We are finding many entries which are baffling. For example in 1781
|To Barbara Wife of Saml Fiander (Elop’d)||–||6||–|
|Mary Ridout Wife of Thos. (Elop’d)||–||2||–|
|Martha Vacher Spinster||–||4||–|
|Mary Lillington Wd in ye Almshouse||–||2||–|
|Mary Fiander, Wife of Robt F. (Elop’d)||–||4||–|
Eloped here meaning absconded, went away..
Their wives were left behind on poor relief.
Every year the Overseers paid “Gale money” to the Constable of the Hundred – what was this for?
With no Vestry Minute Books for Milton Abbas in the 18th century it makes it difficult to know what was going on.
Does anyone know of any other research into Overseers of the Poor Books of a rural parish of the 18th century?
Are there any books which cover the administration of the poor law from the point of view of an Overseer, or Churchwarden?
We have J H Bettey, Church and Landscape, 1987.