Archived Extracts

1676 Quaker Sufferings

Research offered by Paul Bradshaw uncovering lands of local quakers explains how house meeting minutes were forwarded onto London headquarters. Compiling accounts of their so called sufferings was meant to plead religious injustice under Charles II. Archived dated extracts provide these references.

Huthwaite Meeting 16th Feb 1676

A true relation of the tryalls and sufferings and ---- of the goods of us the people of god called quakers onely for worshipping god in spirit and in truth; which are hereafter related accordinge as they were inflicted now being mett together peacablely in the fear of the Lord at hucknall in our meeting house upon the 16th. of the 2nd. Month 1676 there came in three informers; namely John Smith of Remson and Thomas Sharp of Newarke; the third not known and the said John Smith was deboist in his carridge in our meeting and gave many threatninge words; to one friend hee said hee would thrust his fachin down his throat; and to another that he would throw him down haveinge his fachin drawn and then said he would thrust him into the buttake with many other threatening words and then tooke severall of our names and carried them to Robert Thornton called justiss; and the said Robert Thornton granted them a warrant and fined severall of us; as is hereinafter named.

Hucknall
Francis Clay of Hucknall was fined five shillings for his own offence as they said; and ten pounds for the pretended poverty of a preacher or teacher.
William Clay was fined five shillings for himself and five for his wife and the said William Clay had household goods taken; pewter, brass, wooden ware and other small things to the value of two pounds and they sold them for ten shillings.
Richard Bateman was fined five shillings for his own offence and ten pounds for the pretended poverty of the preacher or speaker and his goods was taken one bedstead and table one coubard and three chaires with other small things that was in his house and the said Richard Bateman being a poor man they took most of the goods in his house to the value of two pounds and they sold them for three shillings six pence for they were forced to sell them for what they could gett as is before recited.

The assicors was forst (forced) to sell great peniworths; because the said Justice gave them order to sell them for what they could gett; if the goods was worth ten pounds they might sell them for thirty shillings if they could gett no more; and that which was worth one shilling they might sell for 8d or 6d or 3d if they could gett no more and because they could not sell ye goods so soon as they would have had them the said Justice fined the assicors five pounds a man.

Richard Bateman was fined five shillings for his own offence and ten pounds for the pretended poverty of the preacher or speaker and his goods was taken one bedstead and table one coubard (cupboard) and three chaires with other small things that was in his house and the said Richard Bateman being a poor man they took most of the goods in his house to the value of two pounds and they sold them for three shillings six pence for they were forced to sell them for what they could gett as is before recited.

Sutton in Ashfield
Elizabeth Clay of Sutton was fined five shillings.
Anthony Tomlinson was fined five shillings for his wife.
Christopher Brandrith was fined five shillings for his own offence and one pound five shillings for the pretended poverty of Richard Binge Robert Grace John Blackburn Joseph Roberts and Sarah Stopard and they took a mare from the said Christopher worth four pounds, which the assicors sold for thirty shillings; thus far in the town and parish of Sutton in Ashfield the assicors names that made the distresses was Samuell Britton Constable; Samuell Chadwin; -headborow ; Thomas Ward and Nicholas Ward called Church wardens.

Skegby
Thomas Cockram for beinge at the same meetinge was fined five shillings for his own offence and ten pounds for the pretended poverty of the house for which the assicors took a yoke of oxen worth ten pounds ten shillings.
George Cockram for being at the same meeting was fined five shillings for which the assicors took two pewter dishes; one flagin ; worth Eleven shillings.
John Bullivant the Elder for being at the same meeting was fined five shillings for his own offence; and ten pounds for the pretended poverty of the house; for which fine the assicors took one mare and his stithy(?) and sowmettell(?) pot; a little table and box some nails two chaires two spoons and a dish and severall other small things that was in his shop and the said John Bullivant being a nailer by trade and but low in Estate not keeping house but inhabiting in his shop; the said Robert Thoroton gave order to the assicors to take all hee had; of his Coate if it was of his back; and his hatt if it were of his head; his hammer that hee wrought with if it was out of his hand. And because the assicors could not sell friends goods so soon as they would have had them the said Robt. Thoroton called justice fined the assicors five pounds a man and their goods was seized of for the fine.
John Bullivant the younger for being at the same meting was fined five shillings. The distresses made by Ffranciss Scarcliff constable and Thomas Urdich(?) headborow.

