Continued from previous post. This is the second of two paternity complaints sworn again the aptly named Silvanus Savage. Analysis will follow in yet another post.
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Polly Clark vs. Silvanus Savage1
“To Michael Gill Esq one of the Justices of the Peace
within and for the County of Worcester ––
Complains Polly Clark of Princeton in said County
single woman that on the twentysecond day of february last she was
delivered of a Male Bastard Child and that Silvanus
Savage of Princeton aforesaid Blacksmith is the Father of
said Child She therefore desires a prosecution against the
said Silvanus Savage and that he may be held to Answer
this accusation as the Law in such cases directs ––
Princeton May 27, 1802 [original signature] Polly Clark
Worcester ss. May 2[ ] [sic] 1802 The above named Polly Clark ––
personally appeared and made Oath to the truth of the
above accusation by her signed. ––
before me [original signature] Michael Gill Just Pacis
The examination of Polly Clark of Princeton in the County of Worcester Single Woman
who saith upon Oath that on the twentysecond day of february
last she was delivered of a Male bastard Child and that
Silvanus Savage of Princeton aforesaid is the Father of said
Child he having begotten the same on the twentieth day
of June last at Princeton aforesaid
[original signature] Polly Clark
Worcester ss Taken and Sworn to before me this twentyseventh
day of May AD 1802
[original signature] Michael Gill Just Pacis
Transcribed verbatim, 13 October 2006, by Polly Kimmitt
1. Princeton, Worcester, Massachusetts, complaint of paternity, Polly Clark vs. Silvanus Savage, executed and acknowledged 27 May 1802, Michael Gill, Justice of the Peace. From the manuscript collection of Harry Richardson (private address withheld), Shrewsbury, Massachusetts; unlabelled 9” x 15” blue vinyl 3-ring binder, second page (unnumbered). Provenance prior to Richardson Manuscript Collection is unknown.
To be continued!