More from Sutton-on-the-Hill’s parish registers

Another notable burial spotted by Helen Betteridge of Derbyshire Family History Society.  The entry is dated 17 April 1737 and reads:

“Dame Elizabeth, relict of Sir Samuel Sleigh of Etwall, knight, was buried.  It is remarkable that the first wife of the said Samuel Sleigh was buried 103 years ago and upwards.”

Amazing but true.  J C Cox’s “Notes on the Churches of Derbyshire” says the parish church has memorials to Sir Samuel himself (died 1679), to his first wife Judith (d. 1634), his second wife Margaret (d. 1647) and Dame Elizabeth (who was 82 when she died).  And we have a document referring to the licence for the second marriage of the three, as described in our catalogue.

A warning to gluttons from 1593

A sternly unsympathetic entry in the general register for Sutton-on-the-Hill, recording a burial:

“Alice Cathener a poore woman of Osleston choked, or as some supposed beinge drunke fell downe flatt uppon her face, and so stopped her breath and was buried the 2 of Sept. anno predicto [year aforesaid, i.e. 1593].  A caveat for all drinkers, gluttons, and beastly belliegods, to beware of gods severe iudgment agaynst them”.

For any word-watchers: the Oxford English Dictionary defines “belly-god” as “One who makes a god of his belly; a glutton”.

Dungsworth Ada Petrina Greenhough Potter Green

The unfortunately named daughter of Thomas and Ellen Green was baptised in Bolsover on 27 March 1869. Her elder sister, Parnel was baptised on 29 April 1866.

Not surprisingly this family grabbed my attention, and I have endeavoured to identify if any of these unusual names had a particular family sentiment attached. However, my endeavours only seemed to complicate things further!

Father, Thomas, seems to be have been born Thomas Potter; when he married Ellen Taylor in 1854, he records his name as Thomas Green Dangsworth Potter. By 1861, he is Thomas Peter Green. It is almost by this name that he lives until 1896, dying as Thomas Potter Green. His son, Thomas, also used Peter and Potter interchangeably.

Not surprisingly, the subject of this post appears to have lived as Ada Petrina until her death in 1932.

UNESCO adopts the Universal Declaration on Archives

The General Conference of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO) voted on 7 November 2011 to adopt the Universal Declaration on Archives, drawn up by the International Council on Archives (ICA).  You can read it here: 

It’s nice to know that archives are so important: we are an aid to “administrative transparency and democratic accountability”, as well as “the preservation of collective social memory”, according to the statement that was released after the decision was taken (