in Great Marlborough Street. Who had carnal knowledge of her body at a house then known by the sign of the Bunch of Grapes in Hartshorne Lane in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the said county on or about 14 Aug. last, was twelve month, and at no other time. And this examinant saith that the said James Clayton is the true father of the said child. And further saith not. Mary Hughes. Sworn, 28 Feb. 1746/7, before us, Thomas Burdus, Peter Elers. [See 170].

179. [n.p.] Middlesex. William Swaine, gardener, upon oath saith that Jane Allcock, spinster, aged about 40 years, lived a servant hired by the year with Mrs Sarah Horton in that part of the parish of St George Hanover Square in the said county of Middlesex next Chelsea. With whom she continued and served a year and half, and received her full wages for the said time, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And this examinant says that the said Jane Allcock left the service of the said Mrs Horton about three weeks ago, and has not gained a settlement since. And further says that the said Jane Allcock is not capable to provide for herself, she being a lunatic. [Blank]. Sworn, [blank] June 1747, before us, [blank].

180. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Brittain (the wife of Richard Brittain, an out pensioner of Chelsea Hospital, and late of the late Colonel Anthony Lowther's Regiment of Marines), upon oath saith that her husband and family lodges at one Mrs Harris's in Jew's Row in the parish of Chelsea. And that she had a child (named Dinah) [that] died there last Saturday. And says that her said husband being but an out pensioner of the said hospital is in very mean and poor circumstances and not able to pay the charges of the burial of the child, which obliges her to apply to the parish officers for relief. And further saith that she has two children living by her said husband; vizt, Elizabeth, aged about 3 years and Susanna, an infant aged 11 weeks. And that she is so much distressed that she has pawned most of her cloths for the present support of her family, her husband having taken up his pension money of the said Mrs Harris, where he now lodges to Christmas next. Elizabeth Brittain, her mark. Sworn at Chelsea, before me, Peter Elers.

181. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Rumney, aged about 28 years, the wife of Valentine Rumney, upon oath says that in June 1740 she, this examinant, was married to her said husband in the liberty of the Fleet, London, by whom she has a son living, named Valentine, who is aged about 4 years. And this examinant says that her said husband before her marriage with him lived a servant hired by the year with one Councillor White about ten years ago in Took's Court, which is in the parish of St Andrews Holborn above the Bars in the county of Middlesex, with whom he continued and served upwards of seven years. And this examinant has heard and believes her said husband received his full wages for the said time of his said master at the rate of £6 per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And this examinant further says that her said husband since his living with Councillor White aforesaid has not rented a house of £10 a year or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement. And also says that her husband (as she is informed) is gone to Ireland, and being with child and near her time, [she] is not capable to support herself without relief. Elizabeth Rumney. Sworn, 7 Sept. 1747, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas Burdus. Passed to the parish of St Andrews Holborn above the Bars.

182. [n.p.] Middlesex. Barbara Frampton, single woman, aged about 30 years, upon oath says that she lived a servant hired by the year with Mr Robert Arther who keeps White's Chocolate House in the parish of St James in the liberty of Westminster in the county of Middlesex, with whom she continued and served upwards of a year and received £5 a year wages of her said master, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since she, this examinant, quitted the said service of Mr Arther (which was about two years ago), [she] has not lived a year in service, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a settlement. Barbara Frampton. Sworn, 15 Dec. 1747, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas Burdus. Passed to St James Westminster. [See 117].

183. [n.p.] Middlesex. Mary Groom, aged about 38 years (the wife of Thomas Groom), upon oath says that she, this examinant, was married about eleven years since to her said husband at the parish church of St Mary Le Strand in the liberty of Westminster in the county of Middlesex. By whom this examinant has five children living; vizt, Elizabeth, aged about 9 years, Mary, aged 7 years, William, aged about 5 years, Thomas, aged near 3 years, and Jonas, an infant, aged a year and upwards. And says that her said husband's last place of service before her marriage was with the late Mr Kingsmil Eyre, secretary of Chelsea Hospital, with whom he lived a hired servant a year and upwards, and received his full wages of his said master for the said time at the rate of £8 8s. a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And this examinant also says that her said husband since living a servant with the late Mr Eyre as aforesaid has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. And further says that her said husband, being dangerously ill of a pleurisy, is not capable of providing for his said family without relief from the parish. [Blank].

