The Virtual Corkscrew Museum's Daily Newspaper
Thursday, April 15, 2004
We ran this story March 1, 2003:
England, March 1, 1855, Job Conworth, a Lieutenant in the 3rd Nottinghamshire Militia passed away today at the age of 73.
A corkscrew with butterfly handle and centering button in frame has been engraved with "Job Conworth, Obit. March 1st, 1855, 73 Years" on the sides of the frame. This is called an "obituary corkscrew."
We published this follow-up July 11, 2003:
England - In the March 1 issue of The Daily Screw, we ran a story on the Job Conworth obituary corkscrew. Keith Pearce recently bought a book in Bedford, Bedfordshire, England from the library of Job Conworth and inscribed by him on January 18th, 1799. Note the similarity in the book signature and the corkscrew signature.
On February 6, 2004 we learned from Elizabeth Pugh, Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada:
While searching for information about the name CONWORTH on the internet I came across your website re the Conworth corkscrew. I may be able to help you with who Job CONWORTH was as it appears he was a distant relation of mine.
Job CONWORTH (1) and his wife Elizabeth (BEART) CONWORTH of Peterborough had a son Job (2) who was baptised 11 Jan 1758 at St. John the Baptist, Peterborough. Job then had a son, Job (3) who died in 1855 in East Retford, Nottingham. He was married to a Catherine PRESLEY and had a son named Job (4) in 1827.
Job(1) and Elizabeth were my 4x great grandparents. Genealogy is my hobby but I have only recently begun research into this family.
I do have a copy of Job (3)'s will that I downloaded from the PRO Wills on line site. He calls himself a gentleman and names William NEWTON of Newark and George RIDER(?) (difficult to read) of Cheltenham (both "gentlemen") and appoints his son Job as his executor. He signed with rather a shaky "X" which could indicate he was ill at the time of the will being drawn up. It was dated 20 Feb 1855. Job had family connections in Bedfordshire. His brother John married in Wymington, Beds.
On April 14, 2004 Alwynne Conworth Mackiewe wrote:
Further work with my cousin Elizabeth Pugh from Whitehorse, Yukon, now tells us that Job of Corkscrew fame was baptised Thomas Job Conworth at Rushden, Northamptonshire on 23 March 1782, the son of John Conworth and Ann Fletcher.
The Occasional Screw appreciates the follow-ups to our stories from the many dedicated reader-researchers. Thank you Elizabeth and Alwynne.
©2004 Don Bull, Editor