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Fordington

Overeers Accounts 1724

© Transcribed by Michael Russell OPC for Fordington from CLDS Film 1526124 - July 2004

Links to Overseers Accounts for : [1725 Not survived] | 1726 | 1727/28 | 1728/29 | 1729

Note: 1st page in Accounts book mostly illegible, appears to be a covering page of signatures at varying dates - can only decipher:- 1724 & the 3 signatures quoted at the start of the listing

Note: In several places these accounts refer to "Way Wardens". The Highways Act of 1555 transferred the responsibility for maintaining the roads from Manors to the Parish Vestry. Each parishioner owning ploughland or keeping a plough horse was required to provide a cart for 4 days a year for use in road repairs. Similarly each able bodied parishioner was required to give 4 days labour a year (increased to 6 days in 1563) or pay a fine in lieu.

The act also established the office of Surveyor of the Highways (also called  Waywardens) & made the churchwardens, constable and some parishioners responsible for selecting such an officer. From 1662 the selection was made by a majority of parishioners and finally in 1691 the Vestry was expected to produce a short list from which the Justices of the Peace sected a Surveyor for the ensuing year - he was not paid. His job was to organise whatever work needed doing and ensure this was carried out properly. Repairs usually consisted of filling potholes with stones, which would be quarried nearby. Less frequently the work might consist of repairing a bridge or clearing of ditches or watercourses.

At the end of each year the Waywardens (often two per Parish) would draw up an account of income and expenditure and submit it to  the Justices of the Peace for approval. Wheeled vehicles were rare until the mid sixteenth century and they caused much more damage to roads than horses. As coaches and carriages became more common the cost to parishioners rose & was not always sufficient to effect repairs. The Highways Act of 1691 authorised the levying of a Highways Rate. For the next 140 years the cost of repairs was covered by a combination of statute labour and a highway rate. 

Signatures

William PHIPPARD set his hand ye 2nd Of February
William HACHAM [set his hand] May
Moses BEDLOE his hand 1750?


Extras 1724
For ye Poor Rate ? ?
17 Received in Cash ? ?
8 Received in Cash ? ?
4 Received in Cash ? ?
Received of John LIGHT ? ?
24 Received in Cash ? ?
None since received in Bill Cash 7 1?
29 Received in Cash 13 1?
December 17th Received in Cash 9 ?
February 17 Received in Cash 18 ?
Received of Willaim TOLERFIELD by disbursements to Isia SHEPHERD 3 4
March 26th Received in cash 7 1
of Mr LIGHT 1 4
Received in Cash 0 9
Farmer HAYNES when paid 2 0
Arrears from BENNETT from June  0 6
15 rates Amounts to 94 14

 

The Weekly Disbursements in 1724
April [1724] Apr-12 19 26 May-01
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widow BRINE 1.0 1.0    
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIBB 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADERS Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
  14.0 14.0 13.0 13.0
        £2.14.0d

 

May [1724] May-08 15 22 29
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIBB 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADERS Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
  13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0
        £2.12.0d

 

[Note next 3 months out of sequence on CLDS film]

Jun [1724] Jun-05 12 19 26
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIBB 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADERS Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
  13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0
        £2.12.0d

 

The Weekly Disbursements in 1724
July [1724] Jul-03 10 17 24 31
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIBB 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADERS Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
  13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0
          £3.5.0d

 

August [1724] 4 11 18 25
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIBB 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADERS Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
  13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0
        £2.12.0d

 

September [1724] 7 14 21 28
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIBB 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADERS Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
  13.0 13.0 13.0 13.0
        £2.12.0d

 

