Domestic Troubles at Conisborough

July 1900

Mexborough and Swinton Times, July 27.

Domestic Troubles at Conisborough.

William Claybourn, described as a labourer, living at Conisborough, was summoned by his wife Polly Claybourn, for desertion. The woman also asked for a separation and maintenance order.

Mr W Baddiley appeared for the complainant, and the defendant was represented by Mr F.Allen

Mr Baddiley said the parties were married on 1 January this year, and they lived together until Saturday, 30 June, when the husband left the house and took his furniture with him. The woman had to go to her own relations as the man was disinclined to do anything at all towards her maintenance.

The defendant was employed at Cadeby Main Colliery, and for the past 15 weeks his wages had averaged £1 2s 3d. a week.

The complainant said she was married to Claybourn at Rotherham, and at the time she was a widow with two children. They went to live Goodlad´s Yard

Some time before the defendant left her he assaulted her, and gave her a black eye. He left the house and took his furniture with him on 30 June. He did not give her any money on that day, but left a few groceries, including half a pound of butter, half a stone of flour, three eggs, half a pound of bacon, and a quarter pound of tea.

The defendant went to live at his sister’s house, which was not far from their home, and he kept coming to her and telling her what he had had to eat at his sisters while she and her children had no food. On one occasion he came and told her he had been having “duck and green peas.” (Laughter.)

On 9 July she went to live with her sister and had been there ever since.

In answer to Mr Allen the complainant said she might have faults as well as her husband. She prepared food for him, but he would not have it, and said his sisters would get it ready for him. She had not purchased any goods in her husband’s name since he left her. With regard to a bill for £4 borrowed money, she said it was her husband’s debt, as he borrowed the money to get married with; he also borrowed a sovereign, with which to buy the wedding ring. She admitted that when the defendant hit her she threw two eggs at him, and said she would hit him again if he hit her.

Mrs Wallace, a neighbour, deposed that she had found the children food when they were hungry owing to the defendant not having made provision for them, and police Sgt Brown said that on one occasion, before Conisborough Feast, the complainant made a statement to him; she had a black eye at the time.

The Bench made a separation order, by which the defendant must contribute 10 shillings a week to the maintenance of his wife.

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