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Benjamin Law in the Batley Tax Records|
LDS microfilm 1657316 contains tax records for Batley Township for several miscellaneous years at the end of the 1700's and the beginning of the 1800's. Benjamin Law appeared in these tax records for the first time in 1803. By 1803, Benjamin was 30 years old and married for the second time.
There were three tax records listed for Batley:
All of the tax records listed a name followed by the amount of the tax due. The later records include columns for Pounds, shillings, and pence. The earlier records do no include headings. However, it is highly likely that the three columns represent the same monetary values. When there are only two columns of numbers, they represent shillings and pence.
The Poor Taxes
The Overseers Assessments for the Poor Taxes
"An assessment upon the occupants of the Lands, Tenements, Woods, and Hereditaments, in the Township of Batley, County of York for the necessary relief of the poor and other Purposes in the several acts of Parliament mentioned relating to the Poor."Hereditaments are any real property that can be inherited.
There was a separate booklet for each year. The years available through the FHC for this tax are 1801, 1802, 1803, 1807,1808, 1809, an unmarked year, and 1810. Each booklet started with the statement quoted above and a listing of the rate and the names of the overseers for the year. Benjamin Law was not listed in the 1801 and 1802 booklets.
The next book for this tax was not dated. This book and the next two books also have a different format and the introduction says the valuation was being made by "Order of the Court of General Quarters Sessions".
The highway tax was assessed to pay for repair of roads and bridges. There are just a few odd years for this assessment. The first year available on the FHC microfilm was 1797 and Benjamin Law was not listed. Benjamin Law was listed in three books between 1808 and 1810.
There are no other assessment books on this roll of microfilm until 1845.
Aid to His Majesty
The third set of records were headed "Lower Division of Agbrigg, for the Township of Batley". The introductory page for each year says,
"An assessment made for one year from the 25th Day of March 18-- in Pursuance of an Act of Parliament for grating aid as His Majesty by a Land Tax to be raised in Great Britain for the Service of the Year 1798 and another act passed that year for making the same Land Tax perpetual, subject to Redemption and Purchase in the Manner therein stated."Benjamin Law was listed as a tenant of Jos. Beaumont paying 6 and 2 for the years 1815 through 1832, which the exceptions of 1816 which is missing and 1829 (I do not know why he was not listed.) The last year available in this set was 1832.
The 1845 Highway Tax
The 1845 Highway Tax records for the township of Batley were assessed on August 2, 1845. They list
"A Rate of tenpence in the Pound upon all and every the Tenements, Lands and Hereditaments, Woods, Mines, and Quarries in the Township of Batley for the Repair and Maintenance of the Highways of the said township".Included in the taxpayers for the year 1845 were Lydia, the widow of Benjamin Law, and at least three of her children, John, Joseph, and William, and one of her step children, George, (the son of Benjamin and Rachael) who were renting houses very close to one another in Batley.
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