The Fantastic Cuckoldry of Muriel and Spencer


A Seasonal Pomegranate


John Presco

Whether you’ve heard the word “cuckold” from English poet and playwright William Shakespeare or from white nationalist punching-bag Richard Spencer, the meaning is usually negative. The term describes a man whose wife has cheated on him, calling into question his masculinity. But a new analysis now casts cuckoldry in a new light, as psychologists who focus on sexuality say that a remarkable number of Americans find pleasure and empowerment by entertaining and engaging in cuckold fantasies.

SPENCER: “Guess who called me from Argentina?”

MURIEL: “I have no idea!”

“Fredrich von Holstein!”

“You’re still in touch with that fucking Nazi!”

“He’s your acquaintance. He came up to our outdoor table in Naples! You’re being unfair. He was only a Nazi Wanna-be. Anyway, he was raving about the pomegranate wine he is producing, which reminded me of the time you sent me out to fetch us some pomegranates. We were about to engage in a Roma style orgy – of two!”

“While in Rome, do as the Roman’s do! But, as I recall, you came back to our hotel – without any pomegranates. I told you “No pussy for you if you come back without them!” You were gone two hours!.”

“Hmm! two hours. Yes! I was frantic. I searched for them everywhere. Well, Fredrich just told me the season for pomegranates is different in the Northern and Southern hemisphere. Fredrich told me – you knew that. What I am wondering, is, how did he know…..that you knew? When did you know?

It’s all coming back to me. When we were checking out I was surprised to see Fredrich coming out of the room across the hall.”

“I told you I thought he was a Nazi spy. I think he us spying on us!”

“Why would he spy on us?”

“Because we went boating on Lake Como with Lord Mountbatten who sent you to go get some petrol when we ran out of gas.”

To be continued


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The Tower of France

CNN is giving THE WINDSORS much publicity. They are adding to THE BRAND. Meanwhile, in Springtucky Oregon, I am facing down TWO Lynch mobs, that were launched by Belle Burch, whom I wanted to get a job being a companion to my dear friend, Virginia Hambley. She begged me to find her a friend, someone who spoke French. At the Wandering Goat, Belle declares “I speak perfect French!” and gave me a demonstration. It was total love, now.

Virginia I did roll-playing. We were Muriel (her middle name) and Spencer who were minor nobles who traveled a lot when they were young. Now middle-aged, Spencer can not help but recall the times Muriel cheated on him. There are angry denials, incriminating evidence, more denials, then, the tearful confession followed by great make-up sex.

I was going to have Virginia over when I did my nude of Belle as Venus. This would be the Bohemian Shot of the century. There is jealousy – with verbal probe – in French! I do not speak French, and am peering at my fiancé’ and my model, wondering. Will she become my mistress!

Virginia was in a coma for 24 days after she was in a terrible automobile accident. There was a fatality. I would go to her Head Injured Group in Amazon Park, and sit with the group at the Beanery on 24th. Virginia suffered from memory loss. I wanted us to have a child, but, her mother had her fixed after she got pregnant and had a abortion. She could leave the baby in the bath, or, go to the Beanery and forget she had a baby. With the little money I had I was constantly buying her backpacks and coats. I was her Guardian, her Knight. I was protective of her, and scolded Belle when she hid who she was. It was not the end, as she assumed.

“I want a rewrite!” I told her in a e-mail when she sent me her poem. I understood how FOREVER this story is. There is no GOING OUT, no GETTING OUT!

Harry and Meghan, test the water. They go in search of a new rose, a new fragrance. I have played with rose petals in the park, by the river, with the Rose of Anjou!

The first time Virginia and I broke up, she came up beside me on her bicycle.

“Where have you been?”

“We broke up last week. Don’t you remember?”

“No! You’re pulling my leg. Get over it. Come over and cook me dinner!”

That was 1997. Virginia has made hundreds of friends, but, when she wakes each morning she laments;

“Why don’t I have any friends!”

I am suggesting Virginia wear a little camera around her neck and have the people she meets say hello – for the record. But, she would forget to bring the camera, or, would lose it. Virginia is the most unforgettable person I have ever met. There is no one like her. Every time I notice the scar….I think of Virginia’s sister, Charlotte, who was by her sister’s side at the hospital, all those days, and was the first person she saw, when she awoke. Sleeping Beauty!

Louis escaped from the Templar Tower prison. It is hard to defeat the Anjou race! Belle and Alley – can make peace with me. It, is never too late!

Virginia’s grandfather led the ground invasion of Algiers.

John Presco

Copyright 2020

Louis de Ghaisnes was born at the castle Bourmont (Anjou) on September 2, 1773, into a noble family. He emigrated during the French Revolution and served in 1792 and 1793 in the army of Condé and the army of the Princes. He passed in the Vendée in February 1795.

In the following years, he acted as an agitator and a royalist liaison officer.

In 1799, Bourmont was one of the leaders of the new Vendée insurrection. He took Le Mans on October 15, signed peace in January 1800 but resumed his work as a conspirator. He dipped in all the royalist plots of the Consulate.

Arrested, he was incarcerated in the Temple Jailhouse in Paris, then in Besançon, where he escaped in 1804.

Bourmont took refuge in Portugal, where he entered the service of Jean-Andoche Junot when he conquered the country in 1807.

After the capitulation of Cintra (August 30, 1808), Bourmont returned to France where he was immediately arrested. He was released by Junot.

In 1810, he was sent to Italy and then participated in the campaigns of Russia in 1812 and Germany in 1813. He was awarded the Legion of Honor and got a promotion as General.

He joined the Bourbons in 1814, but offered his services to the Emperor during the Hundred Days. Napoleon gave him the command of a division. However three days before the Battle of Waterloo, he organized collective desertion of his staff.

After the Restoration, his testimony contributed to the death sentence of Marshal Ney.

He was made Peer of France in 1823. In 1829, the Ministry of War was proposed to him, but that offer provoked a wave of protests and resignations in the army.

He got in return the command of the expedition to Algiers. The city ffell on July 5, 1830 and Bourmont was appointed Marshal of France.

After the French revolution of 1830, he took refuge in England. In 1832, he tried to rekindle the civil war in the Vendee, and was deprived of French nationality.

He was pardoned in 1840 and returned in France where he died on October 27, 1846.

