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Joseph Leonard Downing: Another Bigamist Ancestor

Joseph Leonard Downing 1888-1961

Boot maker of Southend, London, Dover and Reading, and my third great grandfather.

Joseph is a relative that I still have many unanswered questions about – so you may find this post resurfaces in future with some updates. 912 more words


A cheesemonger runs, but he can't hide

Ludgate Hill by Camille Pissarro, 1890

John Alfred Smith worked for a cheesemonger in the City of London (who had premises on Ludgate Hill), but in October 1890 Smith was summoned before Mr Denham at Wandsworth Police Court, to answer a charge that he had deserted his wife and family. 454 more words


Mississippi Sued Again and it's from unlikely Plaintiffs; Multiple Spouses, Marry a Computer, Same-Sex Marriage and the U.S. Constitution.

Mississippi has been sued in the Northern District Federal Court by self-proclaimed polygamists and a machinist. (*A “machinist” sexually objectifies tools and/or implements). Federal Lawsuit re: Polygamy. 554 more words


The Shameful Book Club: Under the Banner of Heaven by Jon Krakauer for May

So… behind…on posts! For once I’m actually not all that behind on reading the books, but life changes (new job YAY engagement YAY) have really slowed down my posting. 2,435 more words


James Dorr: Transported to Australia

James Dorr, born 1774

Horse Thief of Southminster and husband of my 6th great aunt, Sarah Downing.

When I first read the 1819 will of the Southminster Downing patriarch… 1,093 more words


Black Sheep Sunday - Dent Stowell (1882-1948) - part 2

Black Sheep Sunday is a daily blogging prompt used by many genealogy bloggers to help them post content on their sites.

To participate in Black Sheep Sunday simply create a post with the main focus being an ancestor with a “shaded past.” 1,661 more words

My Family

They came back and said they were married.

State vs. Ruffin Cook & Dora Stephens  }  Before Elias G. Barnes J.P.

Oscar Neal, being duly sworn, testifies as follows: Dora Stephens has been living on my place and near my house, about three years. 236 more words

Wilson County