The following is copied from the Cheshire Parish Register Database, which is in itself transcribed from the original registers or microfiche copies. Marriage record Knutsford Parish 21st April 1757 Groom forename: Edward Groom surname: Higgins Groom occupation: Yeoman Groom residence: Knutsford Bride forename: Katherine Bride surname: Bertles Bride status: Spinster Bride residence: Knutsford Witness: John … Continue reading From the Cheshire Parish Register Database
In the Gentleman's Magazine, October 1764, between a report on the tide and one on the price of hops, lies the following report on the murder of Mrs. Ruscombe and her maid: "Mrs. Frances Ruscombe and her maid, were most barbarously murdered at her house on College-Green, Bristol, in the open day, by persons unknown, … Continue reading A Report of the Murder of Mrs Ruscombe and her Maid
Regarding the murder of Mrs Ruscombe and her maid, for which Higgins was rumoured to be responsible. From the Gentleman's Magazine, October 1764 October, Friday 19 "One Isaacs, an old industrious country shoemaker, who came to town to sell a cargo of shoes, had the curiosity to enquire at Mr P***man's, in Cranbourne-Alley, for an … Continue reading The Wrong Man, October 1764
From The Pennsylvania Gazette April 11, 1751: “When we see our Papers fill’d continually with Accounts of the most audacious Robberies, the most cruel Murders, and infinite other Villainies perpetrated by Convicts transported from Europe, what melancholly, what terrible Reflections must it occasion! What will become of our Posterity!—These are some of thy Favours, Britain! Thou … Continue reading How welcome was transportation in the colonies?
In a bid to discover the names of those aboard the Frisby in August 1754, on their way to Maryland, to the land of the free, to be sold into servitude, I hope to source a copy of The Complete Book of Emigrants in Bondage 1614-1775 by Peter Wilson Coldham, ISBN 0806312211. Until then, I have … Continue reading How many convicts would have kept Higgins company on the Frisby?
This article refers to the arrival of the Frisby laden with goods (as well as convicts). JUST IMPORTED, from Bristol, in the ship Frisby (Captain George Davie): Best Cheshire and Gloucestershire cheese, bottled beer, window glass 8 by 10, Welsh cottons, Kerseys [rough woollen cloth], half thicks [similar to kerseys], rugs and blankets, nails of … Continue reading From the Maryland Gazette #486 Thursday, August 22, 1754
We read in this article, published soon after Higgins's execution, that he was transported to Maryland in 1754 on the ship Frisby. Here is an excerpt from the Maryland Gazette mentioning the arrival of Frisby, captained by George Davie. Custom House, Annapolis Entered: Ship Frisby, George Davie, from Bristol Shallop Two Maries, Daniel Thorn, from New York Sloop … Continue reading Maryland Gazette #484 Thurs 14th Aug 1754