The Extra disbursements 1724 by Benjmain BELLMAN £ s d
Paid for sweeping of the chimeys      
December 24th paid William PATEY for 4 weeks 0 2 0
January 4 paid for a warrant 0 0 6
January ye 25 paid William PATEY for 4 weeks 0 2 0
January ye 26 paid Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 2 0
January ye 28 paid Ambrose HUNT for 4  0 0 0
January ye 30 paid Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 4 0
February ye 5 paid Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 5 0
February ye 13 paid Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 5 0
February ye 19 paid Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 5 0
February ye 19 paid William PATEY for 4 weeks 0 2 0
February ye 26 paid Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 5 0
March ye 5 paid Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 5 0
March ye 12 paid Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 5 0
March ye 12 paid Mr BONNETT for a change for BISHOP's maid and making 0 5 8
March ye 14 paid for a pare [pair] of shoes for BISHOP 0 2 4
March ye 14 paid Robert DAMES in his sickness 0 2 0
March ye 14 paid for tending Robert DAMES 0 1 5
March ye 14 paid for a change for Robert DAMES and making 0 ? ?
March ye 15 paid for laying out of Robert DAMES 0 2 0
March ye 15 paid for a shroud and dozen of beer? 0 3 4
March ye 15 paid for ringing the bell and digging of the grave and afadivey [affidavit] 0 ? 0
March ye 15 paid for a Coffen and black cloth  0 ? 0
March ye 16 paid for a gowen and Coate and making for BISHOP maid 0 13 0
March ye 18 paid for a pare [pair] of shoes for Mary WILKINSON 0 ? 0
March ye 19 paid for Thomas FRAMPTON for a Waywardens Warrant 0 2 0
March 28 paid Abraham GIBENS  0 2 6
April ye 9 paid William PATEY for 8 weeks 0 4 0
  £4 18 9

 

The Weekly Disbursements in 1724
October  [1724] Oct-02 9 16 23 30
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIB 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADERS Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow BELLMAN 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow LOCK 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6 0.6
  13.0 13.0 14.0 14.0 14.0
          £3.8.0d

 

November  [1724] Nov-06 13 20 27
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIB 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADERS Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow BELLMAN 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6
Widdow LOCK 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6
  14.0 14.0 14.0 14.0
        £2.16.0d

 

December  [1724] Dec-04 11 18 25
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIB 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADERS Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow BELLMAN 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6
Widdow LOCK 0.0 0.0 0.6 0.6
Widdow MEDER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
  15.0 15.0 15.0 15.0
        £3.0.0d

 

At a Vestry of the Church Wardens & Overseers Parish of Fordington held the third day of January 1725 it was agreed that for the future Robt [Robert] DAMER be allowed 1:6 per week
Signatures
George GOULD Churchwarden
William CHURCHILL Churchwarden
Benjamin BELLMAN Overseer
John INGRAM Overseer
Charles PITFIELD [Note:- Charles PITFIELD (1665-1743)]
Thomas TERREL

 

The Extraordinary Disbursements in 1724 [by Benjmain BELLMAN] £ s d
Paid for this book 0 9 6
April 5 paid at the Parish meeting at the ?olowey of ?? 0 3 6
April 5 paid Benjamin BISHOP for Warrant which was done at Lady day for the Widdow WHITE 0 15 6
April ye 10 paid the widdow BRINE in her Sickness 0 3 0
April ye 17 paid the widdow BRINE in her Sickness 0 3 0
May 4 paid at the Vestry 0 2 0
May ye 13 paid for to [two] shirts for William PATEY and making 0 6 0
May ye 13 paid William PATEY for ?? 20 weeks pay 0 10 0
May ye 15 paid for a pear [pair] of shoes for BISHOP's Maid 0 2 2
May ye 25 paid for John GENAN? For a Warrant for the Waywardens 0 2 0
May ye 31 paid at the Vestry 0 2 0
June 28 paid to Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 2 0
July 3 paid to Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 1 0
July 30 paid to Abraham GEBENS in is [his] sickness 0 1 0
October 9 paid William PATEY for 4 weeks pay 0 2 0
October ye 10 paid Benjamin BISHOP house rent; for the widdow WHITE dew at meeting 0 11 6
October ye 20 paid for 2 changes for the widdow COLON 0 6 0
November ye 2 paid for the Widdow WHITES loan? 0 8 5
November ye [illegible]      
november ye 4 paid for changes and making for Mary WILKENS 0 10 0
November ye 5 paid the ? Money 1 16 7
November ye 24 paid William PATEY for 6 weeks pay 0 3 0
[Sub Total different Overseer] £6 17 2d
December 24 payd William PATEY a month pay 0 2 0
January 25 payd William PATEY a month pay 0 2 0
January 30 payd Abraham GIBENS in his sickness 0 2 0
February 5 payd Abraham GIBENS in his sickness 0 ? 0
February 13 payd Abraham GIBENS in his sickness 0 ? 0
February 19 payd Abraham GIBENS in his sickness 0 ? 0
February 19 payd William PATEY a month pay 0 2 0
February 26 payd Abraham GIBENS in his sickness 0 ? 0
December 6 payd for the sweeping of the chimbley [chimney] at the church ? ? ?
January + payd for no rent for the month? ? ? ?
January 28 payd Ambrose SHOUNT 4 bags or boys ? ? ?

