Travellers in Surrey Poor Laws Records
Beddington And Wallington
Sett. exam of Sarah NORTH (X) (40) sp 29 Mar 1781
A rogue & vagabond She was born at Hounslow, Mx as her father & mother were
travellers, going round the country as pedlars as informed by her mother. Her
father's name was John She never heard of her parents having a settlement & has
never gained her own. 25 y.ago she became acquainted with Francis DAVIS a
traveller then at work at Mr SPEERS a farmer at Clapham (but now a soldier in the
Surrey Militia) with whom she has cohabited ever since & has issue 11 ch. by him,
two or whom are now with her namely Fortune & Sarah, both bastards
Robert PAGGETT (X) otp, broom maker. 15 Feb 1772
He lived 23 or 24 y. in tp. Never knew his father. His mother was a traveller and doesn't know where she was settled. He has a wife Mary.
Reigate:-Attached is a slip of paper reading Elizabeth STEELE, dau.of John & Ann STEELE, a traveller, born 19 Oct bap. 27 Oct 1780.
Thomas GLEAVES (S). 23rd July 1811.
P.S. in H.M. 3rd Reg Dragoons.
Was born in Wolverstone Lancs. His father being a pedlar he does not know where he was settled. Wife Wilmoth ?.daughter Elizabeth 1.1/2 yrs.
Th. HIGGS, labourer 20 June 1812
He does not know where he was born, or where his father's settlement was, for he was a tramper, and died when he was 7. He has not seen his mother for 30 yrs and does not know whether she is alive. He occupied a tenement in Mitcham at rent of
£ 6 11s. a year, and has lived there 15 yrs, but until 3 yrs ago the rent was only £5 15s. About 8 yrs ago he rented a room, unfurnished save for an old bedstead, in Merstham, at 2s. a week, and occupied it for 2 months, but his family remained in
Mitcham. He took it because he vas learning to thatch. He was married about 18 yrs ago at Beddington, and has 9 children at home, Jo. 15 yrs, Wi. 14 yrs, Jos. 10 yrs, Eliz. 8 yrs, Maria 6 yrs, Geo. 5 yrs, Ro. 4 yrs, He. 3 yrs, Mary 18 months. He has