I was at the Derbyshire County Archives today. I was looking for any records of black servants in Derby between 1700 and 1800. I started looking at the records for “All Saints” (Derby Cathedral). During my search I found one or two interesting burials. Well, I say Interesting, but I guess only if you enjoy history. If you do, here they are.
All Saints Burials
- Jan 28: Thomas Evat who was killed by a Tup (Male Sheep)
- Nov.25: Buried in one coffin, William and Ann Drake
- October 7th: Henry Joyce killed in a quarrel by a Butcher.
Feb16: Stanley Mappleby. An infant. Boy was a bastard, his mothers
name Yeomans, and she owned (sic)on her death bed.
May 4th: A stranger. Name unknown, a woman.
Oct 24: His Grace William Duke of Devonshire
April: Buried Henry alsop an infant that escaped the fire. Bottom of Abby Bonny.
Buried Hannah Golling in her hundredth year.
Smallpox in Derby
I also noted that a Smallpox outbreak killed several infants in this parish this year. Over the years the parish saw a few priests but I was particularly struck by the beautiful handwriting. The words were exquisitely written and writing a whole sentence must have taken several minutes as each and every letter seemed to have been lovingly crafted.