 

February 13th
Then agreed at a Vestry that there be allowed to Abraham GIBBINS till his wife is bought to bed and fit to get about again five shillings a week - unto our Hands
Signatures
William CHURCHILL Church Warden
Benjamin BELLMAN Overseer
John INGRAM Overseer
Thomas TERREL
Charles PITFIELD [Note:- Charles PITFIELD (1665-1743)]
Thomas FRAMPTON

 

The Weekly Disbursements in 1724
January 1724/5 1 8 15 22 29
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.0 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIB 1.0 1.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADER Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow BELLMAN 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow LOCK 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow WINSER 1.6 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
  15.0 16.6 16.6 16.6 16.6
          £4.1.0d
Samuel WHITE 2.0 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0

 

February 1724/5 5 12 19 26
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIB 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADER Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow BELLMAN 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow LOCK 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow MEADER 1.6 ? ? ?
Samuel WHITE 1.0 ? ? ?
  16.6 16.6 16.6 16.6
        £3.6.0d

 

March 1724/5 5 12 19 26
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Robert DAMER 1.6 Dead Dead Dead
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0 3.0 3.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIB 1.6 1.6 1.6 1.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0 2.0 2.0
MEADER Boy 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow BELLMAN 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow LOCK 0.6 0.6 0.6 0.6
Widdow MEADER 1.0 1.0 1.0 1.0
Samuel WHITE 1.0 1.0 1.0 3.0
  16.6 15.0 15.0 17.0

 

[Note next document out of sequence on original CLDS film - is start of 1724 so put into correct sequence]

The Weekly Disbursements 
March 1724/5 5 12
Widdow WHITE 0.6 0.6
Widdow COLLENS 2.0 2.0
William CHANING 3.0 3.0
Widdow FREAK 1.0 1.0
Widdow WIGGONS 1.0 1.0
BISHOPS maid 0.6 0.6
Widdow SQUIB 1.6 1.6
Mary WILKINSON 2.0 2.0
MEADER Boy 0.6 0.6
Widdow BELLMAN 0.6 0.6
Widdow LOCK 0.6 0.6
Widdow MEADER 1.0 1.0
WHITE's Wife 3.0 3.0
  17.0 17.0

 

The extraordinarys this year comes to £11.13.11d
Disbursements make £37.15.6d
  £49.9.5d
Collected and received by Overseers the same  £60.16.8d
   
Remains due to the Parish £11.9.4d

 

Seen and allowed this account by us
Signatures
Jno [John] JACOB Vicar
Geo: [George] GOULD Churchwarden
Wm [William] CHURCHILL Churchwarden
Wm [William] CHURCHILL [different person]
Tho: [Thomas] TERRELL
Charles PITFIELD [Note:- Charles PITFIELD (1665-1743)]
James SHORT
John JENNING
William BAKER?
Later Countersignature
 April 16th 1726
Allowed by us
JS MICHEL
GOULD
Meeting of Vestry?
GIBBINS Boy? no further relief from 19th? Month unless he is --- with his --- for the Parish House witness our hands
William CHURCHILL Churchwarden
John INGRAM
Benjamin BELLMAN
Charles PITFIELD[Note:- Charles PITFIELD (1665-1743)]
William BARTLETT
October 19th 1724 Then agreed at a Vestry that a sum not exceeding ten shillings shall be expended for the repairing of the loom? & of ye Widow WHITE and the ---
Widow BELLMAN  shall be allowed six pence per week & ye Widow LOCK be allowed six pence per week 
Witness our hands
Jno [John] JACOB Vicar
Wm [William] CHURCHILL Churchwarden
Tho: [Thomas] TERRELL
William BARTLETT
Thom: ROBERTS

 

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