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1778
Acct of the Charge of the poor in the Township of Matlock By Thos Pearson from Aprill the 23 to May 3th.


Mr. Pearson would have been the Overseer of the Poor. His lists below are on contained one folded sheet and cover just a few months of his work within the parish. In addition to the names of the poor and their children, some of whom were illegitimate, Thomas Pearson includes other costs, such as hay and payment for 9½ days work as well as for a horse to take him to Chatsworth, Duffield and Ashbourne.

The money was designed to provide outdoor relief for the needy, sometimes giving them paid work (Wk.). Workhouses provided indoor relief.

  Names No. P. Wk. £ s d
  George ffinch       - - -
  Rachel Pearson children 2 1 4 0 2 8
  Elisa; Davis bastard 2 1 4 0 2 8
  Rachel Pearson Uperwood 2 - 6 0 1 8
  Joseph Knowles 2 - 10 0 1 8
  Widow Barker 2 1 - 0 2 0
  Mary Daves Bastard 2 1 4 0 2 8
  Widow Bunting 2 1 6 0 3 0
  Thos Marting 2 1 - 0 5 0
  Widow Cook 1 - 6 0 ? 6
  Dina Pearson 2 - 9 0 1 6
  Widow Butler 2 2 6 0 5 0
  Anthony Gregory child       0 ? 0
  Mary Wigley 2 - 6 0 1? 0
  Mary Carline 1 2 6 0 2 6
  Marey Stevenson children 2 2 6 0 5 0
  Hester Green 2 1 - 0 2 0
  Marget Carline child 2 1 8 0 2 6
  Elisabeth Bunting child 2 - 8 0 1 4
  Elisabath Megdaneld child 1 1 3 0 1 3
  Sarah Barker child 2 1 4 0 2 8
 
  Accasional Payments £ s d
May 1   Mica Rowson 0 0 3
May 3 pd at meeting for ale 0 1 6
May 3 pd Ann Rowsen 0 10 6
May 4 pd Sarah Wardman 0 0 6
May 4 pd Mary Ward 0 1 0
May 5   William Torner 0 1 0
May 5   Mica Rowson 0 1 0
May 7 pd bill Sam Wolly 0 1 0
May 10 pd Sarah Wardman 0 0 6
May 14 pd William Wardman 0 1 0
May 23 pd Mary Ward by Mr Raines 0 5 0
May 23   To Thos Pearson to Ashbourn 0 5 6
May 24 pd Sarah Wardman 0 0 6
May 24 pd William Torner 0 1 0
May 24 pd Rachel Pearson third child 0 5 0
May 25 pd at workhouse 1 9 3
May 26 pd William Terner 0 1 0
 
  £ s d
5 Jul pd William Wardman at meeting 0 2 6
5 Jul pd for ale at meeting 0 1 6
5 Jul pd Mary Buckstone towards her house rent 0 1 0
6 Jul - Thos Pearson to Wensley 0 1 6
10 Jul pd Sarah Wardman 0 6 0
16 Jul pd Hannah Hallase 0 2 6
17 Jul pd Sarah Wardman 0 6 0
18 Jul pd Hannah Hallase 0 4 0
19 Jul pd George Wright for shows [shoes?] for Thomas Martin 0 5 4
19 Jul pd for ale 0 2 0
21 Jul - Thos Pearson to Hopton 0 1 6
21 Jul pd Mr Gell Clark 0 2 0
- - Hannah Hallase mentenanse & horse ??arrs 0 1 6
24 Jul pd Sarah Wardman 0 6 0
25 Jul pd Rachel Pearson (6 weeks) 0 6 0


Transcribed by Ann Andrews.
Information shared from the Mike Spencer collection.
A photocopy of this is held by the Derbyshire Record Office.