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Family stories:Joseph Shepherd - Seaman (1831-1875)
Posted by: Sylvia Ciura (Boehm) on July 12 2015 04:12



On Tuesday morning, March 9, Joseph Shepherd, a seaman of the Earl Dalhousie, was missed from the vessel, and reported to the police as a deserter. Subsequent en-

qulrlas, however, gave rise to the belief that he must have met with, some accident, but the enquiries instituted were of no avail, and nothing further was heard of him until Wedoes day morning, when his body was found in the river. It waa at once removed to the dead nouke, and In the afternoon Mr. G, F. Dashwood, S.M., conducted an enquiry into the drnuutaaoM. The following; witnesses wen examined by Sergeant-Doyle. Thomas Too, landlord of the Prince's Hotel recognised the body, asd add—l last aaw him alive on Monday, when he came to my house for « bottle of Turn. He said, "Be quick ; the mate lent me." He paid for the ram with a sH-Bote, receiving 16a. 6d., sad then had anobbier of mm, whloh he drank. As he was leaving another seaman of the same vessel, WQUam Taylor, stopped him, and soid, " What have you got there, yon old beggar," and okingiy tried to take the bottle from him. Deceased, who seemed perfectly sober, said— "H you're drunk, Vm. not," and left the house.Taylor remained until the house was closed. The Bar! Dalhousla was lying at Prince's Wharf, about 300 yards distant from my hoteL Heard no distmbanee np to the time I want to bed. By the Jury—Did not see whether de ceased had any other money than the ohange out of the note. William Taylor, carpenter of the Earl Dal housie, said—Deceased was a shipmate of mine. Saw Mm at the Prince's Hotel about 9 o'clock on Monday night, when I had a laugh and jokewith him, and tried to take the bottle from him, but be alewed round and went out. I left about an hour afterwards, and went direct on board. Was alone at the time. Left Punter, the engi neer, and Thompson, the cook, at the hotel. Saw no one an board the sup, and want to bed directly. The deceased was night watohman. Did not call or enquire for him. Deceased was slightly the worse for drink on Sunday night. The engineer slept in the same cabin with me. Did not know whether the oook came on board that night, but the engineer came en board shortly after me. There was no quarrelling. The de osaaed was liked by all on board. He had been unwell during the voyage. By the Coroner- Was awoke by one of the seamen (John Pearson enqoMng for deceased. Told htm I had not ■sen him. Was in bed all night. Got op about a quarter-past 6, and heard deceased was mis sine. By the Jury—Did not see deceased after he left the hotel. Did not see him receive the ohange. Saw no watchman when I went on board. It was not usual to do so. James Thompson, oook, said—l was at thePrince's Hotel on Monday evening, but went on board about 8 o'clock. About 9 o'clock gave deceased a £1 note to get a bottle of ram, and did not see him afterwards. Was in my berth forward, and went to sleep about 10 o'olook. Heard no voice on board nor alongside. The carpenter and engineer were at the hotel when I left. Heard no splash or noise daring the night. Deceased never had any dispute with anybody. She apprentice and sail maker slept in the same berth as I did, and had turned in before I went to sleep. By the Coroner—The rum was for me. Made enquiries for deceased about midnight. Was neither drunk nor sober.Frank Hughes, a seaman,' laid—l and aiiotb.Hr snamnn, Katban Bnunwalt had been at the Town Hall, and went on board about 11 o'clock. Saw no watchman then. We went together to the forecastle, said Brunwell afterwards went on to look for one of the men who was sick.

