|Morning Post 23 Sep 1845 (from Find My Past Newspapers)|
This cutting refers the death of a John Leadman, from Barnsley, formerly a plumber and glazier whilst in prison in London in September 1845.
He is the uncle of the John Leadman I wrote about this morning who was the landlord of the Star Inn, Church Street, Barnsley from 1822 to 1845.
The report quotes his daughter Eliza as saying that she had not seen her father since he was taken away from her in July 1844 in Leeds. The family were unable to "put an answer in" to the charge as "it took too much money". He had been "committed for contempt for not putting in the answer to a bill in which in Mary Hollicks was the plaintiff".
His nurse, an Eliza Burton, said that he had been "very much depressed in mind ... and appeared to suffer great mental anxiety about his family, not one of whom had visited him in his incarceration". Oh, what a shame. Poor chap!
This John Leadman was born in 1777 and appears to have been married twice, firstly in 1805 to Mary Raywood - according to Family Search he marries her twice, firstly in York on 7 November and then at St Mary's Barnsley on 11 November. Well, why not?
Incidentally this has drawn my attention to the fact that the marriage records for St Mary's Barnsley on Ancestry are not complete. There do not appear to be images or transcriptions for marriages prior to 1813 - the baptisms and burials are there - but not the marriages. Odd!
|Burial register of Royston, St John from 1807 (from Ancestry)|
Sadly he loses his first born son and his wife both within a few months in 1807. His son John dies of "croup" and his wife of "consumption" in September. You don't often get the cause of death in burial registers - these are very rare records. He marries again, to Ruth Walker, in Silkstone church in 1809. This time things go a little better and they have at least seven children in the next few years.
Unfortunately John's children appear to have a tendency to die young. His son William Henry is only eight months old when he dies, his daughter Sarah Ann is just short of three years old. Another John dies at either three years or five years (there are two burials for John Leadman - and what do you know the Ancestry records for burials at St Mary's don't start until 1859 - another glitch - it's a good job I've got a copy of the burials as transcribed by the Barnsley Family History Society to work with). A daughter Caroline dies aged eight months (all of these are calculated from the baptism dates so the children may be a little older), which leaves just three children, Eliza, Olivia and Alexander.
|Baines Trade Directory 1822|
(from Historical Directories)
By 1834 John Leadman, Plumber and Glazier has moved to Leeds. I have found a reference to him being the Superintendent of the Works at the Leeds New Gas Light Company. By 1841 he is living on "Independent Means" in Queens' Square in Leeds.
|From the 1834 General Commercial Directory of Leeds (from Historical Directories)|
|1845 John Leadman's burial at St George the Martyr Southwark, London|
His wife Ruth dies aged 72 in Leeds in 1857, and his daughters Eliza and Olivia become school teachers. His son Alexander becomes a surgeon and has one son himself with the fantastic name of Alexander Dionysius Hobson Leadman - he too becomes a doctor and also writes books. It's a good name to Google! At least the rest of the family doesn't seem to have become terribly impoverished by whatever it was that happened in 1844/45. Hmm, not sure if I approve of them abandoning their father like that!