1831 Militia List for Wavendon


An amendment was made to the Militia Act in 1762, so that all men between 18 & 45 years of age (with a few exceptions) were liable to be conscripted into the Militia by ballot.  This is a transcription of the surviving Militia Ballot List for Wavendon, compiled in February 1831.

45 Geo. III [1831] Buckinghamshire Militia
Return to be made by the Constable to the Clerk of the Sub-division Meeting.
Parish of Wavendon, list of Persons between 18 and 45 Years.
No.
Name Description Age If any Child, and if any, whether any under 14 Exmpt or Not Exempt from Militia Gounds of Exemption Effective Volunteer or Yeoman
1
Thomas Ambridge Labourer
30
4
Exempt Children 4
2
John Bennett Gent.
24
Not Exempt
3
Edward Bennett Apprentice
19
Exempt Apprentice
4
William Birt Labourer
38
4
Exempt Children 4
5
George Birt Servant
30
Not Exempt
6
Thomas Birt Labourer
28
Not Exempt
7
John Birt Labourer
20
Not Exempt
8
George Bodsworth Harness maker
34
4
Not Exempt
9
Robert Bovington Servant
23
Not Exempt
10
William Butcher Labourer
25
Not Exempt
11
Thomas Butcher Groom
31
Not Exempt
12
James Butcher Groom
28
2
Exempt Children 2
13
Robert Butcher Labourer
33
4
Exempt Children 4
14
John Butcher Labourer
24
1
Not Exempt
15
Francis Burrowes Servant
22
Not Exempt
16
Joseph Burrowes Labourer
29
2
Exempt Children 2
17
Thomas Burrowes Labourer
20
Not Exempt
18
John Clarke Labourer
19
Not Exempt
19
James Clarke Labourer
23
Not Exempt
20
William Clarke Labourer
21
1
Not Exempt
21
Thomas Cooke Labourer
21
Not Exempt
22
George Cooke Servant
30
Not Exempt
23
William Chance Labourer
20
Not Exempt
24
William Clapham Labourer
32
4
Exempt Children 4
25
Henry Collins Labourer
19
Not Exempt
26
George Collins Labourer
23
3
Exempt Children 3
27
Thomas Cox Labourer
43
6
Exempt Children 6
28
Daniel Eaton Labourer
40
4
Exempt Children 4
29
James Facer Labourer
35
4
Exempt Children 4
30
John Farr Labourer
26
4
Exempt Children 4
31
Francis Garratt Labourer
35
1
Not Exempt
32
Thomas Garratt Labourer
26
Not Exempt
33
Nicholas Gardner Servant
21
Not Exempt
34
Daniel Grace Blacksmith
32
2
Not Exempt
35
Thomas Giles Labourer
25
3
Exempt Children 3
36
James Goodall Labourer
21
1
Not Exempt
37
William Gowen Labourer
32
1
Not Exempt
38
George Gregory Labourer
35
4
Exempt Children 4
39
Daniel Hammond Labourer
43
4
Exempt Children 4
40
Richard Harris Cordwainer
22
Not Exempt
41
William Harris Cordwainer
19
Not Exempt
42
John Hands Labourer
37
2
Exempt  Children 2
43
George Hilyer Victualler
34
3
Not Exempt
44
William Higgs Tailor
25
Not Exempt
45
George Hebbs Labourer
30
Not Exempt A Ballotted Man served 5 years by substitute
46
Thomas Holmes Labourer
38
4
Exempt Children 4
47
William Hebbs Labourer
35
1
Not Exempt
48
Thomas Hight Apprentice
20
Exempt Apprentice
49
John Hobbs Rat Catcher
36
4
Exempt Special Constable
50
James Hudson Labourer
26
4
Exempt Children 4
51
William Hull Broom Maker
18
Not Exempt
52
John Hutton Labourer
43
4
Exempt Children 4
53
William Hollyhock Groom
21
Not Exempt
54
Henry Ingram Servant
21
Not Exempt
55
William Inwood Labourer
21
Not Exempt
56
John Inwood Labourer
19
Not Exempt
57
Charles Inwood Cordwainer
30
7
Not Exempt
58
George Jackson Labourer
30
2
Exempt Children 2
59
James Jackson Labourer
26
Not Exempt
60
Josiah Jackson Labourer
21
Not Exempt
61
William Joyce Labourer
24
1
Not Exempt
62
William King Maltster
25
Not Exempt
63
John King Farmers son
21
Not Exempt
64
Samuel King Baker
24
1
Exempt Yeoman
65
Samuel Kitelee Labourer
26
1
Not Exempt
66
Thomas King Maltster
29
Not Exempt
67
John Lane Labourer
38
5
Exempt Children 5
68
Jospeh Lane Labourer
30
4
Exempt Children 4
69
William Lane Labourer
29
4
Exempt Children 5
70
James Lane Labourer
24
Not Exempt
71
Benjamin Leach Labourer
21
Not Exempt
72
Thomas Leach Labourer
29
1
Not Exempt
73
Richard Mabley Blacksmith
41
2
Not Exempt
74
Jospeh Massey Labourer
21
Not Exempt
75
James Mitchell Broom Maker
20
Not Exempt
76
William Morris Labourer
23
Not Exempt
77
James Morris Labourer
28
Not Exempt
78
John Morris Labourer
32
2
Exempt Children 2
79
Jesse Moss Labourer
38
2
Exempt Children 3
80
William Meltman(?) Labourer
44
2
Exempt Children 4
81
Thomas Odams Gent.
21
Exempt Yeoman
82
Edward Padbury Groom
38
4
Exempt Children 4
83
Noah Philips Farmer
26
1
Not Exempt
84
Thomas Sharpe Carpenter
28
Not Exempt
85
William Shouler Farmer
31
Not Exempt
86
John Scott Labourer
30
5
Exempt Children 5
87
William Smith Labourer
29
1
Not Exempt
88
Josiah Spreckley Butcher
37
2
Not Exempt
89
William Tansley Labourer
26
3
Exempt Children 3
90
Thomas Tansley Labourer
33
3
Exempt Children 3
91
George Tite Carpenter
30
Not Exempt
92
Charles Tite Carpenter
27
Not Exempt
93
William Todd Labourer
44
4
Exempt Children 4
94
George Warwick Baker
29
Not Exempt
95
Joseph Watts Harness maker
25
Not Exempt
96
James Whitlock Labourer
37
5
Exempt Children 5
97
Robert White Labourer
33
5
Exempt Children 5
98
James White Labourer
43
2
Exempt Children 2 Special Constable
99
George Wrench Labourer
20
Not Exempt
100
James Yates Labourer
39
5
Exempt Children 5
101
Joseph Yates Labourer
33
Not Exempt
102
John Young Farmer
41
4
Not Exempt
103
James Clarke Labourer
22
Not Exempt
TAKE NOTICE That [blank] Fifth day of February at the hour of Eleven in the forenoon is appointed for hearing Appeals, within this sub-division, at the Saracens Head in Newport Pagnell by persons claiming to be Exempt from serving in the Militia, and that no further Appeals will be heard. And also that the Party who on that day neglects to Appeal, is under a penalty of Twenty Shillings, or one Weeks Imprisonment.
John Plowman, Constable of the Parish of Wavendon.
5th February 1831 Verified on the Oath of John Plowman Before us: J B Band(?) & V A Talbot.


