Weatherstone – Doughtery Family in the Courts

Our “colourful” Weatherstone family seem to have been well known to the Grafton police, and the courts for decades during the 19th Century – not to mention Samuel Weatherstone in England in 1837

  • 1837 – Conviction of Samuel Weatherstone in England
  • 1862 – May 20 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Samuel Weatherstone, drover and resident of South Grafton, & wife Letitia give evidence in Grafton Police Court case where sheep had allegedly been stolen – previously Samuel was accused of the theft and that was when he gave evidence against the prisoner – in the court it was also alleged that Letitia had been turned away from the slaughter house for pilfering and kicking up rows
  • 1862 – August 26 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Letitia Weatherstone brought a claim of assault against a man named Smith – claims she had been drinking and case was dismissed
  • 1864 – January 5 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – case of alleged fairly serious assault of Constable by Samuel Weatherstone and wife Letitia case was adjourned
  • 1865 – May 30 –  Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Letitia Weatherstone before the courts for disturbing the peace and use of unprintable obscene language – found guilty
  • 1865 – June 6 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Weatherstone junior (Adam or Samuel ?) gave evidence that Constable Welsh had been drunk and other evidence given that the Constable Welsh used abusive language against a woman – the husband told the Constable to go home and then the Constable wanted to fight him – said the Constable was drunk
  • 1865 – July 25 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Letitia Weatherstone (drunkenness) and husband Samuel (contempt) both in the lock-up – other cases of drunkenness
  • 1866- November 6 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser -Samuel Weatherstone was defendant in Small Debts case for non-payment for work and labour
  • 1867 – April 2 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Mary Weatherstone, 14 year old daughter of Samuel and Letitia, before the court for theft – her brother in law Charles Adams gave evidence in hrter favour – case was found to be proven but because of her age she was fined rather than sent to gaol.
  • 1869 – January 5 –  Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – claim brought by Samuel Weatherstone, a carrier, for insufficient payment for carrying dangerous goods – evidence given by Charles Adams, also a carrier, in favour of Samuel – case found in Samuel’s favour.
  • 1870 – July 12 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Samuel Weatherstone selects 40 acres of at Orara River adjacent to land he previously selected in June 1870
  • 1871 – May 2 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Samuel Weatherstone brings a case of non-payment of promissory note for a horse from two years earlier – case found in Samuel’s favour
  • 1871 – May 9 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Samuel found guilty of abusive language against Constable Healey.
  • 1873 – August 12 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Mrs Letitia Weatherstone was before the court for allegedly selling sly grog – case was dismissed
  • 1875 – March 2 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Sarah Weatherstone brought a case against James Reid of deserting an illegitimate child  (male) – Sarah’s mother Letitia Weatherstone gave evidence – case proven and he was ordered to make payment monthly for 12 months.
  • 1875 – October 12 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – William Burrows new partner of Nancy Adams nee Weatherstone was before the court for stealing a mare, the property of Charles Adams, carrier living at South Grafton, estranged husband of Nancy. Charles knew of Burrows, whom he had seen driving a team between South Grafton and Vegetable Creek. Nancy said she had left by herself when she went with Burrows ie did not say she took her three young children with her and that she was going by the name of Mrs Burrows. Case  was committed for trial.
  • 1875 – October 23 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser -case against William Burrows from October 12 1875 was continued – he was found guilty but sentence was deferred – no mention of Nancy Adams’ three young children being with her when she had left home with William Burrows.
  • 1875 – December  11 – Clarence & Richmond Examiner & New England Advertiser – Samuel Weatherstone selects additional land adjacent to his existing holding in Parish of Rushforth

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