BIGAMY AT SOUTH SHIELDS
George Strong, a young man who has been acting as barman, was indicted for bigamy, by marrying at South Shields, Catherine Turnbull, a widow, his former wife, whom he married at Monkwearmouth in 1868, being then alive.|
Mr Edge prosecuted.
Mr Wilkinson, who defended, said he was instructed to say that Mrs Turnbull knew that the prisoner was married when the ceremony was gone through at the register office, South Shields.
His Lordship remarked that that made no difference in the eye of the law.
He would like to know whether the proceedings were taken at the instance of the first wife.
Mr Wilkinson said he was instructed to say that the proceedings had been instituted by her brother, and at the instance of his wife.
His lordship then asked whether the second wife was aware of the first marriage.
Detective Patterson, who took prisoner into custody, in reply to his Lordship, stated that the proceedings were taken at the instance of the first wife's brother.
The second wife was living with the prisoner at the time he was apprehended, and from what could be learned, the prisoner left his first wife in Manchester.|
The prisoner: Oh, my Lord, she left me.
All I can say is that I never represented myself as being unmarried.
I saw her from the time she left me until the time I saw her at the Shields Police Court; that would be six years.
His Lordship said the inference he drew from the case that Catherine Turnbull must have been aware to some extent of his state at the time he was married.
His conduct in regard to her was not so heartless as sometimes happened in such cases, but still he had been found guilty of an offense against public decency, and he must therefore be sentenced to two months imprisonment.
The prisoner: Thank you, my lord.
Sunderland Daily Echo & Shipping Gazette, 12 Jan 1878|
THE BANKRUPTCY ACT, 1869
In the County Court of Durham, holden at Sunderland
In the matter of a special resolution for liquidation by arrangement
of the affairs of George Strong, residing at No 15, Grace -terrace, Bishopwearmouth,
in the Borough of Sunderland, in the County of Durham,
carrying on business under the style or firm of George Strong and Company
as Timber Merchant, Builder, and Contractor, at Deptford
in the Borough of Sunderland aforesaid.
The creditors of the above named George Strong, who have not already proved their debts, are required on or before the 12th day of January, 1878, to send their names
and addresses, and the particulars of their debts or claims, to me, the undersigned, Henry Rawlings, of No 59, John-street, Sunderland, accountant, the trustee under the liquidation, or in default thereof they will be excluded from the benefit of the divided proposed to be declared.
Dated this 5th day of January 1878
HENRY RAWLINGS, Trustee
Sunderland Dailey Echo & Shipping Gazette, 18 Jan 1878
Sunderland Bankruptcy Court, Yesterday|
In Re George Strong, timber merchant.
This was a motion to obtain possession of a house in the occupation of the bankrupt in Grace-terrace.
Mr. Blakey appeared for the owner of the house; Mr. Ritson for the debtor.
The motion was adjourned, to allow of copies of certain affidavits being obtained.
Sunderland Daily Echo, Friday, 22 Feb 1878|
SUNDERLAND COUNTY COURT|
MOTION IN BANKRUPTCY.
Re GEORGE STRONG, timber merchant.---
In the matter of proceedings for liquidation by arrangement or composition with creditors instituted by George Strong, residing at 15, Grace-terrace, Bishopwearmouth, carrying on business under the style of George Strong and Co., timber merchants, builders, and contractors, at Deptford, Mr. Blackwell, barrister, instructed by Mr. G. H. Blakey, moved on behalf of Mrs. Eliza Davison, widow, for an order for the delivery up of possession by the debtor of the house, 15, Grace-terrace, the same being her property.
Mr. T. W. Graham represented the trustee of the estate, Mr. Rawlings.
The motion was resisted, on behalf of the bankrupt, by Mr. Ritson, who maintained that Mrs. Davison was not the person to make the application, she having sold her interest in the house to Mr. T. E. Hall, who had re-sold it to Mr. Strong, the payment to be made in timber, which timber had been duly supplied..
The Judge held that the house had been sold in equity to Mr. Hall, and Mr. Hall had sold it to the bankrupt, and that the debtor was at present entitled to the house, Mr. Hall having been paid by timber, and he dismissed the motion with costs.
Jane Ann (Potts) Strong