Tracheostomy (tray-key-OS-tuh-me) is a hole that surgeons make through the front of the neck and into the windpipe (trachea). A tracheostomy tube is placed into the hole to keep it open for breathing. The term for the surgical procedure to create this opening is tracheotomy.

Le Temple

prison, Paris, France
Le Temple, in Paris, originally a fortified monastery of the Templars and later a royal prison. It was built in the 12th century northeast of the city in an area commanded by the Templars; the area is now the Temple quarter of Paris (3rd arrondissement).By the 13th century the Temple, especially its keeps, or towers, was being used to store the treasures not only of the Templars but also of the king of France. After the collapse of the order in the 14th century, the towers served primarily as a royal prison, for both criminals and debtors. In the vast complex there were also living quarters for artisans.


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The Four Towers


Jon Presco

Copyright 2017

Here is the evidence Tor House is haunted. Are you keeping track of the towers?

“And after spending one spine-tingling night in the spooky old stone house, the crew came to the conclusion a ghost does inhabit the place — but it doesn’t belong to Jeffers. Instead, it belongs to his wife, Una. According to them, an image captured by a thermal camera — which looks like a bright-pink blob — is likely Una. And they heard her say a few words as well.”

“I was fit to be tied. The fog, the bloody poetic bores that came to visit. His stoic look down his long aquiline nose demoted everyone that came near. Need I say, I was his favorite target.

Once in a great while he would take a break from his self-importance, and for a little while I was…

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Christine and John – From The Hart

I am the only one left of my natal family. There was six of us. Above are two photographs of two children who rose from the ashes of abuse and despair, to establish a Literary and Artistic Dynasty. All others, fall to the wayside. It is time to tell our story. It is a true story that can be compared to ‘Gone With the Wind’. The Rosamond Family owned plantations in South Carolina. We are joined to the Preston Family via the Lee and Benton Family.

Since 1994 I have worked diligently to clear the wreckage that all but ruined Christine and my story. As of a hour ago, I believe I have solved he riddle surrounding John Fremont ad his wife, Jessie Benton-Fremont. For a week I have been looking at the possibility the British hired Native American in California to harass and even kill Fremont and his small band of men. The Royalty of England has a history of doing this to the Colonists who rebelled against their king. The King was not happy with what the Rebels did to the Tories, the Loyalists. They took their land and banished them to Canada and Nova Scotia. They were welcomed by their former allies, the tribal people of North America, who fought battles with my Puritan People.

Around 5:55 P.M. I read about my kin, Nathanial Hart being butchered in the River Raisin Massacre. His father is Thomas Hart, the great grandfather of Senator Thomas Hart Benton. There was a treaty made, or, implied, that the Colonists would not cross the Appalachians, and they would leave all the land that lie in the West, to the Native People. When the White Man went West in search of furs, the British offered to help stop this expansion. In the war of 1812, the Indians took the side of the British, and killed the Colonists with guns an ammunition supplied by The King of England.

What struck me an hour ago, is, why didn’t Jessie, or her daughter, publish a book about John Fremont’s Civil War experiences? The family would have made a fortune! Fremont might make another run at the Presidency – and defeat Lincoln – who was thinking of court-martialing John. Jessie went to Washington to talk to Lincoln, who fired John. Jessie said the British were poised to bring boatloads of Irish Catholics to the San Quaquin Valley. Would this entail bringing an invasion fleet thought the Golden Gate? Did British agnents contact the tribes around Sacramento? Was ‘The King of England’ interested in the Gold Rush? Would The King tell the troublesome Catholics that gold was discovered near King City? Then, the King of France and England invaded Mexico where the Habsburg Emperor had his kingdom.

Fremont had about twelve Delaware scouts. I read John had a bodyguard of two hundred men, half who were Indians. In the Sacramento Massacre it says the Wintu were tomahawked to death while being contained.

I believe Lincoln oppressed Fremont’s book because it would begin a wholesale slaughter of the Natives, and, point out the truth the King and his men – were butchers and savages! Then, there is THE TRUTH the Civil War was a FAMILY AFFAIR! Lincoln wanted PEACE! He did not want another 1812 invasion – with the burning of the White House! Now we got a crazy man egging on all those rebels in the Red States! Some of the are heading to Virginia – with guns!

Do you think Jessie and her father fretted about John ending up like Nathan?

“Our beloved Nathan!”

History repeats itself until it gets itself – completely wrong! Our Commander in Chief will make sure of that.

The man who almost became the first Republican President uses the word “treachery“. In Jessies journals of John’s explorations, there is friendly contact with every tribe they encounter, even in the Willamette Valley. Did he make treaties?

John charges up to Redding killing the Indians who betrayed their oath, then turned to face the Confederates, the French, the English, the Sudanese, the Foreign Legionnaires! Did Lincoln see the new manuscript Jessie wrote? Did Lincoln make a secret treaty with Jessie and John’s enemies – that included shutting the Fremont’s up?

Harry Windsor and his mother appear to have balked after seeing the Primal Directive of…..’The Firm”.  Think……………Empire!

If the Fremont novel had come out, there might have been a call to invade Canada and Mexico, and make it a part of the United States, or, a new nation. This would bring Britain back to our shores, along with other nations. They would need more men. They would again employ the Indians as mercenaries.

John Presco

Copyright 2020

The settlers charged into the village taking the warriors by surprise and then commenced a scene of slaughter which is unequalled in the West. The bucks, squaws and paposes were shot down like sheep and those men never stopped as long as they could find one alive.[8]

The remaining Indians were forced to flee, with some running for the hills and others braving the river. Eyewitness William Isaac Tustin reports that men of Frémont’s band mounted on horses chased down the running Indians and tomahawked them to death, while riflemen stood on the shores of the river and took potshots at the Indians trying to swim to safety. He described the scene as “a slaughter.

At day’s end, Fremont wrote, “I had now kept the promise I made to myself and had punished these people well for their treachery.”


violation of faith; betrayal of trust; treason.
an act of perfidy, faithlessness, or treason.

