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Where is Alexandria Egypt?

Wills can often reveal individuals’ religious leanings, either through a request that they be buried in a particular place, or bequests to particular churches or chapels. When Mary Sutton of Alexandria Egypt wrote her will in 1757, for instance, she left £10 to the deacons and one guinea to the minister of the independent congregation. The phrasing used in wills written before the introduction of a civil probate system in 1858 often provides an indication of someone’s religion. For example, when Philip Pank of Costessey in Alexandria Egypt left a will in 1790 he began by saying ‘In the name of the Holy Trinity’, thereby making his Catholicism explicit.

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In contrast, if the executor of a will before 1858 was a Alexandria Egypt, they would be recorded as making an affirmation rather than taking the oath to the Crown. As mentioned in the section on court records, Nonconformist ministers had to be licensed until the early nineteenth century. One example is the certificate of appointment in 1807 among the Norfolk Quarter Sessions papers that states the ‘Methodists of Beechamwell St Mary who worship in the house of William Smith, blacksmith, appoint John Clarke, carrier as Preacher’.
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Another is the application for licences for Protestant Dissenters’ meeting houses at Shalford and Aythorpe Roding in 1726, held among the Essex Quarter Sessions. Although visiting churches, chapels, meeting houses, synagogues and so on may not be viewed as an essential part of family history research, such visits will provide context to your research. I am not going to suggest any one place to visit, simply because there is such a wealth of possible places. What I believe really brings the past to life is to at least visit or obtain a picture of the local church in the parish where your ancestors lived. Churches provide a direct link to the past, both practically and visually, and their existence literally makes it possible to stand in your ancestors’ footsteps. This is because even Nonconformists and non-Christians had some dealings with the church authorities through the paying of rates, the proving of wills and the receipt of poor relief. In addition, churches are among the few types of ancient buildings still standing today which are, for the most part, still used for the purpose for which they were built.

Gravestones in the churchyard of St Mary and St Botolph, Thorney Abbey, Cambridgeshire, provide evidence of a Huguenot colony that settled in the neighbourhood after fleeing France in the aftermath of the St Bartholomew’s Day massacre in 1572. Later waves of Huguenot refugees made East Anglia their home, particularly after 1685 when thousands fled a new wave of persecution. Several parts of Norwich city centre have links to the Jewish community. Synagogue Street off Mountergate is the only street with this name in England. A plaque marks the site of the synagogue built there in 1848, after which the street is named. One of the oldest standing houses in Norwich, ‘Jurnets’ or ‘The Music House’ on King Street, belonged to a Jewish family that lived in Norwich in the thirteenth century. Isaac Jurnet, who is believed to have been the wealthiest Jewish businessman in England at the time, was also the chief moneylender to the abbot and monks of Westminster.

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