Turning once more to Rousham

I have turned once more to Rousham. 

From 1770, when William Perrin married Sarah House at Chastleton, until his son John died in 1847, two generations were settled at Rousham; a period of nearly 80 years that spanned the introduction in 1837 of the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths and in 1841 of the first census. Although John was the last Perrin by name to live at Rousham, his youngest daughter Sarah, who had married the local shepherd Charles Day in 1847, lived there until she died in 1874.

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Curious circumstances – the marriage of Hannah Miller and William Cooksey 1838

  • That a couple should marry far from home, their marriage possibly witnessed by strangers, is not unknown. We may never know the particular circumstances but the marriage in 1838 of Hannah Miller (née Mallin) and William Cooksey raises questions about some curious circumstances.

Why did they marry nearly 100 miles away from home? Who were their witnesses?

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Graham Franklin Phillips

This evening I thought to take a look, again, at the tree of Graham Franklin Phillips. To my great sadness, I found that Graham had died in 2008, when his motorcycle hit a deer on Highway 1 just north of Bonner’s Ferry, Idaho, when on a short day trip on Sunday, July 13. He died instantly.

It was a while since he and I had emailed each other, Martha Ann Franklin our common ancestral link.  What I did find, and what I urge you to read, is an account of Graham’s life, written and posted perhaps by his wife Fern. What a remarkable man! What a great life!