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County Quarter Sessions involving people from Dorney (1678 to 1733)

Extracted from the Buckinghamshire Record Society transcript of the Quarter Sessions Calendars from 1678 to 1733

 

EASTER SESSION, 1679

Presentments of the petty constables

…Mr. Henry Palmer and Marmaduke Dorrell, gentleman, both of Dorney…for recusancy.

[Recusancy was the state of those who refused to attend Anglican services during the history of England and Wales and of Ireland; these individuals were known as recusants.]

 

EASTER SESSION, l680

Petty constables sworn.

Dorney . . . . William Smith vice Godfrey Bernard

[A parish constable, also known as a petty constable, was a law enforcement officer, usually unpaid and part-time, serving a parish]

 

CHRISTMAS SESSION, l680-81

Indictments

John Darrell, Henry Palmer, and Marmaduke Darrell, gentlemen, all of Dorney, for being popish recusants for three months

 

EASTER SESSION, 1681

Petty constables sworn

Dorney . . . . John Warwick vice William Smith

 

MICHAELMAS SESSION, 1682

Presentments of the petty constables

John Dollynge, Andrew Brother, and [blank] Batchellor, all of Dorney…for being absent from church

 

CHRISTMAS SESSION, 1682-83

Indictments

John Dollynge, Andrew Brother, and William Batchellor, all of Dorney…for being absent from church for three months

 

EASTER SESSION, 1683

Petty constables sworn

Dorney . . . . William Barr vice Edward Clisby

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION AT BUCKINGHAM

12 July, 1683

Indictments

William Batchellor, John Dollyn, and Andrew Brothers, all of Dorney… “for riotously and unlawfully assemblynge themselves.”

 

MICHAELMAS SESSION AT CHEPPING WYCOMBE

7 October, 1686

Indictments

William Barr of Dorney, for making a ditch and a hedge in the highway from Maydenhead to Windsor

 

EASTER SESSION, 1687

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . Daniel Inwood vice John Manerd

[Tithingman - A parish officer elected annually to preserve good order in the church during divine service, to make complaint of any disorderly conduct, and to enforce the observance of the Sabbath.]

 

EASTER SESSION, 1688

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . Thomas Grove vice Daniel Inwood

 

EASTER SESSION, 1689

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . William Barre vice Thomas Grove

 

EASTER SESSION, 1690

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . Andrew Brothers vice William Barre

 

MICHAELMAS SESSION, 169O

Recognizances extended.

Joseph Street of Dorney, victualler, in £20, with Daniel Winter, hatter, and Humphrey Clark, yeoman, both of Dorney, as sureties in £10 each, to keep the peace towards Thomas Godlyman.

[Recognizance - a bond by which a person undertakes before a court or magistrate to observe some condition, especially to appear when summoned]

 

EPIPHANY SESSION AT AYLESBURY

15th January, 1690-91 [2 William and Mary]

Recognizances extended.

Joseph Street of Dorney, victualler, in £20, with Daniel Winter, hatter, and Humphrey Clark, yeoman, both of Dorney, as sureties in £10 each, to keep the peace towards Thomas Godliman.

 

EASTER SESSION, 1691

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn.

Dorney . . . . John Marsh vice Andrew Brothers.

 

Recognizances extended.

Joseph Street of Dorney, victualler, in £20, with Daniel Winter, hatter, and Humphrey Clark, yeoman, both of Dorney, as sureties in £10 each, to keep the peace towards Thomas Godlyman.

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION, 1691

Recognizances discharged.

Joseph Street of Dorney, victualler

 

EASTER SESSION, 1692

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . Thomas Costard vice John Nash

 

EASTER SESSION, 1693

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . John Carter vice Thomas Coster

 

EASTER SESSION, 1694

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . Richard Sudden vice John Carter

 

EASTER SESSION, 1695

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . Eusebius Windsor vice Richard Suding

 

EASTER SESSION, 1696

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . John Arden vice Thomas Goodchild

 

Henry Lloyd of Dorney, gentleman, was fined £2 for refusing to take the oaths contained in I William and Mary, c. 8.  The money was paid to the overseers of Dorney for the relief of the poor.

