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Offline ellenkate

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John Williams, Tailor of Maidstone
« Reply #1 on: February 13, 2010, 16:03:15 »

from Kentish Gazette  8 January, 1796,   back page, col.4:   
On the 26th ult. Died suddenly near Horn?s Cross on the road between Rochester and Dartford, John  Williams, taylor, of Maidstone.   
He was a tender father and an honest man.  He breakfasted at his daughter?s, well, at 8 o?clock, and dropped suddenly on the road. 
In his pocket the following lines were found:

     ? John Williams is my name,
     Maidstone in Kent, the town of same;
     But if from home I lose my life
     I hope some one will inf
orm my wife;
     In Queen Street, she does dwell,
     Phoebe is her name
     And known full well;
     If in London it should be
     My daughter lives 2 above 143,
     Old Gravel Lane, Ratcliffe Highway
     Her name is WILLS, as I may say;
     But if near Woolwich I feel the stroke;
     My sister lives near the Royal Oak.
     Or if near Gravesend I should fall,
     Brother Fletcher lives at Claphall;
     But sister she is married, and gone,
     My wife she is dead and I am left
     Forlorn.?

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