Today was our local race day, and a splendid day it was. Alas, my infirmities meant that I wasn't on course, I had to watch it on Trackside TV in my living room .. so instead of popping to the bar between races ... I popped into the 19th century ...
And there I found these folk who aroused my curiosity ... baby Alice Meriton, Mr Littleton Malling, Amelia wife of Percy Elliott, Mr J J Jacques, William H Double, Charles Hunwick, Mr Morley (registered). I've got a feeling that I may not wholly have avoided the Victorian clergy and the Indian army ...
Yes, I know: funny lot. I like Mr Hunswick, he's got a slightly louche look to him. Mrs Meriton and Mrs Elliott look OK too. 'Mr Morley' (who isn't of course) looks like the phoney preacher from yesterday's episode of Midsomer Murders. I wouldn't trust him a centimetre.
Well, tomorrow I will dig deeper!
I did. I spent a whole day on the Rev Punshon (Morley was his middle and his mother's name) who turned out to be in the DNB anyhow. And then blogger ate the whole day's work up. Let's just say he was an orator, demagogue, 'personality' of the Methodist persuasion. A sort of Billy Graham but inside the establishment. And those gifts took him to a very visible place in the hierarchy of the Wesleyan church in, particulatly, Canada.
Blogger didnt eat my notes, so here is a short biog from somewhere.
'Wesleyan Methodist minister. After spending a few years in business, he attended the Wesleyan College, Richmond. In 1845 he received his first appointment, at Marden, Kent, and was ordained at Manchester in 1849. For the next 19 years he travelled in several circuits, including some of the London ones (1858-1864). In 1868 he went to Chicago as the representative of the Wesleyan Methodist conference, and then settled in Canada. His preaching and lecturing drew great crowds both there and in the United States, and he was five times President of the Canadian Conference. In Canada, he often worked with and mentored Manly Benson, a Methodist minister who was an eloquent lecturer. While in Canada, he married his sister-in-law, thought this would have been forbidden by the British'
His father was a mercer, he started out as a timber merchant's clerk, but found oratory more to his taste and got into lecturing and preaching at a very young age. He became well known in the north of England, and gave his first London performance ('The Prophet Horeb -- his life and lessons') 17 January 1857 ... going on to become a media starlet ("Rev W M Punshon at the Falls of Niagara' is the one I remember from the amusing list I had compiled) and the recipient of an honorary LLD from a compliant American college.
And it's sorry I am that I spent my day on Morley, his two survivng sons and marriage-dead daughter .. and I'm going to get on to the rest of the folk.
Well, I didn't expect that smart little gentleman, brought up in a genteel vicarage with a squad of servants to end up as an itinerant hodcutter ...
Amelia, wife of George Percy Elliott (m 30 June 1846) was born as Amelia CANNON (b 1813; d 48 West Cromwell Rd 8 January 1886), the daughter of James Cannon and ... no one seems to know who. Or where.
The inscription on this card is an unpunctuated one.
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