Thank you for the detailed account of the trial of Martha Edmunds 20th-21st July 1840.
It is so sad that George lost his father in such a way and had to endure the court case and see his mother so upset – he must have lived with those awful memories his whole life.
Three points stand out in the case:
1. When told of the poisoning, Martha knew that she didn’t give George senior the poison, so thought that George junior must have accidentally given George senior the rat poison.
2. George senior told Martha that George junior did not give him any rat poison.
3. Logic tells us that Martha had no reason to poison her husband, as she would deprive herself and her children of the annuity.
I see two possibilities:
1. George was blind, and took the rat poison himself, in pure whiskey, thinking that it was sugar – therefore he wouldn’t have realised that he had poisoned himself.
2. The neighbour was obviously trusted by Martha, and had free access to the house; was she so jealous of the annuity, that she framed Martha… maybe, maybe not… she was quick to give evidence - false or otherwise - that was instrumental in seeing Martha transported with two of her children. Did George junior ever see his mother again? Goodness knows.
Ian, you could try e-mailing the video to me, at: firstname.lastname@example.org
If it is too large to send by e-mail, then we could work out another way – I use Google Drive: https://www.google.com/drive/ with 15GB of free Online storage space.
Ian, I’m impressed by the amount of work you’ve put into your family history research, and can’t wait to see the book.
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