Samuel Straham.
23rd February 1757
Reference Numbert17570223-9
VerdictNot Guilty

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101. (L.) Samuel Straham was indicted for marrying Sarah Escue , widow , his former wife, Judith, being living, and in full life , Feb. 15 . ++

James Tompson . I know the prisoner. He was married to Judith Griffiths January 7, 1745-6, at the sign of the Cripple in the Fleet-Market. I have known him sixteen years. He is one of our poor in the workhouse. She is still living, and here. We count him no better than an ideot. I don't believe he ever knew the nature of an oath. I am churchwarden of the parish of Aldersgate.

Joseph Peck . I have known him about five years. I take him to be a very weak man. I don't think he has sense enough to know right from wrong. I am master of the workhouse, to which he belong.

Nicholas Gowin . I always took him to be a fool. He does not know right from wrong.

The prisoner in his defence said, one Jeffreys, a beadle of another parish, made him fuddled, and proposed the wife to him; upon whose recommendation he was married to her.

He was acquitted , and the beadle bound over to appear at Guild-Hall next sessions, to answer such charge as should be brought against him on this occasion.


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