The Blogging from A to Z Challenge is to post everyday (except Sunday) in the month of April 2016 starting with the letter A and going all the way to Z. The theme I chose is Genealogy Tips. At the end I will give a related post from my blog Genealogy: Beyond the BMD.
V is for Voting
My 2x great grandmother was Elizabeth Nichols of Charleton, Devon. I have found her sister Sarah at many occasions in trouble with the law. Now I find that her brother Samuel got her and her husband involved in an election scandal in Devon, England.
The following are excerpts from the Totnes Election Committee hearings of 1866 in the matter of paying for votes during the elections of 1863.
The players here are Sarah (Nichols) Crawford, who is married to Henry Crawford, and her brother Samuel Nichols Jr.
Part of Testimony of Henry Crawford
Testimony of Sarah (Nichols) Crawford
We may find our ancestors in Poll Books, Electoral Registers or Voters Lists. The link below will take you to some online Poll Books - the earliest I found was for Aberdeen in 1696.
Related Posts: Time to Vote