Sunday, 31 March 2013

Echoes of our Past NEWS ........ 1st April 1893

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What was in the local news this weekend in 1893?


*Matlock Cable Tramway opens –

The spa town of Matlock was in full regalia on 28th March 1893 when the cable tramway was opened in the town.  The tramway ran in between Crown Square near to the railway station and on to the Rutland Street terminus.  Its purpose being to transport the visitors as they arrived in the town to their hotels.  Matlock has many steep hills and until the arrival of the cable tramway these hills had prevented many people visiting the area. 

On the grand opening day the weather was good to them and the sunshine was out, “the floating streamers, triumphal arches, mounted yeomanry and brass bands” were all to be seen and enjoyed by the attendees. 

The Smedley’s Hotel would benefit from the new tramway as now its residents could be conveyed up the hill for a small fee to receive all the wonderful health benefits that the spa town hotel offered.


*Drowning at Killamarsh –

The body of a lady named Sarah Taylor was found in a pond at Upperthorpe, Killamarsh.  Sarah had been ill for some time and this had meant that she needed to sleep downstairs.  On the night in question she had left the house in only her nightie and was later found drowned in the pond.  It was not known whether the drowning was accidental or suicide.

*Accident at Grassmoor Colliery –

John Mitchell was admitted to Chesterfield Hospital after he was injured by a piece of falling coal.  The coal caused an injury to his hand and once at the hospital it was found to be necessary to amputate 3 of his fingers.  John was a pony driver at the pit.

*Deserting family –

Alexander Froggatt of Whittington was charged and found guilty of neglecting to support his children.  On 8th February his children had become charges of the Chesterfield Board of Guardians and this had cost £2 14s.  Alexander admitted desertion and was gaoled at Derby with one month’s hard labour.

*Infection risk –

Mr Thomas George Edwards the Sanitary Inspector had brought a charge upon a lodging house keeper named Maria West.  Maria lived at Totley and there had been 60-70 cases of small pox recently.  One of the cases was at the lodging house which Maria kept.  On 6th March she was seen to throw the infected bedding out into the lane, take it back into the house and then throw it out a further time.  Witnesses to the event were called but Maria did not attend the court hearing.  She was fined either £2 and 25s costs or 1 month gaol.


*James Wright of Smithy Moor to Elizabeth Brunt of Knott Cross were married on 22nd March at Ashover


*Harold Devonport aged 1 year and 10 months of Compton Street, Chesterfield on 29th March.  The son of Frank Devonport and Elizabeth Udall

*William Robinson aged 77 years of Coal Aston on 23rd March

*Samuel Clarke aged 55 years of 15 Lea Road, Dronfield on 25th March

*Alice Littlewood, infant daughter of George Littlewood of South Normanton on 24th March

*Martha Maria Littlewood aged 20 years, wife of George Littlewood of South Normanton on 26th March

*Bethia Bacon aged 1 month, daughter of Solomon Bacon of South Normanton on 28th March

*Thomas Armstrong aged 40 years of Whittington on 22nd March

*Mable Ethel Holt aged 15 months at Hasland on 23rd March

*Ada Anthony aged 15 years at Whittington on 27th March

*Mary Wheatcroft aged 73 years at Walton on 28th March


*Easter football –

Easter fell early in 1893.  There were “3 GRAND MATCHES AT CHESTERFIELD” planned for the Easter holidays –

Chesterfield Town Football Club would play –

v  Ecclesfield on Good Friday

v  Heeley on Saturday 1st April

v  Barnsley on Wednesday 5th April

Admission to the games was 3d

Elsewhere in Chesterfield –

v  Chesterfield v Sheepbridge on Monday 3rd April (Easter Monday)

v  Sheepbridge v Ecclesfield on Tuesday 4th April

v  Eckington v Holbrook on Tuesday 4th April at the Recreation Ground, Staveley Playing the semi-final of the Benefit Cup


*Billiards –

Staveley Works Mechanics Institute played against Tibshelf.  Seven games were played at Tibshelf’s club; the visitors winning 6 of the 7 games gained 91 points.


