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Dorchester Poor Law Records

Removal Order for Edward & Sarah DOWDING

Compiled by Michael Russell OPC for Dorchester May 2016

Quarter Sessions - Sherborne - 21st May 1753

Removal Order for Edward DOWDING and Sarah his wife

Cerne Abbas and Holy Trinity Dorchester: Upon an appeal made unto this court by the inhabitants of the Parish of Cerne Abbas in the said County of Dorset by and under the hands and seals of Richard COOPER and Thomas COOPER Gentlemen two of his Majesty's Justices of the Peace for the Borough of Dorchester in the said County of Dorset touching the removal of Edward DOWDING and Sarah his wife from the Parish of Holy Trinity within the Borough aforesaid to the Parish of Cerne Abbas aforesaid

Now: on hearing what could be alleged by council as well on the part of the said parish of Holy trinity in the said Borough of Dorchester as on the part of the said Parish of Cerne Abbas and upon examining witnesses on oath on both sides

This Court: doth think fit and so order that the said order of the said two justices be set aside and discharged and that the same is hereby set aside and discharged accordingly

And: This Court doth order that the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish of the Holy trinity in the Borough of Dorchester aforesaid or some or one of them do and shall upon notice or licence this order pay unto the Churchwardens and Overseers of the Poor of the said Parish of Cerne Abbas or some or one of them the sum of three? shillings for their charges in maintaining the Paupers from the time of the said removal to this present time

Genealogical Notes: -

(1). On 29th April 1753 there is a note in the Vestry Minutes for Holy Trinity Church about defending this action.

(2). There was an Edwardus [i.e. Edward] Dowding who had 4 children in Cerne Abbas:- (2.1) Richard Dowding bap 10th June 1700 (2.2) Elizabeth bap 30 Apr 1702 (2.3) Anna bap 18 May 1704 and (2.4 Susannah bap 3rd Nov 1706. This Edward Dowding's wife Maria however died and was buried at Cerne Abbas on 13th Nov 1709.

(3). I cannot trace any marriage of an Edward Dowding to a Sarah but Cerne Abbas burial Registers curiously record the burial of Edward Dowding on the 29th April 1753 the same day that Holy Trinity Overseers held their meeting and 3 weeks before the quarter sessions.

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