1. Before 1743, a baby born in a parish belonged to the parish, so single pregnant women were sometimes carted over the boundary into the next parish just before they were due.
2. Any pauper found where they didn’t belong was generally removed back to their own parish. This is what happened to “singlewoman” Anne Neate.
3. Widows and children who could no longer support themselves were sent back to where they came from, like Amy Gingell and her son, William “removed” from Bristol.
4. A canny “intruder” such as Robert Begley could get his pals to vouch for him and his family so they could stay in the parish.
5. Your family was supported if you served in the militia, but if, like Joseph Gingell, you served as substitute for an outsider, the parish officers would claim their money back!
Read more about Settlement on The Gen Guide site.
For the situation in London, see the London Register of Paupers Removed from the Parish on the London Lives site.
Or to find out about your pauper ancestors, contact Woods for the Trees