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Lillie Agnes Cantwell 1887 – 1904 : I84557

Bracebridge Heath Lunatic Asylum

Lillie Agnes Cantwell was one of the twelve children of John Cantwell and Rebecca Hancock, who resided in Boston, Lincolnshire, England.

At age seventeen Lillie was committed to the Bracebridge Heath lunatic asylum, built in 1852.1The Asylum has also been known over the years as Lincolnshire County Pauper Lunatic Asylum […]

Well-Behaved Women & History

Grietjen Westercamp. 1642 – Aft 1701 W | D

Sued the father of her first child for support, and wasn’t deterred by his ridicule. Abducted during the Esopus Wars by (probably) the Lenapi tribe, and made it home again. Spent a great deal of time in front of the court in her later life defending […]

The Plantation, Norwich, Norfolk, England

The house on Earlham Road was remodeled into a small hotel for a number of years, but has been put back on the market as a potential one family home. There are fourteen bedrooms. The gardens are now in the care of a historical society.

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The Plantation house seen from the garden.

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Maplewick, Forncett St. Peter, Norfolk

Home of Ken and Mary Clarke Green from about 1995-2014

Seen from the Low Road

Rear garden, late winter

Side garden, early spring

Green, Prytz and Jubb families, Maplewick garden, summer

Forncett St. Peter, Norfolk

St. Peter’ s Church, Forncett St. Peter, Norfolk

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John Carman 1606 – 1653 : I196

Captain John Carman.

Immigration.

The Puritan Father Ancestor of Plymouth Colony. In 1631 he arrived on the ship Lyon and settled first at Lynn, where in 1632 he married Florence (daughter of Rev. Robert Fordham). They had a son, called John and in 1634 a daughter (Abigail).

Carman relocated to Wethersfield in the Connecticut […]

Robert Coe 1596 – 1689 : I267

Sources: Bartlett, Joseph. 1911. Robert Coe, puritan; his ancestors and descendants, 1340-1910. Boston. Full text online at archive.org Familysearch.org

Boxford Church, Suffolk. Valerie Thornton (British, 1931-1991) 1974 etching and aquatint on paper

Robert Coe. Farmer, Magistrate, Commissioner and Sheriff. Robert Coe, son of Henry Coe, was born in 1596 in Thorpe-Morieux, Suffolk County, England. […]

Brits, Religion and 19th century burial

As we (plural) are half Brit, I spend a lot of time wandering around UK websites digging up ancestors. Some of the most interesting bits of information come out of church registers — take, for example, this two page spread from the register of burials in the West Drayton parish, Middlesex (county), London in the […]