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Offline CarolA3

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Note in 1784 burial records
« on: Sunday 05 May 19 11:59 BST (UK) »
Here's a snip from Ancestry's burial records for Sandford on Thames, Oxfordshire in 1784.

Elizabeth might be my ancestor, but I can't make out the additional line of writing between her entry and the next.  Something about '........ Duty ...................... Octr 12 1785'  :-\

Carol
OXFORDSHIRE / BERKSHIRE
Bullock, Cooper, Boler/Bowler, Wright, Robinson, Lee, Prior, Trinder, Newman, Walklin, Louch

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Re: Note in 1784 burial records
« Reply #1 on: Sunday 05 May 19 12:11 BST (UK) »
I think the first few words are 'Inspected and duty received....'

The third word looks like reced but there seems to be a contraction mark over it which might make it into 'received'  :-\

A little further on I can see the word 'cross' and before the date possibly C Bennet
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Re: Note in 1784 burial records
« Reply #2 on: Sunday 05 May 19 12:18 BST (UK) »
I can't add to JenB's work, except to wonder if the duty refers to tax for not being buried in woollen (the laws were passed 1666-80 but I had thought they were largely ignored by the late 1700s).
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Re: Note in 1784 burial records
« Reply #3 on: Sunday 05 May 19 14:03 BST (UK) »
It might be payment of duty under the Stamp Duties act of 1783.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamp_Duties_Act_1783

The next two entries are marked 'P' which indicates that they were paupers and thus exempt from the duty.

The note might not apply exclusively to Elizabeth, but might simply mean that the record had been inspected and duty received up to that particular date  :-\
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Re: Note in 1784 burial records
« Reply #4 on: Sunday 05 May 19 15:31 BST (UK) »
Thank you :)

I was so hung up on extracting clues from the tiny writing that I completely missed the 'P' notation on the other lines ::)

Off now to have a word with myself.  Elizabeth remains a mystery.

Carol
OXFORDSHIRE / BERKSHIRE
Bullock, Cooper, Boler/Bowler, Wright, Robinson, Lee, Prior, Trinder, Newman, Walklin, Louch

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Re: Note in 1784 burial records
« Reply #5 on: Sunday 05 May 19 21:45 BST (UK) »
It might be payment of duty under the Stamp Duties act of 1783.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Stamp_Duties_Act_1783

Once again, a Rootschatter adds to my knowledge.  Thank you, JenB, - I hadn't heard of the 1783 Stamp Dutis Act before.  I wonder if there was an increase in the number of paupers and a decrease in the number of baptisms while it was in force.

Philip
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