A sojourner “means someone who is a temporary resident, but in Parish Registers its meaning is a little more precise. When the Hardwicke Act was introduced in 1754, clerks were required to enter the parish for each party to a marriage. If they had been a resident for more than 3 weeks then they were shown as “o.t.p.” (of this parish). However, for someone who had only taken up residence in lodgings to avoid the necessity for banns fees, this was frowned upon and the word “sojourner” was added to the entry to indicate that they had met the letter of the law but didn't really belong.”[ii]
This could be the John Bassett who married Martha Carbis however on his death certificate it stated that his parents were farmers (which may or may not be accurate).[vi] If his parents were farmers it is unlikely they would have been listed as paupers on his christening record. The use of the term "farmer” seems to cover pretty much anyone who owned or rented a piece of land on which they carried out some type of farming-like activity or had a small holding. Interestingly on the same death certificate his father is given as William, a farmer, and his mother is listed as Mary unknown, a farmer’s wife.
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- John's father William Bassett
- John Bassett himself
- Martha Carbis his wife
- Anne Bassett his eldest sister
- Francis Bassett his eldest brother
- William Bassett his father's name sake and his older brother
- Mary Bassett who died as a child
- Mary Bassett his younger sister
- James Bassett also his younger brother
- Hanna Bassett also a younger sister
- Jane Bassett the baby of the family.