September… just under the wire.

 September anniversaries:

  • Baltus Berentsen Van Kleek & (Ca)Tryntje Jans Buys: September 1676
  • Edmund Lockwood & Alice Cowper: 3 September 1591
  • Daniel de Tourneur & Jacqueline Parisis: 5 September 1650
  • William Henry Beyea & Annie Elizabeth Beyea: 6 September 1911
  • Johannes Bosch & Rossina Niemeyer: 8 September 1490
  • Robert Barr & Hepzibeth Doty: 10 September 1807
  • Sgt. Thomas Spencer & Sarah Bearding: 11 September 1645
  • Richard Odell & Elizabeth Pierce: 15 September 1565
  • Cornelis Hendricks Buys & Hendrickje Jansdr Damen: 16 September 1628
  • Edward Camp & Grace Mott: 21 September 1615
  • Jeremiah Sabin & Mary Abbot: 23 September 1724
  • William Sherwood & Margaret Spalding: 25 September 1545

Well I’m squeaking this one in, just under the wire! It’s been a month of illness, house renovations, appliance breakdowns, and numerous other “hiccups” that I can use as excuses for my last minute posting… Good new is, I have one week until I take the girls with me to the ancestral homeland of New Brunswick (lots of packing yet to do!) and I just spent this past weekend at a dear friend’s wedding (a lovely water’s edge ceremony!).  Speaking of weddings, this months ‘celebrity’ couple are Edward Camp & Grace Mott.

An older Edward and twenty-two year old Grace Mott were married on the 21st of September 1615 at St. Margaret’s, Hunsdon, Essex Co., UK.

Edward was born and christened 7.7 miles away the All Saints Church in Nazeing UK.  In 1610 he purchased a house in St. Margaret’s, 2 miles south of Hunsdon, which he named “The Gate House” and five years later he married Grace in St. Margaret’s.

Their marriage and life didn’t slow down from there. Edward was a hard working blacksmith. It is rumoured they had the smithy right in their house. I can envision Grace doing a lot of dusting and laundry, trying to keep the blacksmith effects off their clothes and furniture.

In Edward’s senior years (in the 1650’s) he became a Quaker and held secret meetings in his barn. Perhaps he was influence by his eldest son, Edward Jr.,  who is rumoured to have left England to escape religious persecution. America was a much more  Quaker friendly destination and many Camp’s found there today come from the line of Edward Jr (the son that I am also a descendant of).

Edward Sr.’s clandestine Quaker meetings did not go unnoticed. He was caught in 1661 (possibly at the age of 86) and was imprisioned, in Hertford Gaol, with 7 other Quakers.

If I have the dates right (and there is some question about this) Edward lived to be 107 years old. Grace died sometime after 1633… perhaps as young as forty… likely long before her husband became a Quaker, had hidden barn meetings, and was arrested as a religious dissenter.

Next month I will talk a little bit about the NB trip. I plan on a full day of cemetary hoping with some gravestone photography… always a good time! And I have a date with my grandmother’s cousin to talk about family history! I can’t wait!

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