They actually still perform weddings in this chapel
We got to the records office on a very snowy, cold day, best place to be really, lovely and toasty inside.I requested the copy of the Poor relief records which I knew they had. Amazingly they let us have the original book dating from 1783. The leather cover was unsurprisingly a bit battered but inside was the most beautiful writing.
I felt humbled that we had been allowed to touch and read such an important book detailing a part of social history from over 200 years ago and most importantly for me the knowledge that my ancestors would have more than likely seen the same book all those years ago. What would they have thought if they had known their 3x granddaughter would have been able to see it 200 years into the future? Despite the fact that times were hard, Mary and her son Thomas survived after Alfred's transportation and of course the rest is history.The family history experts always reckon that you are lucky if you can find either a famous person or a criminal in your family because they usually leave a trail behind them. Alfred certainly has. I will probably never find out any more about Mary because she had a common surname and formal records weren't kept at that time. She was born in Shoreditch, if census details are to be believed. Why she came to Leicester from there I have no idea, nor how she got there. I can only speculate.
Have any of you out there got any famous or infamous ancestors? If you have I would love to hear about them.
P.S. Last but not least a big hello to my new followers! I hope you will enjoy reading my blog and I fully intend to pop along to visit you soon!