Re: Murder of Uriah Womersley at Kiklees Park, Hartshead cum Clifton, 1827
I did know that the Bentley brothers returned home, and have heard that there was a collection among the townspeople of Cleckheaton to pay for their passage. I have no idea who organised the collection. As far as I know only Isaiah had more children when he returned. I think Joseph's wife Betty (nee Sellers) would have been quite old to have children after his return, about 48 years. The 2 young children on the 1841 census with the couple, Alfred and Josiah, are the illigitimate children of 2 of Joseph's daughters (Sarah was Alfred's mother, baptism in Whitechapel index).
I do know of the Moravian connection. I have the 7 page memoir of Joseph Bentley b. 1760, at Gomersall (son of James b. 1725) Joseph was the father of the Bentley brothers. I obtained the memoir from the archivist at Fulneck. I have been several times to the Moravain settlement at Fulneck and the chapel at Lower Wyke, where Joseph and his wife Elizabeth (baptised Betty Woodcock) are buried. Their baptism records and marriage are attached to their family record. The Moravian's were wonderful at preserving detailed entries of their members.
I also discovered that James Bentley b. 1725, father of Joseph b. 1760, who was a shoemaker of Gomersall, was a member of the church at Fulneck when the settlement was in it's infancy, in 1747 (only the chapel had been built, one year previously). James was buried there on 31st May 1776.
I'm a Mortimer descendant too (the ones at Hartshead) and am descended directly from the Woodcocks (3 lines) the Sellers, and the Bentleys.