The Poor Law Commission of 1832 reported that two thirds of the parishes in
Devon in their 1832 sample were giving child allowances as part of their
poor relief system and that Devon was classified as a Speenhamland county.
Is anyone aware of any research into the systems of poor relief used in some
or all Devon's parishes.
The population in Devon in the first half of the nineteenth century grew at
a significantly lower rate than the average for rural districts in England
and Wales. Perhaps that might partly explain why we all have relatives all
over the world.