Ha returned a minute or two after and said lie bad heard a splash in the water. Bramwetf took a candle snd they looked through one of the port-holes next the wharf. Whist doing so heard another splash. It appeared to be just a baft the fore-rigging. The gangway Is at the break of the poop. Heard no other sound. There were wooden lenders fore and aft. and up and down. By the Court—The gangway was formed of three or four planks fastened together, and with steps. It was about a yard wide. The ship was about 2 feet from the wharf. A person falling would be sure to strike against the piles. Saw one of the men on deck who was stok, bat no one on the wharf. It was rather dark. Nathan BramweH gtve similar evidence, and stated that whilst looking for the man whe was sick he heard a splash near the gangway ladder. Oalled to Hughes, who came out ard both looked through one of the ports. A few minutes after heard another splash, but saw nothing. When he first heard the splash he thought it was the man who wa« sick who had fallen into the water, but finding him afterwards, thought no more of the matter. Made no enquiries for the watchman. By the Jury—The gangway was lighted, and no would have any difficulty in getting on board. Benjamin Pointer, engineer, deposed to having seen the deosased at the hotel about 9 o'clock when he purchased the rum and changed a £1 note. Witness further said, I gave him a glass of ale. He might have had something else to drink without my knowledge. I left the house before deceased, and remained talking to another man outside. As deceased passed me at tiie corner of the wharf he asked me to go on board, bnt I replied that I «v going for a walk. Deceased went direct towards his ship. The other man went on board his vessel, which was lying close to ours, and I walked in an opposite direction alone, returning about 11 o'clock. The carpenter slept in the same com.panment; but was asleep when I went on bosrd. Did not see the watchman, nor Bram weU and Hughes. Heard no footsteps on board or on the wharf, nor any noise afterwards. The carpenter was not quite sober when we parted, and I was not quite sober when I returned to j the ship. Was quite sober when I mot de- Iceased. The landlord save deceased the ale, and I paid for it John Hansen, another seaman, gave eorrobo- ! rative evidence, and said—After deceased went for the ram ths mate came forward and enquired for him. Smith, one of the seamen, was sent to fetch him back, and to bring the rum. The two returned together, and were talking to the mate on the wharf. About three-quarters of an hour after the deoeased cams into the forecastle and asked for some rum. He was sober then. I gave him some rum. Deceased aaid he had given the changeto the cook. After having the rum he said he must go on the poop and keep his watch. I went into the forecastle, where one of the men was playing the flute, and fell asleep. Did not hear BramweU and Hughes come on board. About half the bottle of rum was drunk. George Johnstone, chief officer, said the last time he saw the deceased was at a quarter-past 10, at the foot of the gangway, on the wharf. Be was sober then. Told him to look out for the Captain, and to keep the light burning brightly. Old not ace him bring any rum on board. Went on the poop with the doctor, and then to his cabin. Everything was quiet on board that night. Johan Henning, a seaman of the Laura, stated that the body of deoeased came np close to that vessel, whioh was lying in the stream, about half-psst 8 that morning. Was in a boat at the time unfastening the mooring chain. Alfred Cornell, constable, deposed to having removed the body to the deadhonse. Searched it, but found no money. Eobt Getting, M.D., Kdin., sUted ihtt incompany with Dr. Hudson, B.N, the surgeon of the ship, he bad made apoat-CTartemexamination of the body of deceased. The only mark found was a lacerated wound on the upper and back part of die head. It was a jigged wound,extending to the poll of the skull Found no injury to the bone, externally or internally, nor to the brain. Should consider the wound was earned by a tall upon some sharp projection, such as the nut of a large screw, and the flesh was ploughed up. Considered drowning was the cause of death, but the falling wouU pro dueo unconsoionsneu. A blow would not pro duce the same appearance. Dr. Hudson gave similar testimony. The Coroner, in ramming up, remarked that fsere were some discrepancies in the evidence, bat this could be accounted for by the condi tion of the men, who, If not drunk, were sot in their proper senses. There was do doubt de* ceased had some of the rum, bnt the last person who saw him was the mate, and he was then at the foot of the gangway and appeared quite sober. He drew attention to the medical evidence from whioh It would appear that the wound was caused by a fall upon some projection. There could be little doubt that the blow caused insensibility and prevented him using any exertion to save his life. The Jury returned a verdict that the deceased was found drowned but that there was no evidence to show how he came into the water.

