Hay view from Castle

Hay view from Castle
Hay-on-Wye, Powys (formerly Breconshire), Wales. The "Town of Books" (and Vaughans!)

Monday, April 13, 2015

Not Guilty on Better than a Knock-out Punch

Found Uncle Samuel, one of Elinor's boys, in trouble with the law. He was up on Manslaughter and the criminal record had him not guilty. The full story is in the newspaper (thank you, National Library of Wales!):

29 March 1834 Glamorgan and Brecon Gazette and Merthyr Guardian

This is one of those times I wish my Grandpa was still around because he'd really enjoy this story. But he's probably up there swapping a few with his uncles and cousins.

I'm pleased as an attorney and a family member that the jury refused to convict. Congratulations, Mr. W. Lewis, Esq. And Uncle Samuel, he obviously had friends in the community.

The Vaughans weren't all bad.
Addendum with original newspaper account of the fight and death:

Monmouthshire Merlin, 9 November 1833

1 comment:

  1. I just realized there are a couple of important clues in this. Samuel was 19 or 20 at the time, just before he got married to Ann Pritchard. The newspaper account says "near the Hay" meaning out of town and "near his [Samuel's] own house" which would likely be John and Elinor's with Samuel not yet married.


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