I wound up reading an article about pauper auctions and it made me so sad. I think my ancestors were great and wonderful, but some were very poor. It reminds me of the Salem Witch Trials because one of the "witches", Elizabeth Howe was probably a pauper. I read where she and her husband were considered screw ups because they couldn't keep a farm going and moved around from relative to relative. I know at the time of the trials the husband was blind and I thought he became blind in his fifties, but perhaps it was earlier. So I think they were unpopular and she may have been a little obnoxious so she got pegged a witch.
Also, there was another family, they may have been Perleys also, about a woman with 5 children whose husband died. She remarried, but to a drunk. She took the community boat out on the lake to fish on the Sabbath and it overturned with all her children. No one lifted a finger to help and they all drowned. Villagers said it was what she deserved for fishing on the Sabbath. Probably a pauper.