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Genealogy:Sir Humphrey Stafford III
Posted by: Desmond Keith Carman on May 31 2014 04:56

Sir Knight Humphrey III Stafford was executed for participating in a late War of the Roses rebellion. As described in Wikipedia:

The Stafford and Lovell rebellion was the first armed uprising against Henry VII after he won the crown at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. The uprising was led by Viscount Lovell and the Stafford brothers and occurred during Eastertime 1486. The conspirators against the King believed that there would be more opportunity for personal gain if they managed to restore the Yorkist monarchy. However, the uprising was a total disaster. On the 22 April 1486 Lord Lovell decided not to risk open rebellion and escaped to Burgundy; whilst the Stafford brothers had risen in rebellion in Worcester despite the fact that Henry had obtained mass support in that area. During this time Henry was in York on a nationwide tour of the country. As soon as he advanced toward Worcester, in order to eliminate any pro Yorkist support, which could be gained, the Stafford brothers fled into sanctuary.


The King took immediate action, ordering the removal of the brothers from sanctuary. Henry then ordered the execution of Humphrey Stafford but pardoned the younger Thomas Stafford. The arrest prompted a series of protests toward Pope Innocent VIII about breaking sanctuary; this resulted in a Papal bull in August which severely limited the rights of sanctuary, excluding it completely in cases of treason, thereby vindicating the King's actions.


From Jorge Castell's page on Humphrey Stafford of Grafton: STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir Knight)2

Humphrey STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir Knight)

Born: ABT 1427, Grafton, Worcestershire, England

Died: 8 Jul 1486, Tyburn

Notes: executed by order of King Henry VII for siding with Richard III.

Father: Humphrey STAFFORD of Grafton (Sir Knight)

Mother: Eleanor AYLESBURY

Married: Catherine FRAY (b. 1437 - d. 1482) (dau. of Sir John Fray, Chief Baron of the Exchecker, and Agnes Danvers) 1452, Grafton, Worcestershire, England


1. Anne STAFFORD (B. Latimer)


3. Humphrey STAFFORD of Blatherwycke


From the Celtic Casimir online family tree:

Humphrey III STAFFORD Sir Kt.

Born: Abt 1427, Grafton, Worcester, England

Married: Unknown, Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England

Died: 8 Jul 1486, Tyburn, London, England

Buried: Greyfriars, London, England

Cause of his death was hanged, drawn and quartered.

General Notes:

!NOTE: Weis, Ancestral Roots, 7th ed., line 187-11.

!NOTE: Additional information provided by a sketch of the various Stafford families, submitted to Gen-Medieval digest 20 Oct 1999 ("Stafford pt. 1") by Doug Gentile, provided originally by Rah Williams <>.

Marriage Information:

Humphrey married Katherine FREY on an unknown date in Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, England. (Katherine FREY was born about 1438 in England and died on 12 May 1482 in England.)


From Darryl Lundy's Peerage page on Humphrey Stafford:

Humphrey Stafford1

M, #107326

Last Edited=28 Dec 2008

Humphrey Stafford lived at Grafton, Worcestershire, England.1

Child of Humphrey Stafford

1.Anne Stafford+1


1.[S37] Charles Mosley, editor, Burke's Peerage, Baronetage & Knightage, 107th edition, 3 volumes (Wilmington, Delaware, U.S.A.: Burke's Peerage (Genealogical Books) Ltd, 2003), volume 2, page 2246. Hereinafter cited as Burke's Peerage and Baronetage, 107th edition.

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Family stories:Thomas Kirkland MD
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Oct 15 2013 03:04
KIRKLAND, THOMAS, M.D. (1721-1798), medical writer, a native of Scotland, was born in 1721. He practiced at Ashby-de-la-Zouch, Leicestershire. In January 1760 he was called in to attend the steward of Lord Ferrers after he had been shot by his master. Despite Ferrers's threats of violence, Kirkland contrived the arrest of the murderer (Gent. Mag. xxx. 44, 230). By 1774 Kirkland had graduated M.D. at Edinburgh, and subsequently became a member of the Royal Medical Societies of Edinburgh and London. He died at Ashby-de-la-Zouch on 17 Jan, 1798.

