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EARLY MODERN RATCLIFF WORKERS OF SAILORS TOWN!

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THE TRADERS MEDLEY
I'VE FOLLOWED THE ROOTS OF MY MATERNAL LINE OF COCKNEY CLARK ANCESTORS TO THE PORT OF LONDON AND EAST END DOCKS...link here to a summary of 
The living environment of kith and kin.


Within this den of iniquities were a community of shopkeeper/traders who were converted to the Religious Society of Friends, (founded by Lancashire non-conformist, George Fox). It was a risky business becoming a Quaker. 

Quakers believe everyone has what they call 'that of God' within them and that each of us has direct access to God. There is, therefore, no need of clergy or only receiving Divine Truth from the Bible alone!
The Parish of Stepney was a haven of Dissenters in the 17th century, and my ancestors are recorded at the Redcliffe Meeting house and the Bunhill Cemetry on Broad Street/Schoolhouse Lane.
Being a Dissenter means arbitary persecution so to keep the Faith is a revolutionary act.


7th Great Grandfather Abraham Aker's birth was recorded at the Meeting House at Ra…