Birmingham Journal - Newspaper Articles

March 20, 1830


On the 13th inst. Mrs. Sheldon wife of Mr. John Sheldon, of the Red Lion public-house, Park-street, Walsall.

July 2, 1831


On Wednesday last an inquest was held at the White Horse, Darlaston, before H. Smith, Esq. on view of the body of Charles Moseley, who was found dead on the Banks of the Birmingham Canal, in the Parish of Darlaston, on Monday morning last.

The first witness called was Mr. John Sheldon, bookbinder, of Moor Street, Birmingham, who stated that he knew the deceased with whom he had been upon the most intimate terms for 13 or 14 years, indeed, during that period they had been as closely attached as brothers. He recognized the body as being that of Charles Moseley, and as the person alluded to in the paragraph in Aris's Birmingham Gazette - The deceased was a cabinet-maker, residing with his father in Lichfield-street; and at the time of his decease employed by Messrs. Clarke and Wyatt, of Digbeth. He also knew a young woman named Hannah Blythe; she also resided in Lichfield-street, with her father and mother. He knew that she and the deceased were intimate, as he had seen them frequently walking together, indeed he considered there was a sincere attachment on his part. It had been the habit of the deceased to spend his Saturday evening's at his house, generally for a couple of hours. On Saturday night last he came as usual at half-past eight, and left about half-past ten, which was the last time he saw him alive. On Monday morning he received a letter from him, bearing the Bilston Post mark, in which he wished to know how Hannah Blythe was, and to send him word as soon as possible, as he was very anxious to assertain that. He added he had much injured his hand, and was fearful it would be useless to him; meaning no doubt, that it had become so from the bursting of the pistol on Saturday night. He had only the direction part of the letter left, as from the circumstances which had transpired his wife felt uneasy at his having it in his possession, he therefore destroyed it. He replied to the letter immediately, and directed it as requested by the deceased, to Thomas Wilson, Post Office, Bilston, to be left till called for. For the last month, the deceased was very much changed - getting thin and looking pale, and appeared as if something was on his mind, although he never divulged any cause. On Saturday night he appeared very low and very seldom spoke, he amused himself with playing with one of the witnesses children; indeed for some time he appeared anxious to do any thing, as time seemed to hang heavy with him. About two months ago he showed him a ring wrapped up in paper, but did not say any thing particular relative to it. He did not know of his own knowledge that the deceased and Hannah Blythe had been asked in church at Aston, contrary to the young woman's consent, but he had heard his mother say that such was the fact. At the last Birmingham fair, the deceased told him that he did not now go with Hannah, and therefore he concluded there had been some differences between them. For the last three weeks he understood that he had not gone home to dinner but dined at a cook shop in Moor-street, this was with the view he understood, to prevent his meeting with Hannah Blythe. On Saturday he was not aware that he had pistols about him; before leaving the house he took some salts in half a pint of ale, and said he should go home. The hat now produced belonged to the deceased.
Mr. William Lowe stated that he kept a retail beer shop at Cock Heath, near Darlston. The deceased came to his house a little before six o'clock on Sunday morning last, and asked if he would allow him to dry himself, and requested him to draw half a pint of ale. He was very wet, and appeared to have been out all night. He drew near to the fire, and placing his head upon his right hand, which was tied in an handkerchief, he remained in that position nearly an hour, without touching the ale. In reply to questions from the landlord how he became so wet, he stated that he and three others had, for a lark, left Bromsgrove in a car, for Dudley, where he became tipsey and lost his companions in walking along a very high causeway, the situation of which he could not describe, he said he fell, and falling on some sharp cinders he had cut his hand. He unbound his hand to show the landlord, who expressed his surprise at the appearance of the wounds from such a cause. During the whole of the day, Moseley occupied our seat, where he took his breakfast and dinner, occasionally replying to questions put to him by the company who called in. About the middle of the day he wrote a letter with his left hand, and sent a man with it to Bilston, the postage of which he paid. Occasionally he appeared much agitated and singular in his behaviour, which excited the suspicion of the landlord, but which he did not act upon. About six o'clock in the evening he asked what time the Bang-up coach would pass, as he intended going by it to Birmingham, and then to Bromsgrove. He ordered tea, but before it was ready, he left the house and proceeded in the direction of Bilston, and the witness saw no more of him until the following morning, a corpse, at the workhouse.

Daniel Dewell, a boatman in the employ of Mr. Harrison, of Walsall, stated, that at a little before five on the morning of Monday last, he found the body of the deceased partly in the water, near to Long bridge, in the Walsall arm of the Birmingham Canal. His head was under water to his shoulder, with one of his arms, and his legs resting on the bank on raising him from the water his head appeared to be much covered with blood; he was laid down again, and his companion went to inform the constable of Darlaston.

