20th October 1890
Reference Numbert18901020-793
VerdictGuilty > with recommendation
SentenceMiscellaneous > sureties

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793. JOSEPH CATLING GIBBONS (52) , Feloniously marrying Caroline Elizabeth Wooton, his wife being alive.

MR. BEARD Prosecuted. CAROLINE ELIZABETH WOOTON. I live with my mother at 2, Munster Terrace, Walthamstow—I became acquainted with the prisoner two years ago, and went out with him for five Sundays—some information then came to me, and I wrote him a letter breaking off the acquaintance, and ceased to keep company with him about Christmas, 1888 about September, 1889, I met him and asked him if he knew me—he said, "What! after the letter you wrote to me?"—I said, "I wrote that in a temper; are you a married man?"—he said, "I have no time to speak to you now"—I said I would see him the next night—I met him the next evening, and he said, "I hope I may be struck dead if I am not a single man"—I then walked out with him till we were married on 8th

July in the registry at Whitechapel—I lived with him six weeks at my mother's house up to a fortnight ago; I was then told something, and went and saw his wife—that is her (pointing)I gave him in charge the same evening.

EMMA MINOTT . I am the wife of Wm. Minott, of 5, Ashwell Road, Walthamstow—I was at the registry office when the last witness went through the form of marriage—I made a cross in the register—my daughter Gertrude was present.

ANN WAGNER . I am a widow, and live at 5, Devonshire Place, London Fields—I was present in 1860, when my friend Mary Ann Watts was married to the prisoner at St. James' Church, Shoreditch—I put my cross to the certificate, and my brother, John Black borough, put his name; he has been dead ten years.

ROSE S. HALES . I am the wife of Mr. Hales, of Dove Road, Hackney—the prisoner is my father, and the lady who has been produced is his wife—they have been parted for sixteen year—she allowed her 2s. a week up to Christmas last—she lives in the same house with me—my father called there about four months ago, and saw my mother and me; I cannot give the date accurately—he came to see his son's baby, which was three days old—it was born four months ago—my mother was in good health at the time.

Cross-examined by the Prisoner. I do not know whether it was on 11th July—you did not ask me why I was not in black; or say, "I thought your mother was dead"—you allowed her 2s. a week for ten weeks in the year, when you were at the Drury Lane pantomime—you were pantaloon there.

CHARLES COLVER (Police Inspector). I was at the station when the prisoner was charged; he said, "I am very sorry; I have been expecting this"—I produce a certificate. (This certified the marriage of Joseph Catling Gibbons and Mary Ann Watts on February 6th, 1860, at St. James's, Shoreditch) and also this; it is a true copy. (This certified the marriage of Joseph Catling, bachelor, and Caroline Wooton, spinster, at the Registrar Office, Whitechapel, on July 8th, 1890.)

The Prisoner's statement before the Magistrate: "I left my wife eighteen years ago owing to her misconduct; she has lived with three different men, and has had several children, and I thought she was dead."

He repeated the same statement in his defence


The witness Hales stated that her mother had two children by another man, one of which was seven and the other two years old. Strongly recommended to mercy by the Jury. To enter into his own recognizances to come up for judgment if called upon.

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