Kirkland's writings are: 1. 'A Treatise on Gangrenes,' 8vo, Nottingham, 1754. 2. 'An Essay on the Methods of Suppressing Hæmorrhages from Divided Arteries,' 8vo, London, 1763. 3. 'An Essay towards an Improvement in the Cure of those Diseases which are the cause of Fevers,' 8vo, London, 1767. 4. 'A Reply to Mr. Maxwell's Answer to his Essay on Fevers; wherein the Utility of the Practice of Suppressing them is further exemplified,' 8vo, London, 1769. 5. 'Observations on Mr. Pott's General Remarks on Fractures, etc.; with a Postscript concerning the Cure of Compound Dislocations,' 8vo, London, 1770 (Appendix, 1771). 6. 'A Treatise on Childbed Fevers... with two Dissertations, the one on the Brain and Nerves, the other on the Sympathy of the Nerves, etc.' (included in 'Essays on the Puerperal Fever,' published by the Sydenham Society in 1849), 8vo, London, 1774. 7. 'Animadversions on a late Treatise on the Kink-Cough [by Dr. William Butler]. To which is annexed an Essay on that Disorder,' 8vo, London, 1774, published anonymously. 8. 'Thoughts on Amputation; being a Supplement to the Letters on Compound Fractures, and a Comment on Dr. Bilguer's book on this operation; also, an Essay on the use of Opium in Mortifications,' 8vo, London, 1780. 9. 'An Essay on the Inseparability of the different Branches of Medecine,' 8vo (London, 1783). 10. 'An Inquiry into the Present State of Medical Surgery,' 2 vols. 8vo, London, 1783-6. (Appendix, edited by his son, James Kirkland, surgeon to the Tower, 1813). 11. 'A Commentary on Apoplectic and Paralytic Affections, and the Diseases connected with the Subject,' 8vo, London, 1792.

[Gent. Mag. 1798. pt. i. pp. 88-9, 254; Watt's Bibl. Brit.]
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Family stories:William Walcot
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Oct 13 2013 01:52
William Walcot, b. 1633 Lydbury North, d. after 1695 unm.; a page to King Charles I, he attended the king at his execution in 1648. He and the other page present were each given half of the king's blood-stained cloak. This garment was at Bitterly Court for many years, and is still in the possession of one of the family. William graduated from Oxford 1653, was student at Gray's Inn 1654, and was admitted to the Middle Temple in 1657 with Thomas Walcott and Henry Dighton, both of the Outer Bar as bondsmen. In 1675, William Walcott petitioned the Crown for a patent for 14 years for his invention "for making water corrupted fit for use." A pamphlet of 1702 entitled "Sea Water Made Fresh" by Humphrey Walcot of London, merchant, says "My uncle William spent most of his life and a considerable estate in making it, but now the right thereto by Letters Patent, Hague 1684, comes to me." d. unm
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Family stories:W J Richards
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Oct 13 2013 01:27
William John Richards, wife Lydia, and seven children were residents of Burra, South Australia. From as early as 1902 Mr. Richards operated the Aberdeen bicycle depot, and in the preceding years extended his business by taking on agencies for De Dion, Wolseley, and Clement-Talbot motor cars and motor cycles.
His prosperous business provided him with time to work on the committee of the Burra automobile club, and in addition led to his company’s sponsorship of numerous fun runs.
In September 1910, Richards sold his business and stock in trade to Vivian Lewis Limited, traders in bikes, motor cycles, and motor car accessories. The family remained in Burra until selling their home and furnishings in 1916 then leaving for Adelaide.
He remained in the motor trade and lived in Lockleys, Ovingham, and lastly at Henley Beach where he died on the 16th of October 1945 aged 74 years and was buried at Centennial Park cemetery.
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Family stories:John Carman
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Oct 13 2013 00:43

John Carman was the fourth child of John and Ruth Carman (nee Mosely). He was baptized on the 6th of December 1789 at Yalding, Kent

England, and was married on the 29th of October 1813 at Goudhurst, Kent, England. He married Mary Martha Mainwaring(sometimes pronounced


John and Mary Martha departed London and the Downs with six out of their nine children (3 died in England). They went on board the sailing ship 'Rajasthan', which sailed from the latter place on the 27th of October 1839, heading for South Australia. Captain Duncan Ritchie was the commanding officer, and he anchored the vessel at Holdfast Bay, on the 6th of February 1840.