184. [n.p.] Middlesex. Anne Jordan, aged about 48 years, the widow of the late William Jordan, tailor, deceased, upon oath says that about sixteen years ago she, this examinant, was married to her said late husband at the parish church of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex, by whom this examinant has three children living; vizt, Anne, aged about 15 years (who is now in service), Alexander, aged about 13 years, and George, who is of the age of 11 years and upwards. And this examinant says that from the year 1734 to 1737 her said late husband rented a house in Swallow Street which is in the parish of St James, Westminster, where they paid £26 a year rent and parochial taxes, as appears by the overseers of the poor's receipts of the said parish. And says that after they quitted the said house her said late husband rented a house in Princess Street in the parish of St Ann, Westminster at the yearly rent of £16, where they continued about three years and half, and paid parochial taxes for the same. And says that when they quitted the last mentioned house her said late husband rented a house in Little Marlborough Street at the yearly rent of £18 (which is in the parish of St James, Westminster, aforesaid) and continued in the said last mentioned house for the space of three years and upwards, but was excused paying any parochial taxes. And this examinant further says that since her said late husband quitted the said house in Little Marlborough Street as aforesaid her said late husband has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) whereby to gain a legal settlement. And this examinant also says that her said late husband, having been dead about three months, [she] is not capable of providing for herself and children with out some relief of the parish. The mark of Anne Jordan. Sworn, 8 Feb. 1747/8, before us, Peter Elers, Luke Robinson. Passed to St James, Westminster.

185. [n.p.] Middlesex. Sarah Curtis, aged about 53 years, the widow of Edward Curtis, bricklayer, deceased, upon oath says that she, this examinant was married to her said late husband about 25 years ago in the liberty of the Fleet, London. By whom she had four children, one of which is living, named Mary, aged about 18 years (who is provided for). And this examinant says that her said husband was bound an apprentice to one Mr Kilcott of the parish of Kensington in the county of Middlesex, bricklayer, with whom he served his full term of apprenticeship. And this examinant also says that her said late husband since the time of his serving his said apprenticeship has not rented a house of £10 a year, or done any act, to her knowledge, to gain a settlement. The mark of Sarah Curtis. Sworn, 9 Feb. 1747/8, before us, Peter Elers, Luke Robinson. Passed to Kensington.

186. [n.p.] Middlesex. Martha Winter, aged about 33 years, the wife of Richard Winter, distiller, upon oath says that about fifteen years ago she was married to her said husband at the parish of church o St Katherine near the Tower, London, by whom she had five children (all dead). And says that her said husband being reduced but to mean and low circumstances was forced to enter himself as a marine and has been abroad about eight years. And further says that the last house her said husband lived in before he absconded and left this examinant was in Carnaby Street in the parish of St James, Westminster in the said county of Middlesex, at the yearly rent of £20, where he continued about two years and paid parochial taxes for the same. The mark of Martha Winter. Sworn, 19 February 1747/8, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas Burdus. Passed to St James, Westminster.

187. [n.p.] Middlesex. Mary Lunn, aged about 40 years, the wife of Daniel Lunn, wine cooper, upon oath says that she, this examinant, about seven years ago was married to her said husband at the parish church of Lambeth in the county of Surrey, by whom she hath had three children, one of which is living, named Mary, an infant who is of the age of 14 months. And says that her said husband was bound an apprentice to one Mr Bodicoate of Cruched Friars in the parish of St Katherine Coleman, London, wine cooper, with whom he continued and served his full term of apprenticeship. And says that her said husband since the time of serving Mr Bodicoate as aforesaid has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. And further says that her said husband being gone for Barbados she, this examinant, is not capable to provide for herself and child without relief. And [she] is big with child and near her time. Mary Lunn. Sworn, 7 Mar. 1747/8, before us, Peter Elers, Luke Robinson. Passed to St Katherine Coleman.