Thursday, 28 March 2013

Update of the past NEWS ......... 23rd March 1867

Catch up on the full story of last weeks NEWS...........
*The Reverend William Peach –

Reverend Peach was the Vicar of St Peter and St Paul’s Church at Old Brampton, Chesterfield.  He died on 31st January 1867.  He was in last week’s NEWS as his possessions were being put to auction at the beginning of April.

William Peach was born c1795/6, the son of the Rev Henry Peach of Langley and Mary Peach.  William was baptised at the All Saints Church in Derby on 6th January 1796.  He was admitted to St John’s College at Cambridge to commence his studies on 7th June 1814.  He received his ordination as a priest on 15th April 1821. 

Before he arrived at Old Brampton church he was the curate at Bowness on Windermere.  This must have been where he met his future wife as William married Mary Ann Pochin on 21st December 1822.  Mary Ann was the daughter of the Rev William Pochin of Morcott, Rutland. 

William Peach was the Rural Dean of Brampton from 1826 until his death in 1867.

William and Mary had at a daughter named Mary and two sons; William and Thomas.  Mary married Charles Barnes on 9th December 1854 at St George Church, Hanover, London.  Charles was the son of John Gorrel Barnes who was a highly respected member of Chesterfield society.  His family home was at Ashgate House, Chesterfield. 

It seems the death of the Rev William Peach was subject of speculation as on 2nd February 1867 it was reported as being a sudden death from apoplexy.  But a week later the story was told how the Rev had been overseeing the felling of trees on his premises, he was giving the men a hand and pulled on a rope which caused him to receive an injury.  Dr Walker was called and all was said to be in order until that was the Rev died suddenly.  The cause of death was now said to be “rupture of the heart”.  No post-mortem was carried out.

The Rev had a great interest in the wellbeing of the town of Chesterfield; he was Vice Chairman at the meetings held by the Chesterfield Union Workhouse board. 

His will was proved with a codicil on 6th March 1867, with John Clarke of Higham Cliff near Alfreton as executor.  His effects were recorded as under £7000.

When his position was advertised only 2 weeks after his death on 16th February 1867 it was said to be with an annual salary of £250.


Saturday, 23 March 2013

Echoes of our Past NEWS ....... 23rd March 1867

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What was in the local news this weekend in 1867?


*Spring is in the air –

The gardeners were getting ready for spring time, planting and clearing the gardens and vegetable patches.

William Beard of Stonegravels Nurseries was advertising his “best quality kitchen and flower garden and agricultural seeds”.  He sold cauliflower and cabbage plants, window plants and “strong cucumber”, fruit trees and ornamental shrubs.  One could even get their beloved a selection of cut flowers to make up as a bouquet.  He was also an agent to sell the latest lawn mower “Greens Patent Lawn Mower”. 

Alfred Proctor was selling garden sheds “cheap and good”.  Alfred was a nurseryman and gardener and had premises at Walton as well as selling his wares on Chesterfield Market; “fourth stall from Market Hall Corner and next to Mr Warner’s, Game Dealer”.

R W Proctor of Ashgate Road was also selling seeds for kitchen and flower gardens.  He was specifically advertising his sweet turnip seeds.  R W Proctor held a stall in the Market Place every Saturday.


*Accident at Staveley Works –

A young man named Joseph Martin was employed at the works in the moulding shops.  On the day in question he was clearing out the boxes after a casting had been done.  He did not hear the shout to stand clear for the throwing down of clay wash, which was customary to clear away the red-hot sand which sticks to the sides.  The clay wash fell onto Joseph and scalded him on his face, arms and body. 

It was also recorded that Joseph was a cripple after an earlier accident at the works and that his younger brother had been badly scalded in a similar manner to this recent incident about a year ago at the same works.

*Bankrupt’s -

There were three men declared bankrupt according to the Bankruptcy Act 1861 –

v  John Allen of Whittington Moor, was an Ironstone Miner and Contractor

v  John Lafbery of Packer’s Row, Chesterfield was a dealer in spirits, cigars, tea and cooper

v  William Dixon of Barrow Hill, was a draper, hosier and moulder

*For Sale –

The contents of the parsonage at Old Brampton were put up for auction on Tuesday and Wednesday 2nd and 3rd April 1867.  The house had belonged to the late Reverend William Peach and his executors had given instruction to sell the “valuable household furniture”. 

