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Under the Act of Settlement 1662 a person who needed poor relief was the responsibility of the parish or township in which he or she was legally settled. The overseers of the poor of a parish or township could apply to the Justices of the Peace for an order to remove such a person to the parish of settlement. Such orders were on printed forms with spaces in which the particular details of the case were filled. Removal orders survive among parish records deposited at local record offices; they give the name(s) of the people removed, the names of the parishes involved, and the date of the order. Such cases were frequently disputed at quarter sessions, where records survive in the form of indictment and order books and depositions.

Subjects: History.

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