Catch up on the full story of last weeks NEWS...........
*Bigamous Henry Bombroffe -
Henry’s case was transferred to the Leeds Assize Courts and he appeared in front of the Bench on Monday 9th December 1901, just a week before he should have been celebrating his first wedding anniversary to his new wife Emily.The Court heard how Emily had been told by Henry that he had buried his wife. The couple were expecting a baby and so on 17th December 1900 Emily and Henry married. Two weeks later * their child was born and Henry left her and Emily and the baby had to take refuge in the workhouse for a week as they were destitute.
*this fact may be exaggerated for the courts as we had earlier heard how Emily was 4 months pregnant at the time of the wedding.
Henry repeated his defence that he thought his first wife Ann had died in Mickleover Asylum; he did not produce the letter he stated had been sent to his son denying any knowledge of Ann at the Asylum.
The Judge decided upon a sentence of imprisonment for 6 months with hard labour.
There is a child named Emily Bombroffe whose birth was registered in the June quarter of 1901, which means she would have been born in April, May or June, which would confirm that Emily was 4 months pregnant at the time of the marriage.
On the night of the 1901 census (31st March) the Bombroffe family are living at 23 Bower Road, Hallam, Sheffield - “Harry”, Emily, William Bombroffe and 3 children from Emily’s first marriage; George, Walter and Vincent Dewick. Baby Emily is not recorded on the census return.
So at some point between the birth of baby Emily and October of 1901 the news that Henry was still married must have been broken to Emily. It is not known how she found out, but with four children to look after it must have been an awful shock.
So what happened after the trial?
Emily picked herself up after her humiliation by Henry Bombroffe and on 13th April 1903 she remarried; a brave step after what she had been through. Her new husband was Edward Hannah a 51 year old widower. They married at St Philips Church, Shalesmore, Sheffield. Emily died a few years later in 1905 at the age of 41 years old.
What became of baby Emily Bombroffe is unknown; I can find no death or census under that name or the names of Dewick or Hannah. She may have been put up for adoption after the emotional time her poor mother endured. If anyone knows any more about the fate of Emily then please let me know.
Henry Bombroffe, well he to disappears from the census listings. He may well have changed his name or been in an establishment which only listed the inmates as initials (H.B). He died in November 1924 at 11 Charles Street. He is buried in consecrated ground at City Road Cemetery, Sheffield. He was 58 years old and a painter by trade.
Lastly we must not forget the woman Henry tried to forget….. His first wife Ann. In the 1911 census she is still an inmate in Derby County Lunatic Asylum, Mickleover. Still ironically maintaining her title as “married”, this would be much to Henry’s dismay. I can only find one death for an Ann Bombroffe and that is in 1939 aged 78 years at Hayfield in the Peak District – if this is the correct Ann then she definitely was not dead and buried on that cold day of 17th December 1900, when her husband and son had conveniently erased her from their lives.
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*Susanna and George Sykes –
George was accused of “thrashing” his wife and spending his wages on sandwiches and ice cream.
What became of the couple?
Before the trial and accusations they were living at 9 Hallowes Lane, Dronfield. George was employed as a miner and they have three daughters; Ethel 6 years, Elsie 4 years and Rebecca 1 year old. The couple had married in 1892.
The couple are still together in 1911 but they now live with Susannah’s parents Herbert and Elizabeth Hibbert at 28 Scarsdale Road, Dronfield. George is still a coal miner hewer and their family has now grown with the addition of James 9 years, Arthur 6 years, Annie 4 and Beatrice 9 months. In fact George and Susannah have born 9 children but sadly 2 have passed away.
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