Visitation Court – Pearson

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    I’m researching my Pearson branch of my Family and would like to know if anyone can tell me how I can get my hands on old Hexham court records, preferably electronic copies through the internet.
    I have a number of distant Pearson’s in my family who stem from Hexham and I’ m in particular I’m looking for any reference to a William Pearson who was in front of the Hexham Visitation Court in 1715.
    Any help would be appreciated.
    Robert Foggon

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    Ian Hancock

    The Hexham Local History Society publication “A Pack of Idle Sparks” contains the correspondence between the clerics at Hexham Abbey Church and the York Diocese in the first half of the 18th century. Letter 83 is a long letter from the Rev. George Ritschel about the proceeding of the 1715 court, and towards the end he discusses William Pearson’s case. The book is not accessible online but can be purchased from the society website. You might find other church correspondence about Pearson on the Borthwick Institute website, where the Diocese of York Cause Papers are free to view at :
    You can search for personal names.
    Hope this helps.
    Ian Hancock

    #12020 Reply

    Thanks Ian. I’m ordering the paperback through the shop.
    Much appreciated your advice.
    Regards, Robert

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