Masters and Powell Family History


Scandals, Skeletons & Queries

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Thomas Masters (the burglar) sentanced to hang ?

In April, 1816 Thomas Masters, aged xx (b.18xx) was convicted of a burglary carried out on Saturday, 6th August 1815 at Grove Park. Grove Park was an estate in Hampton-on-the-Hill (see history) and the seat of Lord Dormer, but was occupied by Thomas Raymond Arundel. Thomas Masters was convicted of stealing, together with a young worker of Lord Dormer, articles worth 40 shillings.

The items stolen (included a pocket-book, bible, silver ink-stand, gold ring, money and a ladies cottage work box containing trinkets) were then hidden at the bottom of the garden. Many of the items belonged to the daughters of Thomas Arundel.

The robbery took place after Thomas returned from practising the organ at Hatton Church, in preparation for the service.

Lord Dormer and two vicars (including The Rev. John Kendall, vicar of Budbrooke from 1802 to 1845) spoke in high terms of Thomas.

Thomas was however found guilty by the jury who recommended mercy to the Judge. Thomas was repreived and got twelve months in gaol. The trial was reported in the Warwick and Warwickshire General Advertiser on 13th April 1816. His repreive was reported several weeks later.

A letter written by the Home Secretary Lord SIDMOUTH

Our Trusty & Wellbeloved
Our Justices of Gaol Delivery for the Midland Circuit.
The H.S. for the County of Warwick
and all others whom it may concern

In the name of George P.R.

Whereas the following Persons were at the last Gaol Delivery holden at Warwick in and for the County of Warwick tried and convicted of the Crimes hereafter mentioned and had Sentence of Death passed upon thm for the same Lewis Humphreys of feloniously stabbing with intent to Murder - Charles Martin of Shoplifting, Henry Breedon of Burglary and Thos Masters of Burglary : We in consideration of some favourable Circumstances humbly represented unto Us in their Behalf are graciously pleased to Extend Our Grace and Mercy unto them and to Grant them Our Pardon for their said Crimes on Condition of their being Imprisoned and kept to hard Labour in the House of Correction - the said Lewis Humphreys & Charles Martin for Two Years; and Henry Breeden and Thomas Masters for One Year. Our Will and Pleasure therefore is that you give the necessary Directions accordingly and that they be inserted for their Crimes on the said Conditions in Our first and next General Pardon that shall come out for the Midland Circuit - and for doing so this shall be your Warrant - Given at Our Court at Carlton House the 11th day of May 1816 in the 56th Year of Our Reign.

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The father of Sarah's child

Sarah Masters (born abt. March 1742).

No record of her husband or the father of Job Masters (born abt May 1772).
Although she married Charles Bradshaw 16 years later.

Did the father die?
Was the father already married?
Did she marry another Masters?
Did she have an affair with nobility!
Should the family name be "Masters" after all?

Well done Sarah, we could have been a Higginbottom, Blair or a Prescott - even a Thatcher, Profumo or a Currie!

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The mystery of Elizabeth Masters

It was a visit to the grave of Elizabeth Masters (nee Harwood) at St Leonard's Church in Charlecote (see gallery) that was the motivation to commence research of the Masters family. The grave had been identified by a family member who remembered his father visiting the grave.

However, Elizabeth has not been linked into the family tree.

Who was she?

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"Dirty" George

Research of the Masters in the Wellesbourne area of Warickshire and close to Charlcote, revealed George Masters. We found the birth of one child then another and another. Later, we then found another batch of children. We referred to him as "dirty" George. He lived in the close vicinity of the other Masters, but we cannot link him, yet.

Was there more than one George responsible and how does he relate?.

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