By Diana Kennedy
This article was originally published in the December 2012 edition of Soul Search, the journal of The Sole Society
Diana Kennedy, Sewell Research Co-ordinator found the following entries on Surrey Quarter Session 1780-1820, Name Index and Hearing Transcripts, a CD produced by the Surrey History Trust.
Defendant: William Sewell
Committed the 1st of December, 1797, by B. Robertson, Esq. charged on the oath of Ann Sewell, (his wife) and Philip Cure, (an overseer of the poor of the parish of Mitcham) with being a rogue and vagabond, unlawfully running away and leaving his said wife and five infant children, whereby they are become chargeable to the said parish. Discharged
Defendant: Sarah Sewell
Committed the 5th day of July 1781 by James Kettilby esquire charged on the oath of William Matthews and Robert Adams with being a loose, idle and disorderly person. Sentenced to hard labour for 14 days.
Defendant Elizabeth Sewell
Committed on the 21st of August, 1793, by the Right Honourable Lord Viscount Middleton, Charged on suspicion of feloniously stealing, taking and carrying away, from and out of a field, of and belonging to George Beldham, of Wraclesham, in Surrey, farmer, ten sheaves of wheat, the property of the said George. Acquitted at trial.
Defendant William Seawell, occupation Painter
For composing and publishing a libel respecting James Moore,
Richard Barnes and John Scurlock at Guildford on 22nd February 1809.
Case removed to a higher court