Post by Cornish Terrier on Jun 17, 2019 11:44:09 GMT -5
Yes, changed already. I had an email a little while back advising that the change had been made.
Just reflecting on the Amelia Phillips signatures - it seems to me that the surname is pretty similar
Afraid I have to disagree with you there - I see at least a couple of quite noticeable differences in the way the surnames are signed. In fact about the only letter in the surname of each signiature that I would consider similar is the second 'i'.
In any case, another clean and crisp image is what is required and I don't see us obtaining that for some time.
The name Amelia does occasionally appear as Emily but that doesn't really help as far is this problem is concerned.
Post by malphillips1 on Jun 19, 2019 12:01:26 GMT -5
Well - let's agree on the need for a new scanned image of the documents, anyway. I doubt whether anything will happen until things settle down at the new Kresen Kernow, though.
And that could be a bit of an issue in progressing my current Ringwood-based 'John Phillips and Susanna Davis' theory. It involves John being a member of one of the Militias (chosen by ballot) or Volunteer organisations which were established at the time of Napolean's percieved (and probably very real) threat to the UK.
The obvious one to check is the Royal Cornwall Militia (though there seem to be several alternatives including the Fencibles, Royal Miners - and possibly (what I suspect were) smaller operations like the St Ives Volunteers).
Nothing I have found so far in the newspapers of the time stands up the presence of the RCM around the time of John and Susanna's marriage at Ringwood - everything is indirect and rather circumstantial.
--- There were barracks at Ringwood (and nearby Christchurch) where Militias were based sometimes (maybe even frequently).
--- The RCM were quite a mobile force - and they appear to march across as far as Kent.
--- There were quite a lot of them, too. One of the Kent newspapers reports that there were more than 760 Cornwall Militia soldiers stationed at Canterbury in 1803 (and this might have only been one of several groups).
--- People joined the RCM from outside Cornwall - including, I note, a chap from Ringwood (who is mentioned in the National Archives) joined the RCM in 1803.
Now John Phillips (if the same one in the parish baptism records and 1841 census) was back in St Ives by around 1803 (it would seem) - so maybe things had changed in the period after he left.
The good thing about being in the Militia is that you only seem to have been committed to a few years service (I doubt you would have been allowed to leave the 'regular army' when the country was still at war).
The bad thing about my theory is that there is no mention of the RCM being present at the time King George 3rd was in Ringwood (and inspected some of the volunteer groups) just a few weeks after the John Phillips and Susanna Davis marriage. There is quite a lengthy account of the Royal visit in Jackson's Oxford Journal - 24 Aug 1799.
As an aside, Princess Amelia (the King's youngest daughter - who he called Emily) also travelled through Ringwood a couple of times on the way to and from Weymouth.
So - no supporting evidence available at the moment - but there are several further sources of information which might change things (including some at the Cornwall Record Office).
Interesting area to look at, though whether or not it is relevant to the Ringwood story is uncertain.