I’ve had some great help from super sleuth Kylie Chapman, who has been researching the Caddy’s for some time, however she too was taken by surprise with the find about Thomas Caddy experimenting with coining. And as noted in my last post, Thomas went on to make a name for himself by inventing a fire bar and had a business Caddy & Co, Nottingham, Ltd. So from a deed which had him caught and charged, he made good in the end.
Kylie quickly jumped online and through Ancestry.co.uk was able to access the Criminal Registers for Knutsford in County Cheshire, 14 August 1865. The record is quite hard to read, but this is what has been deciphered.
Thomas KEDDY (Imagine you have an Irish accent and say Caddy out loud!! ) – Feloniously making and counterfeiting ______ three pieces of false and counterfeit coin resembling and apparently intended to resemble _______ and pass for three pieces of the queen’s copper coin. For which he was imprisoned for 6 months.
Ellen KEDDY - Feloniously making and counterfeiting three pieces of false and counterfeit coin resembling and apparently intended to resemble and pass for three pieces of the queen’s copper coin. Ellen was found “not guilty”.
Ellen would have been heavily pregnant with their first daughter Mary Ellen, or possibly had already given birth, as Mary was born in the 3rd Quarter of 1865 and was christened on the 15th October 1865. There were also 4 older boys, Joseph born 1857, who would have been the nine year old lad who bought the port from the Mr Dickinson of The Wheatsheaf pub, James born 1859, Thomas born 1861 and William born 1864.
Kylie continued her searching of the newspapers and found the following entry in the Cheshire Observer, August 19, 1865. Although the name here is Denny and wife Mary, the crime, place, sentencing and the year fits. So we figured this has to of been Thomas and Ellen Caddy.
Now we can ponder and think about Ellen and how she managed to look after 5 children under 10, while Thomas was in prison. Was this what prompted them to move from Cheshire down to New Swindon, Wiltshire where their youngest daughter Jane Ann Caddy, born July 12, 1867? On Jane’s birth certificate, Thomas’ occupation is given as Iron Moulder “journeyman” - A journeyman is someone who has completed an apprenticeship and is fully educated in a trade or craft, but not yet a master. To become a master, a journeyman has to submit a master work piece to a guild for evaluation and be admitted to the guild as a master. Source: Wikipedia.
We are on the look out for more information about the court case, so as soon as we find anything, it will be posted here.
To give you a visual of The Wheatsheaf, here is an image. What a mighty fine pub it is too.