John Burford: Indemnity Bond

John Burford, Gentleman
12th July 1791

Know all Men by these presents That I John Burford of Market Harborough in the County of Leicester Gentleman am held and firmly bound to George Sumner and William Nursey Churchwardens and John Morris and John West Overseers of the poor of the parish of Desborough in the County of Northampton in the penal[?] Sum of Forty pounds of Good and lawfull Money of Great Britain to be paid to the said George Sumner William Nursey John Morris and John West or their certain Attorney Executors Administrators or Assignes for the true payment whereof I bind myself my Heirs Executors and Administrators and every of them firmly by these presents sealed with my Seal Dated this twelfth day of July in the 31st year of the reign of our Sovereign Lord George the third by the grace of God of Great Britain France and Ireland King Defender of the faith and so forth and in the year of our Lord One Thousand Seven Hundred and ninety one.

Whereas Elizabeth Holmes Singlewoman hath declared that she is with Child and that the said Child is likely to be born a Bastard and to be chargeable to the said Parish of Desborough Now therefore the Condition of this Obligation is such that if the said John Burford his heirs executors or administrators do and shall from time to time and at all times hereafter fully and clearly indemnify and save harmless as well the above named churchwardens and overseers of the poor of the said Parish of Desborough and their successors for the time being as also all and singular the other parishioners and inhabitants of the said parish of Desborough which now are or hereafter shall be for the time being of and from all manner of Costs taxes Rates assessments and charges whatsoever for or by Reason of the Birth education and maintenance of the said Child and of and from all Actions suits troubles and other charges and demands whatsoever touching or concerning the same then this present obligation to be void otherwise of force.

Sealed and delivered (being first duly stamped) in the presence of us

Jo Sturges         Jno Burford



Elizabeth's child was baptised James Walker Holmes on 19th September 1791 (Bishop's Transcripts)


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