Witness Deposition – Robert Stephenson – 31 Aug 1764

Document Type: Witness Deposition
Date: 31 Aug 1764
Correspondent: Robert Stephenson
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Rob[er]t Stephenson of Milkhouse Burn Aged 42



Saith that about 8 Years ago this Dep[onen]t living in the Constabley of Hedley Wood Side he was Summned by [struck out: ‘Sam[ue]l Swalwell of Woodhead <.......>’] the then Overseer for Hedley Wood Side to do Statute work as a Cottager in repairing Woodhead Loaning  & accordingly [struck out: ‘he & his wife did wrought there 2 Days & his Wife one Day & the’] his Wife wrought there 1 Day. That the next Year he was summoned by Sam[ue]l Swalwell of Woodhead the then Overseer of Hedley Woodside as he believed to do Statute Work in the repairing of the s[ai]d Loaning & accordingly this [struck out: ‘Dept’] Informant wrought there 2 Days. Saith that Swalwell as well as the Overseer for the previous Year threatened to Distrain upon this Informant if he refused to do the Statute Work. 

      The Mark of Rob[er]t Stephenson

Witness Jno Richmond
Appears to be original record of the deposition, complete with words or phrases later struck out and which do not appear in the slightly less detailed summary. That summary is not included amongst these transcripts. No date given; assume same approximate date as other depositions

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