29 December 2011
11 December 2011
8 December 2011
And what did I find? A couple of divorce cases, both on the grounds of adultery; both adulterers being the spouses of my relatives. See, pure as the driven snow, my lot!
Well, not quite...... There's Thomas Culpin, found guilty in 1800, of sheep-stealing (sentenced to death, but reprieved), and William Flavell sentenced to 6 months in 1823 for stealing ten pigeons, not to mention William Culpin who went on the run in 1835 after stealing from, and attempting to kill, his aunt. Arthur Ernest Culpin distinguished himself by stealing in Kings Cliffe and earned himself nine strokes of the birch.
By sheer coincidence, I found two rellies (one Staden, one Freeman) in the same edition of the Bury & Norwich Post in 1861. And, for a change, neither had done anything wrong!
Did I mention the young Culpin who was found guilty by a coroner's court of 'Murder of a bastard child' but acquitted by the magistrate? Or another horribly young Culpin who attempted to take her own life?
Fortunately, I have also found some marriage and deaths dates, none of which will cause a scandal. Even better, one of the marriages showed that the spouse was a widow, and I was able to dig around on FreeBMD and find her maiden name.
Anyway, I'm going back to the archive now and will attempt to publish more little snippets, both here and on the website.
16 November 2011
26 October 2011
22 October 2011
19 October 2011
26 September 2011
10 September 2011
4 September 2011
14 August 2011
25 July 2011
10 July 2011
28 June 2011
9 June 2011
31 May 2011
15 May 2011
8 May 2011
For example, on page 7 we have: "Chas J Ell & Sons, Victoria Well Works" - that'll be Mr Ell the Well. On the same page Griffin Bros (the Wireless People) tell us that they have "Competent Workmen".
Arnold & Sons Ltd, "Artistic Shopfitters" who constructed and fixed the Oak Doors to the Main Entrance of the Guildhall, Northampton.
My favourite, though, is "Miss M Jeffs' Registry Office for Servants". Not only does it answer my question about how one got a post in service, it also made me smile:
"Patronized by the Nobility, Clergy and Gentry"
"Families supplied with - Housekeepers, Cooks, Ladies' Maids, Parlourmaids, Housemaids, Kitchenmaids, Generals and Useful Helps Etc."
"Also all classes of Menservants"
"Stop-gaps supplied on shortest notice"
And, in the bottom right corner as an afterthought ....."Chauffeurs".
I shall look properly now to see if I can find any familiar names & I will share any more amusing snippets.
3 May 2011
25 April 2011
And I've found another 'first' - a death at sea. Henry Sydney Culpin, aka Harry, was born in Godmanchester in 1877, the son of Harriet (and a father, obviously, but I'm blowed if I can find his name) and moved with the family to the Manchester area while he was still young. Mother (re)married circa 1900. Harry appeared with his grandparents in the 1881 census and was then conspicuous by his absence until I found him in the Probate Index.
But not in the Deaths Index. Curious, I thought, until I finally read the narrative of the Probate entry and found that he died at sea. That would explain it, I guess, but I need to do some research into where the details will be. Time to dig out my well-thumbed copy of Mark Herber's excellent reference 'Ancestral Trails' ..... he'll know!!
I also need to find him in the 1891 and 1901 censuses. I know he married in 1898 in Cheshire, to Georgina Lea, but I can't find her either. So they're hiding from me or I simply wasn't paying attention when I was sitting in the sun this morning with the computer ....
17 April 2011
15 April 2011
Australian Records, I mean. I've been following a line of Culpins in Victoria/New South Wales which started with John & Charlotte (nee Spurr). They emigrated in 1852 and ended up in the Ballarat area, begatting eleven children; sadly, at least five of them died in infancy (including four Williams) and a couple of them are still eluding me.
However, George (born 1863 in Italian Gully) married Catherine Bond and had eight children; Sarah (1845, Colsterworth, Lincs) married Alfred Hamea and had at least six children; Mary Ann (1849, Colsterworth) married John Crougey and added seven to the grandchildren total.
So far I have found one son who beat his wife and was fined for Bad Language; incidentally he was also turned down for the AIF in the Great War.
Another son served three years in the Great War; his papers show a fair number of 'Absent without Leave' entries and being 'disrespectful' to his superiors which, given the circumstances, I actually found quite understandable! The newspapers tell us he's coming home in 1919.
Then they tell us that he lost his life in an accident at a railway station. Not sure yet, but looks as though he meant it, which makes it even more tragic.
Loads more to find out and report, so stay tuned!
10 April 2011
The time: September 1888; The place: Eskbank, Sydney
Dramatis Personnae: George & Elizabeth Culpin, Reuben and Elizabeth Taylor.
According to the local papers (now on the Internet) the above-mentioned four were out for a stroll near the railway line and then had an argument, possibly alcohol-fuelled!
Next morning Mrs Taylor's body was found; cause of death was asphyxiation. Fortunately she hadn't been run over by a train (as the article pointed out). The coroner's jury couldn't make up its mind, despite being locked in a room for eight hours, and the Culpins & Taylor were remanded into custody to await trial.
Stay tuned for the outcome ....
3 April 2011
At a set of traffic lights locally, a queue of cars had built up behind a learner driver who kept stalling the engine. The other drivers were getting impatient and hooting their horns.
However, the car behind the learner contained members of the constabulary and, after the lights had changed a couple of times with no movement, the police driver turned on his loudspeakers and asked the drivers behind him to be patient, pointing out that 'we've all had to learn'.
Then the learner driver got the car in gear and moved off.
Into the police car.
Then the queue heard over the loudspeaker, 'Bloody stupid cow'!
31 March 2011
26 March 2011
15 March 2011
1 March 2011
21 February 2011
Followed up on Ruth Culpin, who married William Andrew and went off the Antipodes. And I found her death registration in Victoria, in 1862, aged 38 years.
And, bless the Aussies, there are her parents: John Culpin and Elizabeth.
Now to find a John & Elizabeth in the right temporal and geographical area.....
20 February 2011
Chap called George. Born in November 1881; married in 1909; died 1952.
Of those three events, only the latter two can be found on the registers. He was supposedly born to Isaac and Amy - seven years before they actually married. And I can't find him in any census. His wife appears in 1911 .... as the head of the household, with only her sister for company.
I can't help wondering about the parent's marriage. Isaac was in the Navy, which might account for absences but, given that they married in 1888 by licence, could they not have done that during one of his returns ..... They had another two children between the-problematic-George and their wedding!
19 February 2011
6 February 2011
15 January 2011
4 January 2011
I have been chasing down a distant ancestor who's been pretty elusive for a very simple reason - his name! It's reasonably 'normal'; he was born and christened into the family Travis. Then they started appearing in the census as Trevis. A bit of a nuisance but nothing that can't be solved with a wildcard search, using a * as the third character.
But now ...... he's gone to London and turned into Mr Trevers. Honestly, the Cambs accent isn't that strong. Is it?
I wonder why??