A variety of social classes
In many cases, the individual is described as an army officer, clergyman, head constable, mayor or excise officer, for example. In others, he is ‘labelled’ as a knight, gentlemen or esquire. In about a fifth, though, he is a yeoman or an ordinary tradesman, such as Francis Bostock, a tanner from Withington in Macclesfield. It’s not clear why these men needed to certify that they were in communion with the Church of England, but it demonstrates that more ordinary people might be involved.
Here’s an example: “George Percivall of Over Tabley in the County of Chester, Yeoman, and John Rye of Neither Peover