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- 1 Poor Law Administration
- 2 Overseers and Guardians
- 3 Poor Rates
- 4 Overseers Accounts
- 5 Billing to Parish of Settlement
- 6 Workhouse Out-Relief Accounts
- 7 Guardians Accounts and General Ledgers
Poor Law Administration[edit | edit source]
Perhaps the most fruitful hunting ground for genealogists because of the wealth of relationships and family history to be found in these records, where they still survive.
Overseers and Guardians[edit | edit source]
The position of administering the Poor Law was undertaken in rotation by worthy men in the parish, anyone refusing to serve being fined. The Overseer of the Poor, at first called the Collector of the Poor and sometimes the Distributor, was chosen annually in the spring by the township or parish vestry from amongst their number, and in larger parishes two would be appointed. The names would then be approved by the Justices of the Peace. It was an often onerous position, but regarded as somewhat of an honour to be chosen, even though it was unpaid and with no recompense for lost wages. Overseers were therefore chosen from amongst the middle-aged yeoman, husbandmen and craftsmen, rather than from younger men or the less well-off cottagers or labourers. The individual was empowered to raise a rate or assessment to cover the needs of the poor, and had to justify his expenses by submitting his account at the end of his term, even being held responsible for costs unauthorized by the vestry.
Overseers of the Poor were first seen during the reign of Elizabeth I and continued until the New Poor Law in 1834 when they were replaced by Boards of Guardians. Upon the overseer fell the responsibility of deciding who needed assistance and balancing this against the ratepayers’ ability and willingness to pay. It was essentially a full time occupation as can be seen from the amount of paperwork generated and the amount of interviews and travel involved.
From 1834 the new Workhouse Guardians administered the system and a similar set of records were kept as had been by the Overseers of the Poor:
Note that the records of parishes which joined the voluntary Gilbert Unions between 1782 and 1834 may well be held with the post-1834 Poor Law Unions rather than with the parish chest material for that parish. It thus behooves the researcher to find out the history of his parish’s union involvement, and to search both groups of records - parish and union - for this middle period.
The Jeremy Gibson Guides Poor Law Union Records #s 1-3 present a summary of the extant Poor Law Union records 1834-1948 arranged by county and union, and giving the present location in England of the records. The list of record types and sketch maps of unions in each county are particularly handy. More detailed lists can be found in the holdings lists published by the county archives themselves. These should both be used in conjunction with the FamilySearch Catalog, so that those records that are extant but not yet filmed can be located. Gibson Guide #4 has been superceded by the author’s Parishes and Registration Districts in England and Wales. It should be noted that only the union records are covered by these Gibson Guides, not the former parish records.
Poor Rates[edit | edit source]
The Poor Rate was the main tax on the parishioners for the support of the less fortunate in their parish or, after 1834, in their union. In early times there were several small rates to pay for various expenditures, but for efficiency they were later amalgamated into the general Poor Rate. This took place in a number of ways and at different times in different places. Poor Rates continued to be collected by the parish after 1834 but handed over to the new Union Boards of Guardians. In 1862 unions started collecting their own rates, and in 1867 payment of rates within each Poor Law Union was equalized, with London adopting a common fund in 1865.
Poor Rates were levied annually, and sometimes more often. Some records, naming householders and the rate they paid, survive from the Old Poor Law but most extant records are from the New Poor Law period post-1834, when both owners and occupiers are listed. The values of land and property expressed on these lists should not be viewed as accurate, since there was a natural tendency to undervalue for tax purposes. However, the relative value compared with other inhabitants of the parish is probably a better measure of their standing in the community.
An example from a Poor Rate book is shown below.
Poor Rate Book of Wippingham, Isle of Wight, Hampshire 1845 FS Library film 1526198 items 1-14 The parishioners of Whippingham paid poor rates quarterly and for the 2nd quarter of 1845 the highest amount paid was £19-5-11 by Queen Victoria for her land and buildings. Others paid from a few shillings to a few pounds. The books are very wide with columns for the owner, occupier, name and type of the property and acreage of land as well as the various calculations.
|AN ASSESSMENT for the necessary Relief of the Poor, and for the other Purposes in the Several Acts of Parliament mentioned, relating to the Poor of the Parish of Whippingham in the Isle of Wight made and assessed the 25th day of July 1845 being the Second Quarter Rate at Seven Pence in the Pound, for the present year 1845.|
|John Roach (1 only signed||Church wardens|
|Wm Suguitt (?), John Roberton||Overseers of the Poor|
|C. Whitmarch ast.|
|H.M. Queen Victoria||H.M. Queen Victoria||Osborne House and land, Newbarn (140 acres), Osborne Coppice (90 acres), Barton Farm and Coppice (420 acres).|
|Auldje, Messrs||Messrs Auldje||Store in East Cowes|
|Barrington, Miss||Miss Barrington||House (milliners) and Land (6 acres 2 roods)|
|Bouverie, Revd||Revd Bouverie||House (Whippingham rectory) and 35 acres land|
|Bull, William||Henry Dashwood||House in Shamblers|
|Dashwood, James||James Hunt||House in East Cowes|
|Dashwood, Henry||Henry Dash||House in Whippingham|
Overseers Accounts[edit | edit source]
These record payments made to and for the poor and always make fascinating reading; a selection of interesting items from West Stour, Dorset is found below. After that is one from Ashburton, Devon.
