Family Notes - March 2012
This is a sample of the information provided to members of the P*rr*tt Society in the March 2012 edition of Family Notes. Family Notes is a 56-page printed magazine that is distributed to society members every quarter.
SOUTHAMPTON 9 Sept 1841:
On Friday before P. Breton Esq, 5 thimble-riggers were placed at the bar charged with conspiracy to defraud a gentleman named Edwards, residing at Millbrook, of certain sums of money and his gold watch - to wit, a sovereign, a £50 note, 70 sovereigns, making £171 and a gold watch which had cost £60. Thomas Edwards esq., deposed that he resided at Millbrook; was of no profession. On Tuesday last he went to the racecourse on the Common, about one o’clock. Saw several persons standing in a ring. Was induced to go there. In that ring was a table and three thimbles, the three prisoners, Benjamin Parrott, John Purcell and Francis Verrier, standing round the table, a person shifting the thimbles and offering to bet for a sovereign and upwards. Saw several sovereigns won and lost. Someone turned to him and said, “Try your luck, Sir”. Took out his purse and placed the only sovereign he had in it on the table. It was won by his betting the pea not being under it. To the best of his belief Parrott then said, “Try your luck again, Sir”. I said “No, I have nothing but a £50 note and I will not change it.” The parties round the table were playing but he could not swear the prisoners did, for sometimes £10, £20 and £30. A man who was standing behind the man playing the thimbles, whenever the thimbles were turned over, took up the thimble that had the pea under and said, “Now’s the time, Sir, you are sure to win”, while the man who had the thimble said ”I’ll bet £50; 50 sovereigns are staked, will anyone bet?” The prosecutor walked away, followed by Parrott who expressed his sorrow at his ill luck, imputing it to nervousness. Was persuaded to go back and look on. The parties appeared respectable and he had no doubt of their meaning being friendly, and he was induced to accept loans of sovereigns at two or three times from Verrier, to the amount of 70 sovereigns, as he was told by them, Verrier putting the money towards him and then on the board. He lost the whole in two or three stakes.
Having walked away with Parrott, was followed by Verrier and at his earnest request, wrote in a memorandum book he produced and acknowledgement that he owed him £70. (The memorandum was afterwards destroyed). They soon ran against the table again and at their persuasion he staked 20 sovereigns, and again 30 sovereigns, lent him by Purcell, and lost all. He handed his gold watch as a security for £20 to Purcell. He then gave a bill for the £50 – Purcell forced the money upon him. Parrott described Purcell as a gentleman able to buy half of Southampton. He wished to get his watch back and agreed to meet the parties at the Nelson that evening to settle; but thinking afterwards better of it, he sent a note of excuse and appointed next morning. Having consulted Messrs. Dearon and Long, they accompanied him there, met the prisoners, who insisted on their claims, and the police, by arrangement, came in and took the prisoners into custody. The watch and securities were found upon the prisoners, but the principal, supposed to have the money, did not appear, having walked away. The course of examination pursued by the prisoners was to show that the transaction was in the nature of a debt. Inspector Enright had searched the prisoners’ lodgings at the Nags Head Tap and found a large quantity of wearing apparel (disguises). Verrier had one shilling and seven pence upon him (modern = 8p), Parrott £13 18s.8d (modern: £13.94p) and watch, etc; and Carran £1 2s 10d (modern = £1.14p) and a watch. The prisoners were remanded till Wednesday next.
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Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California 23 September 1905:
PRIEST STOOD ON HIS RIGHTS
There is a slight misunderstanding in the Catholic church as the result of the de Guigne - de Tristan wedding in San Mateo a few weeks ago. The de Guignes, when in town, go to the little French church in Bush Street, which is attended by the smartest Catholics in San Francisco and naturally, as all the parties concerned in the wedding were French, it was desired to have a French priest perform the ceremony. Father Hamer was invited but the priest at the San Mateo church said, “Nay, nay. It is not very often that I have a chance to marry a Parrott grand-daughter and a real life vicompte and I am not going to allow any French priest to take my place.” In spite of the desires of the de Guignes and the Parrotts he would not recede from his position and so the relations were slightly strained in clerical circles .
Portsmouth, New Hampshire 12 May 1899:
Alderman Parsons, for the Committee on Streets, reported that his committee found no objection to the money which was left for that purpose by the late James Parrott being expended in setting out trees on the Marginal Road, but would like the sense of the Board in regard to changing the name of Jenkins Avenue to Parrott Avenue.
South Australia Government Gazette 3 August 1876:
DISTRICT OF JULIA
Notice is hereby given that the District Council of Julia have caused to be made an assessment of all rateable property within the above district with the names of occupiers of such property, and that copies of the assessments have been made. Such copies are deposited at the residences of Councillors Thomas Parrott and Quinliven and are open for inspection at all reasonable times.
Unknown North American Newspaper, 1961:
MISSING RELATIVES - PARROTT (brothers or sisters, names unknown)
It is known that one brother who was leaving for service in war of 1899 visited brother Daniel at St. Francis Home, Brentwood, Essex, England. and left later for Ottawa, Canada. Any relatives of same communicate with Daniel Parrott (age now about 75). Mr. Daniel Parrott, 29100 Terrence Drive, Michigan, USA.
The Times, London 11 July 1789:
28 PRISONERS WERE TRIED AT THE OLD BAILEY, 3 OF WHOM WERE CAPITALLY CONVICTED, viz:
William Parrott, alias Price, and Edward Glynn, for feloniously breaking and entering the dwelling house of Elizabeth Brooks in Primrose Street, in the daytime and stealing 2 silver salts, a silver teaspoon, etc.
Oakland Tribune, Oakland, California 24 June 1905:
CARDS ARE OUT FOR THE PARROTT WEDDING
The pretty church wedding of Miss Marie Louise Parrott and Francis McComas, the artist, will be celebrated at Trinity on the 28th and will be followed by quite a large reception and breakfast at the Richelieu, where Mr. And Mrs. Louis Parrott, the bride’s father and mother have made their home for years. Society is much interested in the wedding for the Parrotts are of San Francisco’s first set concerning which there is no dispute. Miss Parrott’s younger sister is Mrs. Parker Whitney, whose romantic elopement occurred a couple of years ago.
Portsmouth Herald, New Hampshire 19 April 1900:
AN UNEXPECTED CHECK
A man who won a reputation for cool daring and almost eccentric fearlessness along 1000 miles of the south western border died in Texas a short time ago - died, too, in bed, like a Christian. This man was A.C.Parrott, formerly a sergeant in McNelly’s company of Texas Rangers. On night in 1875, about six months after Parrott left the state service, he was sitting in a house in a little town in south west Texas playing chess with a friend. It was a warm night and the chess board was on a table close to an open window. -15- -16- Parrott had the white men. His queen was in a direct line with the black king, but a black knight was between the two pieces. It was Parrott’s move. Suddenly there was a sharp report outside and a bullet whistled in through the window and buried itself in the wall. Parrott had been bending over the board and the bullet was evidently intended for his head. But for a few seconds he did not stir. Then, in his peculiar, drawling, hesitating way he said “Check”.
Kokomo Tribune, Indiana 10 March 1941:
INDIANAPOLIS WOMAN CAPTURES BURGLAR
Indianapolis, March 10 (AP): Mrs Gladys Parrott, 28, was visiting a neighbour when her mother, Mrs. Flora Young hurried over and told her there was a burglar in their house. Mrs. Parrott borrowed her neighbour’s shotgun, went back home, captured a young negro who was trying to hide in her bedroom and held him until the police came.
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