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THE EGYPTIAN DIARY OF ELIJAH BRENTNALL 1852 - 3

THE EGYPTIAN DIARY OF ELIJAH BRENTNALL 1852 - 3

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Published by Jeanette Brentnall

Elijah Brentnall spent 3 years in Egypt with his sons supervising the construction of the historically significant railway bridge over the River Nile.

He was in charge of 1000 men, and this is a personal record of the difficulties of working and living in a British colony.

It will be of interest to genealogists and Brentnall family members in particular.

Elijah Brentnall spent 3 years in Egypt with his sons supervising the construction of the historically significant railway bridge over the River Nile.

He was in charge of 1000 men, and this is a personal record of the difficulties of working and living in a British colony.

It will be of interest to genealogists and Brentnall family members in particular.

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Published by: Jeanette Brentnall on Dec 13, 2012
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THE EGYPTIAN DIARYofELIJAH BRENTNALL.
1852 ~~~~~ 1853
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Contents:PrefacePart OneLETTER FROM ELIJAH TO HIS WIFEdated 13th March 1853Part TwoELIJAH'S DIARYcovering the months of November 1852 to December 1853.Part ThreeLETTER TO WALTER H. BRENTNALL FROM JOHN GODDARDwritten 4th March, 1896Part FourNOTES WRITTEN BY HIRAM BRENTNALL.12 March 1860.PART FIVENOTESENDNOTESTHE EGYPTIAN RAILWAYSPREFACEELIJAB BRENTNALL BIOGRAPHY
He was born on March 17, 1803, in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, eldest son of John Brentnall(1779 - 1848), bricklayer, and Hannah Hickton Brentnall (1785 - 1864.) He married Hannah Aldredon May 4, 1823. They had seven children; Mary, George, Edwin, William, Hiram, Thomas andCharles. In 1832 to 1835 he lived at Stapleford, Nottingham. He was a successful builder of housesand hotels until 1844, when he was declared bankrupt, and his property which was sold at auctionincluded two substantial "genteel residences" with valuable land in Brixton and Camberwell, sufficientto build six others. In the 1851 census he was shown as a bricklayer and journeyman, living at 3 Clive Terrace, Birmingham, with his wife and sons George, Tom and Charles, the elder two alsobricklayers. His wife Hannah died in January 1855. Elijah and Hiram did not return to England until1856. Hiram married Elizabeth in May 1852 and on his return to England, they emigrated to Australiain 1856. (see
The Diary of Hiram Brentnall 
at Scribd.com for further details.)On his return from Egypt he built the Anchor Inn in Ilkeston and lived there with hisdaughter Mary and her husband, John Goddard. In 1871 he was at 1 Market Street, Ilkeston. He diedMarch 6, 1875 aged 71 and was described as a Publican and Builder. When his will was proved onMay 3, 1875 his effects amounted to less than twenty pounds. He is buried in the BirminghamGeneral Cemetery.
 
 
Part OneLETTER FROM ELIJAH BRENTNALL TO HIS WIFE
(Note from original transcriber: 'This letter was copied as written.Elijah was a Derbyshire man with a north of England accent and spelt phonetically and old English).
Top of the Pyramid of Cheops Gezha Edypt March 13th, 1853Dear Wife,This is written on the top of the Highest Pyramid in this Country.I can count nine large ones besides a number of small ones 3 sides as far as you can see is like a sea of sand it is truely a desert and one side is a fertile country Transversed by the Nile. I cannot describe it but I wish you could see it the Prospect is unaccountable.This day is six years since I left London to go to the Potteries.I will finish this letter when I get back to Cairo. EB 
1
 Wood engraving by Pannemaker 1860.
March 17  At the Citidal situated at the top of a high rock outside the city of Cairo is a large deep Well called  Joseph's Well it is a square deep hole about 12 Ft square and 300 ft deep which supplies the place with water it is raised by a wheel turned round by 2 Bullocks an endless rope runs over the wheel  and down to the water then about 3 ft apart earthenware jars which will hold about a gallon is tied with a string, of course one side of the rope is going down and one side up the jars goes down 

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