Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Inquests

From Genie.

SYDNEY HERALD
27 September 1832 Thursday
CORONOR'S INQUEST
The Inquest upon, MR. BROOK'S murdered shepherd was resumed on Tuesday morning, when a verdict - 'WILFUL MURDER" was returned against EDWARD FORDHAM, who was committed under the Coroner's verdict to take his trial for the offence.

The Sydney Gazette reveals that Edward Fordham was hanged for murdering "THOMAS BRADFORD, a government servant employed at Lake George" as a servant of Captain Brooks.

Death: V18321567 16/1832 BRADFORD THOMAS AGE 23

The 1828 Muster shows a Thomas Bradford, in the 17 Chain Gang, arrived on the ship 'Hoogley'. The arrival indents for that ship show Thoma Bradford was convicted at 'Middlesex Gaol Delivery' on 12th July 1827 and sentenced to 14 years.


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SYDNEY HERALD
11 October 1832 Thursday
CORONER'S INQUEST
An Inquest was held at ARGYLE FARM, near Windsor, before MR. HOWE, Coroner, on Sunday week, on the body of WILLIAM BARTON, a Government servant to MR. J. FORRESTER, who was dragged by a run-a-way colt he was taking to water, and his head coming in contact with a post, it was literally split, which caused instant death;- Verdict, accidentally killed.

Notes. NSW BDM enry
V18321890 16/1832 BARTON WILLIAM AGE 63
This would make him born about 1869.

William Barton appears in the 1828 census:
William Barton, 59, Government Servant, arrived 1826 on the ship Sesostris, life sentence, Protestant, labourer, residing with John Forrester, Cornwallis.
Cornwallis is in the Richmond/Windsor district.

His arrival indent states that he was convicted at the Suffolk Assizes.

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