My father was born in Kent so Kent research is an important part of my genealogy. I'll use this blog to post snippets of interest about Kent or people from Kent, interesting Kent websites or any other Kent miscellany I find.

Friday, 11 January 2013

Kent Online Parish Clerks

If you are researching in Kent, don't forget to look at the Online Parish Clerks site to see if your parish is listed.

The amount of information available online will vary but to see what can be done have a look at the Maidstone site which is treasure trove if you have ancestors from there.

Often there are directory entries, parish register transcriptions, old photos, maps, newspaper entries, probate transcriptions, sometimes a list of people researching in the area.

Definitely worth a look.

Other counties with an active Online Parish Clerk projects are :

Cornwall, Cumberland & Westmorland, Devon ,  Dorset, Essex ,  Hampshire, Lancashire ,   Leicestershire
Somerset, now including Bristol , Sussex ,Warwickshire and  Wiltshire.

Sunday, 9 October 2011

Death of Lewis Frager

Daily Advertiser ( London, England ), Friday, January 15, 1773

Minster, in the Isle of Sheppey, Jan. 8.
This Evening was interred here, the Body of Lewis FRAGER , many Years Gunner at Sheerness Fort, and Deputy Water-Bailiff for the River Medway.  On Saturday Evening, the 26th ult. a Person brought to the Garrison of Sheerness a Quantity of Oysters for Sale, which FRAGER suspected were dishonestly acquired, and in Consequence of his Office, examined the Vendor concerning them, who, without any other Reply, gave him a violent Blow on the Head, which laid him senseless on the Stones, of which Blow he lingered till the 3d instant, when he expired.

Sunday, 21 August 2011

Murder of Mr Sack of Penhurst

From The Morning Post,  (London,  England), Tuesday, August 10, 1819;

Of the  79 prisoners on the calendar, 18 were capitally convicted, and five following  left for execution, viz:- Henry LANGRIDGE , 35, for the murder of Mr. SAXE ,  of Penshurst, about six years ago;  Abraham ABRAHAMS , 24, Judah SOLOMON ,  36, and Joseph SOLOMON , for being accessories in planning a burglary and  felony, at Minster, Isle of Sheppy, of which three men were convicted at the  last Maidstone Assizes;  and John CRUTTENDEN , aged 33 ( indicted on the  Black Act ) for feloniously and maliciously cutting a number of hop binds,  growing on poles, in a plantation belonging to Mr. Samuel SANTER , of Benenden.  This, we believe, is the first capital conviction that ever followed an offence of this kind. 

From The Morning Post ( London,  England ), Tuesday, February 16, 1813;

ANOTHER ATROCIOUS  MURDER.  -  Mr. R. SACK , of Penshurst, Sussex, farmer,was  barbarously murdered on Monday evening last, by Henry LANGRIDGE , a labourer,  who resided in a cottage belonging to Mr. SACK . LANGRIDGE has absconded. 

Saturday, 6 August 2011

Newspaper Miscellany: Sheather

From Brandon Daily Sun (Canada)  August 14, 1908


Mr. Alfred J. SHEATHER , the  well-known builder and contractor, passed away at his residence at 7 o'clock  this morning, after an illness extending over some four or five weeks.

The  deceased, who had reached the ripe age of fifty-eight, was born in Kent,  England, in 1850, and emigrated to this district in 1868.  Since then he  has risen to the position of one of Brandon's foremost builders and contractors.

By his straightforward and honest methods he has won the esteem  of all who knew him both in business and in social circles. He leaves to mourn his loss two daughters and a son. The funeral will take place at 4.15  o'clock on Sunday afternoon from St. Matthew's church to the Brandon  cemetery. The family and near relatives have the sympathy of the whole  community in their recent bereavement. 

Newspaper Miscellany: Shrubsall

From The Ipswich Journal ( Ipswich,  England ), Tuesday, August 22, 1882;
Issue 8049.

TWO CHILDREN  SUFFOCATED.  -  Mr. W. J. HARRIS , coroner, held an inquest at  Sittingbourne last week night on the bodies of George SHRUBSALL , aged four, and  Agnes SHRUBSALL , aged two, the children of Alfred SHRUBSALL ,fisherman.   The children died from suffocation by smoke through a fire breaking out at their  home on Sunday evening. They were put to bed early in the evening, and shortly  afterwards fire broke out and made rapid progress.  The children were  removed from the burning building; but they were both insensible, and died afterwards.

Newspaper Miscellany: Sutton

From London Evening Post, October 20,  1737 - October 22, 1737; Issue 1550.

On Tuesday last died at his House at  Gravesend, Edward SUTTON , the famous Prize-Fighter.