Saturday, March 21, 2009

On a lighter note - a bilious headache!

(Before J. C. Crawford, Esq., R.M.) A BILIOUS HEADACHE. Mary Pimble was charged with having been drunk and incapable. She said that the young man who arrested her had made a great mistake. She had a bad bilious headache, and all the beer she had drank during the day would not intoxicate a kitten. The constable said he found defendant lying helplessly drunk on the footpath. Defendant said it was the bilious headache which overcame her. In fact, as his Worship must know, those bilious headaches made people very silly. Sergeant Monaghan said that this was the third bilious headache that defendant had had since June last, and she was fined 20s, or in default 48 hours' imprisonment.

Taken from the Evening Post, Wellington, New Zealand May 1876.

This was not the first or last time that Mary would appear before the Magistrates!

Stephen Pimble and mother Sarah were buried

in Linton, Herefordshire in October 1726. A friend sent me an email about a book she was reading which had a photograph a PIMBLE tombstone. Got in my car and found it very easily however it has unfortunately deteriorated since being photographed for the book. THANKS Pat.

Father and husband Stephen remarried and his second wife Hannah is also buried in Linton but not Stephen as far as I can currently tell.

Which brings me round nicely to MOBY DICK the film. The one with Gregory Peck filmed in 1956, not the remake. (update: apparently Gregory Peck appears in both the 1956 film and the remake starring Patrick Stewart - same actor but different parts - I now have both versions on DVD)

This has a scene in a church with a plaque to Stephen PIMBLE who died whaling in the the South Pacific sea in May 1799.

A real church or a Hollywood invention - I would really like to know.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Essex Farm Cemetery - Francis James PYMBLE

As a postcript to one of my earlier blogs, nephew Martin visiting Essex Farms this week kindly placed a poppy cross at the grave of Francis James and took this photo, Francis James was a second cousin - there are no direct PYMBLE descendants. THANKS MARTIN.

It was at Essex Farm that 'In Flanders Fields' by Lieutenant Colonel John McCrae, MD (1872-1918) Canadian Army was written

Friday, March 06, 2009

PIMBLE twins

Twins are not a common feature of PIMBLE or PYMBLE families however on 18 February 1893 Edgar and Margaret Hilda were born to John PIMBLE and Zillah (nee EVANS).

On 26 May 1897 Frederick Charles and George Henry were born to Alfred PIMBLE and Ellen (nee JORDAN) and then on 17 September 1898 Ellen gave birth to another set of twins Austin and Clarence.

Though John and Alfred share the PIMBLE name there is no direct family connection between them that I can find.

The only commonality between them that I aware of, other than their surname, is that all the childrens births were registered in the Pontypridd Registration District.

Thoughts anyone?

Monday, March 02, 2009

Haley-Baff Family Reunion, Thanks to DNA

I read an fascinating article in the last few days by Dick Eastman of Eastman's Online Genealogy Newsletter, about a Scottish woman just starting out to find her family history. She persuaded her father to take a Y Chromosome DNA test and this resulted in her meeting a US cousin in London, all within a few weeks.

The article is available at:

Haley-Baff Family Reunion, Thanks to DNA

Which branch on the Pimble family tree do attach to Robert, Richard, George or John or ..............