Overseers of the Poor Books

A big thank you to our transcribers who are adding to the history of Milton Abbas. And a big thank you to one of our members who has allowed us access to these nearly 250 years old stories.

The Overseers of the Poor Books are a vital source of information for us. They give the names of those people receiving relief, and how much, and the names of the people who were paying rates and how much they paid.

It is helping us with the family histories of those who were living here in the 18th century.


The language and spelling are also of historical interest, and give an insight into the education, who could read and write, who was handling large sums of money, and who were the given responsibility for seeing to the needs of the poor.

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