Following are some recent posts from history and genealogy blogs. I want to share them with you, and hope that you find them interesting and informative.
The Genealogical Society of Pennsylvania blog had some very interesting news last week. Philadelphia historian Terry Buckalew has identified the burial ground of the Mother Bethel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia, one of the first African-American churches in the country. It now lies under a public playground, and he is working with the Philadelphia Historical Commission to get it placed on the register of historic places. Read more in Uncovering a Historic African American Burial Ground in Philadelphia.
The Legal Genealogist wrote about an interesting probate term this week. I had never heard of the term “acquittance” before. Apparently, it can occur in several different types of records. She uses an example from a 1918 flu epidemic victim in Delaware to explain what it means in The Acquittance.
J.L. Bell had a very interesting three-part series recently. He addressed the issue of what happened to the British soldiers killed at the North Bridge during the Battle of Lexington and Concord. The three posts, British Corpses at the North Bridge, Burying the Bodies at the North Bridge, and “Very barbarously broke his scull and let out his brains” tell a very interesting story.
Huffington Post Science writer Stephanie Pappas wrote an update to the Richard III story of this past February. Archaeologists studying the burial site have published a paper of their findings. It is the first paper to be published after the discovery was announced. The grave was very different from others in the area, and illuminated a great deal about what happened. Read the details in Richard III Skeleton: English Found to Have Been Buried Hastily, In Oddly-Shaped Grave.
Finally, another mystery from the past. More than 175 years ago, a group of boys out playing discovered seventeen “fairy coffins.” The coffins were three or four inches long, filled with miniature clothed figures. Historians have identified the exact place where they were found, and have posited a theory behind their creation, linking it to an infamous murder spree. Find out more in Past Imperfect: Edinburgh’s Mysterious Miniature Coffins from the Smithsonian.