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17th Century Tokens : Cheshire-01 in Cheshire

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

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W25: Cheshire, Chester (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A ram's head
PETER LEE OF THE
R  P L conjoined
CITTYE OF CHESTR P L
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Peter Lee, whose name is sometimes spelled Leigh, was a wealthy grocer and Mayor of Chester in 1656. He was fined £1,000 for visiting the celebrated William Prynne at his lodgings in Chester, Prynne being then on his way to Carnarvon.
W27: Cheshire, Chester (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A star and crescent
RICH MYNSHALL
R  R M
OF CHESTER R M
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W37: Cheshire, Chester (Farthing): (1663)
O  Arms of the Travers family; a chevron between three boars' heads, a mullet on the chevron for a difference
IOHN TRAVERS
R  I T
IN CHESTER 1663 I T
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Bishop Cartwright records in his diary, March 1687, that he "supped with Col. Roger Whitley (a celebrated Cheshire Royalist), Mr. Travers being one of the party."
W45: Cheshire, Congleton (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  The Feltmakers' Arms
THOMAS WELCH
R  T A W
IN CONLETON T A W
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W49: Cheshire, Knutsford (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A lion rampant
RICHARD LEIGH OF
R  R C L
KNUTSFORD MERCER R C L
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W52: Cheshire, Macclesfield (Uncertain): (Date Unknown)
O  [Unknown]
SAMVEL LEAH
R  S I L
OF MACKLESFILD S I L
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Samuel Leah was an Alderman and one of the original capital Burgesses of Macclesfield, and named as such in the charter of Charles II to that Borough in 1685. He died about three years after that event.
W55: Cheshire, Macclesfield (Farthing): (Date Unknown)
O  A black boy smoking, with a roll of tobacco under his arm
IOHN TOWERTON
R  I T
MACKLESFILD I T
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W68: Cheshire, Nantwich (Farthing): (1665)
O  The Mercers' Arms
IOHN TENCH IN
R  I M T
IN NAMPTWICH 1665 I M T
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The following was kindly supplied by James Hall, Esq, Willaston, near Nantwich.

John Tench was a tanner; he married "Mrs. Mary Demock, after publication three severale Markett days in Namptwich Markett," on the 6th of March, 1653-4; and was buried at Nantwich, on the 14th November, 1675.

The Tench family had been respectable residents in Nantwich as early as 1545, and occur in the Parish Registers as "dyers," "tanners," "mercers," "gentlemen," etc. The last mentions of the family as follows:

John Tench, Attorney, buried in the Church, 5th Feb., 1756.
Miss Mary Tench [buried] 2 Dec., 1780.
Thomas Tench [buried] 5 May, 1783.

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