Bastardy Order - Elizabeth MALE and James GUMMER 26 Jan 1814 Barrington Someset

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Bastardy Order


MALE

County of Somerset

The ORDER of William Hanning and Henry Powell Collins Esquires two of his majesty's justices of the peace in and for the said county, one whereof is of the quorum, and both residing next unto the limits of the parish church within the parish of Barrington in the said county, made the 26th day of January in the fifty fourth year of the reign of his said majesty king George the third, concerning a male bastard child, lately born in the parish of Barrington aforesaid, of the body of Elizabeth Male single woman.

WHEREAS it hath appeared unto us the said justices, as well upon the complaint of the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the said parish of Barrington as upon the oath of the said Elizabeth Male that she the said Elizabeth Male on the nineteenth day of December now last past, was delivered of a female bastard child in the parish of Barrington aforesaid, and that the said bastard child is chargeable to the said parish of Barrington and further that James Gummer of Barrington in the said county Labourer did beget the said bastard child on the body of her the said Elizabeth Male.

And whereas it hath further appeared unto us the said justices, that the reasonable charges and expences, incident to the birth of the said bastard child, amount to the sum of one pound and that the costs of the order of filiation amount to the further sum of ten shillings and sixpence the same having been duly ascertained before us the said justices, on the oath of Reuben Denman one of the overseers of the poor, of the parish of Barrington aforesaid.

And whereas the said James Gummer hath this day appeared before us in pursuance of our summons for that purpose, but hath not shewn any sufficient cause why he the said, James Gummer should not beadjudged the reputed father of the said bastard child.

We therefore, upon examination of the cause and circumstances of the premises, as well upon the oath of the said Elizabeth Male as otherwise, do hereby adjudge him the said James Gummer to be the reputed father of the said bastard child; and do hereby allow the said sum of one pound for the said charges and expences, and the sum of ten shillings and sixpence for the said costs ascertained as aforesaid, to have been incurred by the said overseers of the said parish of Barrington in respect of the said bastard child.

And thereupon we do order, as well for the better relief of the said parish of Barrington as for the sustentation and relief of the said bastard child, that the said James Gummer shall and do forthwith, upon notice of this our order, pay or cause to be paid to the overseers of the poor of the parish of Barrington or to some or one of them, the said sums of one pound and ten shillings and sixpence for and towards the said charges, expences, and costs;

And we do hereby further order, that the said James Gummer shall likewise pay, or cause to be paid to the churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the said parish of Barrington for the time being, or to some or one of them, the sum of one shilling and sixpence weekly and every week from the present time, for and towards the keeping, sustentation, and maintenance of the said bastard child, for and during so long time as the bastard child shall be chargeable to the said parish of Barrington.

And we do further order, that the said Elizabeth Male shall also pay or cause to be paid to the said churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the said parish of Barrington for the time being, or to some or one of them, the sum of nine pence weekly and every week, so long as the said bastard child shall be chargeable to the said parish of Barrington in case she shall not nurse and take care of the said child herself.

Given under our hands and seals the day and year first above written.

W. Hanning

H. P. Collins


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