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Looking For Coronor's Inquest for Adam HINDMARSH 1938

My grandfather, Adam Mason HINDMARSH, died on the 15 March 1938 from a railway accident at Eastern Railway between Clara Vale Crossing and Ferry Crossing at Ryton. His Death Certificate states that an Inquest was held on the 17 March 1938 but I haven't been able to trace it. I would like to know if it could have been suicide or an accidental death.

The death was registred in Gateshead, the sub-district was Winlaton in the county of Durham. Any information would be greatly appreciated.

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Post Office Robbery - 1920

This story was taken from Papers Past. It is an item about my uncle Arthur WHITBURN and my grandmother, Helen WHITBURN, the Postmistress at the time of the robbery, 1920.

Another sensational post office robbery is reported, the locality this time being Runciman, a small township on the Waikato railway, 23 miles south of Auckland, New Zealand. It is stated that about dusk on Tuesday evening, a stranger, armed with a revolver, held up the Runciman letter-carrier (who is the son of the Runciman postmistress), at a spot about half a mile from the office, demanded the keys, and after having got them from the lad, told him to clear off home, and fired a shot after him. The post office was subsequently robbed.

Arthur Charles WHITBURN, aged 17 years, son of the postmistress at Runciman, Mrs Helen WHITBURN, made a statement reviewing the incidents of the affair. He said he was letter-carrier, and in the habit of opening up the post office at 7 o'clock each morning, remaining there until relieved by his mother two hours later. The usual procedure was followed yesterday, with the exception that his sister Florence, relieved him instead of his mother. His duty when relieved was to deliver the rural mail, which occupied his time until 3.20, when he returned to the office, and stayed until 5p.m., in company with his sister. When she left at 5p.m., he took charge, sorted and delivered the evening mail over the counter, finally closing the office at 5.30p.m. He left for his home, which is about a mile and a half distant on the Karaka Road, and was riding his bicycle. He had covered about half a mile, when he was met by a young man whose head was wrapped in a muffler, who called upon him to stop. WHITBURN alighted, and the man said he wished to get a letter out of the post office, and for that purpose demanded the keys. The lad refused, but offered to return to the office and get the letter. The stranger replied: "I will go myself," at the same time drawing a revolver, and adding, "Hurry up and give me the keys." Being rendered nervous by seeing the revolver, WHITBURN handed over the keys. The man also took WHITBURN's bicycle, and as he rode away, called out "Hurry home immediately." As WHITBURN turned in the direction of his home, the stranger fired a shot, but in what direction the weapon was aimed is not known, as WHITBURN's back was towards the man. Having secured the keys and bicycle, the man road off towards the post office. Ten minutes later WHITBURN returned with assistance but only to find that the door was open and that thirty pounds in cash and twenty seven pounds in cheques had been stolen. Attached to the keys handed over was one that fitted the safe, and this was used to gain access to the money.

Sergeant COWAN, of Pukekohe, and Constable WOLFENDALE, arrived on the scene within a very short time.

Constable JOHNSTON of Papakura, was communicated with by means of the telegraph to the railway station, and was informed that the thief was riding the stolen bicycle on the main Runciman-Drury Road towards Papakura. Constable JOHNSTON kept a close watch as he went to Runciman, but did not see the man. That the thief did go by that route is proved by the fact that the stolen bicycle was found on the main road in the ditch about 100 yards from the Constable's residence.

Detectives McHUGH and O'SULLIVAN, of Auckland, arrived at Runciman this morning to assist the local police.

Runciman Post Office is on the main road close to a store and a drapery shop. These are not occupied after closing hours.

Further details in connection with the Runciman robbery go to show that events moved with rapidity, particularly in the case of the bold adventurer, who can be said to have made a very lucky escape after what must have been a very hazardous bicycle ride over a slippery, muddy road and without the aid of a lamp to light his way.

After leaving the post office, the robber set out on his dash, which was evidently full of incident, for since the evening of the occurrence, a lady has come forward with a report that she saw a fleeing figure on the stolen machine, riding at break-neck pace on the main road between Runciman and Papakura. He was taking practically the whole width of the road to accomplish his task, the bicycle and its rider taking a zigzag course in the darkness. His course was so erratic that the lady anticipated until the man had passed her, that an accident was inevitable.

