Ivan Hurst's exploration of Genealogy


Scarlet Fever

Scarlet Fever hits Family

According to 'The Bignells and the Pomeroy's of Broadwindsor',  Charles Pomeroy, born on 9 July 1867 at Church Lane Farnham was {Page 4 note 35} 'The first of a succession of childhood deaths in the family resulting from an epidemic of scarlet fever}. He died at the same place on 11 September 1869. About 14 months old. The information does not explicitly state which Farnham.

William Bailey Pomeroy, b 1864 in Farnham had died a few days earlier on 29 August 1868. A mear fortnight between them, but not specifically mentioned as being Scarlet Fever.

Bayeux Tapestry scene 57 Harold death

Before 1066 and all that

Battle of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings was fought on 14 October 1066 between the Norman-French army of William, the Duke of Normandy, and an English army under the Anglo-Saxon King Harold Godwinson, beginning the Norman conquest of England. It took place approximately 7 miles (11 kilometres) northwest of Hastings, close to the present-day town of Battle, East Sussex, and was a decisive Norman victory.

However, it was not just a stroppy Frenchman trying his luck on the shores of England. Not surprisingly it goes back much further and is just a little bit complicated.

Lets go back to a Viking called Rollo and latterly Gaange Rolf. He was a pagen who lived between 860 and 930, or thereabouts. His Scandinavian name Rolf was extended to Gaange Rolf because he became too heavy as an adult for a horse to carry, therefore he had to walk.


Turnpike Roads

What have Turnpikes to do with my family tree and history? As far as I am aware, none of my relatives were Turnpike Trustees. So why the interest on a genealogy site and not a history site? There are plenty of Turnpike background sites including of course Wikipedia. There are also some more detailed offerings by for instance Turnpike roads and and Tollhouses, This site was the source for the English Turnpike table and the Tollhouses of Hampshire table, both of which provided valuable information and further analysis. Another, British Tollhouses has photos of still existing tollhouses, although the actual gates have long since gone. An example is the Twyford Northern Gate which is included on my Census Map. Another possible Tollhouse on the same Turnpike can be seen on Google. Then you can get into even more detail with a paper on Hampshire Turnpikes and local websites for Southampton and a parish called Weeke near Winchester.

The Tolpuddle Martyrs

The Tolpuddle Martyrs

The Pomeroys of Broadwindsor, it will be of no surprise, lived it the small village of Broadwindsor and the surrounding hundreds and hamlets, in Dorset. It was a rural community not far from the border with Devon. A mear 5 miles in a vaguely South Westerly direction. Today Beaminster is bigger and lies about 2.5miles East. Dorchester, the county town is only twenty miles away, a 6-7hr walk. Tolpuddle is another rural community, only another six miles East, a days walk in total.

John Pomeroy was born on 31 December 1808 in Broadwindsor, Dorset, his father, George, was 29 and his mother, Frances, was 30. He married Mary Ann Bowditch on 8 September 1830 in his hometown. His father George passed away in December 1831 in Broadwindsor. By 1834 John's family had grown with the birth of a Son and a Daughter. 


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