Goody...Wendy has given us a little kitchen corner unit which will fit neatly into the corner which is too small for anything else and a wasted space at present...as it's off white it doesn't clash horribly with the rest of the units either...

Ancestry searching has been a bit sad today when I found an entire family of parents and nine children who ended up in the Workhouse...and one of the daughters had two babies who both died within days of each other...another of the nine children was described as ' an imbecile from birth'...he died when he was twenty... In fact the entire family, but one son who went on to live until he was in his eighties, all of the rest of them died while in the Workhouse.

On a lighter note I think I've found a woman who was a bigamist...you remember I told you about Clandestine marriages? If you weren't a member of the established Church you could ask a dodgy Vicar to marry you...often a Vicar who was in prison, for being dodgy I suppose. Members of the clergy who were found guilty of crimes could live outside the prison walls providing they had enough money to support themselves...and they made extra cash by marrying couples who were under age or Jewish or who had eloped.

And I have a feeling that couples were sometimes married in a public house because when I was reading the records there were several instances of the venue being 'The Dog and Duck' or 'The Kings Head'....

Anyway...this woman was married to a chap in 1720. I've found the record of their marriage under the Clandistine Marriages...according to the death records, the husband died in 1788...but the wife turns up marrying again under the Clandistine Marriages to another man in 1746...and she described herself as a spinster...all the other records for her children by the first man and the deaths and so on fit...either the first husband ran off and left her and she decided she had nothing to lose by re-marrying...or she ran away, but she had several children so that seems unlikely.

Then I went back to the branch of the Americans...except they weren't Americans in the 1600's but new settlers...I'm incredibly half-hearted about this lot...finding myself chuckling gleefully when there was an outbreak of Typhus or suchlike and thinking it served them right. They were so incredibly full of their own self-importance...building churches everywhere and virtually man- handling the Native Americans into services and baptisms with all manner of dire threats if they refused...and they gave themselves titles...totally unwarrented titles most of the time...Captain was a favourite, when the only ship they'd ever been near was the one which brought them from England.

And they were forever portioning off land which they'd blatently stolen from the Native people in the first place...it wasn't just enough to grow a few veggies either...it was hundreds of acres at a time.

It's easy to follow them from England...once they landed in the New World they kept records of absolutely everything which have all been transcribed and put on the internet...that is an advantage of course, but it can be slightly tiresome when a hundred different records pop up all telling you much the same thing...

As a matter of interest...they also introduced laws against buggery and bestality and hung anyone found in a comprising position. I rather get the impression they were a bunch of tittle tattlers forever poking their noses into other peoples business, between producing enormous families and being unpleasant to the Natives.

They'd not be people I'd be much proud of, especially in the following generations when I daresay they took to owning slaves with the same enthusiasm they had for bullying the Native Indians...