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Family Notes - December 2011

This is a sample of the information provided to members of the P*rr*tt Society in the December 2011 edition of Family Notes. Family Notes is a 56-page printed magazine that is distributed to society members every quarter.

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The Good Old Days - never were!

Wiltshire Removal Orders

Poor P*RR*TTs, like so many others, were often harshly treated in the past. One way in which this manifested itself was that if they were – or seemed likely to be – unable to support themselves they could be forcibly ‘removed’ from where they were living and sent back to the area in which they had legal ‘settlement’. What did this mean?

After the introduction of the Settlement Act of 1662 it was mandatory for each person to have a parish of legal settlement. This was the only parish in which they were entitled to receive Poor Relief. The parish of settlement was usually a person's parish of birth, or where they had lived or worked for at least a year and it was the only parish in which they could legally receive poor relief. A person had to undergo a settlement examination by the vestry or Justices of the Peace in order to obtain legal settlement in a different parish. If successful, they were granted a settlement certificate.

If someone required relief when living in a parish where they did not have legal settlement, the overseers could issue a removal order to have them transferred back to their parish of settlement. Most record offices have bundles of these ‘Removal Orders’ and are well worth the trouble of searching. Here are a few from Wiltshire:

13 March 1802: Removal orders were issued for Charles Perrett, his wife Ann, their daughter Sarah (5) and their son Charles (2). They were to be moved from Brighton, Sussex, back to their village of legal settlement, North Bradley, Wiltshire. Whether this order was carried out is uncertain, since Charles’s order is annotated ‘removal order suspended’. Perhaps you know what happened to them?

16 September 1813: Henry Parratt was ordered to be removed from Wroughton, Wiltshire to Bristol St Philip.

1 November 1831: John Perrett, his wife Thirza, their twin daughters Ann and Emma (17 months) and their daughter Sarah (5) were to be moved from Erdington, Wiltshire to their place of legal settlement, Great Cheverell, Wiltshire.

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It's In the Papers

... International

Fort Wayne Sentinel (Fort Wayne, Indiana,USA) 3 October 1890
A Dance Disturbed and George Parrott Under Arrest

Last night Officer Borgman, the new policeman whose beat is in the Eighth Ward was summoned to the new house of Mr. Oetting on East Lewis Street where a dance was in progress. It appears that several young fellows came upon the scene and caused trouble. The officer arrested George Parrott and after some difficulty lodged him in the Station House. He then returned to arrest one of the fellows who interfered with him but the entire party had dispersed.

This morning Parrott retained John F.Rodabaugh to defend him. The charge preferred was trespass which Mr. Rodabaugh made a motion to quash. The case was set for Monday at 2pm, before the mayor. Perrott furnished bond for his appearance.

Evening Chronicle (Marshall, Michigan,USA) 14 December 1925

Mrs George R. Perrott went to Kalamazoo this afternoon where she will attend a concert this evening. She will be the overnight guest of Mrs. Alfred Curtenius and return home tomorrow.

The Courier-Mail ( Brisbane, Queensland, Australia ) 15 March 1940
Perrett-Perrett Ceremony

Miniature horses and cattle were appropriate decorations on the three tiered wedding cake at the marriage of Miss Penelope Perrett and Mr. Gilbert Perrett at Mount Hope, Nanango, celebrated on March 12 at Kabunga, Kinbombi, the bride’s home. Both the bride and the bridegroom are well known for their horsemanship.

Bristol Times and Mirror (Bristol, England) 15 July 1897

Jabez Perrett of Seaguy, farmer, sued a neighbour named J. Fry, a tailor, for the value of a sheep killed by the defendant’s dog on 14 March. Evidence was called to prove that the dog was seen eating the sheep and his Honour gave a verdict for the amount claimed of 50 shillings (£2.50) to be paid in instalments of 4 shillings (20p) a month.

Australian Town and Country Journal, 13 Aug 1892

The city police authorities have decided to abandon the prosecution in the case of Mr. Leon Perrett who was under remand on a charge of unlawfully making photographs of the fortifications at Townsville. No reasons were assigned by the authorities for this action.

The photographic apparatus and other articles found in possession of Perrett have been returned to him. Mr.Perrett again appeared at the Police Court on September 5 when Inspector Durham stated that he wished to withdraw the charge.

Defendant’s counsel claimed professional expenses and stated that he had a letter from the Chief Secretary expressing regret at any inconvenience caused to the defendant. The police magistrate refused any costs and dismissed the case.


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Clara Eva Parrett, born 25 Nov 1876 in Bloomington Illinois, died 13 Aug

1944 in San Francisco. She was the daughter of Samuel P.Parrett (1846-

1920) and Nancy Elizabeth Wood (1854-1885). I wonder if she liked the hat?


This is a picture of Merchant Navy officer Arthur Parritt. Sadly the picture is not sufficiently clear to make out the name of the shipping company for which he worked, but it may be that amongst our readers is someone who knows about such things and can enlighten us! Arthur came from a typically large Victorian family; he was the son of William Parritt (1839-1915) and Charlotte Caroline Hopper. In the 1891 census Arthur, born in Gravesend in 1878 was one of 9 children. By 1901 he had gone to sea and was serving as an Able Seaman on the ‘Norwood’ of West Hartlepool.

Father William was a house painter and decorator, born in about 1840 in St Martins in the Fields, London. He was a descendant of Mary Edmonds. Mary’s husband in turn descended from Conquer Perrott (1675-1838), born in Evenlode, Gloucestershire and died in Enstone, Oxfordshire.

Ernest Porritt (known to his family as Jim) was born in West Lutton in 1893. He lived with grandparents Joseph and Mary Porritt at West Lutton and is thought to have worked as a carter. He died serving in France on 23 April ( St George’s Day) 1917 and is buried at Hibers Trench Cemetery Wancourt. He was unmarried.

His grave-stone describes him as ‘755674 “C” Bty 251st Bde. Royal Field Artillery” from which it seems he had transferred from the Wagoners to the RFA.

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