Thomas Plowman, Mercy Petition, 1833

In July 1833, Thomas Plowman of Wavendon was arrested for stealing goods from a Leighton tailor. He had stolen ten pair of breeches, six yards of cloth, three waistcoats, 23 yards of fustian [heavy cotton cloth for menswear], and other goods, the property of Mr. Thomas Dumpleton, tailor, of Leighton Buzzard, Beds. Within a month of the crime, he found himself being tried for Larceny at the Bedfordshire Summer Assizes, at Bedford, and his story covered in local newspapers.

Plowman had worked for Dumpleton for seven months. He then left his employ and said he was starting his own business at Fenny Stratford.  On 29th June, Dumpleton left his shop safe, but on his return on 1st July, he found his goods missing.

Dumpleton searched Fenny Stratford for Plowman, then went to see Plowman’s wife at The George, Little Brickhill, then went on to Yardley, with no sign of him. The next week, Plowman appeared back at Dumpletons shop, and stated that, on the night of the robbery, he had been with his brother at Weston Underwood.  He then left the shop, but Dumpleton gave chase, calling “Stop thief!”  Plowman turned and pulled a knife, saying he would stab anyone who tried to hold him if they didn’t have a warrant. He escaped across a brook, but a constable caught up with him, and arrested him. 

Dumpleton later found his goods for sale in a pawnbroker’s shop in Coventry.

Richard Clark, woodman, gave evidence to the Court that Plowman had been offering waistcoats and breeches for sale at the Black Horse Inn, Stratford. He had bought some, and afterwards they had journeyed together towards Daventry.

William Coningworth, pawnbroker, Coventry, gave evidence that Plowman had been to his shop and sold him the goods, in return for £3 5s, using the name “John Newman”.

Plowman declined to make any defence at the trial, but he had received a good character reference for honesty from several witnesses in Leighton Buzzard and Wavendon. He was sentenced to seven years’ transportation.

Thomas Ploughman’s letter, begging for mercy from the Court, is lodged at The National Archives [ref. HO 17/55/31] It notes his previous good character, his utmost contrition, and is strongly recommended by the prosecutor for mercy. It states he has a ‘suffering wife & three infant children’ and the Gaoler reported, 'Character good”. The letter is not signed by Plowman himself, but is signed by the prosecutor and 55 inhabitants of Leighton Buzzard and Wavendon. It is also annotated: “Removed to the Penitentiary.”

The following are the names of the Wavendon tradesmen who signed his mercy petition:

John Fisher, C. Ch. Wavendon [vicar]

Edward Bennett
William Shouler, grazier
James Roberts, shoemaker
Richard Harris, leather worker[?]
James Harris, shoemaker
James Hutton, grazier
George Hillyer, grazier
Thomas Hight, blacksmith
Joseph Watts, tailor
John Nicholls, grocer
Richard John Monthorpe[?], schoolmaster
George Warwick, baker
William Higgs, tailor
Thomas Hillyar, parish clerk
William Rogers, grazier
William Tite, Plumer
George Bosworth, sadlar
George Tite, carpenter
William King, maltser