Alfred Willis receives a school beating, 1842

This concerns Alfred Willis, born in Barham in Kent in 1824, but whose family emigrated to the USA in 1835, settling in West Newbury, Massachusetts. from THE COMMON SCHOOL JOURNAL Court of Common Pleas, March Term, 1842 at Salem Judge Warren presiding COMMONWEALTH VS WILLIAM WEBSTER This was an appeal from decision of a magistrate, who had imposed a fine …

Mr E. B. Hopper Esquire – New Zealand pioneer

Edward Betts Hopper was born in around 1799 in Dover, Kent into a Quaker family – his parents were Robert Hopper and Abigail Betts. Parts of his life are shrouded in mystery – indeed, nothing is known of Edward’s early life – the first official record we have of him is his baptism on 20 March 1826 in Queenborough, Kent. …