This link has a list of those unfortunate enough to have been hanged at, or under the authority of, Bodmin Gaol, might be of interest to some!!! (Not all were literally hanged in the Gaol, some on the Moor etc etc).
William and James Lightfoot of St Breock were the nephews of my g-g-g-grandfather Richard Lightfoot. They were hanged for the murder of Nevil Norway (the grandfather of the author, Nevil Shute, whose real name was Nevil Shute Norway - he was named after his grandfather). The story is quite an infamous one
There family tree was in the entrance of Bodmin Jail which is now a pub/restaurant. It is still possible to look around the jail for a small fee. Not a pleasant place (the jail that is...the restauarant is quite good!)
My claim to fame ( if you can call it that ) is My grandmother was the cousin of William Hampton (Last Man Hanged at Bodmin Jail)and My grandfather (her husband) was the cousin of Emily Tredrea (victim )
Post by cornishancestors on Feb 21, 2011 16:26:30 GMT -5
Hi, Emily Tredrea was my Great Aunt, sister to my grandmother, if any Tredreas or Trevarthens have any more info as to why William killed Emily I would be much interested. I have heard some stories and would like to know which one is true?
Post by Cornish Terrier on Feb 22, 2011 1:50:09 GMT -5
There is a newspaper report of the trial at which William Hampton's confession was read out:-
"I have been courting Emily Tredrea of St Erth since about twelve months last October. To-night whilst I was in her mother's house and told me she had given me up, and would not go out with me any more. I felt mad. She was standing at the table cutting a piece of cake and drinking a cup of tea. I jumped up from the chair where I was sitting, and caught her by the throat with both my hands and held her. We both fell backwards onto the floor, and I held her there until she was dead. Then I put her on the chair. I am sure she was dead because froth was coming out of her mouth. I then ran out of the house and got into the fields and came on to Hayle."
james eddy moved from the parish of gwennap to st blazey abt 1819. he worked at the east crinnis tin mine there. he then married a local girl eleanor geach in 1820, back in his former parish of gwennap. still living in st blazey, they had 3 children, alice, walter and peter. walter died in june 1851 following a road accident in st austell. of course, james was hanged in 1827, with his body buried at bodmin jail. eleanor died in redruth 1840 aged 45. the jane cock referred to in the case was born jane dunn penzance 1792. she married jacob cock st austell 1823. jane died st austell 1860 aged 68. more info if required, kind regards, simon best