 

Recognizances discharged

Henry Lloyd and Richard Sudden, both of Dorney….Thomas Goodchild, farmer, John Appleby, blacksmith, and John Harding, farmer, all of Dorney

 

MICHAELMAS SESSION, 1696

Indictments

Henry Floyd, alias Lloyd, of Dorney, labourer, for a breach of the peace, and for assaulting Susan, wife of Henry Atkinson.  [Removed by certiorari.]

 

Order estreating [enforcing the forfeit of ] the recognizance of Henry Lloyd of Dorney, gentlemen, on account of his non-appearance to answer the indictments against him.

 

Henry Lloyd of Dorney, gentleman, forfeits his recognizance of £20 for non-appearance, and his sureties William Fellow of Boveney and Richard Sedding of Dorney, yeoman, forfeit £10 each.

 

Recognizances discharged

John Harding of Dorney, farmer….Henry Atkinson of Dorney, clerk

 

EPIPHANY SESSION AT AYLESBURY

15th January, 1696-97

Thomas Goodchild, Bartholomew Langley, and Richard Langley, all of Dorney, labourers, for rioting and for assaulting the Rev. Henry Atkinson.  [Fined £5 each and com- mitted until payment.]

 

Henry Lloyd of Dorney, gentleman, in £100 to keep the peace towards Henry Atkinson, and in £20 to appear at the Court of Exchequer, and Richard Sudden (Sedwyn) as his surety in the same amounts.

 

John Harding of Dorney, farmer, in £20, and Robert Boveingdon of Burnham, farmer, as surety in £20, for his good behaviour.

 

Recognizances entered into

Thomas Goodchilde of Dorney, and Bartholomew Langley of Dorney, all labourers, in £40 each, to appear and answer.

 

Recognizances discharged

Thomas Goodchild, farmer, and John Arden, yeoman, both of Dorney….Bartholomew Langley and Thomas Goodchild, both of Dorney, yeomen…Henry Atkinson of Dorney, clerk

 

EASTER SESSION, 1697

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . Eusebius Windsor vice John Ardin

 

Recognizances entered into

Bartholomew Langley of Dorney, yeoman, in £40, with John Ardin of Dorney, yeoman, and Jeremiah Goodchild of Great Marlow as sureties in £20 each, to keep the peace, and especially towards the Rev. Henry Atkinson.

 

Thomas Goodchild of Dorney, yeoman, in £50, with the same sureties as Langley in £25 each, for the same purpose.

 

Recognizances discharged

Bartholomew Langley of Dorney, yeoman, Jeremiah Goodchild of Great Marlow, Thomas Goodchild and John Ardin, both of Dorney, yeomen…Thomas Goodchild, husbandman, and Richard Sedding, yeoman, both of Dorney

 

MICHAELMAS SESSION, 1697

Fines and issues

Henry Lloyd of Dorney, yeoman, and his surety, Richard Sudden, similarly forfeit £100 each. [for non-appearance]

 

Recognizances discharged

Ann Gibbons of Dorney

 

EPIPHANY SESSION, 1697-98

Order estreating the recognizances of the following, on account of their non-appearance: John Harding and Robert Boveingdon, both of Dorney, husbandmen

 

Recognizances entered into

Henry Lloyd of Dorney, gentleman, in £40, with Thomas Goodchild and Bartholomew Langley, both of the same, yeomen, as sureties in £20 each, to appear and answer.

 

Fines and issues

John Harding of Dorney, husbandman, forfeits his recognizance of £20 for non-appearance, and his surety, Robert Boveingdon of Burnham, husbandman, also forfeits £20.

 

Recognizances discharged

Henry Lloyd, gentleman, Richard Sedwin, yeoman, and Charles Palmer, gentleman, all of Dorney

 

EASTER SESSION, 1698

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . John Cordwell vice Eusebius Windsor

 

General order for the arrest of Henry Lloyd of Dorney, gentleman, who was accused, on the evidence of Joseph Street of Dorney, “of haveing uttered Treasonable words against the person of his most sacred Majestie King William the Third, and is a person disaffected to the Government as now established, and of wicked and dangerous principles.”  The order was issued because the Court had been informed that Lloyd "privily lurks and hides himself in divers obscure places of this County not easily to be discovered."

 

Fines and issues

William Pix of Newport Pagnell, wheelwright, and Henry Lloyd of Dorney, gentleman, forfeited their recognizances of £40 each for non-appearance, and the two sureties of the latter, Thomas Goodchild and Bartholomew Langley, both of Dorney, yeomen, forfeited £20 each.

