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Family Notes - June 2019

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 quarterly magazine that is distributed to society members in both printed and electronic format. All previous editions of the journal since 1984 are available online to society members.

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P*rr*tt entries in The London Magazine

This is a selection of P*rr*tt entries found in The London Magazine or Gentleman’s Monthly Intelligencer with supplementary notes from the Editor.

1746: Ecclesiastical Preferments. Mr. Andrew Perret , to the Vicarage of Stone in Staffordshire.

Alumni Cantabrigienses records that Andrew PERRET was the son of Thomas of Yorkshire and may have been at one time a chaplain in the Navy. He reportedly died at Pershore, Worcestershire in 1790.

1761: Richard Parrot, for the murder of his wife, by cutting out her tongue … [was] executed at Tyburn … [He] was hanged in chains. Ended the sessions at the Old Bailey, at which two received sentence of death … John Perrott , a bankrupt, for concealing his effects.

Richard PARROTT, from Harmondsworth, murdered his wife Anne who he claimed “told a great many lies of him”, reportedly after an argument about who should go to the field for a cow. Anne died a few weeks after she was beaten and part of her tongue cut out. Richard had previously claimed she had put brimstone in his clothes in an attempt to kill him and Anne told their son he was paranoid and “out of his mind”. He was nonetheless deemed competent and sentenced to be hanged. John PERROTT the bankrupt was hanged for siphoning money off to his mistress and refusing to provide information about his financial affairs. By this date the death penalty for bankruptcy was highly unusual.

1780: DEATHS. Jan 30. George Perrot , Esq., late one of the Barons of the Exchequer.

George PERROT was the second son of Thomas PERROT and Anastasia PLAXTON. He had retired to Pershore following a fit of palsy at Maidstone during the Lent assizes in 1775. A monument to his memory was erected in the chancel of the parish church at Laleham, Middlesex.

1771: several quotes from Mr. Baron Perrott (George Perrott, Baron of the Exchequer) in Lord Mansfield’s Speech in the Cause of the Dissenters including: “The toleration act only amounts to an exemption of protestant dissenters from the penalties of certain laws therein particularly mentioned, and to nothing more; that if it had been intended to bear, and to have any operation upon the corporation act, the corporation act ought to have been mentioned therein; and there ought to have been some enacting clause, exempting dissenters from prosecution in consequence of this act, and enabling them to plead their not having received the sacrament according to the rites of the church of England, in bar of such action”.

Whilst the Toleration Act of 1689 had brought about some tolerance of non conformism, dissenters were still at this time prohibited from holding corporation officers under the Corporation Act of 1661.

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Bat & Ball Boys

The addition of ‘U.S., Baseball Questionnaires, 1945 2005’ to the Ancestry record sets recently provides us with some fascinating information about P*RR*TTs who played professional baseball during this period.

One of the earliest questionnaires is for Raymond Addison PARROTT who says that he had the nickname ‘Polly’ and worked as a metal polisher and plater in the off season. His ancestry was stated to be English and French.

Perhaps the most interesting statement made on this questionnaire is that Raymond claimed he had organised baseball games between Japanese prisoners of war and American players at Okinawa during the Second World War. Can anyone perhaps one of our American members tell us more about this story?

Further research indicates that Raymond was born on 24th February 1920 in Redmond, Oregon. His baseball career was short lived and the last record of his participation in minor league games is in 1946.

Raymond died on 31st August 1966 by suicide through carbon monoxide poisoning in his car. He was working as a collection agent at the time of his death and was divorced from his wife, though she was the informant of his death. He was the son of Roy Anthony PARROTT (1888-1966) and Violet Vivian THYNE (1897-1976). This family has been traced back to Luke PARROTT and Mary Elizabeth NEWBILL.

Willie Parrish PARROTT (1934 2006) also had the nickname ‘Polly’ but was also referred to as ‘Billy’ and ‘Kat’. His ambition was “to be a Major League pitcher ( a good one )”. Willie was born in Oxford, North Carolina, and describes his ancestry as American. He was the son of Willie Parrish PARROTT (1906-1972) and Grace Gaynelle OAKLEY (1912-1969). Some trees on Ancestry have identified him as a descendant of Frederick PARROTT who came to the US from Alsace Lorraine (or Switzerland/Germany) in the early eighteenth century.

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