Overseers of the Poor Accounts West Stour, Dorset (from Bricknell)
|1722||Paid the dokter for bleding of Elizabeth HANN twise.||5s|
|1773||Gave Richard GERRARD to buy toe for his wound.||1s.6d|
|1774||Paid the Wendow money for Old Kileme||11 ½d|
|1774||Paid for 6 penneth of save for Ann DEMER||6d|
|1775||Paid for a Spening turn for Weddow Burdon||3s.6d|
|1775||Paid for hancheff for Elizabeth HANN||-|
|1779||To Robert GRAY for John PARSONS who died of the small Pox||£1|
|1780||Paide for widow BURDIN dater for the Evil||2s.6d|
|1784||The expences of Phillip RIDOUT funral And the arter daved||4s|
|1787||Paid for bottiming the parish chair||1s|
|1803||Paid Martha STREET for Nurse tending Ann CLOFF and Others in the Smallpox Month||£1.8s|
|1804||Su PARSONS to buy Oppoleldock||2s.6d|
|1819||Paid for a step ladder for Josh HANNS family in the Poor House||10s.6d|
|1820||Mr. HURDS Bill for nockleding of Poor for the cowpox||£2.4s|
- Arter daved is phonetic spelling for affidavit (for burial in woollen)
- Bleding (Bleeding) by using leeches was an old remedy.
- Hancheff was a handkerchief.
- Nockleding was an attempt to spell innoculating.
- Oppoleldock was a herb remedy.
- Save was ointment or salve.
- Spening turn was probably a spinning wheel.
- Stepladder—why this was needed is beyond me!
- The (King’s) Evil was scrofula, and Widow Burden’s daughter needed to pay for a certificate to allow the King’s touch.
- Toe was a kind of poultice.
- Window Money was a tax based on the number of windows in your house.
Overseers Application Books Ashburton, Devon (from Church 2002)
Seems to be a combination of minutes and accounts.
|1798||Ordered that Roger Glanville be commanded to bring the Fire Ladders and Fire Crooks to the side of the shambles and hang them up there, as in former times, and not let them be taken off but in case of Fire or by Consent of the Overseers. [The parish had had a perpetual problem with borrowing of the Fire Ladders]|
|1799||Sarah Clarke ticket for one child to be inoculated. John Trott 2 children inoculated.|
|1805||Rd Halse’s wife applied to have one of the Orphans of T. Carlile Bound an Apprentice to her Husband, granted Richard aged 11.|
|1819||Ordered Mr Chapple be paid for Instructing Rob Jewell in Musick. £5.5s|
|1809||At this Meeting it was ordered that the Poor in the House, as an Encouragement for Working, be allowed one half of their earnings, Receiving only the Accustomed Daily Allowance of Food.|
|1809||Ordered that a Tryal be made to get Sil. Mann’s Son into the Bristol Asylum for Indigent Blind|
|1817||Resolved that the several shoemakers that have applied this day for relief for want of labour be employed to make the shoes for the Poor the ensuing Month.|
|1817||A weekly allowance of one shilling be paid to Mr Bidlake for doing the office of Schoolmaster to the Children and reading daily prayers to the Poor|
The alert family historian will quickly pick up the clues in such records such as payments for medicines, doctors, midwife, doctor and coffins; overseers expenses going to the town where the sessions were held to contest a removal order or ‘father a child’ (not what it appears to be in today’s terminology!); or visiting a former parishioner in another parish. It was not only the truly poor who availed themselves of relief, as even prosperous tradesmen may be seen in the records because of illness, accidents, alcoholism or sheer bad luck; both the responsible and the feckless could be struck. References to a pauper family may be found in their parish of residence but are more likely to be discovered in their parish of legal settlement.
Billing to Parish of Settlement[edit | edit source]
Overseers, and later guardians, were keen to recoup expenses for any non-settled inhabitant in their parish. Researchers should always consider where an ancestor is legally settled at each stage of his life so that parish chest records of appropriate parishes may be checked. For example, if he dies far away from a former residence is there a record of him being transported back there for burial, or was he buried where he died but at the expense of his parish of settlement?
