Neglecting to Maintain a Wife at Denaby

December 1900

Mexborough and Swinton Times, December 28.

Neglecting to Maintain a Wife at Denaby.

Thomas Jones, miner, of Denaby, was summoned by his wife, Elizabeth Jones, for neglecting to maintain her.

Elizabeth Jones said the defendant was her husband. He never gave her sufficient money to carry the home on. One week he gave her 6s 6d, another 14s, and another 18s. She had had a separation order, but he never paid a penny. She did not wish to have the custody of the children. Her husband’s wages had ranged from 6s 4d to 7s 6d per day. There were four children.

The defendant: Have you persuaded me to take my” hook” so you could take lodgers?
The complainant: No, I have not.

Maud Jones gave similar evidence, as her mother.

Cross-examined by the defendant, the witness admitted that he paid the rent, and also that he paid one collector.

After Martin Myers had given evidence the defendant addressing the magistrates said: “I will leave you to judge for yourself. Gentleman, that is one of the lodgers.”

The magistrates made an order for the defendant to pay 10 shillings per week towards the maintenance of his wife. The defendant would have the custody of the children


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