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.

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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”.