Halifax Account for Leeds Expenses 1817 FS Library film 1551143
Expenses for individuals only included, not totals and receipts.
|John Batty||26||Mar 26||Sep24||2/-||2||1|
|Jas Crowther||4||DO||Apr 25||4/6||1|
|DO Coffin, Grave and Dues||1||2||6|
|Mary Denton||26||Mar 26||Sep24||2/6||3||5||0|
|George Fenn||18||DO||Jul 30||4/-||3||1|
|Thos Gledhill||26||DO||Sep 24||2/-||2||1|
|Hannah Gledhill||18||DO||Jul 30||2/6||2||5||0|
|DO Cloths out of Bond||1||2||6|
|DO Do Marriage and Certificate to Tideswell of Evenden||4||6|
|Wm Giles Widow||26||Mar 26||24 Sept||2/-||2||1|
|Ellen Hoyle||22||Feb 26||Jul 30||2/-||2||4||0|
|Francis Barker||12||Mar 26||Jun 18||4/5||2||1|
|Elizabeth Johnson||8||DO||May 21||6/-||2||8||0|
|[DO] Coffin and Dues||1|
|22||Mar 26||Aug 27||5/-||5||1|
|Saml Wilkinson||26||DO||Sep 24||3/-||3||1|
|Willm Wood||13||DO||Jun 25||6/-||3||1|
Halifax Invoice to Leeds for Payment of Pauper’s expenses 1817 FS Library film 1551143
This covers the succeeding period to that in the previous chart.
|West Riding of Yorkshire: THE Church-Wardens and Overseers of the Poor ofLeeds [owe]|
To the Church-Wardens and Overseers of the Poor of Halifax Dr. For Money paid as per Order, to your Pauper.
|Name||# Wks||From||To||Per Week||Total|
|To Balance of Account||2|
|John Batty||16||Sep 24 1817||Jan 14 1818||2/-||1||1|
|Coffin, Grave etc.||1||2||0|
|Wm Giles||8||DO||Nov 19 1817||2/-||1|
|DO||8||Nov 19 1817||Jan 24 1818||3/-||1||4||0|
|Ellen Hoyle||20||Jul 30 1817||Dec 17 1817||2/-||2||0||0|
|22||Aug 27 1817||Jan 28 1818||5/-||5||1|
|16||Sep 24 1817||Jan 14 1818||3/-||5||1|
|Saml Wilkinson||6||DO||Nov 5 1817||3/-||1|
Attention being paid to the Settlement of the above, will much oblige the Gentlemen of Halifax, for whom
Workhouse Out-Relief Accounts[edit | edit source]
Extracts from the Overseers Out-Relief Book for Halifax, Yorkshire are given below. Further down is one from the Parish Relief Book for Aldenham, Hertfordshire.
Out-Relief in Halifax 1823 (Extract from Accounts for Regular Poor) FS Library film 1551143
|Farrar, Jno and Wife||Waterside||6/-||6/-||6/-||6/-|
|Foster, Jas and Wife||Clayton|
|Frankleton, Thos||Bowling Dyke||3/-||3/-||3/-||3/-|
|Foster, Jno Widow||Gildersome|
|Gaukroger, Widow and |
Child 6 yrs 5 mths
|Wike with Robt Pearson|
|Gath, Josa, Widow and|
|Gaukroger, Betty Child||Crompton|
|Gaukroger, Wm Widow||Woolshop||3/-||3/-||3/-||3/-|
|Gibson, Susan (blind)||Cross Field||5/-||5/-||5/-||5/-|
|Gledhill Stepn Widow||Honley||18/-|
|Gaukroger, Jas Widow and|
|Gaukroger, Betty||Cross Field||26 wks||19/6|
|Holroyd, Jno Widow|
Aldenham, Herts Parish Relief Book 1829-35
Summaries from a wide book with many columns.
LH pages have columns for Cause of Relief, Age, Number of children under 10 years old, Places of residence, Whether field or woodland, Names and some descriptions.
RH pages have narrow columns for weekly payments, but years are not specified.
Old Age, 75 and 74, Hog’s Lane, wood, Kirby and wife, 5/- weekly from 30 Mar to 1 Feb.
Old Age, no age given, Alms Houses with her husband, field, A. Larkins, 2/- weekly from 30 Mar to 8 Feb.
Illness, 42 and 43, 4 children, Little Bushey, wood,Jno Lumm and family, 10/- weekly from 30 Mar to 1 Feb.
Old Age and Infirmity, Lechmere Heath, field,Mary Mansell widow, weekly from 30 Mar to 8 Feb.
