In the possession of my cousin Hilary is a “sampler”, embroidered by Ruth Spooner in 1838 with the names and dates of birth of her brothers and sisters, the children of my Great-Great-Great Grandparents Elizabeth (nee Murkin) and Robert Spooner.
On the reverse, handwritten, is a list of names and dates of birth of Ruth’s aunts and uncles, the brothers and sisters of her mother Elizabeth Murkin. It is a most unusual and remarkable record.
These aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters of Elizabeth Murkin, were, all but one, the last born, Susan, christened in St Mary’s church, Henham, Essex. From the church record we learn the names, Peter and Ann, of their parents.
I have tonight added the names and birthdates of these Murkin children of Peter and Ann Murkin, my Great-Great-Great-Great Grandparents.