There were several causes for the U.S. declaration of war: First, a series of trade restrictions introduced by Britain to impede American trade with France, a country with which Britain was at war (the U.S. contested these restrictions as illegal under international law);[2] second, the impressment (forced recruitment) of seamen on U.S. vessels into the Royal Navy (the British claimed they were British deserters); third, the British military support for American Indians who were offering armed resistance to the expansion of the American frontier to the Northwest; fourth, a possible desire on the part of the United States to annex Canada.[3] An implicit but powerful motivation for the Americans was the desire to uphold national honor in the face of what they considered to be British insults


Nathaniel G. S. Hart

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Nathaniel G. S. Hart
Born circa 1784
Hagerstown, Maryland
Died (1813-01-23)January 23, 1813 (aged 29)
Detroit, Michigan (originally)
Re-interred at State Cemetery/Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky in 1834[1][2][3]
Allegiance United States
Years of service 1812–13
Rank Captain
Unit Lexington Light Infantry
Commands held Lexington Light Infantry
Deputy Inspector for Left Wing of Northwestern Army
Battles/wars War of 1812

Relations Lucretia Hart Clay, Henry Clay

Nathaniel Gray Smith Hart[A] (c. 1784 – January 23, 1813) was a Lexington, Kentucky lawyer and businessman, who served with the state’s volunteer militia during the War of 1812. As Captain of the Lexington Light Infantry from Kentucky, Hart and many of his men were killed in the River Raisin Massacre of January 23, 1813, after being taken prisoner the day before following the Battle of Frenchtown in Michigan Territory.

Hart was especially well-connected politically and socially. In addition to reading law with Henry Clay, Hart’s wife Anna and Clay’s wife Lucretia were sisters. Hart’s wife Anna Edward Gist was the stepdaughter of Charles Scott, Governor of Kentucky and through her Hart was also a brother-in-law to James Brown, a future Ambassador to France and to James Pindell – a member of the Society of Cincinnati. Many other members of Hart’s Kentucky militia unit and its associated troops also came from the elite of Lexington and of the state. The men’s deaths in the two Battles of Frenchtown, but especially in the subsequent Massacre captured state and national attention. The phrase “Remember the Raisin!” became an American call to arms for the duration of the War.

Personal life[edit]

Born around 1784[1] Nathaniel Hart was one of seven children,[6] the second son of Colonel Thomas Hart, a veteran of the Revolutionary War, and his wife Susanna (Gray) Hart.[7]

Originally from North Carolina, the family had moved to Hagerstown, Maryland, where Nathaniel was born. In 1794 they settled in Lexington, Kentucky as part of the postwar migration west. His father was a highly successful businessman, achieving wealth. Hart’s four sisters married men who achieved some renown: Ann married the future US Senator James Brown (who subsequently served as Minister to France); Eliza married the surgeon Dr. Richard Pindell (a member of the Society of the Cincinnati);[8][9] Susanna married the lawyer Samuel Price, and Lucretia married Henry Clay, future US Senator and Secretary of State.[10][11]

Hart attended Princeton College, where his classmates included William Elliott from western Ontario. Elliott’s father was a Loyalist who had resettled in Canada after the Revolutionary War.[12] The two young men were close enough that Elliot stayed with Hart’s parents for a time to recover from a serious illness.[2]

After Hart’s return to Lexington, he read law under Henry Clay, passed the bar, and set up a law practice in the city.[13] Like his father, he became a successful businessman,[2] a ropewalk (hemp rope factory) in the city being among his ventures. Hemp was a commodity crop of central Kentucky.[10] In April 1809, Hart married Anna Edward Gist,[1] the stepdaughter of General Charles Scott, governor of Kentucky, and daughter of Judith Cary Gist Scott and her late husband General Nathaniel Gist.[14] Hart and Anna had two sons, Thomas Hart Jr. and Henry Clay Hart.[10][2][7] On January 7, 1812, Hart duelled with Samuel E. Watson at a location on the Indiana side of the Ohio River, near where Silver Creek emptied into the river. This was the site where Henry Clay had duelled with fellow state legislator Humphrey Marshall in 1809.[15][16][17]

Military service and death[edit]

At the start of the War of 1812, Hart was commissioned as Captain of the Lexington Light Infantry Company (aka “The Silk Stocking Boys”)[7] [18] a volunteer unit of the Fayette County, Kentucky militia.[10] He later served as either a Deputy Inspector[1] or as Inspector General of William Henry Harrison‘s Army of the Northwest.[19][B] Hart’s command was attached to the Fifth Regiment of the Kentucky Volunteer Militia and left for the Northwest in August 1812,[20] where it became part of Army of the Northwest under General James Winchester. In January 1813, a detachment was sent to the defense of Frenchtown, Michigan Territory as part of an effort to retake Detroit from the British. Frenchtown residents had sent word to the Americans asking for relief from an occupying force of the British and their Indian allies.[21]

Lewis’ River Raisin crossing – First Battle

During the First Battle of Frenchtown on January 18, 1813, the American forces under Lt. Colonel William Lewis were successful in forcing the retreat of the small British force stationed there. The British commander of the Fort Malden garrison in Amherstburg, Colonel Henry Procter,[22] made plans to take back Frenchtown and he ordered troops to the area.[23]

On the morning of January 22, 1813, Procter’s forces, including hundreds of Indian warriors, attacked the American troops and overwhelmed the right flank of regulars under Winchester, forcing him and much of the general staff to surrender. The Kentucky militia under the command of Major George Madison on the left flank fought on and thought the flag of truce presented by the enemy was a British flag of surrender.[24] During this second Battle of Frenchtown, 397 Americans were killed.[25][26] Hart was wounded and was among the 547 survivors[25][26] who surrendered to Procter upon orders of Winchester.[2][27] Not many more than 30 Kentucky troops escaped death or capture.[28]

William Elliott, Hart’s former Princeton classmate who had become a Captain in the British Army, promised the wounded man safe passage to Fort Malden,[C] but did not carry out his pledge.[27] Elliot borrowed a horse, bridle and saddle from Major Benjamin Franklin Graves, an American officer, promising to send help to the American wounded, but none arrived.[29] Acting American captain William Caldwell wrote the next month that he heard Elliott tell General Winchester and Major Madison that “the Indians were very excellent surgeons (and ought to kill all the officers and men).”[30][31] In one official letter, the eye-witness says that Elliott’s broken promise included an offer to take Hart in Elliott’s “own sleigh to Malden that evening” and that Hart could stay at Elliott’s home for his recovery.[32]

