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This document comes from PANB, Charlotte County Council Records, RS148A1/1, Minute Book 1785-1815, page 53. The date is April, 1791.

At the top of the page are some unrelated cases before the Council.

It appears that the Charlotte County Council had authority to deal with cases of "lewdness", though there is nothing with this document to indicate what action was taken, if any.

The first couple listed, Peter Clinch and Lucretia Handy, were married on July 1, 1792 in St. Andrews, according to All Saints Anglican Church records. Blair Meating's book Some Descendants of Peter & Lucretia Clinch lists three children of Peter and Lucretia born before this date: Patrick, Sarah and Peter. They had seven other children after their marriage. (My husband is a descendant of James Davidson Jr., whose sister Ellen (Eleanor) Davidson married Patrick Clinch.) Blair quotes from this document in his book, which is where I learned of its existence. Peter Clinch was a Loyalist who served as a Lieutenant in the Royal Fencible American Regiment, and was a prominent early settler of St. George. Lucretia Handy was the daughter of Levi Handy from Connecticut.

James McNabb, listed here as a gentleman of St. George, was also a Lieutenant in the Royal Fencible American Regiment. This information comes from Esther Clarke Wright's book, The Loyalists of New Brunswick. Catherine Scully's background is unknown to me. A transcription of All Saints Anglican Church records lists a marriage of James McNab to a Catherine whose last name could not be made out, on Aug. 2, 1791. It may be that this is the same couple. A check of the original records on PANB film F1082 might confirm her last name.

Donald McDougall, also a gentleman of St. George, was a Lieutenant in the 80th Regiment. This information comes from his land petition documents from 1789, which can be found on PANB film F1036. Elizabeth Maloney may have belonged to the Penobscot Loyalists. The Library and Archives Canada has lists of early settlers of Charlotte County in the Ward Chipman papers, reference M.G. 23, D 1, Series I, Volume 24, pages 1-470. Among these is a list of Penobscot Loyalists dated June 10, 1784. On the list of women there is a Mary Malony. Under Children above 10, there are three: Walter, James and Elizabeth Malony. Two more appear as Children under 10: Joseph and Jesse Malony.

Alexander McTavish, "yeoman, at St. Patrick's", was probably the man of the same name who appeared on the list of soldiers from the 74th Regiment. (See Roll of the Disbanded Men, Women and Children of the 74th Regt. present at St. Andrews, Passamaquoddy Bay, Nova Scotia, May 24th 1784, and also the background information.) There were no other men named McTavish on the list, and also no women or children with that name. The background of Elizabeth Sinclair is also unknown to me. However, All Saints Anglican records contain a marriage record for Robert Cowey and Elizabeth Sinclair on May 22, 1792, and this may be the same Elizabeth. There was a Robert "Courie" in the 74th regiment, likely the same man.

Andrew Martin is listed here as "Innholder at St. Andrews". Glimpses of the Past article XCIII - ST. ANDREWS GRANTEES states that Andrew Martin "kept the old ‘St. Andrews Coffee House’". He also appears on the list of Penobscot Loyalists, among the men. A Lettice Martin appears among the women. There were no Martin children on the list. As there was also a John Martin listed with the men, it's not clear whether Lettice was the wife of Andrew or John. I don't know anything of the background of Charity Tibbits. It does appear that Andrew and Charity eventually married. According to R. Wallace Hale in his Early New Brunswick Probate Records 1785-1835, Andrew Martin died intestate and the administration of his estate was granted to his widow Charity on Aug. 11, 1795.

The charge against the last couple was "lewdness and adultery", rather than "lewdness and fornication", which applied to all the rest. This suggests that perhaps either Thomas McIntosh or Mary Bowling was married to someone else at this time. Thomas McIntosh, "Shoemaker, at St. Andrews", is another name that appears on the list of men of the 74th Regiment. There were no other men by that name on the list, and also no women or children. On the list of Penobscot Loyalists, as above, there was a John Bowler among the men, a Mary Bowler among the women, Henry and Thomas among the children over ten, and John and Mary among the children under ten. As this is taken from a transcription of the original list, it seems possible that the last name was actually Bowlen rather than Bowler, in which case this Mary, wife of John, might have been the Mary Bowling from this document. The 74th Regiment was stationed in the area of Castine, Maine, which is where the Penobscot Loyalists stayed before moving to what is now New Brunswick. All Saints Anglican records list a marriage for Thomas McIntosh to Ann More. The date is Oct. 14 but the year isn't clear. It was before 1799, and was most likely 1797.