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William James ENNEVER

Male 1840 - Yes, date unknown


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  • Name William James ENNEVER 
    Born 21 Jun 1840  St Luke, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Christened 12 Jul 1840  St Luke, Old Street, Finsbury, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Christened as William Ennever.
    William Ennever (1840-?)
    William Ennever (1840-?)
    Parish register
    Gender Male 
    Living 12 Jul 1840  8 James Street, St Luke, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1 Jun 1841  8 James Street, Parrs Place, St Luke, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Census 1 Apr 1851  1 Charles Yard, Charles Street, St Luke, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Address is recorded as "Stabling".
    Occupation 1861 
    Coal porter 
    Living 11 Feb 1861  10 Masons Place, St Luke, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 11 Feb 1861 
    Coal Porter 
    Census 1 Apr 1861  10 Masons Place, St Luke, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1871 
    Carman 
    Census 1 Apr 1871  14 Little Drummond Street, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Occupation 1881 
    Carman 
    Census 1 Apr 1881  13 Millman Mews, St Pancras, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Living 25 Feb 1884  31 Chenies Mews, Tottenham Court Road, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Recorded as Cherry Mews, but believed to be Chenies.
    Misc 25 Feb 1884  Old Bailey, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Accused of theft 
    • It seems likely that this prosecution refers to William James Ennever. He had been living in Millman Mews, close to Tottenham Court Road, in 1881 and he was a carman. His family had a history of criminal activity also.

      JOSEPH RICH, ARTHUR GODDARD, Theft > simple larceny, 25th February 1884.

      Reference Number: t18840225-378
      Offence: Theft > simple larceny
      Verdict: Not Guilty > other
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      378. JOSEPH RICH and ARTHUR GODDARD , Stealing a box, a tea service, a Church Service, 30l. in money, and other articles, of Louisa Mary Dodd.

      MR. CANDY. Prosecuted; MR. GEOGHEGAN. Defended.

      LOUISA MARY DODD . I am the wife of Mr. Dodd, of Bromley—on 2nd February I was at the University Tavern, Tottenham Court Road, and employed Mr. Ennever to remove my goods to Brockley that evening—I afterwards missed a black box containing rings, brooches, 30l. In gold in a brown purse, and other articles value 100l.—some were mine
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      and some not, but they were all in my care—I made inquiries and placed the matter in the hands of the police.

      Cross-examined. I got to Brockley about 8 o'clock—I was going to an unfurnished house—a window was broken—I was in the house on Sunday till 11 o'clock, and then I went up to London and left the house unprotected and the window broken—I did not miss the box till Tuesday.

      ELLEN SMITH . I was barmaid at the University Tavern on 2nd February—I saw a dark box with brass nails taken downstairs by the prisoner Rich, who was one of the carmen.

      WILLIAM BANKS . I am a colourman at Brockley—on Saturday, 2nd February, about 8.30 p.m., I was employed with a friend at the Breakspear to unload some goods out of two vans—we finished one, and then went to the Breakspear and had some drink, and then returned and began unloading the second—the two prisoners assisted us, and Woolridge and Clark—no one was left with the van while we were drinking—when we had nearly finished unloading the second van, a box was taken out—it was about a yard from the tail of the van, and both the prisoners said that it was not to go, it was to go back—I left it where it was, and carried some more things in.

      Cross-examined. Woolridge is my son-in-law; Clark is a stranger to me—Mr. Ennever was not present, leaning against the wall, when the conversation about the box took place; he was not within two or three yards of me—the potman was there, but I cannot say whether he heard it; the prisoners said it quite openly, they both spoke—the pony had been taken out of the van—the vans went away first, and we went behind them—we found the Breakspear shut up, and went to the house and got our money, and we then all went home together.

      FREDERICK CLARK . I am a labourer, of Brockley—on 2nd February I was employed to unload these two vans—we finished one, and then went to the Breakspear and had some beer—the prisoners came there afterwards and Mr. Ennever, and no one was left with the vans that I know of—while the second van was being unloaded there was a box in it which the prisoners said was not to go inside, it was to go back, and one of them shoved it back into the van—I did not notice whether it was large or small.

      Cross-examined. I believe he said, "That box is not to go inside yet," but he also said that it was to go back—Mr. Ennever was there when we unloaded the first van, and I believe he was there during the conversation about the box—I said at the police-court, "Mr. Ennever stood on the pavement, leaning against the wall, when the conversation took place, he was two or three yards away from me"—the potman was in and out, I am not sure whether he was there when the conversation took place.

      JOHN WOOLRIDGE . I am a labourer at Brockley—on Saturday evening, 2nd February, I was employed with two other men to unload some vans—we finished one, and then went to the Breakspear and came back and began to unload the second van—I was going to take out a box and the prisoner Rich placed his hand on it and said that it was not to go, it was to go back; I left it—it was a little box covered with brown leather—Goddard was present when he said that, and could hear it, but I did not know their names; I do not know the carman who employed me—we then finished unloading the van.

      Cross-examined. It was past 10 o'clock when that conversation occurred.
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      WILLIAM ENNEVER . I am a carman, of 31, Cherry Mews, Tottenham Court Road—on 2nd February Mrs. Dodd employed me to convey her property from Tottenham Court Road to Brockley, which I did in two vans—I accompanied them and superintended the unloading of the first—we then adjourned to the Breakspear—I employed the prisoners, and Mrs. Dodd paid them—I helped to take the property out of the second van.

