“Really and Truly the Father”, Volume 1 Bastardy Affidavits from Newcastle District (1837-1849), United Counties of Northumberland & Durham (1850-1861)
The passage of a law in 1837 imposing liability on the fathers of bastard children resulted in numerous affidavits being filed. These affidavits or oaths were sworn in the presence of a Justice of the Peace by the young women, and were considered the first step in a legal case against the father. This collection of affidavits covers the entire Newcastle District (including Peterborough County), until the district system was abolished; it then carries on with oaths from the United Counties of Northumberland & Durham.
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