Monday, May 2, 2011

Some settlements after 1697

After 1697 the law was changed to a more sensible policy. As can be seen from my last post some of the bonds required were very high and probably prohibitive. But society was developing and freer movement was desirable. Even so there were restrictions. Anyone wishing to move had to have a settlement certificate signed by the churchwardens of the home parish.

Here are some samples from the early 18th century. (SC stands for Settlement Certificate)
The interesting observation here is that people with more specialized skills are moving from farther afield. Richard Cox was a confectioner from London. Anthony Redferne, a victualler, comes from Derbyshire. John Russell, a wheelwright comes from Warwickshire. Some go the other way. Thomas Wilkinson was removed by the parish to St Giles, Cripplegate, presumably from whence he came. There is also a case here (No. 159) where a young woman and child has been moved to Stony Stratford upon a bond of £50 put up by a farmer from Warwickshire. I assume that the child was conceived out of wedlock and may even be the child of the noted Thomas Shiers who wanted the embarrassment out of sight. Something similar may have happened with Elizabeth Knight and child (No 137) who came to Stony Stratford from Nottinghamshire. Possibly she had a relative in Stony Stratford.


120 SHENN Thomas + fam             SC Bloxham             OXF             1712
121 LEACH John, butcher + lam to SSW SC SS East                                     1713
122 BARNS John + w + fam             SC Passenham, Deanshanger NTH             1713
123 CHURCH Thomas + fam             SC SS East             1713
124 COOK Richard, confectioner + fam             SC Savoy LON 1713
125 GLOVER John + w Elesha + John 5, George 1 Y, SC St Andrew Holborn LON 1713
126 COKE John + w + fam             SC Walton             1714
127 FORO John tailor             SC Foleshill, Coventry             1714
128 MEWSE Thomas lab             SC Haversham             1714
129 KEY Thomas victualler + wife to SSW             SC SS East             1714
130 WILKINSON Thomas RO to St Giles Cripplegate MX 1715 
131 SABINE Joshua + w Sarah + Mary, Alice etc SC St James Clerkenwell             1715
132 BROOKS William + wife             SC Towcester NTH             1715
133 EBBS William, butcher, + fam             SC SS East             1715
134 PERRY Richard miller + fam             SC Gayhurst             1716
135 ANCIL Edward miller + fam             SC Castlethorpe             1716
136 IVERY Edmond + w Elizabeth             SC Aylesbury             1717
137 KNIGHT Eliz + child removed themselves from Bramcott to SSWest: SC Bramcott NTT             1716/7
138 STAINTON William + w + chd SC E Claydon             1717
139 HAWKINS Robert RO 9 Jan to Whitchurch confirmed, no appeal1717
140 STEA YENS Hugh, bricklayer + w + Fam             SC Winslow             1717
141 KING George + w + chn             SC Stagsden BDF             1717
142 STUDDS Thomas + w Alice             SC Wootton BDF             1717
143 HUGGINS Wm, lab, + w Anne             SC Wolverton             1718
144 LINNELL Samuel baker + w Hannah             SC Olney             1718
145 REDFERNE Anthony, victualler + fam             SC Tideswell DBY 1718
146 NEWMAN John + w Ann             SC Hanslope             1718
147 ALBRIGHT Elizabeth wid + fam             SC SS East             1718
148 PIN FOLD John, cord winder             SC SS East             1720
149 GOOTRIDGE Wm + w Katherine             SC Cranfield BDF             1720
150 ROBARDS Wm + w Jane + fam             SC Leckhamsted             1720
151 CASE Thomas lab + w Alice             SC Calverton             1721
152 DANIELL William, ropemaker             SC SS East             1721
153 SEABROOK William + wife + fam             SC Castlethorpe             1721
154 GLEN Sarah sp with child             SC Furthoe NTH             1721
155 RUSSELL John, wheelwright + w + chn             SC Samburne WAR 1721
156 BENNETT Isaac, tanner, + Martha             SC Towcester NTH 1722
157 FOWKES Robert, matmaker             SC She ring ton 1722
158 NORMAN Ann wid + s John             SC Gawcott Buck'm 1722
159 SCUFFLING als PHILIPS Ann + female chd BOND by Thomas SHEIRS of
            Bindley WAR farmer + waggoner in £50 to SS                         1722
160 GREY Joseph, lab             SC SS East             1722 

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