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Re: Poor Law - Settlement & Removal
I can't find the newspaper cutting to hand but in the mid 19th century Eliza Jane Hall (nee Pine) and her 5? children, all under 10yrs were ordered by Littleham parish to be removed to North Shields (Newcastle). She had been born Littleham and a couple of her children born there and that was where her mother and siblings lived. However she was married in North Shields and that was place of birth of her husband. He had become a Master Mariner and sailed regularly to Australia. I don't know how much Eliza knew but on one occasion when back in UK, he bigamously married in Clifton, nr Bristol and with 'new wife' left the sea and set up as a gold digger in Australia. My understanding of Settlement Examinations and Removal Orders were that they only came into effect if someone asked for monetary assistance from the parish. I think with Eliza she must have asked for poor relief but when this was not forthcoming, she just remained in the home of her parents, who must have shared what meagre food they had themselves.