So I’m happily going through the death certificates recently ordered from the GRO, and filling in the causes of death in my database, when I come to the certificate I’ve received for William Taylor, Ari’s 6x great-grandfather:
Not what one expects to find! This happened on 31 July 1849 in Heage, Derbyshire.
I then found the newspaper accounts in the British Newspaper Archive on Findmypast. The story appeared in the Derbyshire Courier and the Buxton Herald on 4 August 1849.
William was born in 1784 in Staveley, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, to Thomas and Sarah Taylor. His christening took place on 19 September 1784 at the church of St John the Baptist. In 1808 he married Millicent Bower, and they had at least six children.
William worked as a collier, and afterwards as a nailmaker (one report says that he kept a shop in Belper). The murder was reported quite widely, even outside the county (this is the London Morning Post):
The accused was charged at the next assizes, the following spring:
The Staffordshire Advertiser reported the outcome on 30 March 1850:
Such a sad story! The full newspaper accounts give lots of details about William and other family members, so I need to read them thoroughly. The moral of the story: death certificates are definitely worth finding!
Ari, this is how you are related to William: