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2009 TRIP TO ENGLAND, by Colin L. Miller

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Tuesday, June 9, 2009

I was up at 7:20 AM. It was cool and cloudy. Today the Dorset Records Center was open, so after the buffet breakfast, I walked over. After showing my ID, I got a reader's card in case I needed to handle old documents from the archives. They had lockers to stash my bag of stuff (except for my netbook and papers). I looked through the parish transcripts, then microfiche records, and also microfilm spools of very old newspapers. I tried to find mentions of the death of William Miller in late 1789 to mid 1790, but I found nothing.

I moved on to the documents area. I'd previously found an item from their online database: a bundle of legal documents regarding Leonora Miller Hyde (Widow Leonora remarried to Thomas Hyde in 1790, but she was the heir to some property in Rimpton, a nearby town in Somerset to Sherborne, and Leonora was to keep it for her own use and for son George). So, I submitted a request form and my reader's card, and a while later they brought out the bundle. It consisted of several agreements, deeds, indentures and letters regarding the Rimpton property in the Taunton Dean district in Somerset. The agreements were between soon-to-be married Leonora, fiancé Thomas Hyde, William Miller's executors Edward Tolbort & John Hillier, and Leonora's 1st cousin, William Jeboult.

I untied the bundle and started transcribing the first agreement into the netbook, however I soon realized that I couldn't type fast enough to get it all input before the archives closed for the day in a bit over an hour. However, they offered a day's photography pass for £5, so I got one, retrieved my camera from the locker, and returned to take macro photos of the document pages. Two of the deed indentures were poster-sized vellum with the seals, wax seals, and tax stamps, and it was difficult to get even a quarter of one page imaged, and there are two or three pages each. Hopefully the photos were sufficiently in focus to transcribe when I got home. Before closing time, I finally left and returned triumphantly to the hotel. After a rest, I got some food at Somerfield. Tomorrow I would drive up to Swindon to get close to Chippenham, where the Wiltshire Records Center was located, as well as to get close to Avebury, and Bath, where I would have to return the rental car.


Agreements and Deeds of Leonora Miller (Hyde) & George Miller, 1790-1823


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