Mr. Thomas Partridge, constable of Darlaston, stated that he took the body from the canal. The head appeared ot be very much bruised on the left side. He appeared to have been dead some time; he had the body conveyed to the workhouse. In consequence of the report of fire arms having been heard about eleven o'clock on the previous night, in the direction of where the body was found, it was rumoured about that the man had been murdered and thrown into the canal. He therefore proceeded again to the spot where the deceased was found, and from thence traced the footsteps of one person, coming in the direction of the canal, for upwards of 300 yards into a field, when he found a pair of pocket pistols, both cocks down, the shirt collar, and a hat, which were not produced. One of the pistols had been fired off, and the other was charged with ball; the pistols were engraved "Bradney, Birmingham" On the spot where these articles were found, was a great quantity of coagulated blood. In the pocket of the deceased was found a bullet, which exactly corresponded with the one which was drawn from the loaded pistol.

Mr. Charles Thornhill, surgeon, of Darlaston, inspected the body of the deceased on Monday morning, immediately after its arrival at the workhouse. The hair on the left side of the head was much matted with blood, and in the upper part of the left temple he discovered a small wound, of a triangular appearance, through which he could pass his little finger an inch. On the following day he inspected the body more minutely, which he opened. In the scull he found a circular hole, as if it had been drilled, and the inner table of the skull was fractured in a great extent. The wound was in an oblique direction downwards. On examining the brain several fragments of the skull were found to have penetrated the substance to the depth of an inch, and blood to the depth of an inch and a half was found upon the brain. This might have been caused by a bullet, but as he did not find one after the minutest examination, he concluded it must have rebounded. The would was the cause of the deceased's death, and certainly the event was not caused by drowning, but from the loss of blood.

The coroner briefly addressed the Jury, who immediately returned a verdict of Lunacy.

December 10, 1831

William Taylor was committed to the Sessions on a charge of stealing a long quarto account book from the shop of Mr. Sheldon, bookbinder, of Moor-street. On Thursday night week, the prisoner, during the absence of Mr. Sheldon, in a back room, was seen to enter the front shop and take the book off the counter. He was pursued by Mr. Sheldon, and taken at the corner of Carr's-lane, having previously dropped the book in his flight.

May 3, 1834


On Saturday last, after only two days' illness, aged 29, deeply lamented by her bereaved family and friends, Eleanor, second daughter of Mr. Moses Eyland, sen., of Walsall, and wife of Mr. John Sheldon, parish clerk, of the same place.

July 12, 1834


On the 2d inst. William Sheldon, youngest son of John Sheldon, aged seven months

June 4, 1836


On Tuesday week, Ann, relict of the late Mr. John Sheldon, of Summer-hill

August 24 1839

Sir, - this is to certify that I, Henry Sheldon, son of John and Maria Sheldon, living at No 48, Potter Street, Birmingham, attended at the Eye Infirmary, for some time, with a diseased eye, but did not experience any benefit. Hearing of Mr. L. Allin, surgeon, &c, 21, Aston Street, I went to him, and he has made a perfect cure, for which I return my sincere thanks.

Jan. 30th, 1839

May 30, 1840


On Wednesday last, after a long and severe illness, Elizabeth, wife of Mr. John Sheldon, bookbinder &c., 15 Moor-Street, aged 32.

October 5 1844


On Tuesday, suddenly, lamented by his family and friends, in the 45th year of his age, Mr. Stephen Sheldon, Deepfields, of the firm of Messrs. E. and S. Sheldon, Cannon Foundry, Coseley.

June 6, 1846


JOHN SHELDON Respectfully informs Merchants, Factors, and Fancy Dealers, that he has REMOVED his Manufactory of Pens, Pencil Cases, Patent Escritoirs, Guard Chains, Electro and British Plate Spoons, Forks, &c., from 38, Lancaster Street, to 55, Great Hampton Street, Birmingham, and avails himself of the opportunity to present his best thanks to them for their kind support during the last twenty years, and assures them he is prepared to meet their continued commands with promptitude, from the increased facilities his new premises afford, and the advantage of a stock consisting of 3,000 to 5,000 dozens of the most improved patterns.

June, 1846

August 22, 1846


On the 14th inst., in her 37th year, after a lingering illness, borne with Christian patience, Rebecca, the beloved wife of Mr. John Sheldon, of 55, Great Hampton Street.

April 7, 1847


On Thursday, at Stratford-on-Avon, deeply lamented by all who knew her, Mrs. Sheldon, the beloved wife of William Sheldon, Esq., Mayor of the borough.