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION, 1698

Recognizances discharged

Robert Harber, farmer, John Cordwell, and William Finch, all of Dorney

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION, 1699

Recognizances extended

Thomas Goodchild of Dorney in £20, with Richard Sedding and John Galimore, both of Dorney, as sureties in £10 each, for his good behaviour.

 

MICHAELMAS SESSION, 1699

Thomas Goodchild of Dorney forfeited his recognizance of £20 for non-appearance, and his sureties, Richard Sedding and John Gallemore, both of Dorney, forfeited £10 each.

 

EASTER SESSION, 1700

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn.

Dorney . . . . Nathaniel Hunt vice John Gallimore.

 

EPIPHANY SESSION, 1700-01

Recognizances discharged.

John Dolling, farmer, and Elizabeth Dorrell, both of Dorney…Robert Westcott of Dorney, cordwainer.

 

Writ of capias ad respondendum [a writ or process commanding an officer to place a person under civil arrest in order to answer a charge] addressed to the sheriff in respect of the following persons:

…Richard Langley of Dorney, labourer

 

EASTER SESSION, 1701

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . William Griffin vice Nathaniel Hunt

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION, 1701

Recognizances discharged

Bartholomew Langley of Dorney, labourer

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION AT AMERSHAM

17th July, 1701

Indictments.

William Newman of East Burneham and Bartholomew Langley of Dorney, labourers, for breaking and entering the house of John Aleyn, esquire, and stealing 4 quarts of black cherry wine.  (Sess. R. 2/17)

 

EASTER SESSION, 1702

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . John Seddin vice William Griffin

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION AT AYLESBURY, CHEPPING WYCOMBE, CHESHAM,

NEWPORT PAGNELL, AND BUCKINGHAM

16th, and 27th to 30th July, 1702

Jurors for the body of the county

The following were summoned but were not sworn:

…John Dollin of Dorney (“not warned”),

 

Isaac Beddall, bailiff of the hundreds of Chiltern, fined 6s. 8d. for omitting to warn John Dollyn of Dorney for service on a jury.

 

Indictments

John Bronch of Dorney, gentleman, for assaulting Elizabeth Carter [Not guilty].

 

EASTER SESSION, 1703

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . Henry Stevens vice John Seddyn. Robert Grove and John Dolbin not sworn. 

 

EASTER SESSION, 1704

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney John Dollyn vice Henry Stevens

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION AT AYLESBURY

13th July and 12th August, 1704

Convictions of swearers

Charles Palmer of Dorney, esquire, for one oath

 

EASTER SESSION, 1705

Chief constables sworn

Burneham

John Bellfeild of Lattimasse and Richard Sedwyn of Dorney, gentlemen, vice Richard Widmore and Christopher Williamson.

 

EASTER SESSION, 1706

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney: Richard Grove vice William Turner; Thomas Costen and Thomas Goodchild not sworn. Witnesses: John Arding senior, John Dollin, John Sedding, and Eusebius Windsor. 

 

EASTER SESSION, 1707

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . John Weston vice Richard Grove; William Maskall not sworn.  Witnesses: John Auding, John Dollin, Thomas Goodchild, Richard Seding, and Richard Webb.  (Sess. R. 24/53)

 

The Court allowed a certificate, addressed to William, Lord Cowper, Lord Keeper of the Great Seal, asking him to recommend the granting of Letters Patent “to collect the Charitable benevolence of well disposed people” in aid of Humphrey Clarke and William Fellowe, both of Dorney, maltsters, who had suffered serious losses from a fire on the 7th March.  John Luffe and Samuel Roberts, bricklayers, and Robert Mewes and Thomas Ward, carpenters, certified that the structural damage amounted to £214. 4s. 6d., and Israel Hobbs, John Oliver, and Thomas Saunders, maltsters, certified that the value of the malt, corn, etc., consumed was £226. 11s. Clarke had already paid duty on 218 quarters of malt, and this duty was to be refunded to him.

 

EPIPHANY SESSION, 1707-08

The Court allowed the certificate of the loss by Humphrey Clarke of Dorney, maltster, of 218 quarters of malt consumed by fire, and the reimbursement of £10 10s. duty paid thereon.

