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Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby Dene Fisher » Mon Aug 27, 2018 8:24 am

I have a distant ancestor, Ameila Lomax nee Jones 1835-1896 who came from the area around Bolton Lancashire.
Ameila married John Lomax in 1858 but she was widowed at an young age when John died in a mining accident in 1861.
After John died Ameila seems to have gone off the rails and I've found two court cases involving her in 1869 & 1874 the latter resulting in a 12 month prison sentence
Can anyone point me in the direction of where she might have served her sentence and any records that might exist of her incarceration?

Thanks in advance

Dene
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Re: Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby junkers » Mon Aug 27, 2018 11:37 am

I would suggest you contact the Lancashire archives in Preston as they may have records of whichever prison she was in. The National Archives may have the background but they are not listed individually so you would need the date of the Assizes and the Circuit (judges went around the country to sit on trials), it might be the Northern Circuit but The National Archives have a guide online to assize records.
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Re: Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby sdup26 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:02 pm

I can't find the 1869 incident, but the 1874 one is dated 15th Oct 1874. She received goods from Mary Miller, knowing them to be stolen. The full transcript reads:
"Mary Miller, stole one pair of trousers 8th Sept 1874, the property of James Dakeyne, and on the 16th Sept 1874, one bed tick, the property of the said James Dakeyne, and on 22nd September 1874, one pair of sheets and 2 waistcoats, the property of James Dakeyne. 12 months hard labour in the County Prison for the Hundred of Salford."
Bracketed with Mary's crimes: "Amelia Lomax, guilty of receiving goods knowing them to be feloniously stolen. 12 months hard labour in the County Prison for the Hundred of Salford."
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Re: Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby sdup26 » Mon Aug 27, 2018 3:38 pm

I think the 1869 case was reported in the Bolton Evening News 24th May that year. A young man called Joseph Heywood was charged with stealing 1s 11d from Amelia Lomax, in Shakespeare Court, off Bradshawgate. In court, Amelia claimed she was sitting on a step in Shakespeare Court, when Joseph knelt beside her and asked her to drink with him from a bottle. She refused, and then felt him take money from her skirt. He ran away, and she followed him, but he escaped. Unfortunately for Amelia, PC Gaskell had seen the couple walking together earlier. This, and other contradictions in her story, as well as Joseph's previous good character, meant he was discharged. There's no mention in the report of Amelia being rebuked by the magistrate, or any other legal follow-up against her.
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Re: Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby Dene Fisher » Mon Aug 27, 2018 7:57 pm

Thanks sdup26, these were the two court cases I'd found but you've given me some info I didn't know - apart from these two pieces of information Amelia seems to disappear off the radar around the 1870's - I can't find her on the 1871 census, I think I've found her in 1881 living with, perhaps even married to her brother-in-law James Lomax at 3 Gibson court in Bolton
Thanks again
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Re: Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby elsabels » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:14 pm

HO 27; Piece: 168; Page: 92

Name: Amelia Lomax
Date of Trial: 15 Oct 1874
Trial Year: 1874
Location of Trial: Lancashire, England
Sentence: Imprisonment 12 months
On line at ancestry
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Re: Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby sdup26 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:25 pm

That's the one I detailed in my previous post. Just a small follow-up to Amelia's crime of receiving goods stolen from James Dakeyne. Mary Miller's husband, Edward, was James Dakeyne's shop manager, and Amelia was the washerwoman at the shop. It was estimated by the police that altogether, 80 or 90 bundles of 'wearing apparel' had been stolen, with their value put at around £200. (About £12,500 in today's money.)

I can see James and Amelia in Gibson Court in 1881/1891. I can't find a marriage, but I don't think you could legally marry your dead brother's wife at that time. As they both had the surname Lomax, maybe they just lived together as man and wife. If anyone queried things, a perfectly respectable explanation would be that Amelia, a widow, was live-in housekeeper for her widowed brother-in-law.
Have you ruled out these two Lomax deaths in Bolton?:
Amelia Lomax d Mar Q 1896, Bolton 8c 192, aged 62 (b c 1834)
James Lomax d Sept Q 1899, Bolton 8c 252, aged 65 (b c 1834)
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Re: Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby Dene Fisher » Tue Aug 28, 2018 1:49 pm

Hi sdup26,

Thanks again for your information, I'm pretty sure you're correct about Amelia's death in 1896 - I haven't got the death cert but I found a burial dated 18th Jan 1986 and a bit more digging (if you pardon the pun) showed other know family members in the same grave (1 C 48 7393 @ Tonge Cemetery, Bolton). Amelia is listed as dying at 'Workhouse Fishpool', I've not managed to trace this place yet.
There is one person in the grave, Mary Elizabeth Hadfield d:1897 that I haven't managed to link to the family yet - may just be a family friend?

Thanks again

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Re: Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby ianbee » Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:41 pm

As I hinted last night in a now lost post, Amelia was in Strangeways Prison, and findmypast have her there in the Female Register (she has been transcribed as Lomas) and also the Female Description Book (transcribed Loman).
Mary Miller was also sent there. They were both discharged 14 October 1875.
See Manchester Prison Registers 1847-1881
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Re: Amelia Lomax 1835-1896

Postby sdup26 » Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:42 pm

As Ian says, there's more info on findmypast - in case you haven't got access to it: on admission to prison, Amelia is described as about 38 years old, just over 5ft 2ins, 9 stones 8 lbs, fresh complexion, brown hair, grey eyes, no upper front teeth. Occupation charwoman. Daughter Mary Jane Lomax of Mill Hill, near Bolton. (Incidentally, there's a Fishpool in Bury.)
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