Historical Articles

This page contains short pieces of information drawn from apprenticeship records, newspapers, parish registers and quarter session records. Most of the items relate to Suffolk.


01/01/1773 Quarter Sessions

John Wing charged with begetting Sarah Fuller with child which child is born a Bastard and become chargeable to the Parish of Old Newton is ordered to stand committed until discharged by due course of law.

Reference: 1773 Ipswich 49R Old Newton Bastardy order.


01/01/1782 Quarter Sessions

William Campbell Lord of the Manor of Melford in the County of Suffolk - Deputation to John Fuller of Melford as his Gamekeeper issuant to the statute.


02/05/1783 Quarter Sessions

John Earthy of Stowmarket, victualler, conditioned to prefer an indictment at the next Assizes against William Smith, late of Stowmarket aforesaid, worsted weaver, for stealing a deal box containing above 20 in gold, silver and halfpence, the property of the said John Earthy and others.

Taken in court:

Conditioned as to the said John Earthy that Elizabeth, the wife of Robert Barnard of Stowmarket aforesaid, labourer; Elizabeth the wife of the said John Earthy; and Edmund Baley, a servant of John Earthy appear at the next Assizes and give evidence on the above indictment. And as to said Joshua Flack and Hugh Cannon that they appear there and give evidence on the same indictment.

Reference: 1783 Ipswich 45R, Stowmarket, Legal Surety.


01/01/1786 Quarter Sessions

Robert Seagriff charged on the oath of Mary Fuller of the parish of Onehouse with begetting her with child which is likely to be born a Bastard and to become chargeable to the said Parish of Onehouse is ordered to be discharged.

Reference: 1786 Ipswich 9R Onehouse Bastardy charge.


01/01/1786 Quarter Sessions

John Tricker charged on the oath of Sarah Fuller of the Parish of Onehouse with begetting her with child which child is likely to be born a Bastard and to become chargeable to the said parish of Onehouse is ordered to be discharged.

Reference: 1786 Ipswich 9R Onehouse Bastardy charge.


09/10/1801 Quarter Sessions

Recognizances entered into since the last sessions:

Deborah Ames, Amelia the wife of James Wright, and Mary the wife of Abraham Sutton to answer an indictment to be preferred against them by Orbell Ray for a larceny.

Charles Davy and John Barnard to give evidence on the above.

Reference: 1801 Ipswich 17R, Recognizance.


05/12/1801 Ipswich Journal

The General Sessions of the Peace and General Gaol Delivery for this town and borough, will be held on the Moothall on Monday, the 21st. Dec. inst. At 10 o'clock in the forenoon.

Lieut. Thos. Pulham, of the Royal Navy, was made a master and commander, in the East Indies, on the 11th. June last. This deserving officer has been 20 years in the navy, and 18 in actual service.

At a meeting of the non-commissioned officers and privates of the Norfolk, Loddon, and Clavering troop of Volunteer Yeomanry Cavalry, on Wednesday last, it was unanimously agreed to offer a continuance of their services, and to hold themselves in readiness to defend their King and Constitution, free of expence to Government: at the same timethe corps begged Capt. Smyth and the Officers to accept their warmest thanks, for their greatest attention to them from the year 1794 to the present period, and that Capt. Smyth will make a tender of their service to their Sovereign, in what manner he thinks most fit.

Tuesday [30/11/1801] was married Mr. Cason [sic], of St. Clement's in this town, to Miss Wright, St. Margaret's. [John Caston married Anna Maria Wright at Ipswich, St. Margaret.]

Thursday 03/12/1801] was married Mr. Orbell, haberdasher, to Miss Biggs, both of Bury. [John Orbell married Deborah Ann Biggs at Bury St. Edmunds, St. James.]

Yesterday sev'nninght died Mr. Cowell, of Mulbarton, father of Mr. Cowell, merchant here.

On Saturday last died, Miss Mary Beard, only daughter of Mr. Beard of Creeting.

