It’s been a busy week researching again, with work carried out on Rev. Charles Prest. Prest carried out sermons at several churches in Hull during the 1850’s and 1860’s and later had a property in Islington, London, that was used by Robert D’Onston Stephenson. This week I have uncovered information that connect both the Stephenson and Prest families as far back as the 1840’s!
I have also began work on a list of Charles Prest’s work,
Some books by Rev Charles Prest,
1840 Rev Charles Prest releases his book The witness of the Spirit. A sermon preached in the Wesleyan Chapel, Cherry-Street, Birmingham: and published at the request of the leaders’ meeting, printed and sold by R. Peart and Son, 1840
It appears as though John Mason passed away during this break, as Prest’s next work is a sermon about Mason’s life and death,
Finally, bringing the list full circle is an entry by Frederick James Jobson, covering Rev Charles Prest’s life and death,
I didn’t realise these exsisted, but might very well order a few for future usage!
This morning I took delivery of a document that gives subtle hints and clues as to the centre of education that Robert D’Onston Stephenson was said to attend.
The centre, which was certainly in exsistence during and before Stephenson’s life, still stands today as an educational centre.
Efforts have been made to contact the establishment, and a dialogue has been opened regarding his educational background at the location.
Previously it has been suggested that Stephenson had obtained certificates from America, Paris, and Germany, but no proof has ever surfaced, and no paper trail can be found.
Updates will follow….
Jack the Ripper- From Hell, From Hull?
The book has expanded at an alarming rate, and now features massive chapters on several suspects with links to Hull. Among them are
Walter Sickert, the chapter looks at all the authors and theorists that have presented books on this enigmatic man. Looking indepth at claims made by Patricia Cornwell, Stephen Knight, Melvin Fairclough, Jean Overton Fuller, and Donald McCormick.
Prince Albert, the chapter presents a detailed account of “Bertie’s” several visit’s to Hull, and a massive chapter on his dealings with the Wilson family at Tranby Croft.
Prince Eddy, the chapter looks at Eddy’s many visit’s to the City, his life, and the claims by authors surrounding his alleged involvement in the Whitechapel Murders.
Frederick Bailey Deeming, the chapter looks at Deeming’s life, criminal past, and visit to Hull. A full account of Deeming in the Hull Press is also given, alongside the previously unpublished Magistrates papers when he was imprisoned in Hull!
And thats only four of the eight suspects!!
The section of the book on Robert D’Onston Stephenson is taking shape with chapters on his early life, the life of his father’s side of the family, and the life of his mother’s side of the family.
Each chapter is fully referenced, with footnotes, and sources listed for anyone wishing to learn more about the sources of information used.
In fact, the book is so huge, that a recent investigation showed that the memory card holding the text file only is almost 2GB and rising, forcing me to copy the text files over to a much larger 4GB card!!