Judith Pearce, born Judith Hull in 1762 in Sutton Benger, Wiltshire is my 6th Great Grandmother. Judith was murdered in her home where she was living with her granddaughter Elizabeth Cottle aged 12 or 14 depending on the story you read. A vagabond was arrested and executed for her murder carried out by 4 hatchet blows to her head. Perhaps erroneously tried and convicted too but that is a side issue. I have received a message from a possible relation of the Pearce family asking if I can establish where the granddaughter's surname comes from. I cannot. In each account of the murder it says Judith's 12 year old ? granddaughter Elizabeth Cottle moved in with her to settle Judith's nerves. They were living in Brookside Cottage. Elizabeth escaped the murderer's clutches and ran as fast as she could through the darkness to her Great-Uncle's house in the village. the girl's two uncles William and Thomas, her aunt and two neighbours, Daniel Powell and John Price hurried back and found Judith dead. I will give you my findings and ask if anyone can unravel the Cottle granddaughter. Judith Hull 1762-1820 Married Walter Pearce. 1757-1797. They married in Sutton Benger on 27 Jan 1782. They had the following family. Walter Pearce Senior 1782-1865 William Pearce 1784 (Uncle mentioned) Sarah Pearce 1787 James Pearce 1789-1861 Thomas Pearce 1792 (Uncle mentioned) Catherine Pearce 1795-1833 Walter Pearce Senior married Sarah Woodard on 13 Oct 1803. Their children Thomas Pearce 1809-1810 Elizabeth Pearce 1809-1869 (Correct age but not surname) Mary Anne Pearce 1811 Thomas 1814-1835 Walter Pearce Junior 1822-1891 James Pearce 1823-1889. Catherine Pearce 1795-1833 married Thomas Blizzard in Seagry Wiltshire on 21 June 1819 and the lived in Great Somerford. Was she visiting and the aunt that is referred to? Catherine had had her first daughter on the 10 May 1820 so would she have been there with her young baby? That leaves Sarah as both the option for Aunt and for marrying a Cottle. Can anyone find evidence that Sarah married a Cottle and had a daughter Elizabeth? James Pearce is not going to have a daughter Elizabeth Cottle unless from an earlier marriage. In the 1841 census I learned he was living with a Catherine Pearce who must be Walter Pearce's sister 1757-1797 and Elizabeth Blizzard 12. Walter and Catherine I believe are the children of Valentine Pearce and Betty Pearce though Im not confident. Both born 1729. Valentine in Stanton St Quinton and Betty Chippenham. Looking for the Cottle solution but as always if you can fill in any gaps that would be wonderful. Best wishes to all from Stage 4 lockdown Melbourne region Victoria.