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Richard Darby

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  • Name Richard Darby  [1
    Born Abt May 1817  Leckhampstead, Buckinghamshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 18 May 1817  Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Residence 6 Jun 1841  Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 31 Mar 1851  Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1871  Wood Burcote, Towcester, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1891  Easton Neston, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • The Times, 11 Mar 1874

      Northampton Mar 10
      Crown Court

      Thomas Chamberlain was charged with the wilful murder of John Cox Newitt at Wood Burcote on the 30th Nov last.
      Mr John Cox Newitt was a farmer 72 years of age, and lived at Wood Burcote, his household consisting of himself, his wife, a single son and a maid servant named Harriet Stevens. The prisoner, who is a shoemaker by trade, lived at and kept the Lordsfield toll gate, about a mile and a half from Mr Newitt's farm. The prisoner was well-known to the deceased and his household, for he was in the habit of bringing parcels to Newitt's house which were left at the toll gate. On Sunday evening, Mr Newitt and his wife usually remained at home, while young Newitt and the servant went to church. But on the Sunday evening in question, Mrs Newitt and her son went to church, leaving the old man and the maid servant in the house. It appeared from the evidence that on this evening the maid servant was sitting at the table writing a letter and the old man was reading his Bible in the parlour, when the girl hear the front door opened and steps along the passage. She jumped up and turned to the kitchen door leading into the passage, when a man came in with a weapon over his right shoulder and attacked her by seizing her with his left hand and striking her on the shoulder with the weapon which he carried in his right. The girl was face to face with the man and had good opportunity for observing him, and she swore most positively and without doubt or hesitation that the prisoner was the man. The girl screamed out and old Newitt at once came to her assistance, upon which the man left the girl and attacked Newitt, who in the first onset seems to have pushed his assailant down; but the latter got up again instantly and felled old Newitt to the ground, his head striking the fender. This is the last which the girl saw of the affair; she ran out of the house screaming "Murder", and went with all speed to the nearest cottages for assistance. The first to arrive was a labourer named Darby, who worked for Newitt and he found his master lying on his back in the kitchen in a pool of blood, quite dead, and with 2 terrible wounds, one on each side of the head, and extending from the top of the head to the neck , and on one side penetrating even to the inner vertebrae of the neck. From information which the servant girl gace to the police, the latter went to the prisoners house and arrived there about 9.30, or rather more than an hour after the affray had first commenced. In the house, hanging on a chair, they found a pair of trousers and a waistcoat with many wet spots of blood upon them, and a shirt the left wristband of which was saturated with fresh blood; the coat too, which the prisoner had on was spotted with wet blood in many places, and in the pocket was found a silk handkerchief perfectly drenched with blood. The prisoner's hat, too had blood on it, both inside and out, and two grey hairs upon it corresponding in colour and appearance with the grey hairs of the murdered man. The prisoner's fingers were much cut on the upper side, and he accounted for this by saying he had cut his finger at supper. The clothes upon which the blood marks were found were identified by the servant girl as similar to those which the prisoner wore when he came into the kitchen. Spots of blood were found upon the road for some distance from the old man's house towards that of the prisoner's. For some days no weapon could be discovered with which the murder could have been committed, but subsequently a pool close to the prisoners house was dragged, and in it was found a heavy cutlass, which a general dealer had sold to the prisoner some time before and now identified as the same weapon, and spots of blood were traced from the prisoner's house on the road leading towards this pond. It should be added that the prisoner had on a clean calico shirt when apprehended and in his coat pocket were found a piece of candle and a box of matches.

      Mr Metcalfe, for the prisoner, contended that his identity was not fully proved, and that the blood upon his clothes might have been the result of the cut on his fingers, and that no adequate motive for the crime had been proved, seeing the prisoner and deceased were on friendly terms and that nothing had been stolen from the deceased.

      The learned judge, in summing up, told the jury that if they were satisfied with the identity of the prisoner they must find him guilty of murder, and that there were no circumstances that might reduce the crime to manslaughter. The jury retired to consider their verdict, and after an absence of 10 minutes returned with a verdict of Guilty of murder, and the prisoner, who showed no signs of emotion, was sentenced to death in the usual form.

      After the trial was concluded, the learned Judge, addressing the girl Stevens, said he had seen certain threatening letters which had been sent to her, and that they seemed to be written by the same person, probably the prisoner's wife, who might be excused for doing what she could for her husband, and that it was the girl's duty to forgive the unfortunate woman. He then complimented the girl, not only on the way she had given her evidence, but on the bravery she had shown under very trying circumstances.
    Person ID I26943  ONS
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2014 

    Family Susannah Turvey,   b. Abt 1817, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 12 Sep 1836  Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
    +1. Hannah Catherine Darby,   b. Abt Dec 1837, Towcester, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     2. Emma Darby,   b. Abt May 1840, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     3. George Darby,   b. Abt Sep 1841, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Sophia Darby,   b. Abt May 1844, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Leah Darby,   b. Abt Oct 1846, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     6. Margaret Darby,   b. Abt Jun 1850, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
    +7. Charles Turvey Darby,   b. Abt May 1852, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
    +8. Peggy Darby,   b. Abt Sep 1855, Duncote, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     9. Richard William Darby,   b. Abt Jul 1858, Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     10. Frederick Darby,   b. Abt Aug 1863, Wood Burcote, Towcester, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location
    Family ID F9349  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 18 May 1817 - Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 12 Sep 1836 - Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 6 Jun 1841 - Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 31 Mar 1851 - Greens Norton, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1871 - Wood Burcote, Towcester, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 1891 - Easton Neston, Northamptonshire Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S193] Towcester Families website, Mary Taylor.