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From: "Geoff Heath" <>
Subject: Re: [LAN] "non con"?
Date: Tue, 23 Jan 2001 11:44:34 -0000
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Joan wrote:
> This was written: John Smith, buried Allerton Cemetery, (non-con).
> What does that mean?
> "Non-consecrated" as in non-consecrated ground. Or does it mean,
> "non-conformist"?

My guess is "non-conformist". In the 19th century, nonconformists not
wishing to be buried according to the Anglican tradition were denied any
prayers at the graveside, and were "buried like a dog". (See my family
history, Chap 2, under "Samuel's Contributions to Civic Affairs".)

Geoff Heath
Mellor, Stockport, Cheshire
For my illustrated family history, see

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