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Thomas Wemyss JOYCE


  • Born: 1828, Andover, Wiltshire, England
  • Christened: 12 Oct 1828, Collingbourne Ducis, Wiltshire, England 2
  • Married: 19 Dec 1847, Paddington, London, Middlesex, England 1
  • Died: 22 Mar 1855, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

  General Notes:

compiler's great, great grandmother

  Research Notes:

1841 U.K. Census - Crawlboys, Collingbourne Ducis, Wiltshire
Given age: 12 years. Living with father George Pike, agricultural laborer, mother Elizabeth, brother George, sisters Mary, Mary Jane, Elizabeth and Charlotte.

In 1847, Ann Pike was a witness at the marriage of her sister Maria to Esau Aaron Chatfield.


"COMMITTAL FOR MANSLAUGHTER-MAGISTERIAL INQUIRY.—On Monday last, the magisterial inquiry initiated before R. Ronald, Esq., on the previous Saturday, at the Wellington Inn, George, street South, touching the death of Anne Joyce, who died on Thursday, the 22nd instant, while under the medical treatment of a Mr. John Redhead, of George-street South, was concluded. Mr. Redhead was before the Court during the examination both days, and was finally committed for the offence under which he stood charged-manslaughter. From the evidence it appeared that deceased was the wife of Thomas Joyce, one of the Sydney mounted police, and resided at Carter's Barracks; she had been about three weeks previous to her death, seized with a severe indisposition, her head being the part most effected. Dr. Foulis in the first instance prescribed for her, on which occasion he said that she was in no danger; about a fortnight afterwards, deceased's husband called at the defendant's Redhead's house, and requested him to attend his wife; defendant did so and proscribed medicine for her, which he (defendent) supplied; subsequently defendant prescribed other medicine for deceased, which was given her by her husband without, it appeared, having any good effect. On Wednesday last, the 21st instant, defendant, attended by Dr. Kennedy, visited deceased, when a consultation was held and medicine was again prescribed-on this occasion it appeared on the recommendation of Dr. Kennedy (the prescription was produced in Court); deceased's husband waited on Dr. Redhead soon after the consultation, and medicine was again given him with certain instructions as to the mode of administering it. Joyce, deceased's husband swore that, according to the instructions on the paper in which the medicine (powder) was, he gave one powder to the deceased; that was about a quarter-past nine o'clock on Wednesday evening. A second powder was given about ono o'clock ; nearly four hours afterwards, defendant, it was stated, had not notified to deceased's husband what effect the powders were likely to have. Soon after the second dose, deceased fell asleep, in which state she remained till awakened by her husband a little before six o'clock, on the following (Thursday) morning, when he gave her a third powder, after which she slept a little. In about an hour afterwards, she drank a cup of coffee, and had some toast with it; after which, she said she felt better. Another short sleep succeeded, but after that, she gradually grew worse. Defendant. was again called to see her, and about twelve o'clock he attended, on which occasion ho ordered some brandy to be given her; defendant himself soon after, on a second visit, administered to deceased some brandy, and likewise some more medicine; defendant likewise advised that further medical assistance should be called, but which it appeared, could not be procured at the time. Dr. Fowler subsequently went as far as the gate leading to the barrack where deceased lay, but refused to see her. Dr. Walker afterwards, in conjunction with defendant, saw deceased, who it appeared, in about an hour afterwards, expired. Deceased's husband deposed, that the purport of the directions on the paper enclosing the medicine, was to give one of the powders immediately, and the remainder every four hours. Witness further deposed that defendant might have said that the third powder should not be given until he (defendant) would see her in the morning. John Redhead (before the Court) deposed that he was an accoucheur. On Friday week, 16th instant, he was called upon to visit the deceased whom he found suffering from severe headache; he prescribed saline medicines. On the following Wednesday he again visited her, accompanied by Dr. Kennedy, to whom he explained what he had previously prescribed for her, and who then approved of the same. Dr. Kennedy on the latter occasion prescribed the medicine set forth on the document produced (morphia). The instructions given to the husband of deceased were, to give one powder immediately, but not to give a second under four or five hours, and not even then if the patient seemed to improve after the first; the third powder not to be given under any consideration until the following morning, when he (witness) should see her himself. These instructions were afterwards repeated in the presence of his (witness's) assistant. Witness subsequently gave deceased three or four wine glasses of brandy during some four hours that he remained in attendance on her; part of the brandy was diluted with water, part of it was given "neat."-Thomas Upton Nutt, surgeon, deposed that he examined the body of the deccasod externally; there were no marks of violence upon it; he then made a post mortem examination. On removing the cranium he found the dura mater very much congested, as likewise the substance of the brain; there was also serous effusion on both sides, particularly the right. Congestion of the brain, and effusion into the ventricles, was, in his opinion, the cause of death. The first powder was administered very judiciously. The prescription marked A was, he believed, a proper prescription (with necessary directions). Was of opinion that if the patient were restless, the powders, by being administered every four hours, would not have an injurious effect. At the same time, he (witness) considered that deceased should not have been aroused out of sleep to have any portion of the medicine administered; he, under similar circumstances, would have directed one powder to be given immediately, and if the patient was not composed through its effects, he would order a second to be administered, and if still without the intended effect, a third, as directed by Mr. Redhead. From the evidence adduced, and from appearances on the post mortem examination, was of opinion that the congestion of the brain was the result of disease of some standing, of morphia and stimulants. Witness would most probably, under similar circumstances, have given the three powders set forth in the document A to Joyce, deceased's husband, with proper written directions. Samuel Kennedy, surgeon, deposed that he accompanied Mr. Redhead to Carter's Barracks, on Wednesday last, to see deceased, whom he found suffering, from nervous affection, with great cerebral irritation. Deceased at the time coinplained of severe pains in head, and constant want of rest, not having slept for the preceding fourteen nights. The body and extremities were cold; at Mr. Redhead's request dictated tho prescription marked "A" (produced). Witness corroborated the statement of defendant as to the manner in which the medicine should be administered. Considered verbal instructions generally more advisable than written ones. Stimulants were subsequently the only means to be adopted, and he (witness) would have given the patient more than four glasses of brandy had it been necessary. Considered the woman died from natural causes, perhaps accelerated by the injudicious treatment of the third powder by deceased's husband. George Walker, surgeon, deposed that at the request of Mr. Redhead's assistant, he visited deceased on the day of her death; found, on his arrrival, defendant in attendance. On examining the patient, found that she was suffering from the effects of a narcotic drug; immediately concluded that she was in a dying state, and having ascertained that brandy had been given her, recommended in its place other warm applications. Was convinced that the case was hopeless. Was of opinion that death was accelerated by morphia. John Silver, M.D., deposed that he would not consider himself justified in administering three grains of morphia in eight or nine hours, but could not, in the present case, say whether it was necessary or not. Thomas R. Johnson, surgeon, deposed that he had heard the whole of the evidence on the case, and he considered the prescription marked A was perfectly proper under the circumstances he considerad that deceased had heretofore suffered from inflammation of the brain, which had run on to a chronic form, that effusion and softness had naturally resulted, and that by exposure in a tent at night, and to the burning sun during day, all the symptoms exhibited at the post mortem examination would have been received. Ernest W. Redhead, assistant to defendant, corroborated the evidence of Mr. Redhead as to the instructions given to Mr. Joyce, deceased's husband. This concluded the evidence in the case. Mr. Ronald then committed the defendant to await his trial, on a charge of manslaughter; bail was allowed, defendant in £300 and two securities in £150 each, which were immediately given, and defendant left the Court with his friends." 3 4

