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The Lighter Side / Re: Damned with feint praise?????
« on: Monday 08 June 20 17:53 BST (UK)  »
There is a similar monument in our local church where it says that X was 'deeply regretted by all who knew him'.


Hertfordshire / Re: Chipping Barnet burials
« on: Tuesday 26 May 20 22:22 BST (UK)  »
Both burials are there, Elizabeth under Thomson (no p).

Thanks; a fairly basic error on my part (although the Name Variant button is clearly not 100% effective!).

The most embarrassing part, though, is that when I did find it, the previously viewed box had been ticked.


Hertfordshire / Chipping Barnet burials
« on: Tuesday 26 May 20 19:04 BST (UK)  »
Are these online? One source says they are on Findmypast but nothing comes up.
I am hoping to find the age at death (c80) of Elizabeth Thompson who died there in 1798 (her husband, Leonard, died there in 1764).


Thank you - that looks like an excellent suggestion.
In fact I think you can see a capital C as well.


Added: a Charles Brown, aged 7, is buried in the same church in 1789.

Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Unreadable name in 1772 baptism
« on: Friday 08 May 20 22:29 BST (UK)  »
The attached is from the registers of St Faith under St Paul's, City of London.

The date is Jan 1772 and the parents are John and Martha Brown. I think it says 'son of...0 but the name defeats me. Whoever it was probably died fairly young as, unlike the other children, he wasn't mentioned in wills.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Comparing 18th century signatures
« on: Thursday 07 May 20 08:34 BST (UK)  »
Thanks. I agree although it's annoying as the dates fit quite well and Martha's likely parents were Thomas and Mary, both names of children.

The 1766 date is just after John's apprenticeship would have finished - so possible - but baptisms to John and Martha Brown (eg Edward 1771, William 1772, John 1773, Charlotte 1774) will require a lot of early deaths.

I'll look more closely at deaths, but I suspect that none of them is the right couple.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Re: Comparing 18th century signatures
« on: Wednesday 06 May 20 22:37 BST (UK)  »
I think the 1772 version is probably a non-starter.
The 1776 and 1779 are from the same man and are quite strong candidates, but the difference in how the downstroke of the B joins the rest of the letter may prove that they aren't the same.


Handwriting Deciphering & Recognition / Comparing 18th century signatures
« on: Wednesday 06 May 20 22:34 BST (UK)  »
John Brown, a wealthy leather pipe maker, married Martha and had children in London from at least 1779 (Mary 1779, John 1780, Elizabeth 1782, Thomas Leonard 1784, Jonathan 1787, Ann 1788; there may be more - there's no Martha for instance). I am trying to find his marriage.

The signatures attached to this post are known to be his (with the possible exception of ehe earliest one which was written on his apprenticeship papers when he was a child). Those attached to the second post are possibles, although none may be right.


London and Middlesex / Re: Where did she go?
« on: Friday 01 May 20 10:32 BST (UK)  »
Sorry; I should have been clearer. Beryl Parslow was the other Beryl A F mentioned in Jon's first post. I was simply showing that she isn't the one who died in 2001 (making it even more likely that the 2001 death is your Beryl).


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