Digging up the ancestors (not literally, I hasten to add!) it's been interesting to see what they got up to, where they travelled to, etc. Equally interesting are the 'secrets' that the passage of time has revealed to their descendents!
So, far, I've found no axe-murderers or poisoners, but one or two have had a brush with the 'law'! :-o
Searching the Royal Navy record of my G-Grandfather, Edward Meyers, brought to light some interesting (and previously unknown) details. Apparently he was one of a hand-picked crew sent to escort Princess Alexandra of Denmark on her journey to England to marry Queen Victoria's son, Prince Albert. Quite an illustrious addition to his career, he became a Petty Officer, 1st Class.
However, when I examined his Naval record, I found that he spent two short spells in Lewes Gaol! I've yet to discover the reasons for his detention, but being only a matter of a few weeks each I am assuming it was probably for some misdemeanour related to alcohol or behaviour ashore!
So, my view of this relative who had previously always seemed beyond reproach when talked of by senior members of the family has been slightly skewed - reinforced by the array of tattoos his Naval records also revealed! This is the only picture I have of him - outside one of the shops he owned after retiring to become a Greenwich Pensioner!
Another 'altercation with authority' was closer to home - my Father, who lived under an assumed name for 40+ years! :-o Those of you
Thankfully, these accounts reveal that my own 'black sheep' don't appear to have inflicted trouble on other people - but these little anecdotes are more fun than just simply recording their births - deaths and anyway, it's what happened during the '-' that makes all the difference!