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Thank you for this piece. I have researched further about Thomas Thistlewood and his murder, torture and rape of slaves is truly horrific. It is hard to imagine that a brutal sociopath was related to Arthur.
Nice article Kate!
My great grandmother was a Smithers before she was married, her sister did have some documents regarding Richard Smither that had been passed down through the family but I think they have been lost as no one seems to know about them, i am not sure if my Great Grand mother was a direct descendant. I may in the near future do a family tree and i8 will post if I find anything useful
I would love to know more about Smithers for example whom he was survived by if at all. There was another Smithers whom was also a constable in the Bow Street Runners in 1820, and I wonder if they were related.
Amazing! Brings it to life, lack of lighting, stark surroundings.
Arthur Thistlewood (bapt Burnett, 4 Dec 1774 at Horsington) was the son of John Thistlewood (1716-1793) and his mistress, Ann Burnett, née Evison (1741-1790), by whom he had three children. He eventually married her on 27 Jan 1784 after the death of his first wife.
I have researched the family. My husband’s 3G aunt was married to John Thistlewood junior (Arthur’s younger brother).
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