1. The Parish Chest

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The parish chest contained all documents relating to life in the parish as well as the church plate.  These documents may give you information about the day to day life of your ancestor, when he or she was in need of help, whether they were apprenticed by the parish, if he helped to maintain the roads or if he became one of the parish officials.  Even if they don’t hold information on your particular ancestor, they make great background reading for how life was in the parish itself.

This chapter contains details on:

  • Incumbent records
  • The Vestry
  • Churchwardens’ accounts
  • Overseers of the Poor including documents on settlement and removal, bastardy and affiliation orders and apprenticeships
  • Petty Constables
  • Highways Surveyor
  • Indexes

Index to Chapter 1.  The Parish Chest.

affiliation orders………………………………….. 9

alehouses…………………………………………… 18

apprenticeships……………………………… 9, 15

bastardy examinations………………………… 9

Baunton…………………………………………….. 14

BEALE………………………………………………… 5

BETTERIDGE……………………………………… 5

Bewdley………………………………………. 11, 12

Bisley…………………………………………… 14, 19

BLISS…………………………………………………. 11

Board of Guardians……………………….. 8, 14

Bourton on the Water…………………………. 5

BREWER…………………………………………… 17

bridewell…………………………………………… 17

Brockway………………………………………….. 13

charity……………………………………………….. 18

charity…………………………………………………. 2

churchwardens…………………………….. 2, 4, 6

clubs………………………………………………….. 18

COLCHESTER…………………………………… 13

confirmation………………………………………… 3

constable………………………………………… 2, 17

CRAWLEY………………………………………… 13

CRAWLEY-BOEVEY………………………… 11

CULL…………………………………………………. 11

Daglingworth……………………………………. 14

DAVIS…………………………………………………. 5

deserving poor………………………………….. 10

Dowdeswell………………………………………. 14

FARENDER………………………………………. 14

FOX…………………………………………………….. 5

Great Rissington……………………………….. 18

GWINNETT………………………. 11, 12, 14, 15

HALL………………………………………………… 18

Hewelsfield………………………………………. 13

highway surveyor………………………….. 4, 16

highway surveyor,…………………………….. 16

HOWELL………………………………………….. 13

incumbent…………………………………………… 2

JONES……………………………………………….. 11

Justices of the Peace…………………………….. 9

KENDAL…………………………………………… 13

KNIGHTAM……………………………………… 11

Lampeter…………………………………………… 13

Little Sodbury…………………………………. 3, 4

LOCK………………………………………………….. 5

lock-up………………………………………………. 17

magistrate………………………………………….. 17

militia…………………………………………….. 9, 18

MILLARD………………………………………….. 11

Mitcheldean……………………………………… 13

Moreton Vallence……………………………… 15

MORRIS…………………………………………….. 18

nonconformist……………………………………… 8

open vestry…………………………………………. 4

Ooverseers of the poor…………………. 2, 4, 8

PACKER……………………………………………. 11

Painswick……………………………. 6, 11, 12, 14

parish chest…………………………………………. 2

parish clerk…………………………………………. 4

parish council……………………………………… 4

parish magazines………………………………. 18

PARTRIDGE……………………………………… 15

Penzance…………………………………………… 13

people’s warden………………………………….. 6

Peterchurch……………………………………….. 13

petty constable……………………………………. 4

Poor Law Act of 1601…………………………… 8

Poor Law Amendment Act………………….. 8

Poor rate assessments…………………………. 9

PROBERT………………………………………….. 13

Quarter Sessions…………………………………. 9

rate………………………………………………………. 4

ratepayers……………………………………………. 9

removal orders………………………………. 9, 13

school records……………………………………… 2

select vestry………………………………………… 4

Selsley………………………………………………… 3

settlement………………………………………….. 11

settlement certificate………………………….. 11

settlement certificates………………………….. 9

settlement examinations……………………….. 9

Shipton Moyne……………………………… 9, 10

Shipton Sollers…………………………………… 7

Slimbridge………………………………………… 17

SMITH……………………………………………….. 11

STEPHEN……………………………………………. 4

Stonehouse……………………………………….. 15

surveyors…………………………………………… 16

surveyors of highways………………………… 2

Swansea……………………………………………. 13

TEA…………………………………………………… 18

tithes……………………………………………………. 3

tramps……………………………………………….. 17

undeserving poor……………………………… 10

Upper Slaughter……………………………….. 16

vagrants…………………………………………….. 17

VELINDER………………………………………… 18

vestry………………………………………………. 2, 4

vicar’s warden…………………………………….. 6

Washbrook…………………………………………. 6

waywarden……………………………………….. 16

WINDOW………………………………………….. 11

workhouse………………………………………….. 8