Burial sites of murder victims

I’ve been giving a lot of attention lately to the burial sites of prisoners who were hanged at Gloucester, for murder and other crimes. It occurred to me to give some consideration to the whereabouts of graves of the victims of murder in Gloucestershire. I found a number of them while I was researching Hanged at Gloucester, and here are the details, listed in chronological order:

Deborah Limbrick, aged 3, murdered by her step-mother, Hannah Limbrick, buried 19 Feb 1794, Westbury-on-Severn.

Samuel Fussell, a tax-collector, shot dead by Edward Wilmott, buried 24 July 1800, Siston.

William Ingram, gamekeeper killed by the Berkeley Poachers, John Penny and John Allen, buried 24 Jan 1816, Stone.

Henry Thompson, a parish constable murdered by Richard Turner, John Whittington and Richard Pritchard, buried 18 May 1817, Ruardean.

Phoebe Tye (Tigh in register), newborn, killed by her mother, Ann Tye, buried 19 Dec 1817, Dowdeswell.

William Syms of parish of Woolaston, murdered by William Burton, buried 1 Dec 1818, Alvington.

Thomas Worlock, poisoned by his wife, Rebecca, buried 23 April 1820, Bitton. (Rebecca Worlock was buried here too, in August 1820.)

Sarah Salewell, alias Sully, murdered by her husband William, buried 28 May 1829, Parkend.

William Wicks, of Bismore, murdered by Thomas Cox, buried 7 Feb 1830, Bisley.

Thomas Tarver, poisoned by his wife, Harriet, buried 16 December 1835, Chipping Campden.

Mary Lewis, of Monmouth, murdered by her son-in-law, Charles S. Bartlett, at Stapleton, buried 16[?] Sept 1836, Fishponds (St Mary’s?), Bristol

Emily Gardner, murdered by her “sweetheart”, Frederick Jones, buried 15 Dec 1871, at Cheltenham Burial Ground. (aged 18, of 265 High St, Cheltneham.)

Amelia Phipps, shot dead by Charles Edward Butt at Arlingham, buried 27 Aug 1873, Whiteshill.

Lucy Derrick, murdered by Edward Smart, buried 8 April 1879, Thornbury.

Sarah Ann Hewett (or Hewitt), murdered by her husband Edward, buried 24 April 1886, Gloucester, Tredworth Cemetery.

Elizabeth Evans, murdered by Enoch Wadley on road between Kempley and Much Marcle, buried 20 June 1887, Upton Bishop (Herefordshire).

James Wyndham, shot dead by his son Frederick, buried 24 Oct 1893, Oakridge.

Grave of Lucy Derrick, in Thornbury churchyard

Grave of Lucy Derrick, in Thornbury churchyard (Jill Evans, 2010)

With the help of the Gloucestershire Family History Society’s Indexes to Burials at Tredworth Cemetery, I was able to find the burials of several of the victims of the crimes discussed in Gloucester Murder & Crime. As well as Sarah Ann Hewett, mentioned above, there were:

Hubert Thomas Boulter, aged 6, drowned after being thrown into the Gloucester & Berkeley Canal by Agnes Mould, buried 2 Jan 1904. His father died 3 years later, and was buried in the same grave.

Matthew Rodgers, aged 32, killed by his wife at their house in New Street, Gloucester, buried 17 Sep 1919.

George Wells, aged 65, killed by his son, Ronald, at their house in St Mary’s Square, Gloucester, buried 6 Nov 1934.

There are a number of graves I have not located yet, but I will keep looking.

How many prisoners were buried at Gloucester Prison? (gloscrimehistory.wordpress.com)

© Jill Evans 2013


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