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Family Notes - June 2013

This is a sample of the information provided to members of the P*rr*tt Society in the most recent edition of Family Notes. Family Notes is a 56-page printed magazine that is distributed to society members every quarter.

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Arthur Ernest Perrott was born in NZ, 24 Jan 1871, son of migrants Frank & Harriet (née Reeves) Perrott. He married Harriet Mary Florence (Eve) Ogden 11 Jan 1893. A daughter, Annie Harriet Myrtle was born 21 Nov 1893, & in November 1895 Arthur deserted his family. A son, Reuben Percy Claud was born 29 Feb 1896 & died in WW1 aged 20. A warrant was issued for Arthur's arrest & sent to various places in NZ but police were unable to find him. There is some thought that he went to WW1 (is this confusion with his son?) or that he went to Australia or America. His daughter married James Henry Forward in 1912 & had 2 children. What became of Arthur Ernest Perrott? I realise that if he abandoned his family & went overseas, he is very likely to have changed his name & there will be no way of finding out what happened to him; but maybe someone knows better?


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It's in the Papers...

Evening Post, New Zealand, 29 October 1935

It was not until after the Norman conquest that surnames were adopted, says an English paper. They were first given as nicknames to suit particular individuals. Today we rarely find any appropriateness in the names we bear. The greatest hero of the day may carry the name Coward, while Mr. Fox may be anything but sly. Yet it is probable that the first man to bear the name of Fox was pre-eminent in cunning just as the first Parrott or Parratt was most likely a great talker.

Sheffield Independent 14 August 1900

At Gravesend yesterday Private John Morris was again charged with the murder of Private Ernest Perritt at Gravesend Barracks. Witnesses were called who saw prisoner with a bayonet on the night of the crime and Private Floyd swore he saw Morris stab Perritt with a fixed bayonet. Witness was positive that Morris followed Perritt and drove the bayonet home.

New South Wales Police Gazette, 14 May 1919

Ernest Gallagher (24) charged with maliciously damaging a plate glass window to the extent of £10, the property of Michael Casimaty has been arrested by Constable Tatton and Special Constable Perrett, Sydney, committed for trial at Quarter sessions.

Evening Post, New Zealand, 7 October 1933

Mrs. Jasper Parrott who has been spending some months in Wellington will leave on October 17 en route to China, where she will join her husband, Paymaster Lieutenant Jasper Parrott RN of HMS Eagle.

The Tewkesbury Yearly Register and Magazine, precise date not known but between 1830 and 1839.

At the adjourned General Quarter Sessions held before J.E.Dowdeswell, Esq, Recorder of the Borough, the company of proprietors of the Worcester and Birmingham Canal Navigation, who were the lessees of the tolls arising at the locks, weirs and sluices upon the River Avon, the property of George Wigley Parrott, Esq., appealed against a rate for the relief of the poor, granted on 21 January in respect of a certain lock, at the quay, which forms a communication between the rivers Avon and Severn. The principal ground of appeal was that the company was over rated.

Bath Chronicle and Weekly Gazette, 17 May 1877

Isaac Perrett, a young man, was summoned for assaulting Alfred Tilbury by pelting him with a stone, at Twerton on 6 May. It was alleged that the stone struck the defendant’s head (? is this a misprint for the complainant?) and caused him to fall. The defendant admitted the offence but said the complainant ‘interrupted’ him and threw a stone at him. This the complainant and a witness denied and the defendant was find 5 shillings and costs, or 14 days imprisonment.

LONDON STANDARD, 26 September 1900

The Queen has sent the sum of three guineas from the Privy Purse as a bounty to Mrs. Parrott of Piercefield Street, Kentish Town, who has four sons and a grandson on active service in South Africa.

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Curtis J. Parratt was a son of UK born John Parratt (1853-1922) and his wife Mary Eugenia Thompson (1856-1922). John emigrated to the USA in about 1871. Curtis, a twin, was born in Iowa in 1885 and spent most of his life there. He married Ora Mavis Bashamin 1906 in Kansas City and the 1910 census gives his occupation as ‘labourer’.
Joseph Parrett, born 1842 in Jeffersonville, Fayette, Ohio, married Mary A. Ornduff from Batavia, Jefferson, Iowa. Joseph was a son of David Mann Parrott (1819-1905) and Barbra A. Webb (1819- 1902) Joseph and Mary had at least 12 children; he died in Ottumwa, Wapello, Iowa in 1924.

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