Old Age and Infirmity, Caldicot Hill, wood, Widow Montague, 3/- weekly from 30 Mar to 6 Jul ‘since then in Workhouse’.
Nurse child, his wife dead, 3 children, Abbots Langley, field, Stephen Malbrow, 5/- weekly from 30 Mar to 18 May, then 4/- to 5 Oct, then 2/6 until 8 Feb.
Old Age, Alms Houses, field, S. Nicholls, 2/- weekly from 30 Mar to 8 Feb
Bastard, 10, Caldicot Hill, wood, Newton’s child (bastard), 2/- weekly from 30 Mar to 6 Jul, then 1/6 until 8 Feb.
Old Age and Infirmity, 74 and 62, no place noted, Newton and Wife, 4/- weekly from 12 Oct to 1 Feb.
Guardians Accounts and General Ledgers[edit | edit source]
These records of expenditures are often available and can be quite voluminous.
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1 Timothy 3 1
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
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What's another word for overseer? ›
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A “guardian” is a person appointed by the court or by the consent the child's parents, to act for a minor who is not capable of managing his or her own affairs. A guardian, like a parent, is required to promote and act in the best interests of the child.What was an overseer in slavery? ›
On large plantations, the person who directed the daily work of the slaves was the overseer, usually a white man but occasionally an enslaved black man—a "driver"—promoted to the position by his master.What was an overseer in the 1800s? ›
Overseers were the middlemen of the antebellum South's plantation hierarchy. As such they occupied an impossible position. The masters expected them to produce profitable crops while maintaining a contented workforce of slaves—slaves who had little reason to work hard to improve the efficiency of the plantation.
Who were the overseers in Frederick Douglass? ›
His owner and overseer, Aaron Anthony, fed enslaved children from troughs and mercilessly whipped slaves who did not obey his orders quickly enough. When Frederick was about 10, he was given to Anthony's daughter, Lucretia Auld.Who was the overseer of overseers Frederick Douglass? ›
Anthony is the clerk for Colonel Lloyd, managing Lloyd's surrounding plantations and the overseers of those plantations. Anthony is a cruel man who takes pleasure in whipping his slaves, especially Douglass's Aunt Hester.
Weekly food rations -- usually corn meal, lard, some meat, molasses, peas, greens, and flour -- were distributed every Saturday. Vegetable patches or gardens, if permitted by the owner, supplied fresh produce to add to the rations. Morning meals were prepared and consumed at daybreak in the slaves' cabins.Who was the man who killed slavery? ›
John Brown, Abolitionist: The Man Who Killed Slavery, Sparked the Civil War, and Seeded Civil Rights.What does the Bible say about overseers? ›
1 Timothy 3 1
Here is a trustworthy saying: If anyone sets his heart on being an overseer, he desires a noble task. not given to drunkenness, not violent but gentle, not quarrelsome, not a lover of money. He must manage his own family well and see that his children obey him with proper respect.
Over 61% of the field slaves were women who hoed and ploughed, harvested, and built fences around the Estate. Slaves who were physically disabled in some way were often given less physically demanding jobs such as making clothing or shoes, or picking the seeds of wild onions out of the oat seeds.Who was of all the overseers the most dreaded by the slaves? ›
What characteristics make Mr. Gore, "of all the overseers, the most dreaded by the slaves"? How does Mr.How are overseers chosen? ›
Overseers were chosen in a variety of ways, with initial leaders chosen before the war, and subsequent overseers afterward. In Vault 11, elections were held each year to choose a new overseer, who in turn would be killed as that year's "sacrifice."Who was Douglass favorite master? ›
Douglass' tenure with Covey ended after a year, and he was hired out to William Freeland in January 1834. Douglass calls Freeland "the best master I ever had, till I became my own master." Freeland never hit Douglass, but, more important, he didn't profess religiosity.Who was Douglass's master? ›
His master, Aaron Anthony, dies late in the year; Frederick becomes the property of Thomas Auld, Anthony's son-in-law.
What is Frederick Douglass most famous quote? ›
#1 “If there is no struggle, there is no progress."Who helped Frederick Douglass? ›
This time, Frederick met a young free black woman named Anna Murray, who agreed to help him escape. On September 3, 1838, he disguised himself as a sailor and boarded a northbound train, using money from Anna to pay for his ticket. In less than 24 hours, Frederick arrived in New York City and declared himself free.What is the name of the overseer who worked for Captain Anthony in Frederick? ›
Frederick Douglass had two masters – Captain Anthony and his overseer Mr Plummer whom he describes as a miserable drunkard, a profane swearer and a savage monster.What was the name of the overseer at the plantation Douglass grew up on why was his name apropos? ›
What was the name of the overseer at the plantation Douglass grew up on? Why was his name apropos? Mr. Severe.