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17th Century Tokens : Biggleswade-Clifton in Bedfordshire

W Numbers refer to Williamson's  Trade Tokens Issued in the Seventeenth Century in England, Wales and Ireland, (1891)

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W24: Bedfordshire, Biggleswade (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A demi-virgin crowned
WILLIAM PARNELL
R  W E P
IN BIGELESWORTH W E P
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W25: Bedfordshire, Biggleswade (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A dove volant
THOMAS TOMPKINS
R  T A T
IN BIGLESWORTH T A T
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W26: Bedfordshire, Blunham (Farthing): (1666)
O  The Grocers' Arms
GEORGE FARR 1666
R  G F
IN BLVNHAM G F
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W27: Bedfordshire, Cardington (Farthing): (1664)
O  W W
WILLIAM WILLMOT W W
R  W W
OF CARDINGTON 64 W W
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This family was evidently long established here, as entries exist in the parish registers extending back to the early part of the century. The following, amongst others:

22 May, 1643. Willmus filius Thomae Willmot et Joannae uxor Baptizat.
26 Aug., 1654. William Willemot and Elizabeth Garet was maried.
14 July, 1662. William Willemot ye sonne of William Willemot bap.

W28: Bedfordshire, Clifton (Farthing): (1664)
O  The Drapers' Arms
IOHN SAMM
R  I H S
OF CLIFTON 1664 I H S
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This family appears to have been of some local standing. John Samm, son of the above, was overseer for the poor in 1688-1703, and another son, Michael, was several times churchwarden, 1678 to 1683. In a list of collections of Clifton appear the following curious entries: Michael Samm gave one shilling for redemption of captives in Algeria, 1670, and 4d. for fires in St Martin's in the Fields, London, 1673; and again one shilling in 1680, for captives in Algeria and the Turkish dominions, and in 1682, 1s. for distressed French Protestants. john Samm also gave 6d. for a fire in Wapping Hamlet. The name still exists in the county.

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