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Thursday, January 26, 2012

Who Took Care of the Poor in Colonial Days?

The answer to this question is the parishes as well as persons who bequeathed monies in their wills to the care of the poor.  For example, in 1683, Robert Griggs of Lancaster County left 20,000 pounds of tobacco to the destitute of Christ Church Parish. Also, George Spencer of Lancaster, left his will, 10,000 pounds of tobacco for the same purpose. Corbin Griffin bequeathed 15 pounds sterling to the poor of Richmond County and ten pounds to persons in Middlesex County.
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