Monday died of a dropsy, Mrs. Ann Norman. Aged 61, of the Lower Hamlet, in this town.

Tuesday died in a deep decline, at Mrs. Flindell's, in St. Clement's Church Lane, in this town, Miss Arabella Wilson, aged 19.

Same day died, at the Rev. Dr. Macleod's, rector of Weeley, near Colchester, Mr. Macleod, in his 90th. Year, father of the above gentleman.

An unfortunate circumstance occurred at Latchingdon, Essex, in the night of Wednesday se'nninght, during the high wind. The barn doors of John Tye, of that place, were blown open, and 5 horses out of 6 died the next day, from eating of wheat which lay dressed in the barn, and which, from the above accident, they were admitted to.

Wednesday morning, about 6 o'clock, a fire broke out in the wash house of Mr. S. Betts, of Colchester, tinplate worker. It was occasioned by some timber near the chimney belonging to the copper, having got heated, which had been used for washing the day preceding. Fortunately the engines were soon at hand, and there being a plentiful supply of water, it was soon got under.

Yesterday se'nnight a slaughter house in Bearlane, Colchester, was robbed of 2 fat sheep and a quarter of beef, the property of Mr. Nunn.

Sunday se'nnight Jacob Fuller was committed to our New Gaol by S. Uvedale, Esq. for destroying game, without having obtained the certificate required for that purpose, to pay a fine of 20 or to be imprisoned for 3 months.

Saturday last James Marshall was committed to the above prison by thos. Maynard. Esq. Of Hoxne.

Same day Joseph Waymen was committed by the Right Hon. Lord Chedworth and John Gibson, Esq. For stealing a silverwatch, the property of Abraham Payne, jun. of this town.


08/05/1802 Ipswich Journal

Mary Fuller of Saxmundham, sister of the late Osborne Fuller of Carlton Hall died 08/05/1802.


26/07/1803 Ipswich Journal

Mrs. Fuller, widow of Osborn Fuller esquire of Carlton Hall died.


19/07/1811 Quarter Sessions

Recognizances entered into sincee the last sessions:

William Barnard to answer Stowmarket in bastardy.

Reference: 1811 Ipswich, 105R, Bastardy.


30/01/1813 Ipswich Journal

DIED: On the 8th. Inst. In the 101st. Year of her age, Mrs. Fayers, widow of the late Mr. D. Fayers, of Brettenham, Suffolk.
Thursday se'nnight aged 69, Mr. Robert Fuller, of Buxhall, Suffolk.


11/09/1813 Ipswich Journal

On Saturday last a melancholy accident happened at Hitcham, in this county: As Mr. Robert Snelling, farmer of the above place, and an intimate friend, were shooting, the gun of the latter accidentally went off, and shot Mr. Snelling in the leg, which was so much shattered that amputation was immediately required, but he died within an hour after the operation. The deceased was about 35 years of age, was greatly respected and has left a wife and four children to lament his loss.
By an inquisition taken before J. Wayman, Gent., on Monday last it appeared that Mr. Snelling's friend was walking behind him, having his gun under his arm with the mouth downwards when Mr. Snelling suddenly turned round, his leg touched the gun which went off and the above consequences ensued.

Verdict: Accidental Death.

Ipswich Coroner's Report by J. Wayman on Monday 6th. September 1813 on Robert Snelling.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal


On Wednesday next, the 22nd. September,

The Household Furniture of a Lady in Orford, who has changed her residence; comprising 4 post and other bedsteads, with printed cotton furnitures, good goose featherbeds, bolsters and pillows, blankets and counterpanes, round about bedside carpet, Scotch ditto, 3 by 3 1/2 yards, in good preservation, 2 chests of drawers, swing glasses, and night chair, 2 mahogany dining tables, one ditto with extra leaf, pembroke, card, and tea ditto, bronze tea and coffee urns, with silver cocks, in good preservation, handsome oval mahogany tea trays, a set of castors in morocco stand, 2 pair plated card candle sticks, 10 walnuttree hair seated chairs, 2 elbow ditto to match, forks, polished fender and fire irons, Dutch oven, 5 dozen glass bottles, copper tea kettle, ditto saucepans, china, glass and earthen ware, brewing and washing utensils.

