I have been researching the family of Richard and Mary Hayman of Dorchester, Dorset. Richard seems to have been baptised 10 Mar 1784 at St Mary’s Beaminster, Dorset, his parents being John and Mary Hayman. Richard married Mary Smith 4 Jul 1809 at Bridport, Dorset, she was baptised 14 Apr 1790 at Bridport, her parents being William and Rebekah Smith. Richard, a coachman, died intestate on 25 Mar 1824, and was buried the next day at All Saints Dorchester, his age was given as 33 (not 40) on the burial record. A Letter of Administration on 8 May 1824 was ‘Granted to his widow Mary HAYMAN of Dorchester: Also bound with her are Charles AUSTIN of Dorchester a taylor and Thomas STROUD of Dorchester a Gentleman [Side note "Intestate died 25th March 1824] Also a statement from the Dorchester Banks had funds of £23-7-2d under name of Richard HERMAN’. Dorset Quarter Session Order Books ref QSM 1/15 detail and, I paraphrase, that Whimple Parish, Devon appealed the order for removal of Mary and her 8 children by Holy Trinity Dorchester, Dorset, the order was quashed with payment ordered to be paid by Holy Trinity Dorchester to Whimple Parish from the time of removal. Why was Whimple Parish in Devon involved? Was the family sent there, or go there of their own accord for some reason? To add even more interest it would seem that as a young child Richard’s father John also died, aged 44. He was buried at Beaminster on 12 May 1788 and on 2 Dec 1789 there is a Dorset Poor Law Settlement Order for the removal/settlement of Mary Hayman and her four children (including Richard aged 5 years), who had it was stated lately intruded themselves into the Parish of Beaminster, and that their last legal settlement place was Kilmington, Devon to which they should be removed. Why when all four children were baptised in Beaminster? The widow Mary Hayman, whose maiden name I have not discovered, then died Dec 1790 and was buried 11 Dec 1790 in Beaminster. Another Poor Law Settlement Order was issued re the four children on 30 Dec 1790 again stating they should be removed/settled at Kilmington. Again why when they were all baptised and presumably born at Beaminster?