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    dizzyme Well-Known Member

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    George (Leggo) Johns born 1862, St Just, Cornwall, emigrated to Melbourne/Bendigo in 1885, with his father George Johns accompanying him although he came back to England at some stage.

    George (1862) married a Jane Andrew on 13 Aug 1887 in Daylesford, Victoria. She was born in 1848 so 14 years older than George. They had two children, Edgar Willie, b.1888, died 1953 Essendon, Melbourne & Annie born 1890 who didn't survive her first year.

    It all now gets very interesting :eek: with a notice in the Victoria Police Gazettes, dated 8th April 1899, stating that George has been 'charged on warrant, for the desertion of his wife, Jane Johns' on the 7th inst. George had left home on he morning of Good Friday (31st March) and hadn't been back since. He is then arrested on the 18th April 1899, after being seen with 'another woman' in the street by his wife, who confronted him!! George has only gone and married a widow, Charlotte Roberts Leggo (nee Rowe), b.1846, St Just, Cornwall! Imagine they must have known (or of) each other in St Just. He told Charlotte, he was a widower.... Charlotte was visibly distressed at giving evidence at George's trial.

    George subsequently, charged with Bigamy and sentenced to two years imprisonment. He was released from Pentridge Prison on 17th Nov 1900. Jane applied for a divorce on the 6th Dec 1900, with a notice being sent to the prison and this was when she discovered he had been released.

    All the above information is from newspaper articles found on Trove.au
    What I now would like to know is, are there actual court documents relating to George's trial and his time in prison? What became of George after his release? Will there be an actual marriage certificate for his marriage to Charlotte? Also, what happened to Jane and was she granted her divorce? Maybe she wanted to remarry! All I have for her is dob 1848 and marriage 1887. Was she previously married?

    Charlotte's first husband was Madron/Maddern Leggo 1837-1891. They married in 1874, St Just, Cornwall, England and emigrated in 1886. Charlotte moved to Sydney with her daughter Eva. She died there in 1934 and is buried in Macquarie Park Cemetery.

    George L  Johns, Alleged Bigamy.  Bendigo Advertiser (Vic 1855-1918), Friday 21 April 1899 (2)..JPG George L Johns, Alleged Bigamy.  Bendigo Advertiser (Vic 1855-1918), Friday 21 April 1899..JPG
     
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    There is a marriage certificate for George and Charlotte from 1899 which can be purchased and downloaded online if you so desire.

    You can search for and order it from here.

    The Victorian PRO has some online collections which can be found here though I was not successful after a quick search.
     
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    I think I read that when George committed the crimes he was 44 years of age. A birth year of 1854. There is a death in NSW of a George Johns unknown parents aged 68 in 1924 at Ryde Mental Hospital. The interesting thing is Charlotte is buried at Macquarie Park. The same area as Ryde Hospital. :nailbiting:
     
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    In 1894 The Licensing Court of Victoria notice dated 7 March in The Argus transfer of a liquor license for ‘West of England’ Fitzroy Street Fitzroy from Thomas Bradstreet to Charlotte Roberts Leggo.
     
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    Bendigo Divorce Court, Johns v Johns in the presence of Justice Hood 6/12/1900 adjourned in the absence of a material witness. Bendigo Advertiser 6/12/1900
     
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    Thank you Doug & Archie's Mum for the above info. Will have to look and see when the license transferred from Charlotte.
    The George Johns dying in NSW could well be him although the age is out.
    Could someone please have a look at Newspapers.com as googling George Leggoe Johns, brings up an article in The Age (Melbourne), dated 24th April 1899, Page 6. Have looked on Trove but it doesn't bring it up :headbang: He is pleading guilty and giving reasons why he committed bigamy :oops:

    Thank you :)
     
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    Thursday 27 April 1899 page 2 The Bendigo Adverstiser. Has his name.
     
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    Don't have that article either :(
     
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    Sent private message.
     
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    Thanks Genie1 for transcription of article of 21st April 1899. All adds to the story
     
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    Thanks again Genie1. Really appreciated! :)
     
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    Does anyone know if mugshots were taken of prisoners on entry into Pentridge prison in 1899 and if so, are they available?
     
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    :oops: Forgot to say that's Pentridge Prison in Melbourne, Australia :headbang:
     
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    @Doug brilliant find.
     
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