188. [n.p.] Middlesex. Melon Thompson, widow, aged about 76 years, upon oath says that about 60 years ago she was married to her first husband, John Banfield, at the church at Stepney in the county of Middlesex, who was a foreigner and came over with King William and died in about fifteen months after she was married to him. And says that after her said first husband died she, this examinant, rented a house for three years in Red Lyon Street in the parish of St Mary at Whitechapel in the said county of Middlesex, and paid £10 a year rent for the same and all parochial taxes. And also says that about ten years ago she was married to one James Thompson, who was an in pensioner of Chelsea Hospital and had been always a soldier from the time he was capable of serving in the army. And says that he was a Scotsman and never rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. Melon Thompson, her mark. Sworn, 26 Apr. 1748, before us, Peter Elers, J. Poulson. Passed to St Mary Whitechapel.

189. [n.p.] Middlesex. Rebecca Clements, single woman, aged about 21 years, upon oath says that she, this examinant, about three years ago lived a servant hired by the year with Mr Andrew Banton, parish clerk of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex, with whom she continued and served for the space of two years and received her full wages of the said Mr Banton at the rate of 50s. per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since the time of living with Mr Banton as aforesaid she, this examinant, has not been a hired servant a year in any place, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. Rebecca Clement, her mark. Sworn, 29 Apr. 1748, before me, Peter Elers. Passed from Wandsworth in Surrey.

190. [n.p.] Middlesex. The voluntary examination of Rebecca Clements, single woman, taken upon oath before me, Peter Elers esq. This examinant on her oath says that she is pregnant of a bastard child or children which was or were unlawfully begotten on her body by one Mr John Coustos, a jeweller, who now lodges at a house in Tibals Row near Red Lyon Square, London. And says that he had carnal knowledge of her body the first time about two years ago at the Angel Inn behind St Clements Church, London, and several times after at the said inn. And particularly about eight months ago at a house known by the sign of the Cheshire Cheese near the creek adjoining to Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex. And this examinant further says that the said John Coustos is the true father of the said child or children (when born). And further saith not. The mark of Rebecca Clements. Sworn, 29 Apr. 1748, before me, Peter Elers.

191. [n.p.] Middlesex. The voluntary examination of Elizabeth Edwards, widow, taken upon oath before us Luke Robinson and Peter Elers, esqs Who says that on 11 Apr. last past she, this examinant, was delivered of a male bastard child in the workhouse of the parish of Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex (which is baptised and named Thomas). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Richard Jones of Chelsea, waterman, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time at the dwelling house of the said Richard Jones at Chelsea aforesaid about three years ago. At which time this examinant nursed his wife in her lying-in. And this examinant says frequently afterwards in the said house and other places, and particularly at an apartment of her sister Mary's in Chelsea Park, until she proved with child by him, and several times after. And this examinant also says that the said Richard Jones is the true father of the said child. And further says not. The mark of Elizabeth Edwards. Sworn, 21 May 1748, before us, Peter Elers, Luke Robinson.

192. [n.p.] Middlesex. Mary Poole, single woman, aged about 46 years, born at Weston in Staffordshire, upon oath says that about 25 years ago she, this examinant, lived a servant hired by the year with one James Lesley late of Chelsea, gardener, with whom she continued and served two years and received of her said master her full wages [for] the said time, at the rate of £4 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since she left the said service of Mr Lesley she, this examinant, has not lived a whole year in any service, or done any act or thing, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. The mark of Mary Poole. Sworn, 21 May 1748, before us, Peter Elers.

