On October 8 1796 one of Far Guy's relatives was in trouble.
At our Quarter-Seffions on Thurfday, Daniel Abbott of Little Addington was indicted for a mifdemeaner, in engroffing and getting into his hands, by buying of Richard Wightman, fifty quarters of wheat with the intent to fell the fame again; and being found guilty, was fined in the penalty of five pounds.
engroffing = Taking over (I think)
fifty quarters of wheat = I believe 1 quarter is 8 bushels so 400 bushels
in 1796 it would take one acre of land to produce 15 -30 bushels of wheat. A man would need 12 bushels a year just to make his bread for the year.
So this was a considerable amount of wheat. The penalty was 5 pounds I have no idea what that would have been in dollars in 1796.
Anyways...this is Far Guy's GGGG Grandfather on his mothers paternal side of the family. Daniel Abbott was born in 1747 in England and he died Feb 3 1833 he would have been 86 years old. He died in Great Addington, Northamptonshire England.
In 1796 when this took place he would have been 49 years old.
Interesting bit of family history...there is possibly more to this story.