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Double Murder in Shropshire 1883
« on: Friday 11 January 13 11:12 GMT (UK) »
Local newspaper this week carried a copy of an article originally printed in the Timaru Herald, New Zealand, 9 Apr 1883, a copy of a home newspaper article dated Feb 17.
http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&cl=search&d=THD18830409.2.16&srpos=1&e=-------10-THD-1----0double+murder+shropshire--
They editor wondered if any readers could add anything to the article - what happened, was there a trial? Now as that is just round the corner from where I live I thought I'd have a dig.
From the article the dead girl is Mary Elizabeth Mayers aged 10. - But I cant find any entry in BMD for her birth or death. I tried many variations of the name Myers, Myers, Mears, Miers, Mires etc.
The article says 'stepmother' so I figured the parents, Thomas and Eliza Mayers, married after the girls birth - so between 1873 and 1883 - again nothing found.
I also tried using Ancestry's criminal records - couldn't spot anything.

A puzzle - and I know you people out there love a puzzle.

What can anyone find?

Allan
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Re: Double Murder in Shropshire 1883
« Reply #1 on: Friday 11 January 13 11:31 GMT (UK) »
I read the surname as Mayos.

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Re: Double Murder in Shropshire 1883
« Reply #2 on: Friday 11 January 13 11:41 GMT (UK) »
Good spot - I shouldn't have taken the reprinted transcript as gospel - I'll give it a try
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Re: Double Murder in Shropshire 1883
« Reply #3 on: Friday 11 January 13 11:46 GMT (UK) »
There is an update:

http://paperspast.natlib.govt.nz/cgi-bin/paperspast?a=d&d=NZH18830707.2.63

I took out my 1881 census findings as like you I thought it was wrong but this article confirms one of the other childrens names:

So 1881 census
Thos. Mayos - 44 - Gardener
Eliza Mayos - 37
Wm. Mayos - 11
Mary E. Mayos - 3 - Scholar  - Born Grafton, Hereford
Miriam Mayos - 5
Wm. Hy. Mayos - 10 - Stepson

Living at New Street, Shrewsbury St Chad, Shropshire

Piece:2654
Folio:8
Page Number:11

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Re: Double Murder in Shropshire 1883
« Reply #4 on: Friday 11 January 13 11:53 GMT (UK) »
There was a trial which according to The Dundee Courier & Argus and Northern Warder (Dundee, Scotland), Friday, April 27, 1883 -

Eliza Mayos was found guilty of manslaughter sentenced to twenty years penal servitude.
Thomas mayos was found guilty of accessory to the fact and sentenced to eighteen months hard labour.

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Re: Double Murder in Shropshire 1883
« Reply #5 on: Friday 11 January 13 11:54 GMT (UK) »
In the 1891 census Eliza Mayos is a convict in Knaphill, Woking, Surrey womens prison.

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Re: Double Murder in Shropshire 1883
« Reply #6 on: Friday 11 January 13 11:54 GMT (UK) »
Haha - a start
Thomas Mayos & Eliza Williams married St George, Shrewsbury Q4 1878, Atcham district
and i found them in the criminal registers Apr 1883
she got 20 years
he got 18 months

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Re: Double Murder in Shropshire 1883
« Reply #7 on: Friday 11 January 13 12:14 GMT (UK) »
Could Miriam in the 1881 census be:

Mira Ann Mayos ? born 1876 in Hereford?

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Re: Double Murder in Shropshire 1883
« Reply #8 on: Friday 11 January 13 12:19 GMT (UK) »
Its certainly possible
and Death WIlliam Mayos, Atcham, 1890 age 20

Funny I cant see a DC reg for the murder, or when Eliza/Thomas died
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