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John Howes

John Howes

Male Abt 1843 - 1923  (~ 79 years)

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  • Name John Howes  [1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
    Birth Abt 1843  Little Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3, 8, 9
    Born Abt Aug 1843  Little Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Birth Abt Aug 1843  Thame RD, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Baptism 20 Aug 1843  Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [11
    Occupation 30 Mar 1851 
    Scholar 
    Residence 30 Mar 1851  Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Occupation 7 Apr 1861  [12
    Ag Lab 
    Residence 7 Apr 1861  Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [12
    Occupation 15 Aug 1868  [13
    Servant 
    Residence 15 Aug 1868  Oxford, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    Occupation 1869 
    Ag Lab 
    Occupation 2 Apr 1871  [9
    Ag Lab 
    Residence 2 Apr 1871  Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [9
    Occupation 1873 
    Ag Lab 
    Occupation 6 Jan 1876  [14
    Colliery banksman 
    Occupation 3 Apr 1881  [1
    Colliery Labourer 
    Residence 3 Apr 1881  Leigh Road, Rose Hill, Lowton, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation 5 Apr 1891  [2
    Colliery Labourer 
    Residence 5 Apr 1891  114 Rose Hill, Lowton, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Occupation 1901  [3
    Colliery banksman above ground 
    Residence 31 Mar 1901  2 Heath Lane, Leigh, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Occupation 1 Jan 1917  [7
    Colliery Banksman 
    Death Abt May 1923  Leigh RD, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • age 79
    Name John House  [8, 10
    Name John Howse  [9
    Occupation 9 May 1923  [1, 2, 3, 8, 9, 11, 12, 15
    Retired Colliery Banksman 
    Residence 9 May 1923  2 Heath Lane, Leigh, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died 9 May 1923  Waters of the Leeds and Liverpool canal, Leigh, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  [15, 16, 17
    John Howes DC
    John Howes DC
    Notes 
    • Recorded as John House.
      He died in the waters of the Leeds and Liverpool section canal. Following an inquest on 11 May 1923, the coroner for Lancashire (S F Butcher) determined that the cause of death was suicide by drowning whilst temporarily of unsound mind.

      From The Journal (Leigh, Lancashire) Tuesday 15th May 1923
      Grief Leads to Suicide - Old Man's Distress Over Son's Death
      Mr. S. F. Butcher (District Coroner) conducted an inquest at Leigh Police Court on Friday afternoon on the body of John Howes (79), of 2, Heath-lane, Leigh, whose body was recovered from the Leeds and Liverpool canal - Ann Howes, 106, Twist-lane, Leigh, said her father-in-law was a widower and formerly worked as a banksman. He was in receipt of an old age pension. His son, aged 42, had been ill for the last three weeks, and died on Wednesday. About 11 o'clock at night on that day he came to witness's house and said: "You must go down to our house. Herbert is dead. You must go down to our house. Herbert is dead. You must see that he is buried, and you will find money in the house to bury him." He then put the door-key of his house on the table and walked out. Witness thought he looked rather troubled and told her son to follow him. She went to the house and found his son dead in bed downstairs, partly dressed. One hundred pounds in currency notes were found in a tin trunk and these she took possession of. - The Coroner: Was he very fond of his son? Yes. - Did the son look very well after his father? Yes.

      Geo. Battersby, colliery drawer, of 106 Twist-lane, Leigh, son of the last witness, spoke to the following deceased to the canal bank. He told him he was going the wrong way home, and Howes replied: "You go home. I am going to a relative of mine". He then left the deceased and informed the police.

      P.C. Iveson said at 11-30 on Wednesday night he was informed that a man had gone to the canal bank, and it was feared that he had gone for the purpose of committing suicide. He examined the towing-path, and about 300 yards from Leigh Bridge on the Plank Lane side, he found a walking-stick and coat which were identified as the deceased's. Grappling irons were obtained and the body was recovered at 12-45 a.m. on Thursday.

      Det-Sergt. Simms told the court that deceased and his son led a recluse life and had no connexion whatever with their neighbours. Since the death of the old man's wife 10 years ago they had done their own housekeeping. The son had not been seen by neighbours or relatives, and the house was in a dilapidated state. - The jury returned a verdict of "Suicide whilst temporarily insane."

      From The Chronicle (Leigh, Lancashire) Friday 18th May 1923
      Old Man Found Drowned - Grief at the Death of his Son
      The second inquest was on John Howes (79), widower, of 2, Heath-lane, Leigh, and retired colliery banksman, who was found drowned in the canal on Thursday week. Mrs. Ann Howes, 106, Twist-lane, Leigh, said the deceased was her father-in-law and lived with his son Herbert (42), an invalid, of 2, Heath-lane, Leigh. The old man had not worked for some years and was in receipt of an old age pension. The son had been ailing for three weeks and died on Wednesday. On Wednesday night, about eleven o'clock, the old man came to her house and said "You must go down to our house, Herbert is dead; you must see that he is buried, and you will find money in the house to bury him." He then put the door-key of his house on the table and walked out. She thought he was rather upset and told her son to follow him and he did so. She went to Heath-lane found the son dead in bed downstairs partly dressed. She found £100 in currency notes in a tin trunk and took possession of it. The old man had never threatened to make away with himself. He was very fond of his son Herbert. Herbert was discharged from the army and was not fit to work.

