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From: Rod Neep <>
Subject: Re: AFFIDAVIT MADE??
Date: Thu, 11 Apr 2002 03:17:43 +0100
In article <002301c1e0c6$220628e0$>, Linda Cackett
>I am researching the surname 'FOKER' in Great Warley/Ingrave, Essex and have
>been passed the following information:
>William Foker buried 27 May 1762 in probably Great Warley or Ingrave affidavit
>Does SKS know what 'affidavit made' could mean as I am sure it is one of my
>Fokers and I would love to find out more, unfortunately the person whom passed
>the information to me cannot remember exactly where it came from but probably a
"Affadavit Made" refers to burials. There was a period when, to shore up
the failing woollen industry in England, an Act of Parliament was passed
which enforced people to have their deceased buried in woollen cloth.
(Rather than linen or anything else).
Therefore, when the person was buried, the living relative had to swear
an affadavit that it had been done, and it had to be recorded (by law)
in the parish burial register. Most vicars abbreviated it to "Affd. Md."
(or similar) in the registers. "Buried in woollen" is also often stated
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