Provincial Case File No. 23254, New Hampshire State Archives - Petition of Elizabeth Bird
Article 1, footnote 63
Chapter 2, footnote 24
In the fall of 1749, the widow Elizabeth Bird of Portsmouth, New Hampshire complained in forma pauperis to the Superior Court that her son John Bird, age fourteen, was apprenticed to a ropemaker named Richard Winter but that the latter (who was in prison) had for a long period neglected John--failing “to provide suitable and sufficient meat drink lodging and clothing” and not permitting him to attend public worship. She prayed simply for “the advisement of this Court on the Premises and that your complainant may have some relief in the Premises.