Sadly, at this point, memories of Rebekha start to fade. At the time of her second wedding, Rebekha was thirty seven years old. Just one year had passed since the Battle of Trafalgar. Thomas William, her second husband, must remain a mystery. Maybe we’ll never know how old he was on his wedding day but there is one thing that I do know. He appears to have been fully equipped with both faloorum, and a functional ding-doorum because one year later Rebekha bore him a son. He was named John. Perhaps we should consider why they chose this name? Did Rebekha name him after her father, after her first husband or after another John. Rebekha’s father, John Esmond was still alive at this time.

But the story isn’t quite finished.


Daughter Ann was living in Druidstone during the Christmas of 1810. Possibly Rebekha and Thomas and Elizabeth and Mary and John were still living around this area. These days, we are are used to seeing many repeats on Christmas Day but who would possibly imagine that Christmas would bring yet another shipwreck to the rocks of Druidstone?

Another ship called the Linen Hall from Dublin, bound for the West Indies in ballast was stranded on the night of 25th of December 1810 in the same place as the above, that is she was driven against the Northern side of a little creek called Heelcliffs under Druidston Cliff. Totally wrecked. No lives lost. Little plundered. She was tore up and her timber and rigging sold to the country people.

Francis Warlow.

No lives were lost. Little Plundered. It was as if the people of Druidstone and Nolton Haven had remembered the earlier shipwreck, The Increase, almost twenty years ago. Some people still carried the scars from that event, both physically and mentally.