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posted by Mika Hiltunen
It appears that this entry may refer to a criminal court case against William for "larceny", particularly as the time frame matches that of the newspaper item, and the venue of "Kesteven" and "Bourn" fits the general district where he lived. (You can click on the above image to see it enlarged). Fortunately, if this is him, he was found "not guilty". It is also interested to note that the newspaper item was dated "June 28, 1858"--the same day that the William Cook larceny case was before the judge. Maybe the outcome of the case, in addition to the "warrant against" him, is what prompted John Vickers to submit the notice.
The next article I was able to find was from the Lincolnshire Chronicle, dated August 12, 1870, when he was forty-three, which reported that “William Cook, sen, and William Cook, jun, were charged by William Potterton with an assault, at Timberland, on the 1st inst. Settled out of court”. Strangely enough, what William Cook, jun, had in common with his future wife, and my beloved great great grandmother, Emma Green Cook, is that they both had been charged with assault along with their same sex parent prior to their marriage! Imagine my surprise. (She is depicted on every page of this blog reading a book, demonstrating her gentility). Five years earlier, on November 25, 1865 the same newspaper reported that “Elizabeth Green and Emma Green were summoned by Phoebe Bassett for assaults, at Helpringham, on the 12th inst., and were each fined 5s and costs”. Emma would have been sixteen at the time, and she is, of course, not here to explain herself.
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