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Bastardy in the Colonies

Posted on May 5, 2011 by James Riley

On January 25, 1770, Matthew Patten, a justice of the peace in Bedford, New Hampshire, recorded┬áthe following entry in his day book: “..I went to Mary Riddells in the evening to talk with her about takeing (sic) her examination of Bastardy but did not do it..” Over several decades as justice of the peace, Matthew […]Continue Reading ┬╗

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