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Suffolk / Re: Westgate St. IPSWICH - 1891.
« on: Saturday 03 January 09 18:58 GMT (UK)  »
Hi David - what a brilliant photo! They certainly look a handsome pair, don't they.  Am I right in thinking  that their names both include 'Asthill'?  If so, am wondering whether this is of relevance ie if it could be the father's name? Just a thought...

Greensleeves

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My earliest traced ancestor, John Pearle, was born in 1541 and died in 1637, having lived during the reigns of Henry VIII, Edward VI, MaryTudor, Elizabeth I, James I and Charles I.  Now I am trying to  create a timeline to cover his life, and find that he was born at the time of the dissolution of the monasteries in England.  When John was 2, Copernicus published his theory that the Earth revolved round the Sun and in his teenage years Mary Tudor was having martyrs burned in the local market towns.  He was 46 when Mary Queen of Scots was executed, 47 at the time of the Armada,  and 64 at the time of the Gunpowder Plot.  His death in 1637 meant that he narrowly missed both  the English Civil War,  and an outbreak of Black Death in the village.

Living in rural Suffolk, the things which affected him most were  probably the 'little ice age'  which started when he was 9,  and which resulted in bitterly cold winters and poor harvests, and the occurrences of plague.  These seemed to strike  the village at intervals, the parish register of the times generally noting the death of a 'travelling stranger' from 'ye plague' shortly followed by more settled residents being similarly afflicted.  In addition, towards the very end of his life, a number of Puritan families from the village set off for America to seek freedom from religious persecution. 

So his life would certainly make an interesting story but currently I am just enjoying gathering the information to 'bring him to life' again!

Greensleeves


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Suffolk / Re: Westgate St. IPSWICH - 1891.
« on: Saturday 03 January 09 10:40 GMT (UK)  »
Hi David and all interested in Annie's plight

Annie's story is quite a haunting one really - full of human interest!  I am wondering about her two children: were they both adopted at the same time, or shortly after their respective births?  The answer to this might help paint a more detailed picture of her life and her struggles...

Regards

Greensleeves

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Suffolk / Re: Westgate St. IPSWICH - 1891.
« on: Thursday 01 January 09 20:56 GMT (UK)  »
Well David, a possible reason for the illegitimate children was that poor Annie just fell in love with the wrong bloke (or blokes) who promised her the world and then dumped her.  Age-old story, I'm afraid -  and if she came from a comfortable background, she had probably led a rather sheltered life and was therefore easy prey.  Oh dear, there I go, pre-judging the situation.....  but whatever the truth, it makes for a very interesting story.  Hope you'll post when you find more.

Regards

Greensleeves

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Norfolk Resources & Offers / Re: Norfolk Probate Online
« on: Thursday 01 January 09 09:57 GMT (UK)  »
I, too, have found a will relating to my family, that of Robert Pearle, 1802.  If anyone figures a way to copy/paste, I wonder if they could post?

Thanks again Carole and Patjane for this info.

Happy New Year to you all!

Greensleeves

4578
Suffolk / Re: Witchfinder General in Suffolk
« on: Wednesday 31 December 08 19:38 GMT (UK)  »
Hi David

I had seen the Wikipedia article, but not the second link, giving details of the trials. Thank you so much for this.  I shall read with great interest.

Happy New Year to you and yours!

Regards

Greensleeves

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Suffolk / Witchfinder General in Suffolk
« on: Wednesday 31 December 08 10:10 GMT (UK)  »
One of my families, the Pearl(e)s, lived in Rattlesden, Suffolk and I have been putting a historical timeline against them to get their lives into focus.  I was therefore interested/horrified to find that the Witchfinder General visited Rattlesden and the surrounding area in 1645, and that 17 'witches' were subsequently executed in Bury St Edmunds that same year.

Has anyone else any further information about the happenings during this very uncertain time?  It must have been appalling to have lived during this kind of persecution and although it seems my family emerged unscathed, many other families must have been touched by this reign of terror.

Greensleeves

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Suffolk / Re: Westgate St. IPSWICH - 1891.
« on: Wednesday 31 December 08 10:02 GMT (UK)  »
Hello again - I couldn't remember either which was Westgate Street (having left Ipswich, the town of my birth,  over 20 years ago) so I checked on the site below  - there is a link to it  in the Suffolk Resources section - and found photos of the streets. I don't know if there are any of the old Footmans store but you might want to check it out, David, as there's interesting stuff in there.


http://www.ipswich2006.com/

Regards
Greensleeves

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Suffolk / Re: Westgate St. IPSWICH - 1891.
« on: Tuesday 30 December 08 21:34 GMT (UK)  »
I suspect that 6 Westgate Street was part of the Footmans department store.  This used to be a major commercial operation in Ipswich, before being taken over (if I remember correctly - it was many years ago now) by Debenhams.   Footmans certainly had a large drapery department.   It could be that Footmans had a lodging house for its staff next-door.  Also on the same side of Westgate Street was the Crown & Anchor Hotel which was advertised in 1874 as a "Family and Commercial Hotel" which in the 1980s was number 10 Westgate Street.

Hope this is of use to you,

Greensleeves

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