|John Le Haire||[<1628 - >1662]||MMFMFFFFFFF|
Married: Anne Le Roy
State Papers, Domestic - Charles I, CCCCXCVII - August 1643:
Information of John Van Hæsdonck, gent., to William Earl of Newcastle, Lord General of all his Majesty's forces in the northern parts, against Captain Antonio Vernatts, or Vernatti, his agents and soldiers. Informant has had special employment in his Majesty's service for divers months past, and has several tenants by lease in the Level of Hatfield Chase, viz., Hubert Le Roy, John Wantier, Charles Waterlow, John Le Haire, Edward Outibrigg, and others all of them in quiet possession when informant entered his Majesty's service. About that time Vernatts, who was at the suit of informant imprisoned for debt in the King's Bench, escaped, and in malice against Hæsdonck and his tenants, and taking advantage of his absence, did with his agents forcibly enter the possessions of his tenants, pulled down one of their houses, four children being therein, took most of their last year's corn and divers cattle, saying there is no law in force, that he would fire their houses, and intended to raise a troop of horse to take all the rest of their goods. The said tenants receiving such cruel dealing and hard usage from Vernatts and his agents, did May 16 last at Sheffield, petition your Excellency for restitution and protection, and you referred their petition to Sir William Savile and Sir Ralph Hansby, who appointed a time and place for examination of their complaints, and to hear the parties on both sides; and the petition and order being shown to Vernatti, nevertheless he still detained their goods from Hæsdonck and his tenants. Upon the said poor tenants' petition you likewise granted them your protection in writing, dated May 16 last, against plundering or molesting their persons, houses, families, goods, or chattels; howbeit Captain Vernatts being well acquainted with the protection, hath since, contrary to it, plundered the houses of the tenants, pillaged their goods, and committed divers barbarous acts upon them, who for prevention therof showed him the protection, which he not only put in his pocket and detains, and still keeps slighting it in all his actions and speeches; but he hath since in most wilful contempt thereof acted many outrages upon the tenants as more fully appears by the following articles against him:
- He and his soldiers when Gainsborough was assaulted by the Parliament's forces, of which he had notice, and wherein he might have done the King better service, broke open Le Roy's house, took out divers household goods, and carried Le Roy prisoner to his house, where he detained him till he paid 10l., and kept his wife a prisoner also.
- He hath since the 5th of August instant, by his agents, threshed and carried away nearly 14 quarters of [corn being] Le Roy's goods.
- He, against all law, equity, and conscience, gained divers horses into his troop from his poor neighbours, on pretence of buying them, promising ready money for the same, and having got the possession and price thereof, detains the horses from the owners without one penny payment. Instances given. And he with seven of his soldiers did, August 1, forcibly enter Wantier's house, and turned him, his wife and children thereout, and detains it from them by force.
- About July 5 last, four or five of his soldiers came in a very terrifying manner to Waterlow's house, with their pistols cocked, to take Waterlow, and threatened to drive away all his goods, and burn his house, and then drove away eight of his beasts; and for safety of his life and the rest of his goods he was forced to ride away with two horses though newly taken from the plough.
- Shortly before that, about 12 of his soldiers took by force from Waterlow, for their captain's use, two mares with which he was ploughing, and he detains them without payment or promising anything for them. And on July 17 last his soldiers most deperately assaulted Waterlow near his house, and threatened to kill or take him prisoner, and take two other mares from him, and for preservation of his life he was suddenly enforced to desert his house; by which unwarrantable acts Waterlow dare neither go to the church, plough, burn his ground, nor manage his husbandry.
- About July 5 last, four, or five of his soldiers came in a very riotous manner to Le Haire's house, and threatened to take away all his goods and burn his house.
- His soldiers, a little before July 5, did by force and arms take from Le Haire, for their captain's use, a nag and a mare with which he was ploughing, and he yet detains them without any payment; by reason of which acts Le Haire dare neither go to church, plough, nor attend his husbandry.
- Vernatts, about August 5 last, with Christopher Stubbs and nine more soldiers, forcibly broke open Le Haire's house, and turned his wife and children out of doors.
- For the better countenancing these outrages and most illegal acts, Vernatti usually told the tenants that he had done nothing against them but by direction of Sir Wm. Savile and Sir Ralph Hansby.
- For redress of these outrages, continuance of the tenants in their possessions till the law otherwise determined the same, and for restitution of the poor men's goods, as also for bringing Captain Vernatts and his agents to condign punishment, Van Hæsdonck, August 3 last, petitioned your Excellency at Gainsborough, and you referred it to a council of war; and Sir Will. Widdrington president thereof, wrote under the petition, and signed it as follows: Sir, the differences betwixt you and petitioner being referred by his Excellency to Sir William Savile and Sir Ralph Hansby, it is my Lord General's pleasure that you forbear to use violence in anything concerning petitioner, and that restitution be made for what hath been taken by any of your soldiers, your servant, William Widdrington. To Captain Vernatts. Which petition and order were on August 7 instant showed to Captain Vernatts in the sight of his whole troop, and restitution demanded, and that no further violence should be offered the poor men. Howbeit he did by his agents on the same day in contempt of Sir Wm. Widdrington's order, forcibly enter upon Waterlow's possession, and by force took thence a quarter of rape-seed.
- On the same day he by force took from Le Haire two quarters two quarters of rape-seed.
