One of Ari’s 8x great-grandmothers was Jane Clench. She was born on 26 June 1709 in Bloxworth, Dorset, and baptised at St Andrew’s.

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Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812, Ancestry.co.uk

Her parents were Charles Clench and Jane Stroud.

On 3 Jan 1732, Jane married a farmer, Matthew Abbott, at the same church.

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Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812, Ancestry.co.uk

They had at least seven children, and at some point between the birth of Dorothy in 1744 and the next daughter Martha in 1749, they had moved about ten miles north, to the village of Winterborne Stickland.

Jane died in November 1756 and was buried in Winterborne Stickland on 1 Dec.

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Dorset, England, Church of England Baptisms, Marriages and Burials, 1538–1812, Ancestry.co.uk

The note in the register was because of an Act requiring burial in wool to support the woollen industry.

“No corpse of any person (except those who shall die of the plague) shall be buried in any shift, sheet, or shroud, or anything whatsoever made or mingled with flax, hemp, silk, hair, gold, or silver, or in any stuff, or thing, other than what is made of sheep’s wool only.”

An affidavit had to be provided attesting that the burial complied with the Act. (See https://www.hungerfordvirtualmuseum.co.uk/index.php/10-themes/961-buried-in-woollen.)

The following year, Jane’s husband Mathew married a widow called Mary.

Ari, this is how you are related to Jane:

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