January 1, 1848

EXTENSIVE HOUSEBREAKING and ROBBERY in GREAT HAMPTON STREET - It was discovered on Wednesday morning that the premises of Mr. John Sheldon, gold and silver pencil-case manufacturer, 55, Great Hampton Street, had been broken into during the night, and robbed of property to the value of about L40., consisting of thirty-six ounces of silver tubes and scraps, thirty-eight dozen of German silver pencil cases seven dozen German silver snuff boxes, and a great quantity of other finished and unfinished goods. The thieves obtained entrance to the yard from adjoining premises; but comparatively successful as they were, their mode and means of operation show them to have been unpracticed hands, although sufficiently determined and resolute. They attempted to force the door of the principal wareroom, but did not succeed, and it is perhaps as well for them it happened so, as they must have roused Mr. Sheldon, who resides on the premises. A reward for L10 has been offered for the discovery of the thieves.

January 8, 1848

STEALING TIMBER at WOLVERHAMPTON - Anthony Bagnall, 72, and James Jones, were charged with stealing five pieces of oak timber, value 6s, the property of Mr. Henry Spink, lockmaker, Wolverhampton. From certain circumstances which did not appear, suspicion had attached to the prisoners, and police-constable Maddox having gone to their houses, he found certain pieces of timber identified as belonging to Mr. Spinks, two in Jones's house and two leaning against the outside of that of Bagnall. The latter disclaimed any knowledge of them, but Jones said he had bought those found in his house six weeks ago of Mr. Sheldon, although it was proved they had been in the hands of Mr. Spink's workmen on the previous day. They now pleaded not guilty, but the case having gone to trial, the Jury found Jones guilty, and Bagnall not guilty. Jones was then sentenced to six months imprisonment.

June 3, 1848

FATAL ACCIDENT in PARK STREET - On Monday evening, about eight o'clock, an accident occurred in Park Street by which a man fifty-sex years of age, named John Sheldon, was killed. In appears that the poor fellow, who worked at any stray job he could get, was on the evening in question loading a handcart at the Chequers Tavern, with his off wheel about three feet on the causeway, when he perceived a large carrier's waggon, one of Pickford and Co's, drawn by three horses, coming at a good rate towards him from Digbeth, and at the same time a cart behind him going towards the same place. In his endeavours to turn his handcart round to pull it on to the causeway, in order to be out of the way, the forewheel of the waggon caught the handcart, and swinging it round, struck the old man in the side, and crushed him against the wall. In a short time Mr. Onions and Mr. Ellis, surgeons, were on the spot, and rendered him every assistance, but he died in about ten minutes afterwards. An inquest was held on the body on Wednesday, but adjourned till yesterday, in order that the requisite meansurements might be made, and thereby to ascertain whether the drives of the waggon, John Stockton and William Millward were at all in fault. One witness, Nicholas Whittel, said that if the deceased had not attempted to turn the cart, he was of opinion that there would be room for the waggon to have passed without injury, and considered, as did George Field, another witness, that the waggoners were not to blame. Upon an accurate admeasurment, by Inspector Stinton, of the street, the handcart, waggon, and cart similar to the one which was passing at the time of the accident there would be only four clear inches of space left, supposing each vehicle was standing by the side of the other. After a minute and careful examination of every witness respecting every detail of the accdient, the Coroner remarked upon the carelessness with which the huge carriers' waggons belonging to railway and canal companies were driven, which he considered dangerous to the public safety. The Jury, after a few minutes, consultation, returned a verdict of "Accidental Death".

September 2, 1848


ALL Persons having any CLAIM against the Estate of the late Mr. James Sheldon, of Great Bridge, in the parish of Tipton, in the county of Stafford, Pattern Maker, deceased, are requested immediately to forward full particulars thereof either to Mr. Richard Albert, Boat Builder, or Mr. Josiah Morris, Tailor, both of Great Bridge aforesaid, (the Executors acting under the deceased's will) and all Persons INDEBTED to the said Estate are requested forthwith to Pay the Amount of their liabilities to the said Executors.

JOHN BOLTON, Solicitor to the Executors
Dudley, 31st August 1848

November 4, 1848


On Tuesday, at St. George's, (by the Rev. Mr. Hobson,) Mr. John Sheldon, jun., to Emma, eldest daughter of Mr. H. Spencer, currier, of Snow Hill.

May 19, 1849


On Tuesday, after a long and painful illness, Mr. John Sheldon, seal stone engraver, of Brearley Street in this town, aged 54 years.

June 30, 1849


On Monday, at Edgbaston Church, (by the Rev. Isaac Spooner, M.A.,) Mr. Frederick Townson, of Lee Crescent, Edgbaston, to Elizabeth Weaver, daughter of Mr. John Sheldon, of Snow Hill, in this town.

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