- On the same day he with divers of his soldiers took by force from Le Roy over three quarters of rape-seed; and on August 9 entered Le Roy's house, turned him and his family out of doors, and detains the same by force. One Mr. Bradley, who hath been served with the said order, and is one of the Captains agents, still holds possession of the house from Le Roy, and will not tender any obedience to the said order.
State Papers, Domestic - Commonwealth, CXXVI - 15 April 1656:
[Full text, as taken from the Proceedings of the Huguenot Society. SPD contains only a summary. The original spelling, as given in the Proceeding, is used throughout]
The humble pettition of the poore Protestant strangers, being both French and Dutch, inhabitants within the Levell of Hatfield Chace, and parts adjacent, in the Countyes of Yorke, Lincolne, and Nottingham, [To Lord Protector Oliver Cromwell]
Sheweth, That your pettitioners not haueing the libertye to exercise the Protestant religion in theyr native countryes, did flye into England, and settle theyr families within the said Levell, and had a church erected att Sandtofte, where they had peaceably assembled for almoste twenty yeares.
That diuers of the inhabitants of the Isle of Axholme, in the County of Lincolne afforesaid, in a moste barbarous and inhumane m[anner] ryotously destroyed the corne and rapes, exposeing them to th[e] extremity of cold and famine.
That the sayd ryoters, esteeming it a little thinge to haue berefte your pettitioners of theyr estates and liuely hood (which they had formerly not accounted deare to them in competition with theyr religion, except they should haue demollished the House of God likewise), did breake doune the windowes, doores, seates and iron thereof. And findinge that, as your pettitioners frequented not theyr Church because it was not conueniently accomodated to God's worshipe, soe neither would they discontinue theyr assembling thear, notwithstanding it was soe defaced, made it a slaughterhouse, and a stable, and buryed carryon in the same.
That the sayd ryoters findinge all theyr irreligeos practices ineffectual to the keepinge your pettitioners from meeting att theyr soe noyesome and ruinated place of God's holy worshipe, Mr. Danyell Noddell, Sollicitor to the said Isle, with seuerall inhabitants thereof, came to the said Church on the Lord's day, and with armes enforced them thence, sayeinge that vnlesse your pettitioners were stronger that they, your pettitioners should not come there.
That in pursuance of an Order of the Councell of State, and Writt of Assistance out of his Highness' Court of Exchequer, inioyneinge the possession of part of the controverted lands to the Participiants of the said improuement, Nathaniell Readinge Esq., one of the Participants, haueinge taken possession thereof accordingly, gaue order for the cleanseinge and repairinge of the sayd Church.
That on the one and twentieth day of January last, seuerall the inhabitants of the said Isle (with whome the said Mr. Noddell was, att theyr setting forwards), being armed with guns and diuers other weapons, did come to the said Church, and did beate downe the windowes, dores, seates, and pulpitt, and haueinge layd them in heapes within the said Church, did sett them on fyer, and threatned to pull downe the stone and tymber thereof, and offered to sell the same.
That your pettitioner did make the former perticulars appeare before the Committee of the Longe Parliament, but the said Order of the Councell, not beinge putt in execution for the tryall of the ryoters, nor any thinge inflicted on them though they were excepted in the Generall Act of Pardon, your pettitioners have not onely been impoverished by theyr expensive attendance in expectation of reliefe, but the ryoters, makeinge an eivell vse of theyr impunity for theyr former wickednesse, haue thereby been anymated in theise latter villanyes.
Since your highnesse' zeale for God's glory engaged you to soe great a tendernesse for the distresed Protestants in Sauoy, your most disconsolate pettitioners do humbly pray that the Order annexed may bee renewed, and that they may bee freed from the violence of those cruell men, and may in peace assemble at the House of God, and such provision, as the Lord shall moue your hart vnto, bee made for theyr former sufferings and future safety: And as they fled hither from persecution for protection, and accounted themselues most happy that the Lord hath made your Highnesse theyr protector, soe shall theyr soules continually beseech and bless God for your Highnesse.
Dated 18 March 1655/6, Signed by
Jean De Kerhuel, Jean Egar, Lieuin Manié, John Le Talle, Jaques Le Roy, James Pinchon, Jehan Le Houcgh, James Hancar, Jacob Descamps, Christienne Smaghues, Jacob Venneille, Jaques Hernue, Charle De Lanoy, John Cuuelie, Anthoinne Hapio, Charle Vaterlo, Danniel Du Verliez, James Becue, Isaac De Lannoy, John Le Haier, Joel Delespiere, Jan Gokelar, Piere Egar, Pierre Du Quenne, Kaerel Pryem, Isanbaer Savatt, Charle Gribau, Samuel Le Talle, John Amory, John Beharel, John Le Hooke ju, Dauid Le Talle, Jehan Du Mollin, André Maniez, Leuren Descou, Osse Le Grand, Vincent Caillet, Jacque Du Bois, Michee Amory, John Amory ju, Peeter Castell, Dauid Morillion, Isaac Amory, Jean Pinchon, Jacques Hernu ju, Phillippe Hennoc, Alisander Foster, Isaac Hancar, Abscalon Le Gran[d], Sidrac Morillion, Samuel Morillion, Jacque Goglær, Jan Dauerow.
This petition was referred to the Council, and after investigations, judgement given in favour of the petitioners. See State Papers, Domestic - Commonwealth CXXIX 21 August 1656
Two Jean Le Hairs were rated at 1 hearth in the Hearth Tax at Thorney CAM in 1662, 1664-5 and 1666, but not in 1674. I take these entries to refer to Jean and his son John.
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