When I booked the rooms for my courses at the end of March, the Adult education manager asked if I could take a 3 day workshop, which the original tutor could no longer take, it's a basic course and covers all the usual suspects Census, Certificates etc, so not a problem for me to cover. How ever the original schedule also includes
"A light hearted presentation of some unusual (and comical) examples"
So here is my plea, does anyone have any that they don't mind me sharing?
"Knowledge is knowing that a tomato is a fruit. Wisdom is not putting it in a fruit salad."
Jane, whilst compiling burial records a few years ago I came across a entry for a Gorgeous George *Smith I could not believe that this was not a mistake so bought the death cert and it quite clearly stated this as his name a 60ish male So I bought his birth cert and that was the same, so would have loved to have known how he got that name, was it as he was being baptized, that the vicar remarked on what a beautiful baby and came out with it and that was that,but to carry it on through his life,how did he put up with it!! John
I came across this by chance - one of the entries on the left-hand page refers to an ancestor of my second cousin. The early-nineteenth century post-it note stuck on the right hand page refers to the third entry on the right-hand (next) page. I'd not come across anything like this before in a baptism register, but I'm sure others have other examples.
From the Llanfair nant y gof Bishops Transcripts, 31 December 1824 to 31 December 1825 (Burials)
Not any Buried by me, but two children of Joseph Francis of Cwmwyntell & Martha his Wife were buried by those who attended the funerals before my arrival at the Church Gate whose names were John Francis aged 20 and Anne Francis aged 24. The mother of them is a Baptist & it’s customary in this neighbourhood (that the parents of those) to name their children themselves, they were not baptized in the Chapel of Llanvair as there is no account of them in its Registers & I have reason to believe & think that they were not baptized by any licensed Preacher of their own Sect. This Circumstance happened on the 9th of October 1825 a day of as violent Rain as happened before or since, the Body of the Chapel was then unroof’d to be put in repair, & they – the Congregation assembled, pleaded as an excuse, that they had no place to shelter themselves from the Inclemency of the Weather. William Edwards Rector of Letterston with the Chapel of Llanvair annexed.
Batism 16/1/1805 in Chawleigh, Devon. A John and Richard Woollway were baptised. Mothers name only given as Mary. Nothing unusual there but in extra notes are written the words 'Twin Sons – her husband abroad more than a year and a half'.
I just love unusual (By modern standards?) names. I have a distant relative bn 1835 with the name of Claudius Caesar Sayle. His younger brother bn 1839 was named Julius Caesar Sayle. He then named the youngest son by his first wife after him so Claudius Caesar Sayle [Jr] bn 1876.
Finally, I came across a married lady with the name of Newyear Sewell. As far as I have been able to work out (I can't find a birth or baptism record yet) her maiden name should be Newyear Pratt.
True story several years ago I was looking up a film in an LDS Church here in Scotland and came across a birth in Dysart, Fife with the fathers name blank but someone had written in pencil PASSER BY, an old lady sitting next to me leant over and said he surely didn't PASS HER BY quick enough. The 6 folk in the room that day could not stop laughing the rest of the afternoon. To this day I wished I had took a photo of that film.
A first post on this forum and perhaps not in the completely best of taste for a first post. However. A couple of years ago whilst researching a WW1 British Army Labour Corps unit I came across the record of an Ernest FITALL who is commemorated on a War Memorial near Dover in Kent. It seemed to me ever so slightly unfortunate that, of all the young men in Kent that she could have married, Fanny chose to marry Ernest.
"My dear mother, I suppose you will be astonished to hear that I got married friday last..."
Robert Ross from Reay married Agnes Smith from Prescot in Edinburgh on 03/06/1870. This from his notebook is probably a transcript of the letter he sent to Christina Ross (Campbell), his mother, in Reay.
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