193. [n.p.] Middlesex. Mary Mascall (widow of Charles Mascall, deceased), aged about 60 years, born in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, upon oath says that about fifteen years ago she, this examinant, was married to her said late husband at the parish church of St Margaret, Westminster aforesaid. Says that her said late husband was an Irishman (as she always counted) and a captain in Chelsea Hospital. And [he] never rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to her knowledge) to gain a settlement since he came from Ireland. And this examinant says that her father (whose name was Edward Mascall) was a baker and lived in his own house in Millbank, which was then in the said parish of St Margaret, Westminster, with whom this examinant lived till she was 30 years of age. And says that the last place she lived in before she was married to her said husband was with one Mr Lock, a carpenter, in Channel Row in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, aforesaid, and with whom she continued and served a year and upwards, and received her full wages at the rate of £6 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. Mary Mascall. Sworn, 2 Sept. 1748, before us, Peter Elers, J. Poulson. Passed to St Margaret, Westminster. St Margaret, Westminster, appealed and upon trial her settlement was found to be at Gillingham in Dorsetshire. Vide the examination of William Mascall two leaves further. [See 196, 314].

194. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Shurkett, widow, aged about 30 years, upon oath says that about six years and half ago she, this examinant, lived a hired servant a year and upwards with one Mr John Hanover of Tuttle Fields in the parish of St Margaret in the liberty of Westminster in the county of Middlesex, cow keeper, and received her full wages of her said master for the said time at the rate of £3 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says, that about a half a year after she quitted the said service of Mr Hanover's she was married to her late husband, Christopher Shurkett, in the liberty of the Fleet, London, by whom she has two children living; vizt, Joseph, aged about 4 years, and Mary, about 2 years. And says that her said husband was an in pensioner of Chelsea Hospital and an Irishman, and never gained a settlement (to this examinant's knowledge) since he came from Ireland, by renting a house, or paying parochial taxes. And this examinant further says that she having had a hurt in her back is not able to work to maintain herself and two children. The mark of Elizabeth Shurkett. Sworn, 2 Sept. 1748, before us, Peter Elers, J. Poulson.

195. [n.p.] Middlesex. John Chappel, aged about 65 years, born in Old White Lyon Street near the Seven Dials in the parish of St Giles in the Fields in the county of Middlesex, where his father (as he was informed) was a lodger, and that his father was only a labourer and worked for bricklayers and never was a housekeeper, as he ever heard. And this examinant says that in the year 1718 he was married to Margaret, his present wife, near Aberdeen in Scotland. And says that since the time of his birth as aforesaid he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing, to his knowledge, to gain a settlement. And further says that he being but an in pensioner of Chelsea Hospital is in low circumstances and not capable of supporting his said wife without relief. John Chappel. Sworn, 2 Sept. 1748, before us, Peter Elers, J. Poulson. [See 266].

196. [n.p.] Middlesex. William Mascall of Falmouth in the county of Cornwall, gentleman, upon oath says that his late uncle, Charles Mascall, was born at a place called Gillingham in Dorsetshire (as he has been credibly informed and verily believes). And says that from the time of such his birth he never knew or heard that his said uncle ever rented a house of £10 a year or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of this examinant's knowledge) to gain a settlement. But says that his said uncle was a trooper in the late Queen Ann's wars, and was afterwards an in pensioner of Chelsea Hospital, and was a captain there at the time of his death, which was about six month since. William Mascall. Sworn, 13 Oct. 1748, before us, Peter Elers, Francis Hale. [See 193, 314].

197. [n.p.] Middlesex. John Kimberly, basket maker, aged about 30 years, born at Eaton in Buckinghamshire, upon oath says that about seventeen years ago he, this examinant, was bound apprentice by a charitable gift belonging to Eton College to one John Pearless esq., of the parish of St George in the borough of Southwark in the county of Surrey, basket maker, for the term of seven years. With whom he continued and served his full term of apprenticeship and was made free of the Haberdashers' Company (of which his said master was a liveryman). And says that since which time of serving his apprenticeship as aforesaid he, this examinant, has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. John Kimberly. Sworn, 3 Feb. 1748/9, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Fielding. Passed to St George in the borough [of Southwark].

198. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Inwood, single woman, aged about 40 years, upon oath says that about nine years ago she, this examinant, lived a servant hired by the year with Mr John Savage, vintner at the sign of Pontac, in Abchurch Lane in the parish of [St Mary] Abchurch in the city of London, with whom she continued and served in the station of a housemaid for the space of one whole year. And [she] received her full wages for the said time, which was £5 10s., meat, drink, washing and lodging. And further says that since the time of her quitting the said service of Mr Savage [she] has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act, to the best of her knowledge, to gain a settlement. Elizabeth Inwood, her mark. Sworn, 10 Feb. 1748/9, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Fielding. Passed to the parish of St Mary Abchurch. [See 146].

199. [n.p.] Middlesex. William Sexton, labourer, aged about 25 years, upon oath says that he was born (as he has been informed and verily believes) in the parish of Teddington in the county of Middlesex and that he was baptised and registered in the said parish. And says that since the time of his birth he, this examinant, has not rented a house of £10 a year, or been bound an apprentice, or been a yearly servant, or done any act or thing, to the best of his knowledge, to gain a settlement. And also says that having a wound in his back which is in danger of a mortification [he] is not able to work to maintain himself, and therefore cannot subsist without relief. William Sexton, his mark. Sworn, 10 Feb. 1748/9, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Fielding. Passed to Teddington.

200. [n.p.] Middlesex. Rebecca Guilford, single woman, aged about 28 years, born at Chelsea in Middlesex, upon oath says that about nine years ago she, this examinant, lived a hired servant with one Mr Charles Palmer in King Street in the parish of St James, Westminster, in the county of Middlesex aforesaid, with whom she continued and served a whole year and upwards, and received her full wages for the said time at the rate of 40s. per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And say that since the time of her living with Mr Palmer as aforesaid, she, this examinant, has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act, or lived a year in service, to gain a settlement. Rebecca Guilford, her mark. Sworn, 17 Feb. 1748/9, before us, Peter Elers, Luke Robinson. Passed to St James, Westminster.

201. [n.p.] Middlesex. The voluntary examination of Martha Howard, single woman, taken upon oath before me Peter Elers esq. Who says that on Candlemas Day, being 2 Feb. last, she, this examinant, was delivered of a female bastard child in an apartment of one William Downing, gardener, in the stable yard behind Sir Hans Sloane's dwelling house in the parish of Chelsea in the said county of Middlesex (which was baptised and named Sarah). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Augustine Cooper of Richmond Park in the parish of Mortlake in the county of Surrey, husbandman, who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in Richmond Park aforesaid, in or about the month of April last, and several times after in the said park and other places. And this examinant also says that the said Augustine Cooper is the true father of the said child. And further says not. The mark of Martha Howard. Sworn, 21st Mar. 1748/9, before me, Peter Elers.

202. [n.p.] Middlesex. Margery Iliffe, widow, aged about 49 years, upon oath says that about nine years ago she, this examinant, was married to her late husband (William Iliffe) in the liberty of the Fleet London, who was at the time she married him an in pensioner of Chelsea Hospital. And says that her said late husband in his lifetime often declared and informed this examinant that he was born at Nether Kibworth in Leicestershire, and that he served his apprenticeship to the business or trade of a woolcomber in the said town of Nether Kibworth. And says that her said late husband also informed and told her that after he had served his apprenticeship as aforesaid that he entered himself a soldier in the army, in which station he continued till he died at a place called Upton Castle near the garrison of Shurny. And this examinant further says that she does not know or ever heard that her said late husband ever rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to her knowledge) to gain a settlement, since he served his apprenticeship as aforesaid. The mark of Margery Iliffe. Sworn, 12 Mar. 1748/9, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Fielding. Passed to Kebworth in Leicestershire.

203. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Holland, single woman, aged about 32 years, the lawful daughter of Edward Holland, deceased, by Christiana Holland his wife, also deceased, upon oath says that her said late father (as she has been credibly informed and of her own knowledge has some remembrance) rented a house upwards of 20 years ago in King's Street in the parish of St Ann in the liberty of Westminster in the county of Middlesex, known by the sign of the Red Lion, which was a public house, for and about the term of five years and at the yearly rent of £14, and paid all parochial taxes for the same. And says that some years after her said late father quitted the said house he was admitted an in pensioner of Chelsea Hospital, where he continued till he died (which is about a month since). And this examinant further says that her said late father, after he left the said house in St Ann parish, did not rent a house of ten pounds a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. The mark of Elizabeth Holland. Sworn, 4 Apr. 1749, before us, Thomas Ellys, Peter Elers. Passed to St Ann.

204. [n.p.] Middlesex. Susanna Jones, aged upwards of 30 years, the widow of Thomas Jones, deceased, upon oath says that in April 1743 she was married to her said late husband in the liberty of the Fleet, London, and in the presence of her kinswoman, one Frances Allen, who keeps a public house at Kensington gravel pits. And says that her said late husband was bound an apprentice in the year 1739 (as appears by his indenture) to one John Partridge of Kensington in the county of Middlesex, peruke maker, for the term of seven years, with whom he continued and served out almost all his apprenticeship, when his master gave him up his indentures. After which, her said late husband entered himself a soldier in the marine service and went to Newfoundland where he died (as this examinant has since been informed). And this examinant says that her said late husband had not done any act (to her knowledge) to gain a settlement since he served his apprenticeship aforesaid. And this examinant also says that she has a child living (named Mary), aged about 18 months, born in the dwelling house of one Mr George Walker at Kensington Gore in the parish of Kensington aforesaid, which was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Benjamin Smith, a gardener. But this examinant further says and declares that she was never married to the said Benjamin Smith, though they lived and cohabited together as man and wife. Susanna Jones, her mark. Sworn, 4 Apr. 1749, before us, Thomas Ellys, Peter Elers. Passed to Kensington.

205. [n.p.] Middlesex. Alice Mason, aged about near 40 years, the wife of Dennis Mason, gardener, upon oath says that she, this examinant, about seven years ago was married to her said husband at the parish church of Kensington in the county of Middlesex, by whom she hath four children living; vizt, Dennis, aged near 6 years, John, aged 4 years and upwards, Hester, aged about 3 years, and Elizabeth, an infant aged about 3 months. And this examinant says that her said husband (before marriage) lived as a servant hired by the year with one Mr Richard Newton at Little Chelsea in the parish of Kensington aforesaid in the station of a gardener, where he continued and served a whole year and upwards. And says that he received of his said master his full wages for the said time at the rate of ten pounds per annum, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And this examinant also says that her said husband after he quitted Mr Newton's service has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act (to her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. And this examinant further says that her said husband, being absconded and gone from her, and taken with him one of her children only (named John), [she] is not capable of supporting the other three children without some relief. Alice Mason, her mark. Sworn, 4 April 1749, before us, Thomas Ellys, Peter Elers. Passed to Kensington; vizt, Alice Mason and three of her children, Dennis, Hester and Elizabeth. John, the father took away.

206. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Wells, widow, aged about 27 years, upon oath says that about eleven years ago she was married to her first husband, John Dennison, at the Roman Catholic Chapel in Lincoln Inn Fields, London, by whom she has a child living (named Sarah), who is 5 years of age and upward, and was born in the parish of Chelsea in the county of Middlesex. And this examinant says that her said first husband was a peruke maker by trade and an Irishman. And [she] does not know that he ever rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to her knowledge) to gain a settlement. And this examinant also says that the last place that she lived in as a hired servant before her said marriage with her first husband was with one Mr Cornelius who then kept the Rose Tavern at Temple Bar in the parish of St Clement Danes in the said county. With whom she continued and served one year and upward and received her full wages of her said master at the rate of £5 a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And this examinant further says that about four years ago she was married to her second husband (William Wells, deceased) who was a parishioner in Chelsea aforesaid. And says that she is not capable of supporting her said child without some relief. Elizabeth Wells, her mark. Sworn, 29 May 1749, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas Ellys. Passed to St Clement Danes.