In the village of Thebarton, John had purchased lots 43&44,and it was here the family settled. Mary Martha died here on the 24 th of December 1840,after a very long illness, and was buried in the West Terrace Cemetery. The ceremony being performed by Reverend James Farrell of the St . Johns Holy Trinity Church.

A Census was taken in 1841,and under Thebarton, the household of John Carman stated that there were seven males and two females in residence.

One of the extra males was one Richard Lambert(husband to Martha) ,but the

other one we can not be sure of. On the 22nd of March 1847,John finalised

the sale of lots 42&43 of Thebarton, because he had purchased section 6121 at Chain of Ponds. Here he resided until his death from a hernia, at his sons residence at North Gumeracha, on the 16th of March 1861 aged 71yr.

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Genealogy:Roger Walcot
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Sep 19 2013 04:15

Rogerus Walcot de Walcot, Ar., m. Margareta fillia Davidis Lloyd ap Ll’nn ap Griffith de Mathuvar, Armigeri. Roger was probably born about 1420. Armiger means that Roger was the acknowleged bearer of a coat of arms, in this case the chess rook arms granted to John Walcot, above. Roger's son, Edward was surity for David Lloyd's nephew.

David Lloyd, 1395-1497, second son of Sir Griffith Vychan, c.1385-1447. "At a seat called Mathavarn, which in 1644 was destroyed by fire, resided the famous seer and bard of the 15th century, David Llwydd" (National Gazetteer, 1868). David Lloyd was the bard who told Henry Tudor that he would be victorious at Bosworth Field in 1485. A poem about Sir Griffith Vychan ap Griffith executed in 1447 for supporting the House of York, was written by David Lloyd of Mathavern: "For the man with the golden collar whom I loved best, the heart is pining. If, ...

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Family stories:Ferrers
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Aug 5 2013 05:42
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Family stories:Charles Walcot, c. 1545-1596
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Aug 5 2013 04:14
Carolus Walcot de Walcot in com. Salop, Ar.; m.(1) Margareta filia Johannis Isham, son to Roger; m. (2) Beatrixt fil Antho Gerling per filiam Tho. Seckford de com. Suff. Charles Walcot, c. 1545-1596, bur. Lydbury North; his father died while he was a minor, and Charles was a ward of Sir Henry Sidney, KG. He was a student at the Middle Temple. In 1571 and 1579 Charles Walcott S. of Llanfair-in-Bulith was sheriff of Breconshire. About 1570 the town of Bishop's Castle and surrounding lands became crown property and about 1573 the Crown land there was purchased by the Walcots. At that time a new town charter was granted with powers of self-government and the right to send two members to Parliament. Charles Walcot was one of the burgesses named in that charter. Charles was MP for Bishop's Castle in the Parliament of 1586 and 1588. He m. (1) Margaret Isham, dau. of John Isham by whom no children; m. (2) 1566 at Ludlow to Bea...

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Family stories:Thomas Walcot Rye House Plot
Posted by: Geoffrey Lambert on Aug 5 2013 04:11
Col. Thomas Walcott, 1625 Warwickshire. He purchased Ballyvarra Castle in 1655, and in 1659 was at Dunmurry; became a Puritan and Lt. Col. in the Parliamentary Army, serving in the Irish campaign. He had large estates at Croagh, Co. Limerick, Ireland, prior to 1662. In 1669 Thomas Walcott of Moyhill was assigned Dromoland Castle, in County Clare. He was executed in 1683 for his part in the Rye House Plot, a conspiracy to assassinate Charles II and his brother, James, Duke of York, as they traveled from the Newmarket races to London past Rye House in Hertfordshire. The plot was aborted but was betrayed to the government. His attainder was reversed in 1696 in favor of his eldest son, John. Thomas m. Jane Blayney, dau. Thomas Blayney and niece of Baron Blaney.
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