Sale begins at Ten o'clock.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal




On Wednesday next, the 22nd. September, 1813,

All the Farming Live and Dead Stock, Implements, Household Furniture, etc., of the late Mr. SAMUEL ROBINSON, deceased, at Combs, comprising 4 strong useful cart mares and geldings, 5 heifers nearly fat, 2 good waggons, 2 tumbrils, very good ploughs and harrows, cart and plough harness, cow cribs, forks, rakes, barn implements, etc. The Furniture comprises 4 post bedsteads, with morine and otheer furnitures, very good featherbeds and bedding, tables, chairs, chests with drawers, 2 clocks, fire irons, earthen ware, brewing and washing coppers, mash and wort tubs, barrel churn, milk keelers, and other effects, to be fuuly expressed in catalogues, to be daily distributed, and may be had at place of sale, and of the Auctioneer, West Farm, Bradfield.

Sale to begin at 11 exactly.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal


On Monday, Sept. 27, and following day,

ALL the neat Household Furniture and Effects, on the Premises, at Yoxford, late in the occupation of Mr. FULLER, Draper, Grocer, etc.

Further particulars will be given.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal



On Monday the 27th. September instant,

The Farming, Live and Dead Stock, Agricultural Implemets, etc. of Mr. PYM, leaving the farm called Longs, in the parish of Hartest; comprising 8 captial cart mares and geldings (several of the mares in foal), 4 promising year-old colts, 1 foal, 4 excellent milch cows, and 2 beautiful heifers in calf, 2 sows, 4 shoats, 3 road and harvest waggons, 3 narrow wheel tumbrels, half load ditto, clover frame, good scarifer, ploughs, harrows, roll, cart and plough harness, dairy utensils, some useful household furniture, to be set forth in catalogues, to be had at the public houses in the neighboiurhood, place of sale, and of the Auctioneer. Sale to begin at ten o'clock.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal




On Wednesday the 29th. September,

The Capital Live and Dead Stock, Agricultural Implements, neat Household Furniture, etc. of Mr. ROBERT OSBORN FULLER, leaving Ravens Hall Farm, Lindsey, near Hadleigh: comprising 7 good strong Suffolk cart mares and geldings, 3 promising year-old colts, 2 good suckerels, a five year old saddle mare, 2 good milch cows, 3 homebred bullocks nearly fat, and some poultry, good road waggon, 2 harvest carriages, 2 tunbrils, very good ploughs and harrows, cart and plough harness, capital lead milk trays, keelers, pails, and churn, brewing and washing coppers, mash and other tubs, boilers, and saucepans, sound sweet hogshead beer casks; lofty 4 post mahogany bedsteads, with cotton and morine furnitures, featherbeds and bedding, tables, chairs, chest with drawers, pier and dressing glasses, bureau and secretary, handsome eight day clock, mahogany case, china, glass, and earthen ware, good kitchen furniture, etc. the whole of which will be set forth in catalogues, to be had at the public houses in the neighbour hood; place of sale; and of the Auctioneer, West Farm, Bradfield. Sale to begin precisely at Ten o'clock, on account of the great number of lots.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal


On Thursday, September 30, 1813, on a Farm and Premises in Pulham St. Mary Magdalen, now in the occupation of A. P. MANCLARKE, Esq. (which Farm Mr. M. has put off),

All the Live and Dead Farming Stock, consisting of horses, colts, cows, sheep, swine, carriages, harness and various agricultural implements, of which further particular will be given.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal


On Friday, October 1, 1813, and following day,

All the neat and useful Household Furniture of Mrs. MILLER, dec. at her late dwelling house, in Beccles, Suffolk; comprising a general and useful assortment of every household requisite.

And precisely at Twelve o'clock on the First Day's Sale,

Will be Sold by Auction, on the Premises.