The furniture included pieces made of rosewood and mahogany and the Reverend had collected a massive library of around 1500 books covering all subjects from Greek and Latin classics, English, theology and general literature.  The sale would also include horses, cattle, sheep, farming implements, fat pig, hay stack, bricks and old bricks and even a quantity of manure.

*Respectable ladies stealing –

Two ladies described as “respectably dressed” were appearing in front of the Chesterfield Police Court after John Webster a butcher in Chesterfield accused the two ladies of stealing two sheep’s heads and plucks.

The ladies were named Mary Johnson and Fanny Foster.  Fanny was the wife of the landlord of the Anchor Inn.  Both ladies were from Bolsover near Chesterfield. And on the night in question the local Police Sergeant Booth had seen Mr Webster’s cart under an archway near to Fanny Foster’s home.  The two ladies were observed go towards the cart and remove something from it.  Later that night Mr Webster had reported to Sergeant Booth that the items had been stolen.  Mr Webster had seen Fanny give an item back to a young girl that was with him and when approached she did state that she was sorry for her actions.

The defence argued that Mr Webster had taken the cart all around Bolsover that night, with a lad calling out the prices.  How could they be definite that the meat was stolen by Mary and Fanny when there were drunken men all over at that time of night; in between 1am and 2am?

The ladies were bailed by Mr Foster and released without charge.

*Traveling without a ticket –

Thomas Williamson, Samuel Hopkinson, Thomas Dorey, Dennis Crane, Michael Carrowin, Thomas Staley and John Kennedy were all found to be traveling on board the Midland Railway service from Staveley to Chesterfield train without a ticket.  The train transports the Staveley working men back and forth to Chesterfield. 

They all gave their excuses; Dennis Crane said he did not have a ticket as he had only started work there yesterday, but he did have a shilling to pay for a ticket now, Samuel Hopkinson said that he had left his ticket at home.

The train tickets should have been purchased on a fortnightly basis from either Staveley or Chesterfield Station.  The Magistrate let the men off as he said that there was no proof that they did not have a ticket.  The men wished him “long life to your Honours”

*Drunk and disorderly –

Anthony Lowe of Barlow was accused of being drunk and riotous on 10th March, he pleaded not guilty.  P.C Hawkins said that he had seen Anthony and that he was in a drunken state, being very abusive and wanting to fight. 

Anthony called up William Fisher who had been drinking with him for 2 hours in the New Inn, who confirmed that Anthony was drunk but that there was no disturbance.  Samuel Freeman also agreed with this statement.

As Anthony had previous convictions he was found guilty and sentenced to 7 days hard labour.

*The first marriage at the Independent Chapel at Holymoorside –

Mr Joseph Brown married Miss Elizabeth Bray at the Independent Chapel on 16th March 1867, the very first marriage to be solemnised at the Chapel.  The service was taken by the Rev J P Gledstone of Sheffield.  The couple were presented with a bound Bible to commemorate the momentous occasion.


*Mr Thomas Rodgers of Staveley to Miss Mary Swift daughter of the late Richard Swift of Netherthorpe at Dore on 20th March

*Mr Samuel Needham collier to Miss Hannah Bennett, daughter of George Bennett timber dealer of Brampton at St Thomas’s Church on 18th March

*Mr Joseph Brown of Morton to Miss A Parker, fourth daughter of Wm Parker of Clay Cross at North Wingfield on 21st March


*Hannah Joel of Albert Terrace, Stonegravels after a long illness, wife to Mark Joel aged 49 years

*Ernest Walter Windle of Hasland aged 6 years on 18th March, youngest son of the ate Mr Henry Windle builder

*Miss Sarah Botham at Brampton aged 58 years on 18th March

*Mr Samuel Wheatcroft at Ashover on 12th March, aged 79 years

*At the Union workhouse –

v  Stephen Jepson aged 19 years of Dronfield on 16th March

v  Robert Bunting aged 15 years of Ashover on 14th March

v  Jane Roberts aged 53 of Hasland on 19th March

*Frederick Lilley so of Joseph Lilley brick maker of Brampton Moor, on 17th March of small pox

*James Kelly labourer aged 18 years at Spa Lane on 21st March

*Ann Taylor aged 56 years, widow of Samuel Taylor, at St Helen’s Street on 19th March


The weather in March of 1867 seems to be similar to that in 2013.  The inhabitants were expecting a nice “springwinter” and the tailors and drapers were said to be getting out their great coats and winter attires again.  It seems that although fine, it was bitterly cold but it was not putting off the people from getting out and about. 


