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Your search for posts with tags containing Overseer found 5 posts

Electoral Fraud in Victorian Times

By Stephen Basdeo Prior to 1832 the only people who could vote in General Elections in the United Kingdom were men who owned freehold property that was worth over 40 shillings. On extremely rare occasions women could also cast a vote at national elections...

January 1

What was advertised in a colonial American newspaper 250 years ago today? Essex Gazette (January 10, 1768). “THE Overseers of the Poor of the Town of Salem would be glad to bind out a Number of poor Children.” Colonial newspapers tended to...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Jan 2019

September 17

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? Georgia Gazette (September 17, 1766).“Wanted immediately, A CAREFUL MAN as an OVERSEER. … A married man will be most agreeable.” A week ago I examined another employment...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 17 Sep 2016

September 1

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? Georgia Gazette (September 10, 1766).“AN OVERSEER … will meet with good encouragement by applying to JOHN SIMPSON.” When John Simpson needed to hire an overseer he placed...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 10 Sep 2016

June 13

What was advertised in a colonial newspaper 250 years ago today? New-Hampshire Gazette (June 13, 1766).“BOYS and GIRLS to be bound out in Town or Country … as Apprentices.” In today’s advertisement the Overseers of the Poor issued...
From: The Adverts 250 Project on 13 Jun 2016

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