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Mary Grace Windeatt,Plaintiff,1853

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Not a nice story.  Mary Grace WINDEATT may be the Mary Grace who is in the Newton Abbott Workhouse in the 1851 census, aged 16.  She gives her occupation as servant and birthplace as Ipplepen, Devon.  In 1861 she is working as a servant on the BROCK family farm at Lower Coombe, Chudleigh and gives her age as 25.  Her mother is probably the Ann WINDEATT who married a Charles SMITH in the Newton Abbot district in the June quarter of 1851.  I am not sure where they fit in with the Teignmouth families.

There are two reports below - don't miss the second - scroll down the page to read it.


Ann SMITH was brought up at the Court House on Tuesday last, before C. KELSON, Esq., charged with cutting and wounding her daughter, Mary Grace WINDEATT, 19 years of age.  From the evidence it appears that the complainant lived with her mother in apartments in a house at the lower end of Fore-street, and that about six o'clock that morning her mother flew into a great passion, and threatened to dash out her brains with a poker.  She laid hold of a brush handle and struck her several times, when complainant, to prevent further ill-usage, caught the end of the stick in her hand and attempted to prevent a repetition of the blows.  Her mother told her to drop the stick, but she refused to do so, upon which she said she would cut off the complainant's hand, at the same time throwing over a table and breaking a saucer.  The brutal mother then took up some of the pieces, and commenced cutting complainant's thumb.  Some frightful wounds were inflicted - her arms and hands were cut in various places and the girl was treated in a very barbarous manner.  Mr. MIDDLETON and a woman who occupied apartments in the same house, said prisoner used her daughter shamefully, she was often obliged to sleep on the stairs at night, and was without food for days together.  The girl had been subjected to several attacks previously by her mother and MIDDLETON said he was obliged to break into the room that morning to prevent her from being more savagely treated.  SMITH was committed for trial.

- Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England),
Thursday, October 20, 1853; Issue 4569



(Before Mr. Commissioner BERE)

Ann SMITH was charged with assaulting Mary Grace WINDEATT at West Teignmouth on the 11th October.  The prosecutrix, a girl 19 years of age, is the prisoner's daughter, and had been prohibited by her mother from sleeping in her bed, and she was compelled to sleep in the stairs.  On the night of the 11th October the prosecutrix slept upon her bed and early in the morning the prisoner [. . . illegible . . .] The prisoner said that her daughter had been a prostitute, which the latter denied and witnesses spoke as to the violence of the prisoner's temper  and to her turning the prosecutrix out of doors on several occasions. She was found guilty of a common assault and was sentenced to a fortnight's imprisonment.  At the conclusion of which she [illegible . . .] to keep the peace for two years.

- Trewman's Exeter Flying Post or Plymouth and Cornish Advertiser (Exeter, England),
Thursday, October 27, 1853; Issue 4570

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