Penalites enforced for non payment of tyths

1678 John Langford of Hucknall Huthwaite; because he could not pay tyths, had taken from him as followeth; in 1678 first-wooll and lambe to ye value of;3s.; then two Cart loads of Hay worth 15s.; and after this they brought a felony against him ; to apear at the exchecker all this was done by means of Rob Frankling and John Newton Impropriators ; this may show their unreasonableness ; for they had told him before; that if he would Agree, they would quitt him for 5s. for his Hay.

1683 The 5th. day of the 6th. month 1683 friends being mett together to waite upon god at the House of John Langford in Hucknall in the parish of Sutton in Ashfield; Oliver Tailor of Mansfield Woodhouse came to the meeting and from thence made information before one Justice Neuell of Thorney in the same county who granted him a warrant in which the said John Langford was fined twenty pounds for the House and his goods taken from him. That is 29 sheep worth ten pounds ten shillings Hay and Corn seized in which there was loss of at least two pounds ten shillings.
The assicors names were George Bone, Constable John Shaw Thomas Martin (?) John Marriott William Swift, thirdboroughs Joseph Chambers George boore(?) Churchwardens

1697 Taken from John Langford of Hucknall by Samuell Britton Tyth farmer Hay and Corne Value 0-18-0

1678 ffrom John Langford of Hucknall by John Kight Tyth farmer Corne and Hay value 1-2-0

1700 Taken from John Langford of Hucknow by John Kite Tythe farmer Hay and Corne to ye value of 1-2-0
ffrom Wm. Clay by John Kite in Hay and Corn to ye Vallew of 1-4-0

1701 from John Langford of Hucknay hay and Corn wool and Lamb by John Kight tyth farmer of the said town value 1-3-0
from William Clay hay Corn wooll by John Kight value 1-4-0

1702 Taken from Jno. Langford of Hucknall by Jno. Kyte tyth farmer Corne hay and Wooll to ye value of 1-2-0
ffrom Wm. Clay by Jno. Kyte Corne hay and wooll to ye value of 1-3-0

1703 Taken from Jno. Langford of Huknow by Jno. Ceyte tith farmer Hay and Corne to ye Value of 1-6-0
Taken from Willm. Clay of Hucknow by Jno. Ceyte in Lamb Hay and Corne to ye value of 1-10-0
alfo by Samll. Bretting tith farmer Corne to ye value of 0-5-0

1704 Taken from Jno. Langford by Jno. Kyte Tythe farmer of Hucknall Corne Hay and Wooll to ye value of 1-12-0
Taken from Willm. Clay by Jno. Kyte hay Corne Wool and lamb to ye Value of 4-02-00

1705 From John Langford of Hucknall by Jno. Kyte Tyth ffarmer hay and corne and Wooll valued 1-12-0
From Wm. Clay of hucknall by Jno. Kyte Corne Lamb and Wooll 4-2-0

1707 Taken from Will. Clay of Hucknal by Samll. Bretting tythe farmer hay and Corne to ye value of 1-15-0
Taken from Jno. Langford by ye said Samll. Bretting hay to ye value of 0-5-0

1708 Taken from Jno. Langford by Saml. Bretton Tythe farmer Corne hay wooll and lamb to ye Value of 0-15-0
Taken from William Clay by ye said Bretton Corne hay wooll and Lamb to ye Value of 2-2-0


Written 23 Aug 09 Revised 25 Aug 09 © by Gary Elliott