      George Battersby, colliery drawer, 106 Twist-lane, Leigh, son of the last witness (who had been married twice), said he followed the old man down Twist-lane into King-street, Leigh. The deceased then turned towards Leigh Bridge and went down the steps leading to the canal bank. He followed and told him he was going the wrong way home, but the old man said, "You go home; I am going to a relative of mine". Witness then left him and went to Heath-lane and informed hs mother.

      P.C. Harrison said at half-past eleven on Wednesday night he received information that a man had gone on the canal bank and that it was feared that he intended committing suicide. He examined the towing path and near Welch Hill mill, about 300 yards from Leigh Bridge on the Plank-lane side, he found a man's coat and walking stick, which had since been identified as belonging to the deceased. He obtained grappling irons and commenced dragging for the body, and recovered it from the canal about a quarter to one.

      Det-Sergeant Sims said he made enquiries and found that deceased and his son, Herbert (aged 42), lived practically a recluse life and had no connection with their neighbours. They had done their own housekeeping since the old man's wife died about 15 years ago. The son had been ill for the past three weeks. Dr. Hall attended him. The house was in a dilapidated state.

      The jury returned a verdict of "suicide whilst temporarily insane."
    Person ID I15260  ONS
    Last Modified 2 Nov 2014 

    Father James House,   b. Abt 1805, Little Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Oct 1873, Little Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 68 years) 
    Mother Mary Richardson,   b. Abt 1805, Little Milton, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Jun 1889, Little Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 84 years) 
    Married 13 Nov 1828  St Peter, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [18
    Family ID F8479  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Jane Louisa Hyatt,   b. Abt Jan 1839, Ascott under Wychwood, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Sep 1915, Leigh RD, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 76 years) 
    Married Abt Aug 1868  St George, Hanover Square RD, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Married 15 Aug 1868  St George, Hanover Square, Belgravia, London Find all individuals with events at this location  [13
    John Howes / Jane Louisa Hyatt MC
    John Howes / Jane Louisa Hyatt MC
    Witness 15 Aug 1868  [6
    • Attribute Value: John Lane
    Witness 15 Aug 1868  [6
    • Attribute Value: James Ridgers
    Children 
     1. William James Howes,   b. Abt Feb 1869, Shipton under Wychwood, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Sep 1922, Leigh RD, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 53 years)
     2. Walter Frank Howes,   b. Abt Feb 1871, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 4 Apr 1874, Holy Trinity, Ascott under Wychwood, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 3 years)
     3. Fanny Howes,   b. Abt Feb 1873, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 13 Jan 1873, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     4. Albert Howes,   b. Abt Feb 1873, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 13 Jan 1873, Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Find all individuals with events at this location
     5. Martha Mahala Howes,   b. 6 Jan 1876, Goose Green, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Abt Nov 1909, Warrington RD, Cheshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
     6. Herbert Howes,   b. Abt Feb 1881, Lowton, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 9 May 1923, Leigh, Lancashire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 42 years)
    Last Modified 24 Sep 2013 
    Family ID F4345  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt 1843 - Little Haseley, Oxfordshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt Aug 1843 - Little Haseley, Oxfordshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - Abt Aug 1843 - Thame RD, Oxfordshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBaptism - 20 Aug 1843 - Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 30 Mar 1851 - Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 7 Apr 1861 - Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - Abt Aug 1868 - St George, Hanover Square RD, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 15 Aug 1868 - Oxford, Oxfordshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 15 Aug 1868 - St George, Hanover Square, Belgravia, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsResidence - 2 Apr 1871 - Great Haseley, Oxfordshire Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDeath - Abt May 1923 - Leigh RD, Lancashire Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S4] 1881 census.

    2. [S5] 1891 census.

    3. [S6] 1901 census.

    4. [S480] BMD register (England & Wales) - deaths - multiple sources.
      available online from various sources

    5. [S475] BMD register (England & Wales) - marriages - multiple sources.
      available online from various sources

    6. [S198] GOONS marriage challenge, Guild of One-Name Studies marriage register transcriptions.

    7. [S218] Marriage record - son.

    8. [S2] 1851 census.

    9. [S542] 1871 census.

    10. [S476] BMD register (England & Wales) - births - multiple sources.
      available online from various sources

    11. [S66] Parish Register Transcript, Great Haseley St Peter, Oxfordshire.

    12. [S3] 1861 census.

    13. [S50] Marriage cert.

    14. [S12] Birth cert - Daughter.

    15. [S20] Death cert.

    16. [S168] Newspaper Article, The Journal, Leigh, Lancashire 15 May 1923.

    17. [S168] Newspaper Article, The Chronicle, Leigh, Lancashire 18 May 1923.

    18. [S1132] Oxford FHS marriages.