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From: Eve McLaughlin <>
Subject: Re: [Lon] RE-Red Cowe etc.
Date: Thu, 16 Aug 2001 00:40:36 +0100
>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
Author of the McLaughlin Guides for family historians
Secretary Bucks Genealogical Society