Jane Clench of Bloxworth

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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Dorothy Abbott, heiress

Dorothy was one of Ari’s 7x great-grandmothers, born on 19 April 1744 at Bloxworth (near Wareham) in Dorset, and baptised on 31 May at St Andrew’s church.

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

According to the Bloxworth OPC page, “this is one of the very few churches where the original hour glass and stand, by which, after the Reformation, the length of the sermon was regulated, still exists.”

Dorothy was the sixth child and fifth daughter of a yeoman farmer, Matthew Abbott, and Jane Clench.

Matthew died intestate in January 1767, and his widow (second wife) Mary, administered his estate, giving us a very detailed inventory of his possessions.

In November 1768 Matthew’s brother David Abbott died and his will shows that Dorothy inherited £20 (worth about £1745 now), plus “one Bell mettal pott, Three pewter Dishes, and one pair of Holland sheets”.

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Wiltshire, England, Wills and Probate, 1530-1858, Ancestry.co.uk

According to Sleep in Modern England by Sasha Handley, “Holland sheets were made from a fine linen cloth that originated in the Low Countries. They were used sparingly in many households due to their cost, and owning such sheets was a sign of luxury and status”. She also says that “the provenance, decoration and use of linen sheets … ensured that they were regularly bequeathed” (p. 129).

Dorothy married Henry Redway on 18 October 1770, at St Mary’s church in Winterborne Stickland.

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

Dorothy and Henry had six children betwen 1771 and 1782. I have been unable to find a death or burial for Dorothy.

Ari, this is how you are related to Dorothy:

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Ari’s Ancestors

 

A blog about finding all of the direct ancestors of my grandson Ari, and learning as much about them as I can.  His birth has given me an opportunity to focus on part of the family tree, looking again at all the records I have and searching for new ones.

I know at least a little bit about 547 of his direct ancestors. They lived in places as far afield as: Memel (now Klaipeda); Grafton Flyford in Worcestershire; Middleton by Wirksworth in Derbyshire; Corfe Castle in Dorset; Barrowden in Rutland; Kalisz in Poland; Svencionys in Lithuania; Johannesburg; Gritsev in Ukraine; Parichi in Belarus; Fonthill Bishop in Wiltshire; and Hurstbourne Tarrant in Hampshire.

Alphabetically, their surnames range from ABBOTT to WRIGHT (and some I don’t know yet), and first names range from Abraham to Yosel.