Wednesday 11 April 2012

Random Genealogical Nonsense

In the almost total absence of any family history-type developments in the last 24 hours, I bring you a batch of historical oddities for your consideration. If you know of any more such items, do let me know...

Bilsdale, Yorkshire, PR:
(note inside back cover)

Memorandum that there is a wager of a 1d piece made between Sam'l Wetherall (curate) and William York (clerk) concerning a marriage. If George Garbutt marries first - the curate wins. If John Garbutt marries first - the clerk wins.

St.Weonard, Herefordshire, PR:

10 Feb 1828 - Baptism of Elizabeth, dtr of Susan Smith (illegitimate). The father supposed to be either her own brother or (more probably) the ranting preacher who was lodging with her family.

Wilton, Cleveland, PR:

Burial of Thomas Helmsley of Lackenby, died 29th December 1874, aged 11 months. Note: Killed by the fall of his father and another man with whom he was struggling when the child had been laid down by his mother in the snow. The two men being tipsy.

Spotted in a newspaper report, April 1988:

Someone requested a rare book at the Vatican Library only to receive, a couple of hours later, a note which read: 
"Missing since 1583".

Epitaph from St.Mary Redcliffe Church, Bristol:

The Church Cat

(story and picture here)

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