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  • Peter Atkinson, 15

    Date: 6 May 1806

    Crime:
    Attempted murder - cutting and maiming of Elizabeth Stockton

    Criminal Chronology, p 143.

  • Thomas Williams of Sheffield, basket-maker, 29

    Date: 12 Aug 1837

    Crime:
    Murder of Thomas Froggatt of Sheffield, basket-maker.

    On the scaffold Williams made an impassioned speech against the evils of intemperance and warned drunkards to 'go home and be so no more'. He left a wife and 5 children.

    Chaplain's Journal: 12 Aug 1837. Morning Chronicle, 16 Aug 1837. Particulars of the Trial and Execution of Thomas Williams, 1837, BL: 1870.c.2(664).

  • John Henry Wood / John Henry Greaves of Whiston, near Rotherham, farm labourer, 27

    Date: 11 May 1880

    Crime:
    Murder of John Coe, farm labourer, at Rotherham on 19 Feb 1880.

    The press were admitted to Wood's execution, unlike the previous execution of John Darcy in 1879.

    Leeds Mercury, 1 May 1880; 12 May 1880. Hull Packet, 10 May 1880.

  • William Parkinson

    Date: 15 Aug 1729

    Crime:
    Murder of Archibald Noble, a Scottish drover, at Brouton near Cleveland.

    Sent from York to be hanged at Cleveland; body afterwards hung in chains.

    TNA: ASSI 41/2-78; ASSI 41/3. Daily Courant, 1 Aug 1729. Criminal Chronology, p 45.

  • Elizabeth Webster

    Date: Mar 1744

    Crime:
    Petty treason - murder of her husband John Webster by poison.

    Was originally convicted at Summer Assizes 1743, but her execution was delayed due to her pregnancy. Yorkshire Archaeological Journal, vol 25, p 441 records that William, son of Elizabeth Webster, was baptised at York Castle Gaol on 29 Sep 1743. Her sentence of burning at the stake was confirmed 5 Mar 1744. See also TNA: ASSI 45/22/3/98.

    TNA: ASSI 41/4.

  • Abraham Clayton of Howden, 35

    Date: 11 Aug 1764

    Crime:
    Murder of his wife Elizabeth Clayton at the parish of Monk Fryston.

    The accused made a confession which he retracted on the gallows of having strangled her with a ribbon because she threatened to have him hanged for keeping company with another woman. See also TNA: ASSI 45/27/2/27-38.

    TNA: ASSI 41/5; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 4 Aug 1764. London Evening Post, 14 Aug 1764. Newgate Calendar, p 348. Criminal Chronology, p 83 (with incorrect date of 15 Aug 1763).

  • Ann Sowerby of Escrick

    Date: 10 Aug 1767

    Crime:
    Petty treason - murder of her husband Timothy Sowerby by poison.

    Ann Sowerby was jointly accused with John Douglas of Osgodby but he was acquitted; she accused him of having bought the poison and murdered his own wife before giving her the remainder to kill her husband. She was drawn on a sledge to the place of execution and burnt.

    TNA: ASSI 41/5; ASSI 42/8. London Evening Post, 28 Jul 1767. St James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post, 11 Aug 1767. Criminal Chronology, p 84.

  • Thomas Lee of Grassington, innkeeper and formerly a lead miner, 25

    Date: 25 Jul 1768

    Crime:
    Highway robber and murder of Richard Petty at Burnsall on 1 Apr 1766.

    Body hung in chains at Grassington Gate, Grassington. See also TNA: ASSI 45/29/1/101-102A.

    TNA: ASSI 41/5; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 16 Jul 1768. Public Advertiser, 29 Jul 1768. St James's Chronicle or the British Evening Post, 26 Jul 1768. Criminal Chronology, p 85.

  • John Scott of Northowram

    Date: 25 Jul 1774

    Crime:
    Murder of Hannah Stocks by poison at Northowram, Halifax, on 21 Mar 1774.

    The victim was mother to the accused's child and six months pregant with another child; she was forced to take arsenic at knifepoint after refusing to take poison to procure an abortion. See also TNA: ASSI 45/31/2/157-158.

    TNA: ASSI 41/6; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 16 Jul 1774. General Evening Post, 26 Jul 1774. Criminal Chronology, p 88.

  • Thomas Knapton of Potternewton, Leeds, yeoman

    Date: 3 Aug 1784

    Crime:
    Murder of Hannah Wood, 'his sweetheart', by poison at Leeds on 10 Nov 1783.

    See also TNA: ASSI 45/35/1/113-117.

    TNA: ASSI 41/8. Whitehall Evening Post, 10 Aug 1784. Criminal Chronology, p 95.

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  • Mary Endick

    Date: Lent 1724

    Crime:
    Murder of her illegitimate child; reprieved 28 Feb 1729.

    TNA: ASSI 41/2-48,51; ASSI 45/18/6-96; SP 36/10.

  • Elizabeth Conney / Elizabeth Coney

    Date: Summer 1744

    Crime:
    Murder of her illegitimate child (a son); reprieved 14 years Lent 1745.

    TNA: ASSI 41/3; ASSI 41/4.

  • Joseph Vickers / Joseph Vickars

    Date: Lent 1750 York City

    Crime:
    Murder of John Bower; reprieved 14 years Summer 1750.

    TNA: ASSI 41/3; ASSI 41/4.

  • Ann Nell / Anne Nell of Selby

    Date: Lent 1740

    Crime:
    Murder of an infant, Joseph Nell; confessed; reprieved 14 years Summer 1740.

    TNA: ASSI 41/4.

  • Thomas Harrison

    Date: Lent 1770

    Crime:
    Breaking and entering the dwelling house of Robert Whiting with an intent to kill and murder him and to steal his goods; reprieved 14 years Summer 1770.

    TNA: ASSI 41/6; ASSI 42/8. Calendar of Felons, 24 Mar 1770; 4 Aug 1770.

  • Francis Foremead / Francis Furmont

    Date: Summer 1724

    Crime:
    Murder of Mary Garside, wife of John Garside; reprieved.

    TNA: ASSI 41/2-51; ASSI 45/18/1-52.

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