*Calling all pig breeders –

Joseph Brown of Station Inn, Morton was proudly showing off his latest purchase……… Young Prince, a 6 month old first class boar pig.   This prize pig was bred locally by Mr R Holbrock of Clay Cross, from mother pig Lambert Lass and father pig Wonder.


Wednesday, 20 March 2013

Update of the Past NEWS.... 19th March 1892

*Sarah Hays –

It was reported last week that Sarah was badly burnt as a result of her playing near to the fire whilst her father was upstairs. 

Sarah was the daughter of George and Hannah Hays and in 1891 they lived at Brimington Common .  Sarah had 2 siblings an elder brother named George and a younger brother named Johnny.  Her father George was a coalminer and was a local man being born at Walton, Chesterfield.

George and Hannah had married in the March quarter of 1885 at Chesterfield Register Office; Hannah’s maiden name was Lamb.

Ten years on in 1901 and Sarah is still alive, she escaped the possibility of death after her burns but I wonder how they affected her?  The family has grown; she now has 4 younger siblings; Harriet, William, Francis and Mary Ann.  They are still living at Brimington Common and George is still employed as a coal miner.

On the 1911 census George has taken his family to live in Bolton-Upon-Dearne.  He has 4 more children; Doris aged 9 years born in Brimington, the other 3 children; Bernard, Fred and George Thomas who was just 7 weeks old were all born at Goldthorpe, Yorkshire.  The census tells us that George and Hannah had been married 26 years, they had 13 children but only 10 were still living in 1911.  Sarah Ann was not living with them in 1911, where was she?

Well it looks as though, for once there is a happy ending to the story of Sarah Hays and her burns…..

A Sarah Ann Hays married Edward Talbot at Doncaster in 1906.  On the 1911 census this Sarah Ann was born at Brimington Common in Chesterfield in 1888.  Sarah and her husband live at no 24 William Street, Goldthorpe, Rotherham and Edward works as a coal miner hewer.  Her mother and father George and Hannah are living at no 22 William Street, so it seems George was not going to let her too far out his sight after the terrible accident back in 1892.

Sarah and Edward have 2 children; George Edward aged 4 years and 3 month old Emily Martha.  Sadly, when Edward filled out the census return he incorrectly wrote all of the children that they had born; a little girl named Daisy Evelyn was recorded but then crossed out by the enumerator.  Daisy Evelyn was registered in both the births and deaths for the December quarter of 1909.

There is a possible death for a Sarah A Talbot born 1888 in 1962, she lived at Don Valley, Yorkshire and she was 74 years old.

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*Ann Broadhurst –

Ann was another person in last week’s NEWS who sustained life threatening injuries after she severed her palm and cut her artery.

Ann was married to John Broadhurst a coalminer.  She was born in Ashby De La Zouche , Leicestershire around 1836.  The couple lived at Long Row in Clay Cross and had at least 2 children; Mary born 1874 and William born 1875.

Ann did not die of her injuries, there is a registered death for an Ann Broadhurst in 1898, but the age is 68 which would make this ladies year of birth around 1830, however this may well be Ann and the informant may have got the dates wrong.

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Sunday, 17 March 2013

Echoes of our Past NEWS.......19th March 1892

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What was in the local news this weekend in 1892?


*St Patrick’s Day celebrations –

The Irish men and women of Chesterfield and the surrounding area all flocked into the town centre to celebrate their National Saint Day.  Those living out of the town arrived accompanied by brass bands playing.

Flags and banners were carried and the town was awash with an array of green ribbon and shamrocks proudly on display by all loyal Irish folk.  A large congregation attended High Mass at St Mary’s Church.  Afterwards a procession was formed through the streets of Chesterfield; at its helm was a “handsome banner”.

The celebrations followed on into the evening when a social gathering was held at the St Mary’s School entertained by Mr W Mountney's band.