 

EASTER SESSION, 1708

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney . . . . Jonas Humfrey vice John Weston

 

MICHAELMAS SESSION, 1709

Petty constables sworn.

Dorney . . . . Richard Sedding vice Jonas Humphreys. Thomas White not sworn. 

 

EASTER SESSION, 1710

Petty constables and tithinqmen sworn

Dorney: William Arden vice Jonas Humfry; Thomas White not sworn. Witnesses: Richard Seding, John Dollin, and William Dod. 

 

The complaint of Rebecca, wife of Humphrey Clarke of Dorney, maltster, that her husband had fraudulently made over to Michael Clarke, his son by a former wife, all his stock, cattle, and personal estate amounting to the value of £400, in order to avoid the payment of his debts and the maintenance of his wife, and that he was now a prisoner in the Fleet prison, whereby she was not able to support herself, was referred to the justices for the hundreds of Burnham and Stoke.

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION, 1710

Upon the report of the justices to whom the complaint of Rebeccah Clarke was referred, the overseers of Boveney were to allow her 6s. 8d. a week and to rate Michael Clarke £1. 6s. 8d. a month more than he was then rated in order to reimburse themselves.  If the rate was in arrear or not paid, the justices for the Hundred of Burnham were to issue their warrant for distraint.  The justices’ report found that Humphrey Clarke rented a farm in Dorney and Boveney of the annual value of £80 and had stock thereon worth more than £400; that he made over his farm and stock to John Clarke, a son by a former wife, and then voluntarily “removed himself to the prison of the Fleete there to reside” to avoid keeping his wife and paying “some few debts of hers”; and that the Fleet prison was not “a place whereunto by law, the said Rebeccah cann be sent to her husband.” John Clarke had lately died, and his widow had assigned the stock to Michael Clarke, another son of the said Humphrey, by his former wife. 

 

EASTER SESSION, 1711

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney: James Dorrill vice William Ardin; Edward Lexton not sworn.  Witnesses: William Dod, Richard Webb, Michael Clarke, and Jonas Humfrey.

 

EPIPHANY SESSION, 1711-12

Recognizances extended

William Mascall of Dorney, with William Arden and John Atkins, both of the same, as sureties, to keep the peace towards Charles Palmer, esquire. 

 

EASTER SESSION, 1st May 1712

Recognizances discharged

John Mascall, William Arden and John Atkyns all of Dorney

 

EASTER SESSION, 28th April 1715

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney: Joseph Francis vice Henry Puttenam

 

EASTER SESSION, 2nd May 1717

Petty constables and tithingmen sworn

Dorney: Nathan Hunt vice Nicholas Humphries. John Adkins not sworn. (Sess.R. 60/13)

 

EPIPHANY SESSION, 16th January 1717-18

The removal order of Thomas Godard, his wife and children from Burnham to Dorney was confirmed as he lived as a hired servant with Richard Sedding at Dorney for twelve months.  (Sess.R. 63/63)

 

EASTER SESSION, 28th April, 1720

Petty constables sworn

Dorney  John Bond vice William Griffin.  William Turner was not sworn.  Witnesses: William Dod, vicar, Richard Soding, John Weston, William Arding and Richard Webb.  (Sess. R. 71/135)

 

EASTER SESSION, 20th April, 1721

Petty Constables sworn

Dorney Henry Stevens vice John Bond

 

EASTER SESSION, 25th April, 1723

Petty constables sworn

Dorney  Robert Floyd vice William Turner

 

EASTER SESSION, 16th April, 1724

Petty constables sworn

Dorney  Richard Seddin vice Robert Floyd.  Witnesses: William Dod, vicar, Nathaniel Hunt, Henry Fellow, Richard Webb and William King. 

 

MIDSUMMER SESSION, 14th July, 1726

Indictments

John Deane of Dorney, gardener, for assault on Sarah Jarvis [Gervis], spinster. 

 

John Deane of Dorney; traversed

 

Recognizances entered into and respited

John Deane of Dorney for assault on Sarah Gervis [Jarvis], servant of Mr. Seddin of the same; sureties Richard Montague and Henry Dyment, both farmers of the same.  The said John Deane tore her clothes and “swore he would kill her, and threatened the Constable to beat his braines out when he was called up out of his Bead at 12 of Clock at night when the parson of the parish Cryed out Murder”.

 

Recognizances discharged

John Deane of Dorney