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Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 11, February 1, 1855

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Identifier: DX02070236

Title: Thomas Butler Gunn Diaries: Volume 7, page 11, February 1, 1855

Description: Gives an account of his family history on his father's side.


how Dick [Gunn]’s hand was guided to the signature of deeds &c, when he was intoxicated, and (I have heard, dying.) Why was this old crone [Sarah Bromley] pensioned off, if not for self interest, by the man [Henry Bolton]? She died in one of the two houses on “Paradise Row,” (beyond the little garden, as you go to the rick orchard:) it belongs to the farm. / Bolton did not survive many years after Richard’s death, and dying, the Neithrop house, and part of the farm devolved on William [Bolton] his eldest born, Henry [Bolton], the second, succeeding to the remaining part and living in one of the “Paradise Houses.” He had recently married, much against his father’s liking, my fathers [Samuel Gunn’s] servant-maid, Mary Edwards, from the grocers shop in Parson’s Street, Banbury. Joseph, the youngest born Bolton had died. William then ruled, and drank for a time, then died. Old Bolton, as though desirous of founding a family, had willed the estate to descend to his grand-children. Henry then succeeded, came to the Neithrop house-proper, and so it rests to this hour. My father meantime, ‘prenticeship, and journeyman days over, had married his first wife Sarah Arnold, and with his 1000 [pounds] and her property, (the Parsons Street house were hers,) had thriven. Two children were born from that marriage, one dying in infancy, the other, now, Mary Anne Greatbatch. Of his wife’s death, and how he came to marry mine own dear Mother [Naomi Butler], I shall find another time to put down. Meantime to end with his then remaining brother, Thomas [Gunn], and so to wind up for the present. He was a coarse, red-haired-burly man, uneducated, and low in his tastes. Married to the niece of old Bolton [Charlotte Bolton] he occupied the South Newington house and lands and begat sons and daughters. He and my father did not remain friends long, and until his death,

Rights: NoC-US


Dates: 1855-02-01

Type(s): Diary

Maker/Creator: Gunn, Thomas Butler, 1826-1903

Subjects: Diaries
Drinking of alcoholic beverages


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