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  • Joseph Heald of Flanshaw Lane, near Wakefield, apprentice

    Date: 14 Mar 1803

    Crime:
    Murder of Elizabeth Smith of Flanshaw Lane, near Wakefield, aged about 67.

    Morning Chronicle, 9 Sep 1802. Newcastle Courant, 19 Mar 1803. Hampshire Telegraph & Portsmouth Gazette, 28 Mar 1803. Criminal Chronology, p 139.

  • John Terry of Flanshaw Lane, near Wakefield, apprentice

    Date: 14 Mar 1803

    Crime:
    Murder of Elizabeth Smith of Flanshaw Lane, near Wakefield, aged about 67.

    On the scaffold Terry insisted that Heald was innocent and made frantic attempts to avoid hanging, insisting that he would not be hanged with an innocent man. Heald submitted quietly to being hanged.

    Morning Chronicle, 9 Sep 1802. Newcastle Courant, 19 Mar 1803. Hampshire Telegraph & Portsmouth Gazette, 28 Mar 1803. Criminal Chronology, p 139.

  • Martha Chapel / Martha Chapple of Ackworth, domestic servant, born 1783

    Date: 1 Aug 1803

    Crime:
    Murder of her illegitimate child by mangling it with her hands immediately after its birth.

    Chapel insisted on her innocence, claiming that any harm she had done the child occurred in her panic as she tried to deliver it; she had been left to give birth unattended.

    Newcastle Courant, 6 Aug 1803. Ipswich Journal, 13 Aug 1803. Rede, York Castle, p 226 (with erroneous date of 1802). Criminal Chronology, p 140.

  • William Knightson, son of Edmund Knightson

    Date: 15 Aug 1818

    Crime:
    Attempted murder by arsenic poisoning of Joseph Dodsworth of Arkendale.

    Knightson was married to Dodsworth's sister.

    Leeds Mercury, 18 July 1818.

  • Ursula Lofthouse of Kirby Malzeard, 26

    Date: 6 Apr 1835

    Crime:
    Murder of her husband Robert Lofthouse by poison at Kirby Malzeard.

    Chaplain's Journal: 6 Apr 1835. Hull Packet, 10 Apr 1835.

  • James Barbour, former travelling draper, 21

    Date: 15 Jan 1853

    Crime:
    Murder of Alexander Robinson, travelling draper, 24, at Sheffield on 2 Sep 1852.

    Both the accused and the victim had been travelling salesmen employed by D Barbour, a linen-draper of Doncaster. James Barbour was the cousin of his former employer.

    Gaoler's Journal & Chaplain's Journal: 15 Jan 1853. Reynolds's Newspaper, 26 Dec 1853. Morning Chronicle, 17 Jan 1853.

  • Henry Dobson of Wakefield, carpenter, 27

    Date: 9 Apr 1853

    Crime:
    Murder of his estranged mistress, Catherine Sheridan, 22, at Wakefield on 18 Feb 1853.

    Gaoler's Journal & Chaplain's Journal: 9 Apr 1853. Lloyd's Weekly Newspaper, 20 Mar 1853. Hull Packet, 15 Apr 1853.

  • William Jackson, former private in 77th Regiment of Foot, 29

    Date: 18 Aug 1874

    Crime:
    Murder of his sister, Elizabeth Jackson, 16, at Kirklington, near Ripon, on 5 May 1874.

    Jackson was the son of George Jackson, a farm labourer of Carthorpe. Jackson's was the first execution at York within the Castle grounds; a black flag was hoisted over Clifford's Tower when he was hanged and lowered when his body was cut down.

    Leeds Mercury, 1 Aug 1874; 8 Aug 1874; 19 Aug 1874.

  • Robert Kitching of Leeming, market gardener, 34

    Date: 30 Dec 1890

    Crime:
    Murder of James Weedy, police sergeant, at Leeming on 19 Sep 1890.

    Leeds Mercury, 10 Dec 1890; 31 Dec 1890.

  • George Trotter

    Date: 29 Mar 1756

    Crime:
    Murder of Hannah Wilson with a knife at Todwick town feast, near Rotherham.

    Trotter was said to be jealous of Wilson, his intended wife, expressing regard for another man.

    TNA: ASSI 42/7. Gazetteer and London Daily Advertiser, 3 Apr 1756.

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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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