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William Tugby was born Abt. 1785, and died date unknown. He married Mary Wincup on October 28, 1823 in St Cuthberts, Darlington, Durham, England.

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From Ted Randles -

! Agard St. ST.Werburgh Parish Derby 1841

William Tugby 50 cl. could stand for clothier
Mary " 42 all given as being born in D ERBY.
Hosea " 10 son this is not true only the last t Two wer e born
Hannah " 7 dau. Derbyshire
Cornelius " 5 son
Mary Jane Wootton Tugby dau 3 months Derby

St. Caths index 1841 second quarter XIX 520

Tugby Mary Jane Wootton Born 7 Mar.1841 Court 1 Agard Street Der by Mary Tugby ne e wincup given as mother William Tugby father hawker of writing paper.pedlars and hawkers s eemed to be quite a family occupation.have found a few others doing similar.William given a s pedlar on marriage certificate of his son Hosea to Jane Cairns .

William has been elusive up till now seemed he was a travelling man he probably born Worthington Leics.married in St. Cuthberts Darlington 1823 to Mary Wincup .seemed to have a son Kingston upon Hull 1832.Dau.York St.Dennis1834 William born Derby same as two above.

Cornelius shows on the IGI as cornelius Fusby the transcriptional error would have occured in the Bishops transcripts. I have seen the film with the Bishops transcripts it shows FUSBY . It gives William and Mary as parents of ALBION Place William given as traveler. a son Wil liam was allso born in derby 1844 Have an earlier Marriage for William to a Hannah sharpe at Worthington Leicestershire 1805 have entered this family.

After further consideration I have come to the conclusion that William and his family were caravan dwellers if not gypsies. Willian gives him self as a pedlar traveller a seller of pots as do his sons from Worthington Joseph is given as a pedlar at marriage John gives himsel f as a licenced pedlar on a census, Andrews children were born in different places in.

The following was sent to me by Mrs Joan Ann Mills nee Tugby of Rectory Lane Branston Lincoln which she photo copied from the Leicester Mercury news paper of monday 9 may 1980. I have i ncluded this here because the article makes reference to Josephs home County of Durham . William was the only Tugby in Durham at that time the head line was


At the best of times the story of murder is tragic , but when the crime appears unmotivated the outcome is doubly so. the outcome of Joseph Tugby,s death on the autumn of 1877 could be termed "triple so" for the three men paid the extreme penalty of the law.Their fate Canada be viewed even more sympathetically when one considers that as the were called from cells to t he dock they passed three men going the other way having had their murder indictment reduced to manslaughter.

Joseph Tugby was a 65 years old pedlar . He arrived in the coalville area in early August 187 7 to ply his trade around the pits , a trade that had already earned him four convictions fo r hawking in his home land of County Durham However ,in Coalville his luck at first proved far betther , for nobody took exception to this "peculiarly inoffensive "old man. That is until the night of August 31.

At about 10-15 that night Tugby entered the Stamford and warrington Arms and ordered a rum . Before long he was happily singing in the company of three men ,John Swift, John Upton, a nd James Satchwell .

Everynow and again Tugby would take out an old Buscuit tin and look inside ,an act that began to arouse the curiosity of his fellow drinkers.


At closing time the four men bought a bottle of whisky and left. What happened next was t o be fiercely debated at the trial on Novevmber 5, for the fate of the three menrested on the verdict insread of merely one.

The only certainty is that a struggle broke out between Tugby and His newly acquired friend s on a nearby (a line or so missing) ---- in his receiving a fatal fracture of the skull.
Passers-by reconised Upton and Satchwell on the bridge , but neglected to play the good Samaritan by investigating the noise.

When discovered a little after midnight Tugby was still breathing but could say nothing. (be side him as he lay on the bottom step of the bridge lay the biscuit tin smashed open and empty .
Walker and John Stevenson loaded him onto a wheel barrow and set off for the pub where the whole of the story had begun a few hours earlier.

From there Tugby was taken to to the Ashby Union but all to no avail. He died at 10.0 a m . In his pocket was 6 -1/2 d .

By this time Upton and Satchwell were back in the pub drinking--- this time the Royal Oak---w hen Charles Clifton overheard Upton confess that he had committed the crime .

Satchwell immediately placed a hand over his companions mouth but the tell tale damage had been done.

The police were called and the two arrested "I will make a clean job of it and tell you who did it " Satchwell said as he was led from the pub.

Satchwells story pinned the murder fairly and squarely on Swift, the only local man of the three and acknowledged wild man and at 19 the youngest. Swift tried to take away Tugbys box thinking, by the pedlars obsession with it that valuables were contained inside.

Swift had asked for them to "keep the garrison" while he sorted Tugby out ,but the passing of the two railway workers threw him into a panicand he kicked Tugby down the steps of the bridge.

Upton said little. It was reported that his was an assumed name and he had good connections that would ensure acquittal.

Of John Swift there was no trace until September 4 when, four days after he murder, the pol ice made a thorough search of his parents house and discovered a concealed trap door in the ceiling . cowering in the space above was John Swift . Narurally enough Swift was quick to implicate his accomplices and in particular Satchwell who, according to him, had picked a fight with Tugby and thrown him off the bridge.

The problem facing the jury was a difficult one .Had all three conspired to kill Tugby ,were two merely accomplices or was it a case for reducing the charge to manslaughter ?

Swifts Councel fought hard to establish that his client had not been proved within 60 feet of Tugby on the bridge from the evidence given by the two passers-by.

Mr. Harris went on to emphasise the testimony of Swifts Sister who on the night of the murder heard her brother called a 'flincher ' for not coming to his aid in the struggle Howerver hard the defence tried ,the die was finally cast by Judge Hawkings summing up. whoever actually struck Tugby was irrevelant , he clearly conspired in the act.


After a two hour consideration of their verdict the jury found all three men guilty,adding a strong recommendation for mercy on the grounds of their drunken condition at the time.

However there was more controversy to unfold. For this first execution within the walls of We lford Road Jail no press were to invited . Despite a last minute meeting with representatives of the press on the Saturday before the hanging. Major Freer the high sherrif could see no grounds for changing his mind in holding what the Journal called a" Secret Execution" Although no law stated press had to witness executions it had been customary to allow society the privilege. the dicision lay with the Sherrif. On this occasion the answer was to remain in the negative.

Consequently on November 27 the last triple hanging took place in Leicester. When no reprieve proved forthcoming Swift at last confessed to the actual assault although he denied any motive of robbery, or malice aforethought . They were all arguing over a song and Tugby struck him first.

On the old scaffold, specially strengthened for the job by Marwood the hang-man, Upton and Satchwell forgave Swift before all three met their death deep in prayer.

More About William Tugby and Mary Wincup:
Marriage: October 28, 1823, St Cuthberts, Darlington, Durham, England.

Children of William Tugby and Mary Wincup are:
  1. +Hosea Tugby, b. Abt. 1829, Yorkshire, England, d. September 29, 1872, Framwellgate St., Saint Oswald, Durham, England.
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