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A New York Mystery - can anyone help
us track down 'Bristol Bill', the Raffles of New York?
The following account was read in a nineteenth century Book of New York
history, found in a Seattle bookstore:
Bristol Bill, a notorious New York burglar of the 1840s,
was the son of a Bristol MP. When in his second year at Eton in 1823, stole
money from his Fathers desk and eloped with a curate's daughter. They went to
London and got mixed up with the "Blue Boy" gang, involvement
believed to be as a locksmith. There was trouble and they fled to Liverpool
where he was caught and sentenced to 14 years transportation to Botany Bay.
After ten years there he managed to escape to an American Whaler and arrived in
New York in 1841. There he resumed his life as a burglar and became a type of
"Raffles", specialising in jewellery thefts from society figures. He
was eventually caught and either returned to England or died in a US
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WANTED - BRISTOL BILL - THE NOTORIOUS BURGLAR
Can anyone cast any light on this intriguing tale? Would anyone like to take it
on as a project? If so please contact me and I will provide some other ideas on
the subject. Contact Us
Identify the people in this 1920's Seaside Group Outing Photo
The attached photo of a group of people probably in the mid 1920's, includes my
Mother then Miss Violet Williams, enjoying a day trip to the seaside. BUT which
seaside? My Mother is in the middle, next to man with cap and moustache. It is
most likely to be a Chapel or Factory outing, possibly a charabanc or
Campbell's White Funnel steamer. The shadows indicate mid afternoon and the
photo could have been taken by a professional as there is a number bottom left.
I would be pleased to know if anyone can identify the location and perhaps
recognise any of the people who were obviously having a grand day out. Even
though they were at the seaside the formality of their dress is markedly
different from nowadays - note the lady even wearing a fur boa. I am sure they
are all from Bristol and they would not be going very far on a day trip.
Somerset, England. Can you Help? Contact Us
|Posted Nov 2007
A wartime souvenir made as a thank you for a family in Bristol
England who provided a safe haven for Joseph Bleyens from Antwerp in 1917.
Joseph hand made this small inlaid table from oddments of salvaged wood, and
signed and dated it on the underside . If any relatives or descendants of
Joseph would like this back to treasure as a family heirloom, Can you Help? Contact Us
| Posted June 2009