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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] RE-Red Cowe etc.
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 00:40:36 +0100
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>There is mention of a Henry Sturmey in the "Marriage Tax" assessments of
>1695 (vol. 2, p 283 of London Record Soc. Publications).
The tax was on bachelor, who had to pay for their blissful state.
It was a device for raising money - other scams included at various
times taxing soap, hair powder, large numbers of windows, fixed hearths
- all useful to establish the presence of a particular householder in a
particular place on a certain date. Bachelors are otherwise difficult to
locate, since they don't hit the regiosters with marriage and baptisms
(or shouldn't).

Eve McLaughlin

Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society

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