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William Greenhill & Samuel Crawley - Hemel Hempstead

Fri Aug 16, 2019 1:09 pm

While researching my ancestor Ezekiel Blake from Hemel Hempstead I can across two bail bonds he signed for William Greehill a cooper and Samuel Crawley a draper from Hemel Hempstead in 1829. The bonds are for large amounts for the time (£100) but I cannot trace what specific offence they are for, the bonds simply say tresspass, or whether there was a trial. Does anyone have these men in their tree and know what it was they did?

Many thanks


Re: William Greenhill & Samuel Crawley - Hemel Hempstead

Sat Aug 17, 2019 10:12 am

Only thing I can see is Samuel Crawley filing for bankruptcy in Dec 1829.
Could it be to do with that?
I know there were still debtors prisons around then.

Re: William Greenhill & Samuel Crawley - Hemel Hempstead

Tue Aug 20, 2019 1:55 pm

I wondered that too. I'm going to have to scan the local papers and see if there was some sort of incident. Tresspass, which is what's on the bail bonds, seems to have covered a broad range of situations. Sine Ezekiel was a Baptist who campaigned against slavery I was thinking something to do with a protest but I think I need to look further than that.


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