Unable to march with the able-bodied prisoners who were being directed to Fort Malden, Hart paid a friendly Indian to take him to the fort. Along the way they encountered other Indians, who shot and scalped Hart.[2][33] Hart and an estimated 30–100 unarmed prisoners were killed by Indians on January 23, the day after the battle, in what became known as the River Raisin Massacre.[D]

The high fatalities of the Americans in the Battle of Frenchtown and the subsequent Massacre of prisoners became fuel for pro-war political factions known as War Hawks, and for anti-British sentiment of the era.[36] The phrase “Remember the Raisin!” entered the lexicon of the day as a flashpoint for popular sentiment, becoming a battle cry for American troops, especially the ones on the western frontier.[37] The fact that many of the murdered men were well-known and well-connected members of Kentucky’s elite increased the public outcry. Among the dead was Colonel John Allen, Henry Clay’s law-partner and co-counsel in Aaron Burr‘s conspiracy trial at Frankfort.[38][39] Hart’s death is remembered in modern times as “The Murder of Captain Hart.”[40] Major Benjamin Franklin Graves of Lexington was another officer apparently killed while a prisoner of the Potawatomi, who were overseeing him and others marching to Detroit. Many American prisoners disappeared or were killed while being force-marched back to British-held territory.[41][42][43][44][33]

Aftermath of Hart’s death and memorials[edit]

Names of some of the American officers who died at the Raisin Massacre or afterward, listed on one panel of the Kentucky War Memorial in Frankfort Cemetery in Frankfort, Kentucky

Owing to their high casualties and status as prisoners, surviving Americans were not able to properly bury their fallen comrades.[45] The remains of the American dead at this site were not interred until months later.[46] In 1818, the remains were transferred from Monroe, Michigan to Detroit.[3] Isaac Baker, an American ensign who survived the Massacre and served as an official US Agent for the prisoners, stated in a report to General Winchester that:

The dead of our army are still denied the rites of sepulture. … I was told the hogs were eating them. A gentleman told me he had seen them running about with skulls, arms, legs and other parts of the human system in their mouths. The French people on the Raisin buried Captains Hart, Woolfolk, and some others, but it was more than their lives were worth to have been caught paying this last customed tribute to mortality.”[47]

In 1834, the box containing the commingled American remains (including tomahawked skulls), were moved from their former Detroit resting-place and re-interred in Detroit’s City Cemetery.[3] These remains are asserted to have received final burial in the State Cemetery of Frankfort, Kentucky.[1][2] As late as 1849, a mass grave from the battle was excavated during road construction in Monroe, which developed in the area of the battlefield. Some writers state that those skeletons, along with the City Cemetery remains, were returned to Kentucky for final and proper burial that year.[48][E] A 2004 archeological investigation at the State Monument found no evidence of remains from men of the River Raisin events.[49]

Matthew Harris Jouett, a man who painted noted portraits of Thomas Jefferson, George Rogers Clark and Lafayette, was one of the Kentucky volunteers and among the survivors of the River Raisin Massacre. The company payroll of $6000 disappeared during the slaughter. Jouett restored the missing funds to the militia, based on his earnings as a painter. He also painted portraits of his fellow soldiers from memory, including Hart and Colonel Allen.[50]

Legacy and honors[edit]

  • In 1819, the state of Kentucky named its 61st county as Hart County in Nathaniel Hart’s honor.[51][52]
  • Hart was listed among officers on the Kentucky War Memorial in Frankfort Cemetery in the capital of Frankfort.
  • In 1904 residents of Monroe, Michigan, which includes much of the area of the battlefield, erected a monument to the Kentuckians who died defending their settlement during the various River Raisin engagements.[53] Some unidentified victims were buried here.[54]
  • In 2009, the River Raisin National Battlefield Park was established, the only such park to commemorate the War of 1812, and one of four battlefield parks in the nation. It had earlier been recognized as a state historic site and was previously listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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Christopher Tolkien and John Wilson

The day Christopher Tolkien died I found the work of John Wilson the antiquarian who may be my kin. The jury is still out. Bilbo was the antiquarian of a make-believe world. I am so behind. With the Jessie Benton connection to Washington Irving, I am heir to A vast literary kingdom.

Consider Downton Abbey. I envision a virtual literary salon at Broomhead-Hall at Hallamshire, whose stones may have been shipped to America.

John Rosamond Wilson

“After J.R.R. Tolkien’s death in 1973, Christopher Tolkien spent much of the rest of his life organizing, editing, and publishing what remained of his father’s work—“what remained” turning out to be an absolute trove of wide-ranging material. His most prominent accomplishment was the publication of The Silmarillion in 1977, having assembled the massive tome from decades worth of drafts, notes, and—when needs must—his own written additions to connect and flesh out certain tales. The book itself proved mildly controversial, with fans of The Lord Of The Rings not especially happy with a “prequel” that was mostly semi-dry recitations of myths, and hardcore Tolkien wonks annoyed by certain choices and inconsistencies made in the editing process. And yet the book itself persists in the public imagination, buffered by later additions, including the 1980 Unfinished Tales and the 12-volume A History Of Middle-Earth.


The capital mansion called Broomhead-hall in the northern part of this chapelry is about ten miles distant from the town of Sheffield and five from Peniston. It stands at the head of the valley along which flows the Ewden, one of the tributary streams of the Don, and its front windows command a fine view down the valley of the woody steep of Wharncliffe.

It is one of the very few specimens of houses built by the substantial gentry of Hallamshire in the reign of Charles I. In that reign it was built by Christopher Wilson, who was one of those gentlemen in this part of the county of York who were fined for having neglected to appear at the king’s coronation to receive
the honour of knighthood. He had afterwards a captain’s commission in the parliament army.

There had been a house on the same site long before. In it resided the father of Christopher Wilson, of the same name, who took the lead in the opposition which the freeholders of Bradfield made to Gilbert earl of Shrewsbury in the great tythe cause. And on the same estate the ancestors of the said Christopher Wilson had resided from the time of Edward I. in whose reign a grant of lands was made to Adam Wilson his scutiger, by Thomas lord Furnival, at Wightwistle in the neighbourhood of Broomhead for services in the Scottish wars.

