Author Topic: Fate of John BROOKS of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, transported after 24-4-1824?  (Read 777 times)

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Re: Fate of John BROOKS of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, transported after 24-4-1824?
« Reply #19 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 11:50 BST (UK) »
A quick precis of the Brooks case:

- Someone had chopped off the leg of a cow belonging to John Hannah
- Separately, John Hannah had noticed that liquor was missing from his house and obtained a warrant to search Brooks' house
- A bloody axe was found in John Brooks' barn, with tissue and hair matching the colour of the cow.
- There was also a suggestion that there must have been blood on his shirt, and why otherwise would he be wearing his Sunday shirt on a weekday
- His defence was weak, he was convicted and sentenced to 7 years transportation (which was better then the 14 years he was expecting).
- There was hearsay evidence that the crime had in fact been committed by Robert Costin's brother-in-law Francis Hewlatt and a petition for pardon was made on that basis, but to no effect.

He was imprisoned in September 1823 pending trial but was not convicted until March 1824.
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Re: Fate of John BROOKS of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, transported after 24-4-1824?
« Reply #20 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 11:55 BST (UK) »
Shaun,
Thanks so much for precis-ing (?) that for us all.  There's nothing like a bit of detail to flesh out a good gory story!  I too have an Ancestry account, but not one with Find My Past...
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Re: Fate of John BROOKS of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, transported after 24-4-1824?
« Reply #21 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 12:01 BST (UK) »
This record also looks like him  in Felmersham - it states he is married
http://apps.bedford.gov.uk/grd/detail.aspx?id=13344
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Re: Fate of John BROOKS of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, transported after 24-4-1824?
« Reply #22 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 12:13 BST (UK) »
We'll done with that, Rosie!
The plot thickens, as they say...
Keith
I have a 26-03-1793 baptism for him in Felmersham but as yet no marriage between then and 1823.  Perhaps in a nearby parish.

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Re: Fate of John BROOKS of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, transported after 24-4-1824?
« Reply #23 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 12:19 BST (UK) »
 
This record also looks like him  in Felmersham - it states he is married
http://apps.bedford.gov.uk/grd/detail.aspx?id=13344

A different physical description from the one in Reply  #4 ( from Shaun) placed by himself when he lost his documents.

There was only one John BROOKS on that voyage of Royal Charlotte.

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Re: Fate of John BROOKS of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, transported after 24-4-1824?
« Reply #24 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 12:37 BST (UK) »
Just in case it is later relevant

John Brookes
Sarah Earl
Marriage   14 Oct 1817
Felmersham,Bedfordshire

In 1841 Sarah is in Felmersham with her children.  Baptisms give their fathers name as John.  1851 Sarah is a 'widow'
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Re: Fate of John BROOKS of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, transported after 24-4-1824?
« Reply #25 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 12:57 BST (UK) »
Rosie,
Now that is very interesting...fitting the evidence so far very nicely.  Very strange though the difference in those 2 descriptions, one with blue eyes, one with brown.  I notice that the Bedford description is dated 1821, and presumably he was in the gaol/jail for a previous offence to maiming the cow in 1823...
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Re: Fate of John BROOKS of Felmersham, Bedfordshire, transported after 24-4-1824?
« Reply #26 on: Wednesday 05 June 19 13:00 BST (UK) »
BLARS also has for the 'cow episode' but sadly no eye colour mentioned
http://apps.bedford.gov.uk/grd/detail.aspx?id=3111
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