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Sodomy, Justice, and Folk Heroes: Richard Cornish ‘…was put to death wrongfully’

17th century British mariner Master, Richard Cornish alias Richard Williams’ was aboard his ship, the Ambrose, in August 1624. Shortly thereafter he was accused of the crime of sodomy, tried in the colony, and executed in James Cittie, Jamestown in 1625. It is the earliest known court record describing a trial for buggery or sodomy, in North America.

For the past five years I have been researching Richard Cornish, this trial, and the circumstances surrounding his execution for a book I am writing.

John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part I of II

John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part II of II

Both fully cited complete articles, John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part I and Part II, may be downloaded from the links above and may also be downloaded from John Sam Dillman’s page.

John Sam Dillman began proving up the 160 acres he would eventually get around to filing on, at the mouth of the Coulee, where it met the mighty Columbia River. A variety of freshwater fish and too many deer were right out their cabin door. The railroad was coming. Their prospects were good. A new baby was also on the way – they were better than good. So, what led to a report that John Sam Dillman had shot and killed a man?

Based Arlene’s research and planned book about Central Washington 19th c. settler, Catherine Northrup, in December 2019, Arlene was invited by J. Kemble, author, Historian, writer, and publisher of the historical journal, Them Dam Writers, of Grand Coulee, Washington, to submit a piece for consideration. In March 2020 her submission was accepted and published, ‘John Sam Dillman of Grand Coulee Part I of II’. After, she was asked to become a regular contributor and Arlene remains a regular contributor, today.

Jamestown: the First Permanent English Port in America Needs Archaeological Investigation

Based on Arlene’s study and professional Archaeology and Historic Preservation experience she considered her historical research into 17th century English merchantman Master, Richard Cornish and it led to a question.

She wondered what archaeological evidence has been discovered in the James River? What, based on the material record, do we know today about the first permanent English port in America, the commercial port of early Jamestown?

In ‘Jamestown: the First Permanent English Port…’ Arlene details her surprising findings. Published February 2020.

New Evidence: Was Thomas Weston, Seventeenth Century London Merchant, among the First to Sail Fish to Virginia’s Starving Colonists?

Arlene’s article is the first published account of both Thomas Weston’s arrival in the Virginia colony and his first successful legitimate business venture. Arlene discusses Weston likely involvement being among the first English merchants, who was not a Virginia Company of London investor, to bring desperately needed fish to the then starving Virginia colonists, further illuminating Weston’s critical role in the founding of America.

After an invitation from editor, Dr. Sam McLean, to submit an article to Global Maritime History, this article was published February 2019.

She first learned about Thomas Weston, the early seventeenth century London merchant who arranged for the Pilgrims to sail the Mayflower, during her research for her historical non-fiction book about mariner Master Richard Cornish (also Richard Williams).

She researched and then finished writing New Evidence: Was Thomas Weston… in two months. Based on the resulting article, she was invited by Dr. McLean to join Global Maritime History as a Staff Writer, which she continues to be, today.