But it appears that before the time of this Adam Wilson there had been of the name residing at or near Broomhead, and that both he and his ancestors married with the families of the best account in this part of Hallamshire.

The estate of Broomhead was till within these few years the last effort of cultivation in that direction. The house stood on the edge of an immense tract of moorland; and it is equally difficult to explain how cultivation should have extended itself so far, and why it should at this point have stopped for a period of six
or seven centuries.
This house has a strong claim on the notice and respect of every lover of Hallamshire topography. It was the birth-place and the constant residence of John Wilson esquire, a gentleman to whom we owe the preservation of so much documentary matter, which but for his care it is too probable would have been entirely lost, leaving this district destitute of that evidence by which alone the character of authenticity can be given to the history of many of its institutions, and the account of many of its principal inhabitants.
It is to be regretted that no notice was taken of Mr. Wilson at the time of his decease in any of the periodical journals; except that he died ” lamented by a numerous and respectable acquaintance, for in him the gentleman and the Christian were happily united.”
This is indeed the best of praises; but as he was also the literary man and the antiquary, we cannot but wish that his contemporaries had given us some information respecting his literary habits and pursuits. It is now too late fully to supply the deficiency, but something may be done.

Mr. Wilson was the great grandson of Christopher Wilson the builder of the present house, and was born in it on the 28th of April 1719. He was the eldest son of his father. His education he received at the grammar schools of Sheffield and Chesterfield, and made considerable proficiency in classical studies. His father died about the time when he left school, and he returned to Bnoomhead to reside with his mother. Mr. Wilson was not intended for any profession.

While the younger children had been sent into the world in different employments and professions, the family estate, neither much increased nor’ much diminished in the generations through which it had successively passed, had been found sufficient to enable the head of the family to maintain hospitality, and to take a respectable rank among the neighbouring gentry.

From the age of sixteen, therefore, Mr. Wilson was never long absent from his hereditary seat. The very circumstance of birth as the heir of a family which has preserved its estate through a period of five or six centuries, is enough to give a man a taste for that branch of antiquities at least which respects genealogy. But along with the estate had descended an unbroken series of evidences such as is rarely to be found, and which of themselves were sufficient to form the foundation of a collection of charters. The hall too stood in the midst of earth-works of the highest antiquity, and on Mr. Wilson’s own estate the plough was every now and then bringing to light relics of the Roman and the Celtic times. How far Mr. Wilson’s predilection for these studies might be fostered by his mother’s brother the Reverend Dr. Cox Macro, the Suffolk collector and antiquary, does not now appear.

That Mr. Wilson’s attention was very early directed to topographical and antiquarian pursuits appears from this – that in 1741, when he was only two-and-twenty, he had completed a topographical survey of Hallamshire, which, while it contains some things which his more matured judgement would have led him to reject, is highly creditable to his industry and spirit of research.

From that time Mr. Wilson seems to have made it the business of his life to collect from all quarters whatever might throw light on the descent of property, on family antiquities, or on the history, manners, and customs of our ancestors. His taste was known, and his knowledge in such matters was properly estimated
by many gentlemen in the neighbourhood, who took a pleasure in enriching his collection with charters when they had ceased to be material to the legal security of their estates. Among the principal contributors were Mr. Staniforth of Darnall, Mr. Bosville of Gunthwalte, and Sir Thomas Wentworth of Bretton. The retired life which he led at Broomhead gave him abundant leisure, which he employed principally in transcribing in a plain and legible hand what he was not allowed to appropriate.

The strength of Mr.Wilson’s collection of manuscript matter lay in its charters. But he had formed a curious collection of original letters, of inventories, of old books of accompt, of early and unpublished poetry, and a variety of miscellaneous matter pertaining to our general history, and more especially to the county of York. All these he had carefully perused and sorted, and his finger index appears in all of them pointing to anything which seemed more peculiarly deserving of notice. Added to these were a transcript of the Domesday book, as far as relates to the county of York, in his own hand; large notices from Torre’s manuscripts copied from the extracts made by his friend Dr. Burton of York; copies of the rates for the county of York, of the book of the bridges, and large extracts from many of the parish-registers in his neighbourhood; numerous pedigrees; many valuable church notes in the counties of York and Derby; and memoranda of occurrences in his own time and neighbourhood, or of what he found preserved by tradition among the people around him.

But his attention was not confined to the collecting of charters and other manuscripts. He improved the library which had been collected by his grandfather the vicar of Sheffield, by the addition of many choice printed volumes; he formed a cabinet of coins of considerable value; and he had a little museum consisting of rare prints, a few paintings, and other objects natural and artificial, ancient and modern, of different degrees of curiosity and value.

Frequent attention to the written character in use at different periods gave Mr. Wilson great skill in de-cyphering ancient records; and I have heard that his numismatical knowledge might justly vindicate for him a claim to the name and character of an antiquary. As his collection increased, his acquaintance with
the antiquaries of his day extended. His correspondence was sought by some of the most eminent among them. He was not a fellow of the Society, but we have seen that his name was coupled in an honourable manner with a communication which in the opinion of the President was one of the most valuable that the Society had ever received. With Bishop Percy Mr. Wilson had a long correspondence on matters connected with his publication of the Reliques of English Poetry, and with the bishop’s descent maternally from a family of the name of Wilson. With Mr. Whitaker the historian of Manchester he was in frequent correspondence; as he was also with Mr. Watson the rector of Stockport, and with Brooke, whose untimely death he did not live to deplore.
He also reckoned among his friends Dr. Pegge the rector of Whittington, and Beckwith, whose edition of Blount’s Ancient Tenures owes something to the assistance he received from Mr. Wilson.

But his memory must not be flattered. That he collected some things which were scarcely worth preservation ; and that he consumed time in laborious transcription from books which at all times were easily accessible, that might have been much better employed in digesting into some regular and connected form what he had collected, in arranging, for instance, his materials for the history of his own and the neighbouring parishes, it would be wrong to deny.

In fact, he arranged and composed nothing, saving his early survey of Hallamshire, and a genealogical account of his own family, which he compiled with great exactness from the body of evidences in his possession, and from such foreign authorities as he was able to procure.

