By Michel Serres
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The previous year he had married a woman by the name of Alice Kirry, though the marriage was to last less than a year, prematurely dissolved, as so many seventeenth-century unions were, by the death of a spouse. Alice was buried on 28 May 1620, just ten months after her nuptials. There is no record in the register of Alexander’s second marriage to Elizabeth, but it must have taken place in or before 1628, for a son with the family name of John was buried in the parish in early March 1629. Another son, Alexander—the beneWciary of his grandmother’s muniWcence—was born in May 1632.
The absence of Minehead’s own Church of England minister from all these proceedings is accounted for by the fact that he had recently passed away. Having served as vicar for nearly half a century, Nicholas Browse died in December 1634, at the venerable age of 83. 2 In the course of the proceedings in February, Elizabeth Leakey’s statement in front of Mr Byam was ‘often read to her and vowed by her to be the truth’. Nonetheless, she was soon caught out in a series of minor but revealing circumstantial contradictions.
By 1642, a year before his death, his assessment placed him at number 120, out of 195 taxpayers in the borough. We are familiar enough with Wnancial ruin and insolvency.
Angels: A Modern Myth by Michel Serres