(Subject to such Conditions as will be then produced,)

All that Freehold, Sash-fronted Dwelling-house and Premises, pleasantly situated opposite the Church, the property and late in the occupation of the said Mrs. Miller; comprising 2 parlors in front, 2 kitchens, store room, pantry, wash-house, good cellars, etc. drawing room, 4 chambers, dressing room, 2 attics, small yard and garden, share of a pump with excellent water, and every other convenience. The whole in substantial repair. Further particulars may be had of Messrs. Kingsbury and Margitson, Bungay, and viewed on application to Miss Barrett, on the premises.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal

One of the best Situations for TRADE in the County.




On the Premises, the beginning of October,

If not sooner disposed of by Private Contract,

All that well-known old-established good accustomed Inn or Public-house called the BELLS, most advantageously situated at Felsham, Suffolk, with a capital brewhouse, ample cellerage, good stabling, an excellent new erected maltoffice, 20 coombs steep, butcher's shop, slaughter house, yards, and good garden; also several dwelling houses, wheelwright's shop, barn, and about 8 acres of most extraordinary good arable and pasture land, all very contiguous, now in the occupation of Mr. George Scott, the proprietor, who will give possessionat Michaelmas next, having engaged another concern.

Particulars next week.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal



STIFFORD, on the Road to South End,

With Offices, Gardens, Pleasure Grounds, Meadow and Wood Land, about Twenty Acres


At Garraways, on Thursady, the 7th. October, at Twelve,


A FREEHOLD ESTATE, STIFFORD LODGE, comprising an elegant compact family residence, pieced on a lawn, a fine commanding situation at Stifford, on the road to South End, and only 17 miles from London by the new Commercial road. The Villa is erected on a hansome elevation, stuccoed and viranda round, planned for the accommodation of a Gentleman's family, with excellent apartments, handsomely fitted up, and every requisite office, good cellars under the house, an enclosed roomy yard, neat dairy, a capital lifting pump, with well of fine water, 2 coach-houses and stables for 11 horses, harness room, etc. and various outbuildings, recently erected, 2 productive kitchen gardens, walled round, planted with the choicest fruit trees, mellon ground, capital range of hot-houses, green-house, grapery, etc. pleasure grounds tastefully disposed with dry gravel walks and thriving plantations, farm yard and buildings, meadow and wood land, the whole upwards of 20 acres, all in the most complete order, and immediate possession may be had.

To be viewed with tickets. Particulars may be had on the premises; of Mr. Holt; Dog and Partridge, Stifford; the Ship, at Grays; White Hart, Bromley; Hotel, Poor Fleet; Black Boy, Chelmsford; White Hart, Brentwood, and Romford of Mr. Jackson, Grays Inn; and of Mr. Robins, Warwick street, Golden-square, where an elevation of the house and plan of the estate may be seen.


18/09/1813 Ipswich Journal



On Friday, the 8th. of October, and following day,

ALL the truly Valuable Farming Live and Dead Stock, Agricultural Implements, and other Effects, of the late Mr. JEWERS, deceased, at Rattlesden Hall Farm, near Stowmarket. Particulars in future papers.


16/10/1813 Ipswich Journal

Sunday last died at Finborough, much respected, in the 22nd. year of her age, Mrs. Osborn, wife of Mr. John Osborn junior, farmer, of Rattlesden.


16/04/1814 Ipswich Journal

DIED: Lately aged 84, Mrs. Fuller, wife of Mr. Fuller, of Buxhall, Suffolk.


06/07/1816 Ipswich Journal

DIED: Sunday se'ennight aged 67, Mr. Timothy Fuller, baker, of Stowmarket.


16/10/1816 Ipswich Journal

Suffolk Game Duty:

Year 1816, pursuant to an Act of Parliament, granting a Duty on such Certificates.

General Certificates 3 13s 6d.

Gamekeepers' Certificates at 3 13s 6d.