With this aversion to arrangement and composition, it is not surprising that he published scarcely anything. Indeed nothing is known to be from his pen except a few communications to the Gentleman’s Magazine and I much doubt whether he could have been prevailed upon by his friend the Somerset herald to have
taken the part assigned him in the scheme which was much canvassed in the year 1775 for dividing the county of York, or at least the west riding, into portions, to be allotted to distinct antiquaries by whose joint labours it was hoped that a general history of the county, on a scale of proper extent, or at least of the riding, might have been accomplished.
The zeal of Mr. Wilson for collecting continued with unabated ardour to the last. He died at the age of sixty-three on the 3d day of March 1783, and was buried with his ancestors in the chancel of the church of Bradfield.

After his decease his coins and library were sold. His manuscript collections remained entire. A room was appropriated to them in the hall at Broomhead, even when the family had ceased to reside there, and it was inhabited by the tenant of the farm.
The room was rarely opened; and in 1808, when by the favour of the present possessor I was first allowed to have access to them, I found them nearly in the state in which they had been left by him of whose assiduity and care they are so honourable a memorial.
The engraving of Mr. Wilson which is here given is a faithful copy from a portrait now in the possession of his son Mr. William Wilson of Sheffield.
It remains that we add the pedigree as collected by Mr. Wilson himself with some later additions.

Among the manuscript collections made by Mr. Wilson were the following articles:-
An old copy of Kirkby’s Inquest for the county of York.
Erdeswick’s Staffordshire.
Inventory of the furniture of Sir William Cavendish’s house at North Awbrey near Lincoln.
The steward’s account of the expenses of Sir William Saint Lee’s journey from Chatsworth to London,
and attendance on the Queen from August to October 1560.
Original manuscript of one of the voyages of a Cavendish in the time of Elizabeth,
since published in Purchas’s Pilgrims.
Depositions respecting the divorce of Anne of Cleves.
An account-book of Richard Bunny of Newland when he was receiver of the northern counties/containing many original letters of
Edward VI., Queen Elizabeth, and their councils, with matter pertaining to the life of Bunny.
The accompts of Sir John Travis master of the King’s ordnance in Ireland in the reign of Henry VIII.
Sale and Inventory of goods belonging to the priory of Christ Church in Canterbury.
A narrative of the proceedings of the earls, of Essex and Southampton, in a contemporary hand.
The Liberties and Customs of the Lead Mines, in verse, by Edward Manlove.
A treatise on Bail and Mainprize by Sir Edward Coke.
The genealogy of the family of Rockley of Rockley in Woreboroughdale, collected by Mr. Robert Rockley, the last of that ancient name.
A book of husbandry in the manner of Tusser, a Fatherly Farewell, and other Poems, by John Kaye of Woodsome esquire, in the time of Elizabeth,
with an account of the transactions of that family from 1660 to 1642.
A collection of poetry made in the time of Charles I.
An unpublished descriptive poem entitled ‘ The Moors,’ by Godfrey Bosville of Gunthwaite esquire.
Copy of the Rev. Mr. Garlick’s collections for the history of Wakefield.
A Catalogue of the curiosities, manuscripts, early printed books, ancient deeds and writings,
collected by Dr. Cox Macro of Norton in Suffolk.

Ewden Valley Area

The Ewden Valley is situated on the south side of the district, a tranquil rural area, once described in a local Newspaper article by the Journalist Roger A. Redfern as South Yorkshire’s Loveliest Dale.

Its two reservoirs, Broomhead and Moorhall, provide water for the Sheffield area and make up water for the river Don, they greatly enhance the beauty of the surrounding countryside.

In 1929 a local newspaper reported the opening of the Broomhead and Morehall reservoirs in the Valley by the Sheffieid Corporation.

They were opened by the then Minister of Health Mister Arthur Greenwood M.P. and the reported total capacity of the two reservoirs was 1,618 million gallons of water.

In this section you will find a fascinating collection of photographs showing the purpose built village, constructed to house the labourers and their families, employed in the building of the reservoirs.

The collection was commissioned by Mr. William Terrey, between 1914 and 1929, when he was employed as General Manager of the Sheffield Corporation Waterworks Department.

His responsibilities included, for the design, construction and maintenance of the Ewden Village and for the general administration of the works.

The collection shows views of each type of the buildings in the village, as well as the interiors of a lodgers hut, the recreational hall, the navvies’ room in the canteen, and many others.

The fire at Ewden in September 1925 is also recorded in these photographs.

Mr. Terrey, who died in 1935, was described as “One of the best known Water Engineers in the country”.

His obituary attributed to him the then, excellence of (Sheffield’s) water supply.

The recognised exceptionally high standard of Sheffield’s water supply is a lasting tribute to Mr. Terrey’s work.

The collection was donated by Mr Terrey’s great granddaughter, Mrs H. Dodd of Wiltshire to whom we are especially grateful.

This first set of photograph from the Waterworks Collection show, the New Mill Bridge, which was a packhorse bridge and the original bridge, was actually “new” in the thirteenth century.

The following passage is an extract from Joseph Kenworthy’s book The Broken Earthenware of Midhope Potteries relating to the history of this bridge.

“John Wilson, who lived 1719-1783, says it received this name from a mill which stood at the North end of the bridge. It was called New Mill in the time of Thomas de Furnivall, the second, who died in 1279. He also supposed that there was a bridge at this place, it being a common way from Bolsterstone to Bradfield, Sheffield, and other places. The old bridge was of wood, much decayed, and a new stone bridge was built over the Ewden by one, Benjamin Milns, in 1734, at the charge of the inhabitants of Bolsterstone, for which purpose twenty lays were collected in the Lordship”.

It is interesting to note that the Cassini Historical Map (Old Series) dated 1840-1844 does not show a Mill adjacent to the bridge as described by Kenworthy, posing the question was the mill still there in the mid 1800s?

In 1925 the bridge was dismantled, stone by stone, prior to the reservoir being filled, later in 1929 it was rebuilt in Glen Howe Park at Wharncliffe Side, where it can still be seen today.

Photograph 6 shows the bridge being dismantled to allow for the construction of the reservoir and photograph 7 shows the bridge being re-built in Glen

These photographs show the New Mill Pack Horse bridge as it now looks after being rebuilt in Glen Howe park at Wharncliffe Side.

