My family wildlife

12 Days of Christmas #4

The Society of Genealogists 12 days of Christmas, continues with Four Calling Birds in the Bristol Poll Book of 1852.   This inspired me to have a look at the Society’s collection of Poll Books. I found my 3rd great grandfather, John Middleton Downes. On 24 November 1868 he had the choice of voting for The Right Honourable Lord Viscount Milton, Henry F. Beaumont Esq, Walter Spencer Stanhope Esq or Lewis Randle Starkey Esq to represent the Southern Division of the West Riding of Yorkshire in parliament. Lord Milton and Mr Beaumont were elected. The poll book shows John Downes voted for winning candidates.[1] William Roddie only voted for one candidate. Several of the names listed with John Downes are familiar from my research in Wickersley.

On the fourth day of 12 Days Wild I focused on feeding birds. I cleaned the bird bath and moved to in front of my office window. I cleaned and refilled the window mounted bird feeders and replaced the empty tub of Flutter Butter.

I have a Beanies Coffee 12 Days of Christmas calendar. Day 4 was again Salted Caramel “All-in-One” so I decided to drink it this morning. The milk powder means that the coffee is a little sweeter than I prefer, and has that slightly odd taste that comes from processed milk. The “All-in-One” instant coffees are ok for emergencies and travelling but I wouldn’t choose them at home.


[1] The Poll for the Southern Division of the West Riding of County of York. DOWNES, John Middleton. 24 November 1868. Collection: Poll books. Society of Genealogists, London. : accessed 28 December 2021.

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