Settlement certificate of William Billington and family, 1741/2
Settlement certificates were issued under the Poor Relief Act of 1662 to show that someone's home parish would take responsibility for them if they needed poor relief. This one is a printed pro-forma with the names and dates filled in by hand.
We James Budd John Cox Thomas Blake and John Deverell
Church-wardens and Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of Winslowe
in the County of Bucks aforesaid, do hereby own and acknowledge
William Billington, Elizabeth his wife and William their Sonn
to be our Inhabitants legally settled
in the Parish of Winslow
aforesaid. In Witness whereof, we have hereunto set our Hands and
Seals, this fourth Day of January in the fifteenth year of the
Reign of our Sovereign Lord George the Second by the Grace of God,
of Great-Britain, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
Annoq. Dom 1741.
James Budd John Cox Church Wardens
Thomas Horwood Thos Bowler
Thos Blake Jn Deverell Overseers
To the Church-warden and Overseers of the Poor of the Parish of
Berkhamstead St Peters in the County of Hertford or to any, or either
We whose Names are hereunto subscribed, two of his Majesty’s Justices
of the Peace for the County of Bucks aforesaid, do
allow of the above-written Certificate. And we do also certify that
Thomas Horwood one of the Witnesses
who attended the Execution of the said Certificate, hath made Oath
before us that he did see the Church-wardens and Overseers, whose
Names and Seals are to the said Certificate subscribed and set, severally sign
and seal the said Certificate, and that the Names of the said Thomas
Horwood & Thomas Bowler whose Names are above-sub-
scribed as Witnesses to the Execution of the said Certificate, are of their
own proper Hand Writing. Dated the fourth Day of January
in the year 1741.