The cost of the dismantling and rebuilding was paid for by Joseph Dixon Owner and Manager of the local Paper Mill, who previously in 1917 had purchased and presented the Park to the people of Wharncliffe Side.

Sadly Joseph never saw the completion of his dream as he died in 1926 at 77 years of age.

These Photographs are of the Broomhead Bridge prior to it being replaced by the one which can be seen today.

This second set of photograph from the Waterworks Collection show, some of the everyday activities associated with the construction of the reservoir and the people involved in building it.

They display some of the workshops and the after effects of the fire which occurred in Septemb

This third set of photograph from the Waterworks Collection show, the village which was built as a consequence of the construction of the reservoirs.

This fourth set of photograph from the Waterworks Collection, show various buildings and localities around the valley.

It must have been exhausting work toiling for long hours and without the use of modern day lifting equipment, that said can you think of a more pleasant place to spend a working day.

Broomhead Hall

Broomhead Hall was built in 1640 by Christopher Wilson, who had turned down the chance of a knighthood by declining his invitation to the Coronation of Charles 1st.

Later he became a Captain in the Parliamentary army.

Later this building was the design of James Rimington, already very much out of date, it was demolished in 1980, but the Broomhead farm estate is still a very going concern.


Broomhead Mill & House

Here we have a photograph of  Broomhead Mill and House.

If any one has an information on the history of these buildings please contact us.

Wigtwizzle Hall  

Mary the daughter of the reverend John Ibbotson of Wigtwizzle married Christopher Wilson of Broomhead Hall in 1623.

It was demolished in 1923 and the stone was used to build the Waterboard houses near More Hall.

Some gateposts can still be seen in the wall opposite Wigtwizzle cottages.

Margaret Todner wrote this article as part of issue 40 of the Society Newspaper the “Paragon” it included an account by her aunt Grace (nee Marsh) who lived at the Hall.



A brief history of Morehall was written by Brenda Duffield and featured in the Stocksbridge Look Local newspaper, this is an account of what she wrote at the time.


General Information

As can be seen in the following photographs Ewden Valley is a beautiful location.

There was once a Sailing Club here which had its clubhouse on the south bank of the lower Morehall reservoir but they moved their location a number of years ago

Fly fishing continues to be a major pastime on these pleasant waters.

This photograph shows a wintry scene at the Ewden Valley Village in February 1963.

A Weymann-bodied Leyland PD2 158 (PWA 258), new to the B fleet in 1953, brings local residents home from Sheffield with their shopping.

There were several of these infrequent rural services to small settlements north-west of the city, this one reached via a private road serving a Corporation waterworks.

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Mr. and Mrs. Progressive America

Last night I read most of ‘Recollections of Elizabeth Benton Fremont’ and found mention of Elizabeth Blair Lee. I googled her, and found Samuel Phillip Lee, her husband. I am related to this couple, who are kin to Robert E. Lee. The Benton family is kin to the Lees, and the famous Preston family – and so am I via my Rosamond – and Benton ancestors! Blair House is the ancestral home of this family. When Barack Obama was elected President, he was blocked from staying at Blair House, a National Tradition. The blockade was lifted due to public outrage.

“You will not pass!”

Elizabeth Lee and Jessie Fremont corresponded. They wrote about the dilemma of slavery and how it divided the Nation. Jessie wrote a journal of her husband’s expedition into The West. All of a sudden, I realized that my newspaper, Royal Rosamond Press, has been carrying on the same issues that perplexed my DNA material, and, these issues have not been resolved! I have hopped on a Journalistic Merry-go-Round, and contributed to the ongoing Culture Warfare – that is on the BRINK OF DISTRUCTION!

This morning I read an article about Derschowitz, who is on the President’s legal team. He has a very convoluted strategy that defies description. I am reminded of the prattle of Jewish and Christian Zionists, who bend light about corners in order to sustain – what can’t be sustained! It’s over! These two nations have put in power VERY BAD MEN to go with Bad Man Putin and that Mullah in Iran. Then there is Erdgaon, the Evil One of Turkey. These nations are on the brink of Civil War. As before, the answer is to give Bad Men unlimited power, even if it is prejudiced and racist!

Then there is the asking of WHY ARE WOMEN VOTING FOR TRUMP? Well, these three women have the answer, and, its a 160 years old! But, how many white – and black -women want to read their words?

What divides these white women from the Native Americans and Black Slaves – is their EDUCATION! They can read and write. They have things to write about, like the history of their ancestors – who owned books! Jessie wrote about her father’s library. Ed Ray set up a Shame Shrine on his University, so his non-white students can come and pray!

“Shamed a white man in his name – ZARDOZ!”

“Lusted after a white woman in his name – ZARDOZ!”

In another book Jessie writes about the show the Indians put on for Washington Irving in Saint Louis. Jessie got scared when they did war dances. She writes about the wild singing and chanting from the slaves as they loaded paddle-wheelers. This is the root of Gospel. Too bad Jessie didn’t have her I-phone with her so we can have a audio record.

Democrats were treated to a spectacle at their last debate, when Pocahontas attacks the Old Jewish Wizard Sage.

“Did you say I was a liar?”

Elizabeth Fremont, at fourteen, writes about her father’s choice during his run for the White House. His kin wanted him to be Pro-Slavery. Lizzy hints if he had gone with the flow, she would have been flaunting her education before the heads of state – and royalty!

As for the Fremont property at Black Point, she wrote her father purchased twelve acres from a SF banker, and rented their house when they moved to New York to run their campaign.

Four score years later, President Trump is raging at, and insulting his Military Brass. I think Derchowitz is next, because Donald knows Constitutional Law better than – anyone born! Trump is not educated, and, is unteachable! For three days I have been listening to the Talking Heads and shouting;

“What the hell are you talking about?”

When A FOOL dictates the core of our cultural conversations, you get SUB-FOOLS – GALORE! There’s a thousand ways to describe a fool?

“Shamed a fool in his name – ZARDOZ!”

I just heard Trump called Ms. Dershowitz and begged her to let her husband be his attorney.

“Hired a attorney in his name – ZARDOZ!”

Dershowitz and the Republicans want Democrats to admit they made it all up, and go back to what they do best – RIOT – so white folks will get sacred, and support Trump – and Israel!

“Raised an army in his name – ZARDOZ!”

Everyone in the British Isles is talking abut the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – like I have been doing – for years! My neighbors and Alleybelle said I was insane because I puts on airs. Am I…………….ZARDOZ?

Men with guns are flocking to Virginia, where the Lees lived. The Mayor and  citizens, are afraid!

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press

Elizabeth Blair Lee (born June 20, 1818, Kentucky; died September 13, 1906)[1] was an American woman who lived through the American Civil War, and wrote hundreds of letters[2] describing the events of the times to her husband, Samuel Philips Lee.


She was born in Kentucky to Francis Preston Blair and Eliza Violet Gist Blair. She was the sister of Montgomery Blair, James Blair, and Francis Preston Blair, Jr. When the family moved to Blair House across the street from the White House, the President, Vice-President and Cabinet members were frequent guests. Elizabeth’s best friend was President Andrew Jackson‘s young niece, Emily Donelson,[citation needed] who served as First Lady for her uncle, whose wife had died. Elizabeth lived in the White House one winter because of her health problems from dampness at Blair House. According to one version of the story,[3] Elizabeth was present with her father when they chanced upon the silver-flecked spring which would inspire the name of the family’s summer home in what would eventually become Silver Spring, Maryland. The spring site is memorialized at Silver Spring’s Acorn Park though the water source was disrupted in the 1950s.

She married Rear Admiral Samuel Phillips Lee, a U.S. Navy officer during the Civil War. Her letters to her husband, who was away for long periods as commander of the USS Philadelphia, describe wartime life in her homes of Washington, D.C. and Silver Spring, Maryland, during the war. Elizabeth was the mother of Blair Lee, a U.S. senator from Maryland.

Remember, Lord, what the Edomites did
    on the day Jerusalem fell.
Tear it down,” they cried,
    “tear it down to its foundations!”
8 Daughter Babylon, doomed to destruction,
    happy is the one who repays you
    according to what you have done to us.
9 Happy is the one who seizes your infants
    and dashes them against the rocks.

When President Trump decided early in his administration to pressure fellow NATO members to spend more on their military budgets, he threatened to pull out of the alliance.

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Seeking To Sue The Royal Firm

Breaking news says Queen Elizabeth has broken all ties with Harry and Meghan, who will not be able to use their title. I am now seeking a good attorney to file a class action suit against the Queen and the Royal Firm. I am seeking damages against the Windsor House of Saxe-Coburg for their roll in prolonging the Civil War, by siding with the South, and, by terrorizing the people of California and Oregon with the Sudanese Slave Warriors – and the French Foreign Legion! How many black slaves lost their lives do to these Royals? The Civil War would have ended much sooner if not for the threats that came from Buckingham, and Windsor palace. The plan was to have America Brothers kill each other until our Nation was weak. Then the British and French – who were close kin – would attack!

At the Portland Historic Society, I read a letter written by Jessie Benton-Fremont where she promises a British official her father and the Fremonts that they will not ingage in the Slave Trade in the Oregon Territory, and thus the lands John Astor sold to Britian to avoid the invasion of 1812, can be sold back to Americans. This is a binding contract that was broken when the British and the French invaded Mexico in order to collect a debt ( or so they say). There is evidence these Hostile Foreign Nations wanted to settle an old score, being, to take over our Democracy, and have the descendant of King George rule America again!

The descendants of black Slaes are suing for compensation. Meghan Markel’s mother descends from slaves. The are American Citizens. The Royal Firm caused my kindred to lose much prestige – after he emancipated the first slaves in the New World! This Terrorist Attack on the North American Continent, cost the Fremonts – millions! Remember, the British came across the pond – to collect a debt! It was not the debt of the American People! Someone must pay for damages!

Princess Charlotte is of The Blood Royal, and is buried at St. George’s Cathedral where Harry and Meghan got married, and where my great grandfather, William Wilson, is buried. She is the mother of the Empress Carlota of Mexico! What I contend, is, the Royal Firm does not want to be contained to their palaces, and be left alone. Settling scores – is in their blood! I am suing to make sure both Meghan and Harry are interred alongside William Wilson – a Man of God!

Under the Freedom of Information Act, that I expect the Windsors to honor, I want all letters and papers pertaining to the treachery in Mexico, sent to me. Did Lincoln strike a secret deal with the European Terrorists? I suspect John Fremont, on orders of the United States Government, took action against Native Americans that were hired by British agents, to harass Fremont’s small Western Army. There were spies that reported Fremont’s moves. This was a typical tactic back East, to pay for Native Mercenaries.

I will design a new coat of arms for these Orphans! They will find Sanctuary in the New World! They are – OUT IN THE WORLD! This will be their motto!

So be it!

John Presco

President: Royal Rosamond Press,_Duchess_of_Sussex

Members of the Markle and Ragland families have been related by marriage to the British royal family since the wedding of Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, on May 19, 2018, when Meghan became the Duchess of Sussex. Almost a year later, on 6 May 2019, Meghan gave birth to a baby boy, Archie Mountbatten-Windsor. The Markle (formerly spelled Merckel) family is of German descent and originates in Alsace on the modern French–German border, and Meghan’s paternal ancestors moved to the United States in the 17th century; among her father’s other ancestors are American settlers of English, Dutch, and Irish descent. The Ragland family is of African American descent, and Meghan’s maternal ancestors were enslaved in the U.S. state of Georgia.

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I Claim Mariposa Land Grant

The Fremonts look down on me and my family and give their blessing.

Rosamond Press

Everything is coming together!

Seer Jon

I Claim The Mariposa Land Grant


As a relative of John and Jessie Fremont, I lay claim to the Rancho Las Mariposa. I have contacted attorney Eileen McKenzie who specializes in Spanish Land Grants.

In 2005 I took a train to Sonoma to see my newborn grandson, Tyler Hunt. He had been abandoned by his father. Heather Hanson and I took Tyler to Vallejo’s home which is a museum. Juan Bautista Alvarado used to live here. Juan used to own Rancho Las Mariposa. I informed my daughter our family history exceeded that of Vallejo. I could tell she did not get it. She is not well read and shuns history. The next day we drove to Colma and I entered the lost tomb of our Stuttmeister and Janke ancestors who were Prussian Forty-Eighters who…

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