Family Notes - December 2009
This is a sample of the information provided to members of the P*rr*tt Society in the December 2009 edition of Family Notes. Family Notes is a 56-page printed magazine that is distributed to society members every quarter.
From the Gloucester Journal
The edition dated 21 Aug 1739 contains a reference to the execution at Reading of a William Perrott aged 31 and Robert Milloway, 29, both plasterers.
12 May 1823: On Tuesday an inquest was held before J.Crooke, Esq. on the body of William Perrott, for many years Town Crier of Cheltenham, who died on Sunday in consequence of having fallen downstairs the preceding evening and injured the spine in the neck. He was a strictly honest man and has left a wife and infant family in great poverty.
19 May 1823: We are authorised to contradict a paragraph which appeared in our last, copied from the Cheltenham Chronicle on the 8th inst, (being both illiberal and erroneous), concerning the widow of William Perrott, late of that town; who, the proprietors of the above paper thought proper to assert ‘is now left with an infant family, and in great poverty’. She only wishes to observe that it is totally FALSE; therefore in hopes to secure a respectable livelihood, which she has ever been accustomed to, she wants for nothing to strengthen her endeavours, but the good opinion of a generous public.
From Geoffrey Bear's 'Craftsmen of Interior Decoration in England 1660-1820.'
Thomas Perritt (1710-1759). Plasterer. When Perritt’s father, Jonathan, a well known York bricklayer, died in 1741 he left 3 sons, William, John and Thomas, the subject of this entry. Trained by his father, Thomas Perritt dominated plastering in Yorkshire until his death in 1759. He was made a Freeman of York (1737/8) and took his first apprentice, Joseph Rose senior in 1738. He married twice: firstly Ann Etty (presumably a daughter of William Etty, the York joiner) at the Minster on 8 December 1739, and secondly Grace Perritt of York at Hampsthwaite on 8 July 1749. In 1742 he took another apprentice, William Whatson. Perritt lived in York in the Mint Yard and at his death was stated to be of ‘Bederns in the City of York.’ He died intestate and letters of administration were granted to the guardians ALLSORTS -21- of Anne and Dorothy Perritt, minors. Ann had been baptised at St. Michael le Belfry, York on 3 March 1741/2. Perritt was made Chamberlain of York in 1753.
Medieval P*RR*TT Soldiers
While browsing for medieval history I came across a website that I am sure will be of interest to those members researching further back than the scope of Parish registers. It is called ‘The Soldier in Later Medieval England’, a research project being carried out jointly by Dr. Adrian Bell of the ICMA Centre at reading University and professor anne curry at Southampton University. The research has received funding from the Arts and Humanities Research Council and has produced a searchable database, available freely on the internet, of soldiers who served the English crown during the late fourteenth century and early fifteenth century.
The database lists the following details; First Name; Surname; Status; Rank; Captain’s Name; Commander’s Name; Year recorded; and the nature of Military Activity.
A typical example of the information presented describes John PEROT, recorded in 1375 on the expedition to France, as an archer serving under the captaincy of Lord Edward Despenser, in the command of Edmund Langley, Earl of Cambridge and John, Duke of Brittany.
Names of possible interest to members of the P*RR*TT Society include PAROTTE, PERET, PERETRE, PEROT,(19 entries), PEROTE, PEROTSON, PEROTT, PERROTE and PERROTT. The website can be found at http://www.icmacentre.ac.uk/soldier/database .This may provide interesting medieval connections for some Society members.
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