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Old November 14th, 2007, 04:24 AM   #1
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The follwing is taken from my un and coming book, Jack the Ripper From Hell, From Hull.
1806 June 3rd Ann Dauber Christened
1807 Richard Stephenson born
1808 January 21st William Dauber born
1808 Feb 16th William Dauber Christened
1809 September 24th Isabella Dauber born
1809 November 20th Isabella Dauber Christened
1811 November 23rd Robert Dauber born
1811 December 16th Robert Dauber Christened
1818 Listing in Hull City Archives carries the following data,
William Dauber 1818-1825 Sculcoates Merchant
Owner of registered ships
Walker 335 Tons
Zephyr 342 Tons
1820 July 16th William Dauber Christened
1821
1822
Battle’s Trade Directory lists, William Dauber and Co, Timber and Slate Merchants, West End Old Dock, 14 Bond Street.
1822 Battle’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Gentleman residing at 1 Mason Street, Hull.
1823 Baines Trade Directory lists, WM Dauber, Timber and Slate Merchants, West End Old Dock, 14 Bond Street.
1823 Baines Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Gentleman residing at 3 Mason Street, Hull.
1824
1825
1826
White’s Trade Directory lists, WM Dauber and Co, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, North Side Old Dock, 14 Bond Street.
1826 White’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Cart Owner, Patrick Grounds Lane.
1826 White’s Trade Directory lists, Darleys, Marriot and Co operating the Union Mill, Church Street, Wincomlee, Sculcoates.
1827
1828
1829
Pigots Trade Directory lists, William Dawber, West End Old Dock, Slater and Slate Merchant.
1830 Burgess Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, Merchants Clerk, voted for George Schonswar Esq, who won the election held at the Guildhall in Hull on Thursday the 29th and Friday the 30th of July 1830.
1830 December 28th a petition is signed by the property owners of Charles Street, William Dawber is listed among the names.
1831 White’s Trade Directory lists WM Dawber and Son, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, Fire Brick and Cement, North Side Old Dock, and 46 Charles Street.
1831 May Richard Stephenson of the parish of the Holy Trinity, Hull, Merchant and Bachelor marries Isabella Dawber of the parish of the Holy Trinity, Hull, Spinster by licence.
They are married by WM Keary, and the service was witnessed by Robert Dawber and M A Stephenson.
1832 December The burgess Roll contains the following,
Richard Stephenson, a burgess of the rolls, Silvester Street, voted for William Hutt Esq.
Robert Dauber, Dock Side, voted the same,
William Dauber, Charles Street also voted the same.
1832 December 10th Elizabeth Ann Stephenson Christened
1833
1834
Pigots and Co’s Trade Directory lists, W Dawber and Son, North Side Old Dock
1834 Burgess Roll contains the following listing,
4252 William Dauber, Charles Street, Freehold Houses, Williams Square, Mason Street.
1834 Document held at East Riding Archives ref. QAL/3/42/106 states,
Date admitted: 17 May 1833
Name: Sarah Holmes
Age: 42
Status/Occupation: single
Address: Elsham, Lincs.
Informant: Wm. Dawber, brother in law slater, Charles Street, Sculcoates
Other notes include the statement that “She was previously confined”
1835 Cragg’s Trade Directory of Hull list’s Dawber and Stephenson, Bone and Rape Cake Crushers, North Side Old Dock.
1835 Cragg’s Trade Directory of Hull list’s Dawber and Son, Slate and Slate Merchants, 35 Charles Street.
1835 January The burgess Roll contains the following,
Richard Stephenson, a burgess of the rolls, Silvester Street, voted for William Hutt Esq.
Robert Dauber, Dock Street, voted the same,
William Dauber, Charles Street also voted the same.
1835 June The burgess Roll contains the following,
Richard Stephenson, a burgess of the rolls, Silvester Street, voted for William Hutt Esq.
Robert Dauber, Dock Street, voted the same,
William Dauber, Charles Street also voted the same.
1836 Feb 13th William Dawber Stephenson born.
1837 White’s Vol 2 list’s. Dawber and Stephenson, Oil, Cake and Bone Merchants and Crushers, Church Street and North Side Old Dock
1837 White’s Vol 2 list’s, WM Dawber and Son, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, North Side Old Dock.
1837 White’s Vol 2 list’s Robert Dawber at 134 Church Street
1837 July 24th Monday, The Burgess Rolls lists,
43 Richard Stephenson, Merchant, Silvester Street, votes for Wilberforce and James in booth number 1,
116 Robert Dawber, Slater, North Side Old Dock, votes for Wilberforce and James.
1837 August 16th Isabella Dawber Stephenson born.
1837/38 Richard Stephenson, listed in the electoral roll, warehouse and counting house, Church Street.