*Chesterfield Union Workhouse –

The fortnightly meeting was held and the following was discussed –

v  Purchase of extra land in order to make improvement’s at the workhouse.  A loan had been agreed by the Local Government to enable the purchase to go ahead, the letter of approval was read out.  The money could be either paid back in annual or half yearly instalments.  A man named Mr Jones was concerned that the current inhabitants of Chesterfield would be paying this debt, whereas in fact the improvements would actually benefit those of the future generations.  Was this fair? After deliberation by the board it was agreed that the money should be borrowed over the usual 30 years.

v  Applications had been received for the position of relieving officer at the Chesterfield Workhouse, which was currently a vacant position.  It was agreed that there would be a further meeting to discuss the applications further.

*Rent arrears –

Joseph Hardy a collier from Beighton was accused of owing rent to Edward Ward of the sum of £1.  Instead, however of paying the rent he removed goods from the property and left without warning.  The goods were said to have been valued around £5 and so Joseph was charged with "fraudulently removing goods to evade distress”.

In his defence Joseph stated that he had given the £1 rent to a lady who had called to the property and that he thought the matter was at a conclusion.  There were no witnesses to confirm that Joseph removed any goods from the property.

The Bench decided that Joseph had attempted to defraud Edward Ward and he was fined £2 and costs.

*School girl theft –

Amy Roberts and Susan Parker Dudley were in trouble after they had allegedly stolen an Ulster (cloak) from a child named Virginia Southwell at Newbold on 11th March.  Virginia had taken the cloak to school but returned without it.  The cloak was worth 8s.

On further investigation it emerged that Susan Parker Dudley had pawned the cloak at P J Kelly’s pawnbrokers on Whittington Moor for the sum of 2s 11/2d.  The girls had then shared the money between them.

The parents of Amy and Sarah were very remorseful of their daughters having done such a terrible act and expressed their sorrow.  The girls were told that had they been older their actions would have led to imprisonment.

*Playing with fire –

On Sunday morning George Hayes allowed his children to go downstairs from their bedrooms to play.  Not long after George heard screams and he ran downstairs to find his little daughter Sarah on fire.  They managed to put the flames out but in consequence Sarah was very badly burnt.  She is still in a very serious condition and is suffering from shock.  Sarah was around 3 or 4 years old.

*Sudden death –

Mr George Slater a provisions dealer from High Street, Whittington has died suddenly after complaining of chest pains.  He had been in attendance at a meeting in Eckington on Saturday night.  George was aged 53 years old and a prominent member of the Methodist Church.  He followed the Liberal party in his political views.


*Mr James Lowe to Sarah French at Dronfield on 14th March

*Mr John Cooke Allison of Old Whittington to Elizabeth Whittaker at Ashover on 14th March

*Samuel Buckless to Isabella Ingram at the Parish Church, Chesterfield on 14th March

*Albert Cooper to Eliza Parkin at the Parish Church, Chesterfield on 14th March

*George Harold Stephen Cooper to Elizabeth Brown at the Parish Church, Chesterfield on 13th March


*Minnie Goss aged 22 months at Hasland on 13th March

*Sarah Marsh aged 79 years at Old Whittington on 12th March

*Henry Phillips aged 61 years at Apperknowle on 12th March

*Dora Ellen Pratt aged 4 months, daughter of William Pratt of Tibshelf on 12th March

*Willie Hilton aged 15 months at Stonegravels on 11th March

*Tom Anthony Rowe aged 35 years at Fritchley, Crich on 11th March

*Mary Sanders aged 49 years at Chesterfield on 8th March


*Chesterfield V Sheffield United –

Chesterfield Football Team was victorious after they won a match by 4 goals to 3 against Sheffield United.  The town had asked Sheffield United to attend and play a match, but it was commonly thought that “Chesterfield would not have a chance”.

The pitch at the Recreation Ground was described as “not conductive to good play, being very heavy and sticky”.  However the match was said to have been the best ever seen played on the ground.  Attendance was high and over two thousand fans were said to have paid at the gate.

Sheffield United won the toss and chose to play towards the entrance gates.  After only 4/5 minutes Chesterfield player Mitchell scored the first goal of the game, not happy at this United soon returned the goal and the game was now equalised.  Next to score for Chesterfield was Watson who scored from a flag kick.  United suffered an injury, after about 25 minutes pay H Lilley twisted his ankle and was taken off.

