Monthly Archives: July 2013

Odds Laws and Legal Proceedings

I just read Judith Flanders's The Invention of Murder and discovered a bunch of small, throwaway details that would actually combine to make an interesting post about how random Victorian law could be at times. 1.) "Engagements were oral contracts; … Continue reading

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John Tyler’s Grandsons

A friend on facebook posted a status with this trivia, which I thought it would be cool to repost here. I've checked it out in enough media outlets to believe in the validity of the information. I'm not going to … Continue reading

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Homosexuality in the Clergy

I got the following story from @HistoryWeird on Twitter. Their story is here. Original source was the Greville Memoirs, vol. 1, July 30, 1822. Once upon a time, there was Robert Jocelyn, the 1st Earl of Roden. He had three … Continue reading

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Evelyn Nesbit, aka “The Most Beautiful Woman in America”, aka “The Girl on the Red Velvet Swing.”

This is a bit of a weird one because I don't really have much to cite. I've been obsessed by Evelyn Nesbit for YEARS and have picked up bits and pieces of her story from all over–some of it probably … Continue reading

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A May-December Romance

I found the following story from @HistoryWeird on Twitter. Their original post is here. On March 27th, 1802, the Richmond Recorder in Virginia reported the happy details of a new marriage: "Lately married in New Kent, county, Michael Sherman, aged … Continue reading

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Churching New Mothers

This is a strange one, because it gives us so few answers. I found it on "Jeff Kacirk's Forgotten English" calendar for Thursday July 25th, 2013. Originally "churching" meant "Thanksgiving after child-birth. It was the ancient custom for the female … Continue reading

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Missing Person’s Report from 1813: John Sprigg

I got the following info from @HistoryWeird on Twitter, with full details on their blog here. The original article was in the New York Register on May 5, 1813. John Sprigg "ran away from his wife and helpless family . … Continue reading

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