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Iris Report 1 Dec 2012 15:25

murderer that is , just found one on my tree, martin brown ,hung in lewis jail jan 1869 . tell the truth now ,who else has one in their tree. iris


PricklyHolly Report 1 Dec 2012 15:29

One of mine spent 6 days in prison but that's about as exciting as it gets!!



BarbinSGlos Report 1 Dec 2012 15:30

Haven't found one yet Iris

May I ask how you came accross the imfo? Special docs etc. Found a friends relly in prison but that was on a census.

Hope you dont mind me asking



Iris Report 1 Dec 2012 15:51

no i dont mind you asking at all, i was looking at someone else's tree on ancestery (they had his death date ) so i clicked on their source ... criminal registers,which showed he had been tried in dec 1868 ,and given a death sentance, hung18jan 1869..he was also in lewis jail in 1865 for thief ..bit of a bad penny all round .


BarbinSGlos Report 1 Dec 2012 16:01


Thanks for that.

Always amazes me what we can uncover.



JoyBoroAngel Report 1 Dec 2012 16:08

i have 3murder victims in my tree
and found a few i wouldnt mind doing myself x :-D :-D


BarbinSGlos Report 1 Dec 2012 16:10


:-D :-D :-D


Iris Report 1 Dec 2012 16:14

i think we have all got a few like that, :-D


JoyBoroAngel Report 1 Dec 2012 16:38

yes some of my family remind me of the Munsters

and the rest the Adams family PMSL ;-) ;-)


hazel Report 1 Dec 2012 17:05

lots of interesting information on the oldbailey online, it seems that an ancestor of mine was murdered in a race hate crime and that was in the 1800's, how amazing this internet, explains so much from the past, stuff that had been buried for so long. I guess whatever the time or date, human being's behaviour doesn't change much!


maggiewinchester Report 1 Dec 2012 17:41

I only have one who unsuccessfully tried to derail a train in 1850.

Found him in prison on 1851 census, looked at online newspapers (Lancashire Library) and found a few incredible write- ups about the trial, and the use of 'railway detectives'.

I suppose if he'd been successful, he would have been a murderer.


GinN Report 1 Dec 2012 18:02

In my tree, a second cousin 3x removed,was murdered together with her entire family, by an axeman, in 1912 in Oregon. It was a very gruesome murder, apparently, and he sodomised the mother and young daughter. Various suspects, but the murder was never fully solved.

My 4th great grandfather was transported to Australia 1n1829, for stealing some carpentry tools, and had previously been in prison for poaching.


Suzanne Report 1 Dec 2012 18:31

my dads great uncle Joseph Noble was hung for murder in durham goal in 1905 :-(


Kense Report 1 Dec 2012 18:51

I haven't proved the connection yet but it seems probably that one of my ancestors, name of John Smith, was the leader of the Culworth Gang. They never killed anyone but were the scourge of Northants in the late 18th century.

My proved history goes back to William Smith born in Culworth in 1811.


Iris Report 1 Dec 2012 18:57

i've just seen that martins father was in lewis jail when he was young, like father like son .


Treehunter Report 1 Dec 2012 19:39

I have one he chopped someones head off. I have all about. The court case and what was put in the papers at the time. It was in 1896 in Essex



David Report 12 Sep 2014 11:15

Like KenSE, I may be descended from the Culworth gang. Its leader was John Smith snr (1724-1787) and his sons, who escaped justice, were: John Smith jnr (hung 1789) and William (Chr 14/5/11762). William settled down to be an upstanding member of the community. Having married Martha Hirons on 16/7/1781, they had 7 kids in Culworth from 1785 to 1800.
It looks like I go back to a Thomas Smith born about 1790 in Culworth, who married Mary Bazeley on 18/10/1808. Their kids included Sarah (1813), Ann (1815), Mary (1823-46) and James (1829-1829), but would probably include Henry (chr 20/7/1820) who is my known ancestor.


Sharron Report 12 Sep 2014 11:21

I think murder as too much like effort for any of mine but I do have one who set fire to some woodland in Herefordshire.

He is probably the only one of our family who has been to Herefordshire and they didn't want him back!


JoyBoroAngel Report 12 Sep 2014 12:59

here's mine


LadyScozz Report 12 Sep 2014 13:28

I have a few who spent time in prison, but only one for murder...... he wasn't actually one of "mine" but was married to a distant cousin (husband of 2nd cousin 4 times removed).

He was hanged in Edinburgh in 1884...... I'm told there are still arguments about it in the town he was born in.

The Scots have very long memories.