  Marriage Information:

Ann married Thomas Wemyss JOYCE, son of William JOYCE and Mary PILMOOR, on 19 Dec 1847 in Paddington, London, Middlesex, England 1. (Thomas Wemyss JOYCE was born on 6 Dec 1824 in St. Marylebone, London, England 5, christened on 20 Mar 1825 in St. Marylebone, London, England 5 and died on 7 Apr 1866 in Rose & Crown Hotel, Glenmore Rd., Paddington, Sydney, N.S.W., Australia 6 7.

  Marriage Notes:

Thomas Joyce, full age, bachelor, baker, of Titchborne Street, son of William Joyce, baker, and
Ann Pike, full age, spinster, of Edgware Road, daughter of George Pike, game keeper

Married after Banns

Witnesses: Willm. Hogg, Elizabeth Micke?


1 Paddington Parish Registers, marriages, p. 105, no. 209.

2 (International Genealogical Index (IGI)), Batch # C02816-3.

3 Empire (Sydney), Wednesday 28 March 1855.

4 The Sydney Morning Herald, Tuesday 27 March 1855.

5 (International Genealogical Index (IGI)), Batch # C03524-7.

6 The Sydney Morning Herald, Monday 9 April 1866 and Saturday 21 April 1866.

7 NSW Registry BDM (deaths), 2210/1866.

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