Overseers of the poor

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OVERSEERS OF THE POOR. Persons appointed or elected to take care of the poor with moneys furnished to them by the public authority.
     2. The duties of these officers are regulated by local statutes. In general the overseers are bound to perform those duties, and the neglect of them will subject them to an indictment. Vide 1 Bl. Com. 360; 16 Vin. Ab. 150; 1 Mass. 459; 3 Mass. 436; 1 Penning. R. 6, 136; Com. Dig. Justices of the Peace, B. 63, 64, 65.

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Freely was becoming a person of influence in the parish; he was found useful as an overseer of the poor, having great firmness in enduring other people's pain, which firmness, he said, was due to his great benevolence; he always did what was good for people in the end.
In 1804, the act was amended again to allow masters to abandon slave children at anytime, as long as the overseer of the poor certified the abandonment.
First an overseer of the poor he then was chosen as a commissioner of the Court of Requests, a body that aimed to speed up and make easier the recovery of debts of under forty shillings in Birmingham and Deritend.
By 1601, every parish had an overseer of the poor, who had the power to force people to pay local taxes to help the most impoverished people.
Violators of this clause in the act were subject to summary conviction, meaning that they could be tried by a single justice of the peace, and violators were subject to a penalty of [pounds]10, half of which went to the informer, and half to the local overseer of the poor.
Half of this continued to go to the informer, and the other half continued to go to the local overseer of the poor.
Or what do we make of her insistence on the viability of "choice" when most of the poor relief recipients who also received medical care in the rural parish of Abson and Wick were drawn from three of society's most impotent groups -- those from broken families, the elderly, and unwed mothers -- who petitioned an overseer of the poor when "life crises" arose?