Once again a relative of mine that met an untimely end courtesy of the powers of nature! The Lady in question was a Miss Barbara Collin Donkin born 1805, the daughter of William Donkin of Plainfield and Barbara Carnaby his wife. Although equally horrific in nature, I find this one rather more 'gruesome' as this extract from Local History & Remarkable Events 1837 relates:-
Maybe the moral of this story is - ladies, learn to dress yourselves!!
The Wedding that wasn't and the Wedding that most certainly was..
I had it in the back of my mind when I wrote the above post, that this unfortunate lady had met her untimely death on the "eve of her wedding" but could not lay my hands on the evidence. Well, I have found it see below:-
What an occasion this could have been judging by the account of her Great Uncle William Donkin's marriage to Eleanor Shotton in 1750 at Great Tosson, Rothbury.
For upwards of a century, the Donkins, a well-known Northumbrian family, farmed at Great Tosson. Shortly before 1720, Samuel Donkin — the "Patriarch" came into Coquetdale, and settled at Great Tosson. He died at the ripe old age of 102, and was buried in Rothbury Churchyard, on May 6th, 1791. Members of this numerous family farmed at Whitton Dene, Rye Hill, Spital, and Plainfield. The wedding of one of them — William Donkin of Tosson took place on the 7th of June, 1750, and was remarkable for its festivities and the length of the cavalcade which accompanied the pair from the Parish Church of Rothbury, to Tosson,
Now that's what I call a wedding!!!
A comment and excellent story from Alison Elliott put me in mind of another extraordinary event that occurred in the family of the unfortunate Miss Donkin. Her Great Uncle Francis Carnaby met his untimely end by falling down a coal pit near The Chirm, Wingates in 1765!
This must be one of the most unlucky families I have come across! It would appear that Frances may have been returning from a visit to his sister Mary b.1735 d.1784 who was married to Lionel Aynsley b.1739 d.1829 at the Chirm.
The Chirm as we know it today was sometimes referred to as North Wingates, which together with Todburn formed part of the parish of Longhorsley. Circa 1764/5 a list of properties which formed part of the Estate of the late James Thornton d.1761 (Wingates and other associated Farms) was drawn up and clearly shows Lionel Aynsley as tenant of Garrett Lee, paying a rent of £52 per annum for a term of 11 years from 1763.
In addition to this circa 1764/5 the Colliery at the Chirm was rented to a Mr Thomas Stair for £20 per annum. I wonder whether he had to pay compensation for the accident.? Somehow I doubt it.
In addition it is interesting note that the Landlord and many of his tenants are noted as being of the Catholic faith, with Royalist sympathies during the 1640's and a near miss during the 1715 Jacobite rising!
For further information re Wingates & the Thornton Estate see below:-
12/4/2013 11:27:48 am
The writing style is really flowery which surprises me a little given the date of 1837 but perhaps this was just the style of the publication!
12/4/2013 12:33:49 pm
I know what you mean Patrick. It was July by the way and there are several accounts of this event, one of which goes into great detail about the number of panes broken in a glass house in the vicinity! I felt this was a bit arid so opted for the human aspect instead. I also remember years ago (probably about 20) reading a similar version of this article which stated "on the eve of her marriage". I would have read this in old fashioned printed format, but alas I have no copy of it. Will have to go on a hunt for the old "Recorders" books. I can supply web references to this article if anyone is interested.
15/4/2013 12:04:21 am
Interesting articles about your ancestors, this illustrates the depth of your research knowledge. The languge of the 19th century is interesting - it's like setting the scene in a novel and very 'wordy'!
15/4/2013 10:18:15 am
Your research for details is astonishing and I really appreciate how you bring a personal touch to history. Thank you.
16/4/2013 12:58:15 am
good article susie!
27/4/2013 03:48:52 pm
What a sad event, followed by the lovely description of the wedding. I can't help but draw comparisons to my own family research and think you'll enjoy a colonial take. The news article refers to my Grandfathers uncles in NSW Australia in 1935.
28/4/2013 06:32:07 am
A lucky escape for the brothers! What is a 'tin can performance'?
29/4/2013 02:27:53 am
I think this is based on the French wedding tradition known as Chiverie, where the family and friends of the newlyweds gather outside of where ever the couple is residing the night of the wedding. They then bang pots, pans, and blow horns creating a ruckus to startle the couple. The couple is supposed to go outside still wearing their wedding attire and provide drinks and refreshments to the pranksters.
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