207. [n.p.] Middlesex. Hannah Elliett, aged about 18 years, the wife of George Elliet, upon oath says that on 31 May last, was twelve month, she, this examinant, was married to her said husband in the liberty of the Fleet, London, by whom she has a child living (named Mary), an infant aged near 3 months. And says that her said husband is by trade or employment a tailor, and that he learnt it of his uncle at Drogheda in Ireland without serving an apprenticeship. And says that her said husband has been a soldier and is now an out pensioner of Chelsea Hospital, and does not know that he ever rented a house of £10 a year, or done any act, to her knowledge, to gain a settlement. And this examinant says that as to herself, she has not lived a year in any service before her marriage, but says that her late father (Edward Penny) served his apprenticeship with one Mr Hugh Hopkins, a lighterman, then of the parish of St Olave, but now the parish of St John in the borough of Southwark in the county of Surrey, with whom he continued and served the full term of his apprenticeship (as this examinant has been informed by her mother now living). And that her said late father from the time he served his apprenticeship, had never rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parish taxes, or done any act (to her knowledge), to gain a subsequent settlement. And this examinant further says that her said husband being absconded and left her, [she] is not capable of providing for her said child without relief. Hannah Elliet, her mark. Sworn, 6 June 1749, before us, Peter Elers, Henry Fielding. Passed to St John in Southwark.

208. [n.p.] Middlesex. John Oridge, aged about 52 years, born at Pentrich in the county of Derby, upon oath says that about 40 years ago he, this examinant, was bound an apprentice to one William Wakefield of Arnold in the county Nottingham, carpenter, for the term of seven years. With whom he continued and served upwards of five years only of his apprenticeship, and then entered himself a soldier in a marching regiment of foot, and continued in the army about 27 years. And upon his discharge was admitted an out pensioner of Chelsea Hospital (where he now belongs). And says that since the time of serving part of his apprenticeship he, this examinant, has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a settlement. And says that about ten years ago he, this examinant, was married at Dublin to Elizabeth, his present wife, by whom he has two children living; vizt, Stephen, aged near 7 years, and Catherine, aged near 3 years. And further says that his said wife being absconded and gone away from him, and having no other subsistence than the said out pension, and not able to support his said children. The mark of John Oridge. Sworn the 12 June 1749, before us, Peter Elers.

209. [n.p.] Middlesex. Elizabeth Mason, widow, aged near 63 years, upon oath says that about 27 years ago she was married to her late husband, Daniel Mason, at the parish church of Whitby in Worcestershire, by whom she has a daughter living, named Mary Mason, a single woman, aged near 25 years. And says that about five years ago her said daughter lived a servant hired by the year with one Mr Lowe, a dancing master in Great James which is in the parish of St Andrews Holborn above the Bars in the county of Middlesex. With whom she continued and served a whole year and upwards, and received her full wages of her said master at the rate of £3 10s. a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And this examinant also says that her said daughter has not lived [a] year in any other service since she quitted that of the said Mr Lowe, or done any other act to gain a settlement. But says that her said daughter being now afflicted with lunacy, and the said examinant herself in very mean and low circumstances, [she] is not capable of providing, or taking care of her in order for a cure without relief. Elizabeth Mason. Sworn, 1 July 1749, before us, Peter Elers, John Gascoyne. Passed to St Andrew Holborn above the Bars.

