So it's been a few months since I worked on my Pennock lineage. Ok, it's been since late November of last year.
I got caught up in my mom's side and then the husband's lineage, that I did absolutely nothing with my own lineage.
Then someone who is related to who appears to be a granduncle I never met, by marriage, sent me a message and I'll be honest, I found it easier to talk to someone NOT
intimately connected to the Pennocks about the Pennocks. No I still have not responded to the last email I got right before Thanksgiving of 2011, though I did send them a Christmas card and received no response in exchange. So, there's that.
Which prompted me to look at that part of my family again, to which I found, dozens of little green leaves waving at me (this is Ancestry.com after all), leading to hundreds of new things the spiders that crawl the census reports, etc for Ancestry.com had found.
I connected with someone else who works at a cemetery back home where apparently, my great grandparents and a few great granduncles/aunts, etc are buried. Which in turn lead me to look through the hints on my great grandmother's line- Fannie Mae Pennock nee Carnell.
The Carnells came to America fairly late, my 3rd Great grandfather Carnell lived and died in England, it was his son, William, that came to America and his daughter Fannie that married my great grandfather Pennock.
But back to Edward, my 3rd great grandfather on the Carnell line.
In 1841, he's listed as an Attorney and Solicitor in Tonbridge, Kent, England, as per the 1841 England Census. He married Sarah Kipping in 1846. They had 3 children by the 1851 census and he's listed as a Solicitor still.
1861, they have 9 children, 8 that are still living as far as I could tell, the youngest was 6 months. (they had 10 total, 9 lived)
Here's where it starts to get odd- in the 1861 England Census, Edward and 5 of his and Sarah's children, aged 16 to 5years, are listed as being in Hastings, St Mary in the castle, England.
Sarah, along with the youngest 6 month old, was listed as being in Hadlow, District 13, as a 'visitor' at what appears to be her parents' house.
Hastings and Hadlow are, in modern times, 34.9 miles apart. St Mary in the castle is a Ionic/Georgian Church/Parish in Hastings.
Why was Edward and 5 children in a parish church while his wife and youngest daughter were 35 miles away?
But wait! It gets better!
In 1863, at the age of 48, Edward- who is an Attorney, remember, was suddenly in Sussex, England.
Why? Because he was charged with rape.
According to the England & Wales, Criminal Register 1791-1892, on 23 March 1863, he was brought before a magistrate on charges of rape. If I'm reading the records correctly, he was released and acquitted of the charges.
It does not say who brought the charges or why. It's also confusing, because though it says 'Not Guilty', it also has a check mark in the 'Convicted and Sentenced' column, under 'Whipped, Fined or Discharged under sureties'.
So if he was found not guilty of the charges, why was he still fined or whipped or released (discharged) on sureties? And who brought the charges and why?
I haven't done much more digging on this matter yet, I took a break last night. But well, like Mark tells me, once I find something that makes me question it, I don't stop looking and digging until I know everything about it. I don't think this will be any different.
As an aside- Edward and Sarah apparently only had one more child after the 1863 trial, a daughter in 1864.
1871 England census, Edward is back in Tonbridge, with 2 of his sons, Frederick(aged 20) and Charles (aged13). He dies 3 years later, in 1874, at the age of 59. Where is Sarah and the rest of the family? Well, Sarah died in 1868. The rest of the older kids were likely either in America (William, my 2nd great grandfather), started their own families in the instances of the older girls, or off in apprenticeships in the case of the older boys- if that's where they in fact were.
But that leaves the 2 younger girls, Sarah and Katie, and the youngest son, 'Auther'(I believe it's meant to be 'Arthur', but census records being what they are from that day and age, transcription errors do happen). Where were they? With their older siblings, in their homes? With aunts or uncles?
Who knows. That's another bit of information I need to figure out as well.
From what I've been able to tell, only William, my 2nd great grandfather, came over to America. The rest of his siblings, lived and died in Kent, England.
And down the rabbit hole we go yet again.