Gamekeepers' Certificates at 3 5s



18/04/1817 Quarter Sessions

George Barnard of Stowmarket, blacksmith, in 20 [sic]

John Barnard of Stowmarket

Conditioned for appearance at next sessions to answer complaint of Stowmarket on a charge of bastardy on Mary Jacobs.

Reference: 1817 Ipswich, 105R, Recognizance.

[Note that there was a marriage on 16/06/1817 at Onehouse between George Barnard and Mary Jacobs. George Barnard originated from Hoxne, and he and Mary moved there after their marriage.]


01/06/1817 Quarter Sessions

George Barnard, committed for want of sureties in a case of bastardy, is ordered to be discharged, he having found such sureties.

Reference: 1817 Ipswich, 152V, Discharge.


15/08/1818 Ipswich Journal

The Creditors of the late Robert Osbourn Fuller, Gent., deceased, at Buxhall are requested to send an account of their demands to Mr. Richard Osbourn of Nedging, or Mr. George Biddell, of Bradfield, his executors, within one month from the date hereof, in order to their being discharged, and all persons who stand indebted to the said deceased are required to pay the same as above, August 5th. 1818.


16/07/1819 Quarter Sessions

Samuel Barnard and William Collins to give evidence.

Mary Ann Barnard to prosecute Robert Webb for assault.

Reference: 1819 Ipswich, 66V, Recognizance.


14/01/1820 Quarter Sessions

Recognizances entered into since the last sessions:

James Barnard to answer Buxhall in bastardy.

Reference: 1820 Ipswich, 96R, Buxhall, Bastardy.


13/01/1826 Quarter Sessions

... Barker, John Suttle, Henry Barnard, Lionel Gallant, Henry Barnard [sic], Nelson Hearn, Thomas Tricker, Isaac Driver and John Fenton.

Severally convicted of a riot and assault upon the Constables of Stowmarket in the execution of their office on the fifth November, are severally ordered to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour in the county gaol for the respective terms following, viz. Lionel Gallant, three months; Elisha Barker, John Suttle, Henry Barnard, Nelson Hearn and Henry Barnard, two months; and Thomas Tricker, Isaac Driver and John Fenton one week.

John Chiverton and [blank] Green severally acquitted upon the same indictment.

Reference: 1826 Ipswich, 387, Stowmarket, Riot.


13/12/1828 Huntingdon, Bedford and Peterborough Gazette

A fellow named W. Webb was committed to Hertford Gaol on Thursday se'nnight [04/12/1828], charged on the coroner's warrant, for the manslaughter of Joseph Joslin, by throwing a stone at him, and eventually producing a locked jaw.


23/04/1830 Quarter Sessions

George Barnard and Valentine Barnard, severally convicted of an assault upon a Constable in the execution of his office, to be imprisoned and kept to hard labour in the county gaol for the terms following, namely the said George Barnard for three months and the said Valentine Barnard for two months.

Reference: 1830 Ipswich, 335, Assault.


23/03/1839 Ipswich Journal


George Barnard, 40, convicted of having broken into the dwelling-house of Elizabeth Symonds, at Stowmarket: to be transported for 10 years.


05/05/1849 Ipswich Journal





13/07/1850 Hertford Mercury and Reformer

Felonious Assault at Great Hormead

Charles Baker, aged 34, shepherd, of Braughing, was charged with having, about the hour of twelve, on the night of Saturday, the 8th. of June, at the parish of Great Hormead, feloniously and burglariously broken into and entered the dwelling-house of John Tofts and James Tofts, with intent to steal the goods of the said John and James Tofts, and with having then and there, feloniously and of malice aforethought, struck and assaulted the said John and James Tofts. — Sentenced to be transported for 10 years.