210. [n.p.] Middlesex. The voluntary examination of Dorothea Fielding, widow, taken upon oath before us, Peter Elers and Thomas Ellys, esqs Who says that on 31 Dec. last she, this examinant, was delivered of a female bastard child in the house belonging to one Mr Hoddy in that part of Little Chelsea which is in the parish of Great Chelsea in the county of Middlesex aforesaid (which child is baptised and named Mary). And was unlawfully begotten on her body by one Mr Richard Vincent the elder, a musician living at the Turks head and Cock in Bedford Street in the parish of St Paul Covent Garden in the said county. Who had carnal knowledge of her body the first time in the dwelling house of Mrs Thorogood in Panton Square near Leicester Fields, and several times after in the said house and other places. And this examinant also says that the said Richard Vincent is the true father of the said child. And further saith not. Dorothea Fielding. Sworn, 27 June 1749, before us, Peter Elers, Thomas Ellys.

211. [n.p.] Middlesex. Francis Dolley, husbandman, aged 63 years and upwards, born at a place called Bramley within four miles of Basingstoke in Hampshire, upon oath says that upwards of 40 years ago he, this examinant, lived servant hired by the year with Mr John Chase of the parish of Hartley (where Lord Stowell's seat is) near Basingstoke aforesaid, yeoman. With whom he continued and served three years and received his full wages for the said time at the rate of £5 10s. a year, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And says that since the time of his living with the said Mr Chase as aforesaid [he] has not been a servant a year in any place, or rented a house of £10 a year, or done any act (to his knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. The mark of Francis Dolly, Sworn, 8 Sept. 1749, before us, Philip Dyos, Thomas Berry. Passed to Hartley.

212. [n.p.] Middlesex, to wit. John King, apothecary, aged about 67 years, upon oath says that he was born at Mecklenburg in Germany. Says that he has lived in and near London upwards of 22 years and followed his said business as a journeyman apothecary most part of the time. And says that the first place where he lived after he came to England was, a hired servant by the year (about twenty years since), with one Mr Anthony Dalbis, an apothecary, who then lived in Great Suffolk Street in the parish of St Martin in the Fields in the county of Middlesex. With whom he continued and served the space of two years and upwards, and received of his said master (Mr Dalbis) for the first year, £10, and for the remainder of the said time at the rate of £12 wages, meat, drink, washing and lodging. And this examinant further says that he has not lived a year in any other service since he left that of the said Mr Dalbis, or done any act or thing (to the best of his knowledge) to gain a legal settlement elsewhere. John King. Sworn, 17 Jan. 1749/50, before us, William Withers, George Errington. Passed to St Martin in the Fields.

213. [n.p.] Middlesex. Anne Fretter, widow of John Fretter, aged about 59 years, upon oath says that 38 years ago she, this examinant, was married to her said late husband at the parish church of St Benet Paul's Wharf, London, by whom she had two children, both dead. Says that she lived with her said husband about ten years. And says that her said husband, some time after her marriage, rented half a shop and part of the house in the alley behind the then Three Tunn Tavern in Newgate Street in the parish of St Faith under St Paul's, London, where they continued a year and upwards, and paid at the rate of £10 pounds a year rent. And says that her said husband, some time after he quitted the said shop and business of selling worsted, he went to sea and never after rented a house of £10 a year, or had done any act (to her knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. And this examinant says that the said parish of St Faith under St Paul's took care and provided for one of her children for some time after her said husband left her. Anne Fretter, her mark. Sworn, 17 Jan. 1749/50, before us, William Withers, George Errington. Passed to St Faith's parish.

214. [n.p.] Middlesex. John Bryne, aged about 74 years, born at Lee in Devonshire, upon oath says that he, this examinant, about 60 years ago was bound an apprentice to one John Hall, a carpenter in Tuttle Street in the parish of St Margaret, Westminster, in the county of Middlesex, for the term of seven years. With whom he continued and served about five years of his time. After which he says that he entered himself in the army, where he continued until the peace which was made in King William's time. And this examinant {He has a wife named Elizabeth, aged about 54 years and four children, but the children are all provided for.} also says that since the time of serving part of his apprenticeship as aforesaid, he has not rented a house of £10 a year, or paid any parochial taxes, or done any act or thing (to his knowledge) to gain a legal settlement. John Bryne. Sworn, 17 Jan. 1749/50, before us, William Withers, George Errington. Passed to St Margaret, Westminster.

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