Thursday, 22 April 2010

Remembering Helen

Remembering my kinswoman, Helen, resident of Govan, who suffered hardship and applied for relief on this day 123 years ago, and received no mercy.

Parish of Govan Combination - Application for Poor Relief
Name: Helen S.
Age: 23 yrs
Date: on 22nd April 1887 at 1.35 pm
Address: 13 Harmony Row, 1 up mid /Kellochan/
Place of Birth: Pollock Street. P'Shaws
Protestant
Single

Occ. Winder
Disabled: Partially
Hus., wife, child, children: Helen, 2 years. born Shawhill St. P'Shaws. Agnes 2/52, born 13 Harmony Row. Both illegitimate. Reputed father is John D., Holder on, Resides: Albert St. with his parents.
Other information: Daughter of John S., Harper, dead and Helen D. residing at Rosendale Road, P'Shaws.

Assistant Inspectors Report (home visit)
85742. 23 April 1887 at 2.30 pm
Helen S., 13 Harmony Row, 1 up.
aged 23 yrs, born Pollok St. Pollokshaws. Presently single. Winder. Partially disabled. Daughter of John S., a Harper, dead and Helen D., residing with her daughter, Mrs G. at Uries Land, Rosendale Road, Pollokshaws.
Family (Illegitimate)
Helen 2 yrs. Born 7 Shawhill St. Pollokshaws 8/4/85
Agnes 2 weeks born 13 Harmony Row, Govan 8/4/87
Reputed father of both children is John D., a Labourer, residing with his parents at 41 Albert St. Govan. He admits paternity of eldest child by registering it as his and he gave her money occasionally but has not given her anything since January last.
Residences: Present house, since September last, Govan 7 months
7 Shawhill St. P'Shaws with her mother, Eastwood 5 years
Wilson St. P'Shaws Eastwood 16 yrs
Certified in Good Health
No means in lodgings
Settlement Eastwood
(signed) Walter Ness
Medical Certificate
Dr Barras, 700 Govan Road
No infirmities. Fit for work.

Decision of Committee: 10 May 1887
Poor House - Illegitimate Children (Not In)
26/4/87 Wrote father of children

1 comment:

sandra said...

What a sad story, and probably typical of many at that time. These were the days long before contraception and social security benefits.