This description of the village of Stratton, Dorset, England is taken from “The History and Antiquities of the County of Dorset” by John Hutchins, M.A., The Third Edition, Corrected, Augmented, and Improved, by William Shipp and James Whitworth Hodson. Vol. II, 1866.
In a recent issue of Rootsweb Review, Susan Goerke Ball reported on the 1880 Census entry for a George Sutherland of Saco, York County, Maine. George’s occupation was listed as “Too lazy to do anything.” This set me to wondering how many others were similarly listed.
The following article was extracted from the Evening Post, Volume LXXXI, Issue 124, 27 May 1911, Page 2. The Evening Post was founded by Henry Blundell and began publication as a daily in Wellington, New Zealand on 8 February 1865.
Inquisition taken at Marlborough, 4th April, 2 Charles I , before John Foyle, esquire, escheator, after the death of Geoffery Whitaker, gentleman, by the oath of Richard Smith, gentleman, John Spencer, gentleman, George Mortymer, gentleman, Bartholomew Smith, gentleman, Alexander Dismer, Henry Smith, John Noyse, Thomas Smith, John Waterman, Edward Dismore, Thomas Slower, Thomas Eins, Thomas Freeman, Thomas Kinge, and John Lawrence, who say that
Florence Jessie Tompkins was born in 1897 at Frome Vauchurch, Dorset, England the daughter of farm labourer Frederick William Tompkins and his wife Annie Linda Eyers and spent her early years at Wynford Eagle and West Compton. Like many country girls of the time she entered domestic service, first with the local rector and at the time of the Great War as a cook at 14 Victoria Terrace in the seaside town of Weymouth, Dorset.