WILLIAM SPENDELOW, Sexual Offences > bigamy, 15th January 1794.

Reference Number: t17940115-39
Offence: Sexual Offences > bigamy
Verdict: Guilty
Punishment: Imprisonment > newgate; Miscellaneous > fine

107. WILLIAM SPENDELOW was indicted for that he, on the 17th of

November in the 19th year of his present Majesty's reign, at the parish of All Saints in the town of Harford, then took to wife one Mary French , spinster; and that afterwards on the 13th of December , in the parish of St. Botolph without Aldgate , did take to wife one Margaret May , spinster, and to the said Margaret was then and there married, his former wife being then alive .

JOSEPH GREEN sworn.

I am a constable belonging to the City; I am the person that apprehended the prisoner, I have got the certificate of the first marriage at Harford; I compared it word for word with the register and I am sure it is a true copy.

(The certificate of the marriage read.)

Q. Where any of the witnesses present at this marriage? - Yes, Mr. Unwin.

JOSEPH UNWIN sworn.

I know the prisoner at the bar; he is my brother-in-law.

Q. Do you remember any thing of his being married in 1788? - Yes, I gave my sister away, I was father there.

Q. At what church? - Harford church.

Q. What was the name of the first wife? - Mary French .

Q. Is she at this moment alive? - I have not seen her for this twelvemonth, she is down in Essex and has five children.

- POINTER sworn.

Q. Are you acquainted with Mrs. Spendelow whose maiden name was French? - Yes, I see her about three weeks ago.

Court to Unwin. Is it understood in your family that Mary French is living? - Yes, it is.

MARGARET MAY sworn.

The prisoner married me under the pretence of a single man.

Q. When was this marriage folemnized? - This day five weeks, at Aldgate church by licence.

Q. Is the register here? - Yes.

JOHN TASKETER sworn.

I am clerk of the parish of St. Botolph Aldgate. On the 12th of December, I had notice given to me, that there was to be a licensed wedding on the day following, I asked very particularly whether it was to be in our parish or not? The next morning the parties were William Spendelow of the parish of Great Stambridge in the county of Middlesex, (as given to me) a batchelor, and Margaret May , of the parish of St. Botolph, Aldgate, a spinster.

Q. Was you present at the marriage? - I was.

Q. Should you know the parties again? - Yes, both of them, the prisoner at the bar I know is the man to my certain knowledge, and the young woman is the other.

JAMES MILLER sworn.

I gave the young woman in marriage the 13th of December.

Q. Are you related to her? - No, none at all.

Q. Are you acquainted with her? - Yes, for this four or five months.

Prisoner. I wish to say I was very much intoxicated with liquor.

- sworn.

I know the prisoner at the bar exceeding well, he was at my house three or four days before this last affair happened, he went on in such manner that I could not make out what he said, I had business to do with him, I have known him for five years, this last time he came and wanted me to give him money for a

draft; he comes of a very respectable family; I am sure that young Spendelow must be out of his mind or stupified; that was two or three days before he was married to this unhappy woman.

- sworn.

I have known him for some time, he was at my house and put his horse up on the Monday that he was married on the Friday morning, he has been a customer to me for some time, I am an inn-holder in the City of London, he has been brought up a farmer, he always behaved in a very decent way when he came to my house; I have supplied him with cash for notes at various times. On Thursday he pushed me very hard for fifteen pounds, I denied him because I thought there was something in him not right, at different times he would go and sit down in different parts of my room and fall a crying, and tare his hair, and then he would come to me and want money; we missed him on the Friday night, on the Saturday morning he came into my house about eight o'clock in the morning and asked me for a horse; I let him have a horse, he said, he would go down in the country and see his wife's relations; on the Saturday morning his late wife came to my house and asked for Mr. Spendelow, the reply I made was that he was gone out of town; my wife informed her that Mr. Spendelow had gone down to see his wife's relations; she asked whether he had a wife? my wife replied that he had been married for upwards of four years; she says I was married to him yesterday; I said I am very sorry for it, but I don't think he is right in his mind; says she, I thought so, for he pinched me here, and he pinched me here, I never was served so before; I asked her how long she had known him? She said since Tuesday morning.

- STONARD sworn.

I am a cornfactor. I have known his father for a great number of years, and he naturally applied to me since he came into business for himself. I have very little to say to his character; I never heard any harm of him, and I have had reason to think that he was rather deranged, that he was not always as he should be.

GUILTY . (Aged 25.)

Imprisoned twelve months in Newgate , and fined 1s.

Tried by the London Jury before the Lord CHIEF BARON.


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