A Lancashire Pedigree Case: Or, A History of the Various Trials for the Recovery of the Harrison Estates, from 1873 to 1886; Together with a Full Account of the Many Forgeries and Fraudulent Entries in Parish Registers, Marriage Licence Bonds, &c., Publicly Exposed at the Trial at Liverpool, May 25th to 28th, 1886, with a Pedigree of the Harrison Family

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Mackie & Company, limited, 1887 - Church records and registers - 159 pages
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Page 135 - Executors by me in any wise named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and no other to be my last Will and Testament...
Page 72 - I received the sad news of the death of the learned, worthy, pious and peaceable Bishop of Chester, Dr. John Wilkins. He was my worthy friend.
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Page v - In this case, however, not only have numerous entries been altered and erased, but entirely fictitious ones have been inserted, where there were vacant spaces on the pages of the Registers. Again, this has not been done in one Register only, but in at least three or four, and the official " transcripts " or certified copies, returned year by year to the Bishop of Chester, and now preserved in the Registries at Chester and Lancaster, have also been tampered with, and it is feared in some cases ruthlessly...
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Page i - A Lancashire pedigree case: or, A history of the various trials for the recovery of the Harrison estates, from 1873 to 1886; together with a full account of the many forgeries and fraudulent entries in parish register, marriage licence bonds, &c.
Page 131 - Homer's case, was taken to the House of Lords, and the House of Lords held that that was a genuine interlineation, and that there was nothing wrong about it, so I understand.
Page v - ... In the Harrison case it was proved that numerous entries had been altered and erased in at least three or four parish registers, and that the official "transcripts" or certified copies returned year by year to the Bishop of Chester, and now preserved in the registries at Chester and Lancaster, had also been tampered with, and it is feared in some cases ruthlessly destroyed. Mr. Earwaker, in his account of the trials, estimated these criminal acts, entries tampered with or inserted in the registers...
Page vii - ... short of fifty in number ; and that the ingenuity of the forgers would have been successful had it not been for the preservation of the Court Rolls of the Manor of Lea, near Preston, out of reach of the forgers. The moral drawn by Mr. Earwaker in 1887 from the facts exposed at the Harrison trials was that too great attention cannot be paid to the safe preservation and custody of parish registers, and that no one should be allowed access to them except in the presence of some responsible person...
Page v - ... preserved in the registries at Chester and Lancaster, had also been tampered with, and it is feared in some cases ruthlessly destroyed. Mr. Earwaker, in his account of the trials, estimated these criminal acts, entries tampered with or inserted in the registers of Preston, Kirkham, Poulton, and Lytham, as well as on the transcripts relating to Preston, Kirkham, and Penwortham, as not far short of fifty in number ; and that the ingenuity of the forgers would have been successful had it not been...

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