8th January 1877
Reference Numbert18770108-208
VerdictNot Guilty > directed

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208. THOMAS FRANCIS TEAGLE (55) , Feloniously marrying Clara Amelia Smith, his wife Rachael being alive.

MR. HORACE AVORY conducted the Prosecution; and MR. STRAIGHT the Defence.

CLARA AMELIA SMITH . I live at 21, Cochrane Street, St. John's Wood, and was married to the prisoner on 23rd May, 1874, at St. Giles's, Camberwell—I produce the certificate. (This certified the marriage of Thomas Francis Teagle, batchelor, to Clara Amelia Smith, spinster, at St. Giles, Camberwell, on 23rd May, 1874.) I had known him about eighteen months—he described himself to me as a batchelor—I lived with him until the last day of July, when he deserted me.

JOSEPH WOODING . I am a labourer, at Marston, Bedfordshire—the prisoner married my sister Rachael, on 2nd October, 1860—I was present, and signed the register.

EDMUND REED (Detective Officer P). I apprended the prisoner, and told him the charge—he said "I think you have made a mistake"—I said "No; I have made no mistake"—he said "I was led to suppose by my solicitor that my first wife was dead"—I produce a certificate from Superintendent District Registrar's office, Ampthill, of a marriage solemnised at the parish church, in the parish of Marston, in Bedfordshire, on 2nd October, 1860, between Thomas Francis Teagle, aged 19, bachelor, labourer, of Marston, and Rachael Wooding, aged 20, spinster—I did not know at the time of the second wedding, where the prisoner was living—I knew before that he was living at 166, East Street, Walworth, about 1872—that is about ten minute's walk from Dover Road—he kept a coffee-house there.

Cross-examined. I have not spoken to him at the coffee-house—his first wife went there.

Re-examined. She created a disturbance outside his place, and was charged by the police—I did not see the disturbance.

ANN SPENCE . I am the wife of Thomas Spence, of 122, Dover Road, Mrs. Teagle lived in my house for two years, about three years ago—I last saw her about two months ago, when she came back from the country—I

have heard of the coffee-shop, No. 166, East Street, Walworth—I live close handy.

Mr. Straight submitted that there was no case, as there was no identification of Mrs. Teagle, in which view THE COURT concurred, and directed a verdict of


Before Mr. Recorder.

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