Murder of Uriah Womersley at Kiklees Park, Hartshead cum Clifton, 1827
I researched this information at York Library. It is a record of the charge sheet and verdict, upon the trial at York Assizes of 5 men (Joseph and Isaiah Bentley being the brothers of my 4x Gt Grandfather, Jeremiah)for poaching, and implication in the murder of Uriah Womersley of Hartshead Parish, Yorkshire, at Kirklees Park in December 1827;
December 6 1827
No 36 JAMES SCHOLES Late of Cleckheaton in the West riding, machine Maker.
No 37 ISAIAH BENTLEY Late of Hartshead Moor, in the West Riding, Weaver.
No 38 JOSEPH BROOKLate of Wike in the Said Riding Weaver
No 39 SAMUEL SMITH Late of Wike in the Said Riding Weaver
Charged by the Coroner’s inquest on view of the body of Uriah Womersley, lying dead in the Parish of Dewsbury, in the said Riding, with wilful murder of the said Uriah Womersley.
Justice Michael Stocks Jun. Gent. Coroner.
Joseph Bentley Charged seperately;
Charge Sheet ;
December 14 1827
No 50 JOSEPH BENTLEY Late of Cleckheaton, in the West Riding, Weaver.
Charged upon the oaths of John Clayton and George Clayton of Clifton, in the said Riding, on suspicion that he, the said Joseph Bentley was concerned with James Scholes, Isaiah Bentley, Joseph Brook, Samuel Smith, and others yet unknown, in the willful murder of Uriah Womersley, in the night of the 30th November last; or that he the said Joseph Bentley was, in the night aforesaid, in Kirklees Park, aiding and abetting the said James Scholes, Isaiah Bentley, Joseph Brook, Samuel Smith and others unknown, in killing and slaying the said Uriah Womersley.
Justice John Waterhouse Esq.
Verdict and Sentence;
Sir Tatton Sykes; Baronet High Sheriff.
22nd Day of March 1828. 9th year of reign of George IV.
ISAIAH BENTLEY (4396)
SAMUEL SMITH and
JOSEPH BENTLEY (4409)
Guilty of a Misdemeanor, in being found armed in an enclosed ground at night with intent illegally to destroy game.
To be Severally Transported beyond the Seas for the term of seven years.
Christopher John Newstead
Deputy clerk of the assizes in the said county.
Hope this is helpful to some of you Womersley descendants,
Regards, Pauline Scott.