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Following on from discovering that some records for Staverton have not been indexed, I
thought I’d see if a similar situation occurs at Dartmouth, where I also have missing
people. I think these Registers are all indexed in fact; at least a name search using
names I found whilst browsing does bring up results but obviously I haven’t tried all of
But, the joy of browsing the Register was brought home by the Dartmouth St. Petrox
Register beginning in 1780. First of all, the front cover ‘Dartmouth St. Petrox’ is
written in the most beautiful artistic hand. I don’t know if it has a particular name, but
it makes me ashamed of my handwriting!
Underneath that is written “In June 1782 the influenza raged with great violence through
most parts of England and in the Parishes of Townstall St. Saviour and St. Petrox swept
off a great number of aged people”
Then a Title page also in beautiful handwriting. I turned to 1782 to find that 4 out of
15 burials were due to influenza. The vicar or curate that year commented on most of the
entries regarding cause of death or other note. The last entry for 1782 is for Joan
Holdsworth ‘an aged lady remarkable for her Charity’.
How lovely.. I wish she was my ancestor.