Entries for Susan Hares
by Jeffrey L. Thomas
According to parish records, Susanna Wookey married Samuel Hares at the church in Shipham in 1793. Those same records also indicate that Samuel Hares died in 1815 and was buried in the parish cemetery on November 19th of that year. It is of note that corroboration of Samuel's death can also be found in the Overseers Accounts for the parish between 1786 and 1823. The accounts are basically a listing of monies collected from parishioners for the purpose of aiding the poor as well as those members of the parish that were listed as being "in distress."
Samuel's wife Susanna makes her first appearance in the overseer's accounts in June of 1815, and these entries provide us with a clue as the state of the family shortly before Samuel's death. In the records she appears as "Samuel Hares wife in distress." This tells us that the family was in need of assistance even before Samuel died. Perhaps he had recently become ill or suffered an injury. Either way, there was something that was preventing him from earning a living shortly before his death. Susanna appears a couple more times in 1815, always as "wife of Samuel Hares." In April of 1816 she makes her first appearance in the records as "Samuel Hares widow," and continues in the records for the remainder of 1816. Then in 1817 she begins appearing as "Susan Hares," and continues under that name until the records end in 1823.
Susan's appearance in the overseer's accounts from 1815-1818 are summarized in the table below, and, by clicking on the individual entries you can view a photocopy of the actual parish register entries. To help with readability I have underlined in red the year and the entries that pertain to Susan, several of which are contained on the same page.
Date Entry Amount (P-S-P) Comments 2 June 1815 Gave Samuel Hares wife in distress 0-2-0 Susanna makes her first appearance in the Overseer's Accounts 4 June 1815 Gave Samuel Hares wife in distress 0-3-0 5 June 1815 Gave Samuel Hares wife in distress 0-2-0 17 June 1815 Gave Samuel Hares wife in distress 0-3-0 8 July 1815 Gave Samuel Hares wife in distress 0-3-0 15 July 1815 Gave Samuel Hares wife in distress 0-3-0 29 July 1815 Gave Samuel Hares wife in distress 0-3-0 7 April 1816 Paid Samuel Hares widow 19 w at 4/per 3-16-0 Samuel died in Nov of 1815 and here Susanna makes her first appearance as his widow 15 Apr 1816 - 24 Mar 1817 Susan Hares 49 -- at 4 -- 9-16-0 Susan appears as "Susan Hares" from here forward 31 Mar 1817 Paid to Susan Hares one week 0-4-0 31 Mar 1817 - 21 Apr 1818 Susan Hares 2 at 2/??? 0-12-0 28 April 1818 Susan Hares (along with others) 2-11-0 11 Aug 1817 - 23 Mar 1818 Susan Hares 21 weeks at 0-3-0(?) 4-16-0
History of Shipham Parish, from The Heart of Mendip, by Francis A. Knight
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