      Cross-examined. I have employed Rich two years, and he came to me with a 16 years' good character—the three men we met at the Breakspear were strangers.

      ALEXANDER JEWELL . (Police Inspector P). On 6th February I went to Cherry Mews, Tottenham Court Road, and saw the two prisoners respecting the missing box—I examined their lodgings but found nothing—I afterwards brought them to Brockley Station in the presence of Banks and Clark—Banks said, "On Saturday last I was engaged in unloading two vans at 279, Brockley Road, and as we were taking one box out of one of the vans I was told by the carman to let it remain, as it had got to go back again, and I left it there"—Rich said, "Do you say I said so?"—he said, "Both of you"—Goddard said nothing—that is what I always do, it was a sort of rehearsal: part of my routine.

      Cross-examined. I 'did that to hear what Banks had to say; he had already told me something, but Mr. Dodd was not there then, and I wished him to hear what he had already told us—I had to take it down and the prisoners had to be present—the charge had not then been taken—I had brought them from London and paid their expenses—I look to the Treasury to repay me—on my oath this was not done to get evidence.

      JAMES HYDER . (Detective P). I accompanied Inspector Jewell to Cherry Mews to see the prisoners—I asked Rich if he knew anything about a box which had been stolen from Brockley—he said "There were others on the job besides me; I don't know what you mean by a box"—I said "Do you mean to say you do not known there was a box lost?"—he said "No"—I took him in custody.

      Cross-examined. I took no note of what he said—he either said "on the job" or "engaged"—I believe he said "There were others engaged besides us"—I said "Don't you know there was a box lost?" not "stolen"—I was present when the prisoners were confronted with Clark and the other—it is usual before a man is taken before a Magistrate that he is confronted with the witnesses and asked to state what he has to say.

      The Prisoners' Statements before the Magistrate. Rich says: "I am innocent of the charge. I know nothing of the box whatever." Goddard says: "On 2nd February I had to take two vans of furniture to Brockley. My employer was there when I unloaded them. I drew on one side and my employer and another man took the things into the house, and then they said 'We have unloaded one van; we will go and have some beer.'"

      NOT GUILTY .
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      Before Mr. Justice Cave.

      Courtesy of OldBaileyOnline.org
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    Accused of theft (1 of 3)
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    Accused of theft (2 of 3)
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    Accused of theft (3 of 3)
    Occupation 25 Feb 1884 
    Carman 
    Living 12 Oct 1887  Woburn Mews East, Russell Square, London Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Misc 12 Oct 1887 
    Bankruptcy announced in The Times 
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    Bankruptcy announced in The Times 12/10/1887
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    William James Ennever (1840-?)
    The Bankruptcy Act 1883. The Times 5/11/1887
    Occupation 12 Oct 1887 
    Carman 
    Occupation 1891 
    Coachman 
    Census 1 Apr 1891  19 Palmerston Road, Croydon, Surrey Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Died Yes, date unknown 
    Person ID I222  1. Essex Ennevers
    Last Modified 23 Oct 2009 

    Father William ENNEVER,   Chr:  28 Jul 1793, St Swithin's Church, Walcot, Somerset Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  6 Jun 1869, St Luke Workhouse, Shoreditch, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 75 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth WADE,   Born:  1813, Thorpe by Water, Harringworth, Northamptonshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  28 Jun 1888, St Giles Workhouse, Holborn, London Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 29 Jul 1839  Parish Church, St Luke, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    William Ennever & Elizabeth Wade
    William Ennever & Elizabeth Wade
    Parish register
    Family histories
    Joseph Ennever and his criminal connections
    Joseph Ennever and his criminal connections
    A summary of the criminal activities of Joseph and his family
    Marriages to a closely-related family member
    Marriages to a closely-related family member
    (including to a dead spouse's sibling and a dead sibling's spouse and some bigamous and other illegal marriages)
    Family ID F63  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family (spouse) Mary Ann MANNING,   Born:  1839, City of London District, City of London Find all individuals with events at this location,   Died:  Yes, date unknown 
    Married 11 Feb 1861  Parish Church, St Luke, Middlesex Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F91  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 21 Jun 1840 - St Luke, Middlesex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 12 Jul 1840 - St Luke, Old Street, Finsbury, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 12 Jul 1840 - 8 James Street, St Luke, Middlesex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Jun 1841 - 8 James Street, Parrs Place, St Luke, Middlesex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1851 - 1 Charles Yard, Charles Street, St Luke, Middlesex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 11 Feb 1861 - 10 Masons Place, St Luke, Middlesex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 11 Feb 1861 - Parish Church, St Luke, Middlesex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1861 - 10 Masons Place, St Luke, Middlesex Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1871 - 14 Little Drummond Street, St Pancras, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1881 - 13 Millman Mews, St Pancras, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 25 Feb 1884 - 31 Chenies Mews, Tottenham Court Road, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMisc - Accused of theft - 25 Feb 1884 - Old Bailey, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsLiving - 12 Oct 1887 - Woburn Mews East, Russell Square, London Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsCensus - 1 Apr 1891 - 19 Palmerston Road, Croydon, Surrey Link to Google Earth
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  • Family histories
    Criminals and law-breakers in the Ennever and associated families
    Criminals and law-breakers in the Ennever and associated families
    A list of all known family law-breakers and their crimes


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