The teams were played as laid out –




Todd    Bannister

Davis    Vickers      Lacey

Holland    Roper    Hopkinson    Bennett    Mitchell


Watson    Duncan    Scott    Bairstow    Brooks

Hill    H.Needham    Stringer

H.E Lilley    Cain

J. W Lilley


Sheffield United


Take care when opening bottles –

Ann Broadhurst of Clay Cross was admitted to Chesterfield Hospital after she severed an artery in the centre of her left palm.  She was opening a beer bottle at the time and she lost a lot of blood which made her very week.  She was however said to be progressing nicely.

Ann was 58 years old and the wife of a miner employed at the Clay Cross Colliery Company.




Thursday, 14 March 2013

Update of the Past NEWS....... 11th March 1871

Catch up on the full story of last weeks NEWS...........

*Frederick Horton –

Frederick was in last week’s NEWS when he found himself accused of bigamy after he married a lady named Lucy whilst still being married to Letitia Phillips.

Frederick was the son of Ralph and Sarah Horton, Ralph worked as a game keeper and the family lived in Walgerton in Cheshire.  Frederick was baptised on 6th May 1838 at Wybunbury, Cheshire. In 1861 Frederick is aged 22 years old and he is recorded on the census as being a visitor at the home of Samuel Tonge an engine fitter at Barton Upon Irwell in Lancashire.  Frederick is employed as a gardener.

Frederick married Letitia Philips on 17th February 1863 at St Marks Parish Church in Hulme, Lancashire.  They were both of “full age” and single.  The witnesses at the marriage were Abel Mather and Mary Phillips.  Letitia was the daughter of George Phillips a farmer.

From online resources[1] I have found 2 possible children of Frederick and Letitia Horton, these may or may not be their children  - birth certificates would need to be obtained to confirm;

v  Sarah Elizabeth, born 17th December 1863, baptised 4th February 1864 at Accrington, Lancashire

v  John James, baptised on 12th August 1865 at St Marys Church, Stafford, died 1865

What occurred during the years after the marriage of Frederick and Letitia is not known.  If John James was their son then was it the sad death of baby John that caused the couple to part?  Letitia apparently left the country to live in France.  Frederick carried on with his life and married Lucy on 13th October 1867.

I have not managed to find out what happened to Frederick and Lucy after the trial in March 1871, did they remain together?

As for Letitia and her daughter …………there is no further mention of Letitia on English census records.  A 7 year old girl named Sarah Elizabeth Horton is living with Thomas and Ann Phillips at Cheadle, Cheshire in 1871 so this does look like it would be the correct Sarah Elizabeth Horton as the couple have her mother’s surname.

Letitia’s link to France may be that she was born there; on the 1861 census there is a 16 year old girl named Letitia Phillips who is visiting John Duna and his family in Middlesex.

Does anyone have any more information about this complicated family?
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*Ann and Sarah Page –
This couple were in the NEWS after it emerged that they concealed the birth of a child and buried the dead baby at South Normanton.
Ann was the daughter of Sarah and Samuel Page.  In December of 1870 she was working as a servant for Mr Swan a colliery proprietor.  A lady named Mrs Brown had visited the residence of Mr Swan and noticed that Ann looked as though she was “in the family way”.  Ann admitted that she was but told how the father of the child would not take responsibility.  She went on to tell Mrs Brown how terrible she felt that day.  Later the same day Mrs Brown found Ann and she had delivered a male child who was sadly dead when she found the pair.  Mrs Brown sent for Ann’s mother Sarah who arrived and wanted to take the dead child away to put him in the “dustheap”.  Mrs Brown denied her this and Sarah left the house.  Later that evening she returned and took away the child. 
It wasn’t until 18th February 1871 that the police were informed and P.C Lovatt went to call on Sarah Page asking her to take him to the place of the burial.  She did this, taking him to “an enclosed place, where the coal was kept” and “got a coal pick, and removed a quantity of coal slack, as well as a brick, underneath which she had buried the child, which was wrapped up in a piece of sheeting”.
At the trial Ann said that the father was a publican named Edwin Epperson.
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