Hannah Walton, widow, sister of the late Edmund Haigh deceased.
said Hannah Walton upon her oath sayeth as follows:
am 62 years of age. My maiden name was Haigh and I was sister of
Edmund Haigh, the late husband of the pauper Amanda Haigh. We are
the children of Edmund and Fanny Haigh both of whom are now dead.
I recollect my grandfather, John Haigh, who then lived at Gauxholme
within the township of Todmorden and Walsden and was in the wood
trade. My father and mother lived at a place called Roomfield,
which is situate within the township of Langfield in the West Riding
of Yorkshire, which township adjoins the said township of Todmorden
the children, including my said brother Edmund, were brought up
at Roomfield and in Roomfield Lane, which is also situate within
the said township of Langfield. My father and mother continued to
live in Roomfield Lane up to the time of my mother's death, which
is somewhere about 21 years ago.
mother was confined to her bed wholly or in part for 6 years before
her death in consequence of a rheumatic complaint. I recollect my
father leaving home to go to a town's meeting at Todmorden to ask
for relief soon after my mother began to be unwell. From that time
she had 6 shillings a month allowed by the Overseer of Todmorden.
The money was paid every month at the Royal George public house.
My father used to attend at the above place and receive the money.
I can speak to his bringing money home when he came back from time
to time from the Royal George. I do not recollect who was the Overseer
of Todmorden at that time, but Robert Greenwood was afterwards the
Overseer of that Township. Shortly after Greenwood came into office
I recollect him calling to see my mother. I was present at the time.
I heard him say he was the new Overseer of Todmorden. He asked my
mother how she was. She let him look at her hands and told him how
she was afflicted. He said he thought she should have above 6 shillings
a month and that he would allow her 8 shillings a month. That sum
was paid during the time that Robert Greenwood remained Overseer.
I don't remember how long that was or whether it was more than a
year or not.
Shortly afterwards, before he went out of office, he
called one day at our house. He said he had been to see another
family who was poorly and that it was the day before payday he might
as well pay my mother. He paid her 8 shillings for a month's allowance
in my presence. My mother was then ill in bed and he paid the money
down upon the bed. I took it up and put it into a drawer till my
sister came home. I was married at that time but lived at home.
Greenwood said he was going out of office. John Shackleton succeeded
him as Overseer of Todmorden. He came to visit my mother after he
came to office and before he paid anything. I was present. He said
he thought 8 shillings a month was too much and that 7 shillings
would be enough. 7 shillings a month was paid after that time, which
my father received at the Royal George as before.
mother died at Roomfield Lane. My father went to inform the Overseer
of Todmorden of her death. He brought 8 shillings back with him,
which I saw him give to my sister. Her coffin was made by James
Scholfield, who made coffins for the township of Todmorden and Walsden.
My father did not pay anything for the coffin or dues.
have often heard my father say he belonged to Todmorden and Walsden
through his father where settlement was there. My late brother,
Edmund, never did any act to gain a settlement to my knowledge or
belief. He left home when he was about 14 years of age and was married
to his first wife before he was 19. He never was an apprentice or
hired man, but has principally been employed as a boatman or carrier
and warehouseman. He never occupied property of the value of £10
a year. He retained his parental settlement in Todmorden and Walsden
up to the time of his death.
the time my father and mother were living in Roomfield Lane I had
the misfortune to have a chance child. When I was pregnant the Overseer
of Langfield came to the house and wished my father and mother to
remove me into the township of Todmorden and Walsden in time, so
that he might have no trouble with me. I accordingly went to my
aunt Susannah Greenwood at Gauxholme within Todmorden and Walsden,
where I was delivered. My uncle, James Haigh, was the Overseer of
Todmorden and Walsden. He called at our house in Roomfield Lane
before I was removed and wished me to be taken to Todmorden and
Walsden in time, that there be no unpleasantness. He afterwards
knew of my being taken into that township and lying in there.
mark of Hannah Walton