25/09/1852 Herts. Guardian, Agricultural Journal, and General Advertiser

INQUEST — On Saturday last [18/09/1852] an inquest was held at the [Hertford] Infirmary, before T. Sworder, Esq., coroner, on the body of James Baker. The deceased (36 years of age) was in the employ of Mr. Dutton, farmer, of Hoddesdon, who had bought some of the crops on the farm occupied by the late Mr. Newman, at Bayford. On Monday week the deceased and three other men were employed at Bayford in carting clover; they left work about a quarter past seven, and proceeded homewards with an unloaded cart and two horses; deceased was the driver and the other men got in the cart to ride home. When they got within half a mile of the Horns public house the men in the cart missed Baker, and going back a quarter of mile, they found him lying in the road insensible, the cart having passed over him. They went to sleep very soon after they got into the cart, and were asleep when the accident happened. Baker was conveyed to the Infirmary where he died, from internal injury, on Friday evening. Verdict, "Accidental death".


21/09/1858 South Australian Advertiser


Monday, September 20 1858 - ...

Same day - The ship African, 774 tons, Josiah Gibson, master, from London May 4. P. Levi, agent. Passengers - Adam, Fanny, Fanny, Lucy, Archibald and Mary Jaffray. Susan Stirling, Henry Simpson, William and Mary Ann Dovell, Thomas Joyce, and Henry Garrett in the cabin; John Roberts, Harriet Burns, Esther and Abraham Delevante, Julia, Topsy, Catherine, and Esther Hains in the steerage.


30/12/1874 Morning Post


Yesterday morning Mr. W. J. Payne held an inquiry at the Essex Head Tavern respecting the death of Cornelius Osborne.

Frederick Edwards said he was a cabman. On Christmas morning he was waiting outside Ludgate Hill Station, when deceased, who came from the station, asked him what he would charge to take him to Westminster bridge. Witness said 1s. 6d. The deceased said "All right," and got into the cab. On arriving near the Temple stairs deceased pulled the reins and jumped out, remarking "This will do; I did not know I was so near." He then walked to the river side of the Embankment, and, after saying "Good night," he jumped on the parapet and swung himself over into the Thames.

Mr. W. Moore, inspector of the Thames Police, produced the following extraordinary letter:
"London, Christmas Eve.
"My dear Brother, — This will be the last letter you will everget from me. Had you sent my money when I wrote to you for it I should not have done what I have done. Please to pay attention to my last remarks and my last requests. I have written a line to all my friends, which you will post as soon as you have them in your possession. My watch is for your eldest. My ring, cigar-case, and silk hadnkerchief to my friend (a lady at Ipswich, whose address is given in the letter), and my other property. I have paid for everything up to 5.30. I wish my death to be advertised in the Suffolk and Norfolk papers in full. I have stated my wish elsewhere so I thank you to carry my request in full, and not have it reported that you have not done so. I am in my full senses, so therefore the coroner and jury need not return a verdict of insanity, for I am not going to starve and beg to oblige and please you and yours. You have my money, and now you can do what you like, as I prefer death to starvation at any time. (Signed) Cornelius Osborne."

"Born 1848, died 24th. December, 1874. Aged 26 years 5 months and 24 days."

Mr. Jabez Osborne, of 4 Granville Terrace, Ipswich, a brother of the deceased, said that deceased came into some money on the death of his father, all of which he had spent, and witness had supplied him with a cheque now and then. He received an application for money a day or two before his death, but the letter was put in the fire. Deceased was looking after a situation, but could not obtain one. He heard deceased say that he would destroy his life and would not work.

Mr. Poulton, of 119 High Holborn, said the deceased had lodged with him for nine weeks. On Christmas Eve he said he could not get on, so he should go and dine with the devil on Christmas. He afterwards said he should commit suicide. Witness thought he was joking.

The jury returned a verdict of temporary insanity.


01/10/1926 The Press (Canterbury, New Zealand)

PONDER - On September 30th., at her residence, 94 Rugby Street, Merivale, Pamela, dearly loved wife of Arthur Robert Ponder.


30/04/1940 Sydney Morning Herald

FULLER - April 27, 1940 at her home, Stanhope Road, Killara. Emily, wife of J. H. Fuller, mother of Mrs. S. V. Toose and J. A. Fuller. Privately creanted.