MURDERS IN GLOUCESTER AND AREA

MURDERS AND SUCH Copied from "The Gleaner" as is
June 1829, Henry Brown, a mariner, was murdered October 1830, Bela Packard who kept a boarding hourse in Bathurst, was arrested and chargedwith his murder, she pleaded not guilty and was found not guilty by Judge Botsford.
Nov. 1833, Thomas Swason, Indian murdered by John Oxford, of North Esk found guilty by jury.
June 17th/1834, Jeremiah Martin was put in jail in Gloucester County for killing James Bellair, a blacksmith who leaves a widow and six children behind, on June 16th, at a tavern in Belledune, NB, who was kept by Joseph Logan. Martin struck Bellair with an iron rake on the head, while drunk. Martin was found guilty of wilful murder by jury
Charles Bishop, an indented apprentice aged 19, left on the 6th of
Mar./1841, and it is supposed went by way of St John but he has friends
at Restigouche wither he may be gone. Any person giving him employment or harboring him in any manner, will be preosecuted according to law. Richibucto Feb. 12/1841, John Leishman, tailor..
MURDERS
The very important trial of the homicide of Alexander Alexander which took place at New Dunlop Settlement in the parish of Beresford, on sunday the 29th day of June 1845, came on this day before Mr Justice Parker, and the following jury:
John Brown (foreman)
Alex Pentland
Connor Egans
W. Stevens Jr.
William Barry
Robert Brown W. Bowser
Christopher Lockhart
James McLean
William Hall
Edward Jennings
William End, Esq., acted for the prosecution
John A. Street, Esq, and T. DesBrisay, Esq., for the prisoner.
Prisoner: Francis Fullerton, in his youth a midshipman and
Master's mate for the Royal Navy.
Dead: Alexander Alexander, 30 years, shot by gun
Witnesses:
Robina Alexander (mother of Alex Alexander)
Alexander McNeil
Robert Moodie, neighbour, mile from Alexander and Fullerton
Robert Barber, Senior, lives in New Dunlop, 5 lots
Robert Gordon, M.D., coroner
Mrs Robert Moodie.

The jury gave a verdict of wilful murder but recommnded mercy. Saturday September 6th, passing of sentence: hanging on Monday 13th/1845. ***January 24/1846, "A bottle of aque Fortes was conveyed to Fullarton which the sheriff discovered in his cell. The late Grand Jury, after investigating the matter, made a presentment, upon which a Bench warrant was issued for the appearance of the guilty parties, one of whom is a brother of the murdered man".** So he was not hung ! **

*** June 20/1846, From Saint John paper, Fullarton has arrived in Saint John in charge of Sheriff Baldwin. "The sentence of death has been commuted to 14 years in the Provincial Penitentiary".

INQUEST : July 4/1846
County of Gloucester, Tuesday, June 30th, coroners in quest by Dr. Gordon, at Brian's Hotel, in the town of Bathurst, on the body of an infant child found in the protestant graveyard. The Maternity was brought home to a servant woman named Alice Day.
Verdict: That the said Alice Day was guilty of culpable negligence.
Commited to trial.

Sept. 12/1857, from the Supreme Court of Gloucester, only one criminal case, a charge against Edward Jennings, for grievous bodily harm inflicted on joseph Miller, a constable found guilty , sentenced to 18 months hard labour in the provincial penitentiary.

The following was provided by Burns Anderson
AMBROSE, Richard, male, 26. Victim: O'Leary, Michael; Bourgeois, Aurele. 1974/12/13; Evangeline, N.B. Shooting to escape arrest, (Victims were Police Officers).
GALLIEN, Olivier, male. Murder; Victim: Poulin, Xavier; 1874/04/20; Caraquet, N.B. (Victim was the husband of Angele Poulin who was charged as accessory before the fact). Hanging: 1874/10/29; Bathurst, N.B
HUTCHISON, James, male, 47; Crime: murder; Victims: O'Leary, Michael; Bourgeois, Aurele 1974/12/13; Evangeline, N.B.; Method: shooting to escape arrest; Victims were police officers
PITRE, Norman Joseph ( Rufus ), male, 25, single; Crime: murder; Victim: Smith, George 1932/04/20; Method: shooting/robbery; Hanging: 1933/06/01; Bathurst, N.B.
POULIN, Angele, female, 49; Victim: Poulin, Xavier 1874/04/20; Caraquet, N.B. ( victim was the husband of Angele Poulin who was charged as accessory before the fact ); Life in St. John,s Pen., N.B.

From the Newspaper "The Gleaner" which covered from Miramichi to Restigouche

And Burns Anderson

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