Russian Man Bad

People who are now speaking out against Russia’s military action in the Ukraine need to answer a simple question: Where have you been for the last eight years while the carnage in Donetsk and Lugansk was going on, while people were being burned alive in Odessa, while the Ukrainian government organized terrorist operations on Russian territory and while the entire Ukrainian population has been forced to kowtow to Americans and to speak Ukrainian, most often against its will? If your answer is “I didn’t know” then you have forfeited your right to an informed opinion on what’s happening there now. Please keep that in mind and act accordingly.

Dmitry Orlov

Full article at The Saker


One of the six-to-remember today demanded so much attention that I’ll have to short change the others. I will try at least to give their dates and IDs.

1878 Gristhorpe · Birth  Elizabeth is a “BASSAM” in Filey Genealogy & Connections and I happened upon other variant spellings. I am going to settle on “Basham” because there are several people with that spelling in Filey churchyard who are relatives of Elizabeth.

I don’t know when Elizabeth made her departure but it is probable her father survived her. Johnathan (the spelling on the 1911 census return) died four years short of his century.

1841 Filey · Baptism  Last Tuesday, I mentioned the hamlet of Newbiggin and two of Skelton KNAGGS’ older siblings were born there. (The enumerator wrote “Newbegin”.) Robert and Elizabeth SKELTON had eight known children and the last one, Peter, was buried a week after his mother had been laid to rest. The infant had been baptised in May so this was not an instance of death in childbirth. Elizabeth was forty years old.

My attempt to follow Skelton through life ended with the 1851 census. He disappears in his teens. The last throw of the dice was a search of newspapers.

Never believe what you read in newspapers. A licence dated 1 November 1832 was easily found, indicating the couple’s intention to marry in Scarborough. It isn’t true either that all children except Skelton and one sister died. FG&C shows Robert, Elizabeth and Emma marrying. (I don’t know what the Shared Tree offers. Skelton is devoid of sibling company there.)

I visited the fabulous Trove in Australia but only found a near-identical newspaper story to the one above, with no indication of the size of the fortune Skelton had made – or of which sister benefited from his hard work in the colony. (Both Elizabeth and Emma seem to have made it into the twentieth century.)

1786 Easingwold · Marriage  George DOUGLAS and Ann CARISSare second great grandparents of James Douglas (Anniversary Baptism 11 February).

1865 Glasgow · Death  Jane COWAN was poisoned by her son in law, Edward William PRITCHARD. Scotland’s People has an article with a source image that indicates Jane died on 25 February but it is the 28th on the Shared Tree.

1809 Filey · Burial  Kath has added an intriguing note to the record of James ROTHWELL on FG&C.

They had sailed across to Newfoundland and back and hit a terrific storm, the sails were shredded and they ate the ship’s mice and dog.  He died as they entered Filey Bay. John Anderson died shortly afterwards. The story of their fate is in Hinderwell’s history of Scarborough.

James’ grave in St Oswald’s churchyard isn’t marked.

Bird 113 · Dunnock

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