He is also reported as having been seen crossing Slippery Creek bridge en route, but the police have not as yet ascertained the name of the person who saw the stranger at this stage of the journey.

Once at Papakura, the man abandoned the stolen bicycle on the side of the Papakura township main road, adjacent to Richardon's picture theatre, and evidently diverted to the railway line, for on the stretch between Papakura and Takanini, several cheques missing from the post office were found. It is thought probable that the man continued the journey towards the city by train.

Looking for UPFOLD and STREET of Shalford, Surrey

I am looking for William UPFOLD b. c1742 who married Sarah STREET b. 1748, on the 6 December 1768, also in Shalford, Surrey.

I am trying to find who William UPFOLD'S parents were. Sarah's parents were John STREET and Sarah BALCHIN. Any information regarding the UPFOLDS from Surrey would be appreciated.

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Looking for CHESHIRE and GHOST of Picotsend, Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire

I'm trying to find information about Thomas CHESHIRE b.1790 and Rebecca GHOST whom I believe were married on 12 May 1811 at Hemel Hempstead or St. Albans. Thomas was the father of John CHESHIRE who married Eliza Clara INSKIP at Hemel Hempstead on 22 June 1837. I believe that the Thomas CHESHIRE who married Rebecca GHOST is the correct one that I am looking for but I have no proof. Any help would be appreciated.

4 comment(s), latest 2 years, 2 months ago

Looking for LEES OF Birmingham

Trying to find John LEES b. between 1815-1820, occupation Iron Moulder. He married a Mary ?. She was born c.1823 and died 10 March 1895 at Birmingham. Her surname was then HEELEY. Mary had a sister Caroline LEES (Carrie) who never married.

Their daughter was Mary Ann LEES b. c1840 at Birmingham and died c1867-1871 at Tuakau, South Auckland, New Zealand. Mary Ann married John Henry CHESHIRE b. c1838 St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England and died 19 November 1912 at Graytown, New Zealand. They had 4 children - Eliza Tamar CHESHIRE who married Thomas PATON, Ellen Jane Spenser CHESHIRE who had a child by Benjamin COSSEY (unmarried), Alfred Ormond CHESHIRE who never married and finally Henry CHESHIRE who married Emily HALL.

Looking for John HINDMARSH b.1800 in Northumberland

I am looking for any information about a John HINDMARSH b.1800 in Northumberland. He is my gr-gr-grandfather who married Mary Jobling. I have no details about Mary but they had 11 children including my gr-grandfather, Edward Hindmarsh.

I think John's father and mother were called Ralph Hindmarsh and Sarah Scott but I have no proof of this as yet.

Edward Hindmarsh was born on 26 July 1838 at Killingworth, the son of John, a Pitman and Mary Hindmarsh, nee Jobling. The informant of the birth was the baby's mother Mary, resident at Killingworth Colliery. She signed with a cross.

Looking for Jane Ann APPLEBY of Newcastle-upon Tyne

Jane Ann Appleby born 17 August 1845 at Achlington, Warkworth, about 50 kilometres north of Newcastle. She married Thomas WARDLE born c1836 at Newcastle-upon-Tyne. They had 9 children, one of whom was my grandmother, Elizabeth Wardle born 1878. She married Adam Mason Hindmarsh, born 5 May 1876.

I am researching the Appleby family and I think Jane Ann's father was called John Appleby, a mason or a miner and her mother was Barbara Appleby, nee Jobson, but I cannot confirm this. According to the Marriage Certificate, Jane Ann signed with a cross which meant that she couldn't write. The witnesses were Matthew Hindmarsh and James Ketch. It seems that Matthew was the uncle of their future son-in-law, Adam Mason Hindmarsh.

Looking for INSKIP of Hertfordshire

William Inskip was christened on 31 March 1788 at Northill, Beford.
He died on 26 March 1839 at Verulam Road, St. Albans. He was a Coachman in the Parish to St. Michaels, Hertfordshire.

He was married on the 15 October 1814 at Old Church, Saint Pancras, London, to Judea Johnson. She was christened on 8 November 1795 at Guiseley, Yorkshire. She died on 12 March 1861 at 30 Ormond Street, Birmingham.

Their children were John, Eliza Clara, Mary Ann, William, Harriet and George.