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Thomas Short of Ashley had a son Edward, who married Miss Cradock, dau. Of———Cradock of Hungersheath. [Hungersheath is a bit of waste land adjacent to Ashley. I think the name has died out of present day maps.] They had a son Edward Short of Mayford in 1663.’

This I think proves the connection between the Shorts of Meaford and the Cradocks. We must have bought Mayford from this Edward Short soon after 1663. There are Short monuments at Lichfield.

Yours Sincerely,

Evidently there is yet much to learn about the ‘father of our Medford,’ but it would appear from the third (Jervis) letter that the ‘difficulties’ referred to by Historian Hughes are, in a measure, cleared up.

What may yet be learned we leave to future issues of the Register, and present the following:—

Copy of inscription at Caverswall Church

(for his great Providence in the Common laws well worthy named Beau Clarke of ye Assizes for this Circuit) did take to wife ye most amiable & most loving Dorothy ye daughter of John Saunders Doctor of Physicke by whom he had a Pair Royal of incomparable Daughters—to wit

Dorothy, Elizabeth and Mary

It is easier to guesse that he lived in a splendid Degree if I shall but recount to you that

Sir Thos. Slingsly Bt.marriedDorothy
The Rt. Hon. Robt Lord CholmondelyElizabeth
Sir John BridgemanMary

But! but! to our grief George Cradock is assaulted by death in ye meridian of his age not far off from his Castle of Caverswall (lately built even to beauty) by Matthew Cradock Esqre who was interred in this place. And dying of small pox ye 16th of April 1643 betooke himself to the private mansion of this Tombe erected for him at the cost of Dorothy his obsequious wife, where he now rests under the Protection of an Essoine until he be summoned to appear at the last great and general Assizes.

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