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From: "Louise English" <>
Subject: [GRUMMITT] Naughty Grummitts 1820s and 30s
Date: Mon, 12 Aug 2002 14:46:27 +0100
I've been looking at the www.a2a.pro.gov.uk website. For those of you who don't know, this is a website of catalogues from archives all around the England. I typed in the name GRUMMITT and came up with four hits, three of which are from Bedfordshire. Now, in most of the archives in this country, it just tells you that there is a document with that surname in it, and you have to go to that record office and get the document out to see if it applies to a member of your family. However, for Bedfordshire, they give you much more detail - an awful lot in fact. Have a look for yourselves. These are what the three Bedfordshire documents are about:
At Silsoe Fair, a draper had some stockings stolen from his stall. Reading through the document, it seems that the person who stole the stockings was part of a gang of men from Houghton Conquest, and one member of this gang was....James GRUMMITT.
(No first name) GRUMMITT was accused of stealing a pistol and put in the cage in Houghton Conquest. (If you want to know what a cage looks like, there's a picture of the one at Clophill on my website at www.florall.com/familyhistory follow the links to Louise's ancestors.)
In the same year, James GRUMMITT was being kept in the cage in the yard of the poor house in Houghton Conquest as a prisoner. Thos. GRUMMITT of Houghton Conquest attempted to wrest open the door of the cage to help the prisoners to escape.
Thomas GRUMMITT of Houghton Conquest was on trial for felony. No more details were given on this one. I for one, would like to know if he was found guilty. If so, did he go to prison, or was he transported?
I use Archive CD Books to help with my research
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