1838 White’s Vol 2 list’s. Dawber and Stephenson, Oil, Cake and Bone Merchants and Crushers, Church Street and North Side Old Dock
1838 White’s Vol 2 list’s, WM Dawber and Son, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, North Side Old Dock.
1838 White’s Vol 2 list’s Robert Dawber at 134 Church Street
1839 Purdon’s Trade Directory lists, W Dauber, Merchant, 134 Church Street.
1839 Purdon’s Trade Directory lists, W Dauber and Son, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, North Side Old Dock.
1839 Purdon’s Trade Directory lists, Dauber and Stephenson, Oil Merchants, Union Mill, Office North Side Old Dock.
1839 Purdon’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Bone and Cake Merchant, 47 Silvester Street.
1839 July 31st Richard Stephenson Junior born.
1840 Pigots Trade Directory lists, Dawber and Son, Slate Merchant, North Side Old Dock.
1840 Pigots Trade Directory lists, Dawber and Stephenson, Oil Merchant, Seed and Bone Crushers, 6 Church Street.
1840 Pigots Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, 35 Charles Street.
1840 White’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, 25 Charles Street, Wincomlee.
1840 White’s Trade Directory lists, Dawber and Stephenson, 134 Church Street, Wincomlee, Bone and Seed Merchants and Crushers, Oil Merchants and Seed Crushers.
1840 White’s Trade Directory lists, Dawber and Stephenson Slater’s and Slate Merchants, North Side Old Dock.
1840/41 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, Warehouse and Counting house, Church Street.
1841 April 20th, Robert D’Onston Stephenson born, West Sculcoates, Kingston upon Hull. WES/2/130
1841 May 16th Robert Douston Stephenson, Christened
1841 June 6th Census lists, HO107/1232 F583 P30
Charles Street, Sculcoates,
Richard Stephenson 34, Head, Merchant
Isabella Stephenson 30, Wife
Elizabeth Stephenson 8 Daughter
William Stephenson 5 Son
Isabella Dauber Stephenson 3 Daughter
Richard Stephenson 1 Son
Robert D Stephenson 1 month Son
1841 June 6th Census lists, HO107/1232 B13
Church Street, Sculcoates
Eleaner Dawber 30 Wife
Elizabeth Dawber 5 Daughter
Robert Dawber 25 Head Bone and Seed Crusher
Robert Dawber 1 Son
William Dawber 3 Son
1842 Stephenson’s Trade Directory lists, Dawber and Stephenson, Bone, Linseed and Rape cake, Crushers and Merchants, North Side Old Dock, 135 Church Street.
1842 Stephenson’s Trade Directory lists, Robert Dawber (WD and Son) 135 Church Street.
1842 Stephenson’s Trade Directory lists, William Dawber and Son, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, North Side Old Dock.
1842 Stephenson’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, (Dawber and Stephenson), 35 Charles Street.
1842 July, August, September quarter Anne Deary born, Thorne, Yorkshire to Charles and Francis Deary.
1843Perry's Directory lists, partnership dissolved between Robert Dawber and Richard Stephenson, bone and seed merchants and crushers, Kingston upon Hull, July 31st 1843
1844 Electoral Rolls list, Richard Stephenson, house, Charles Street.
1844 Electoral Rolls list, Robert Dawber, Old Dock, North Side.
1844 Electoral Rolls list, Robert Dawber, Old Dock, West End.
1845 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street
1846 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street
1846 White’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Bone and Seed Crusher, Church Street.
1846 White’s Trade Directory lists, Robert Dawber, Slater and Slate Merchant and Co, 39 Charles Street.
1846 White’s Trade Directory lists, Dawber, WM and Son, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, Seed, Cake and Bone Merchants, North side Old Dock.
1847 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street
1848 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street
1848 Stephenson’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Merchant, Bone and Seed Crusher, 135 Church Street.
1848 Stephenson’s Trade Directory lists, Robert Dawber, Slate and Slate Merchant, North Side Old Dock, 35 Charles Street.
1848 Rev Charles Prest attached to Waltham Street Methodist Church.
1849 Thomas Roots Born
1849 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street
1850 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street
1851 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street
1851 Freebody’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Merchant, Bone, Seed Crusher, Union Mills, Church Street.
1851 Freebody’s Trade Directory lists, Dawber William and Son, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, Seed, Cake, Bone. North Side Old Dock.
1851 Freebody’s Trade Directory lists, Robert Dawber, Slater and Slate Merchant, 35Charles Street.
1851 March 30th Census Stephenson family, 60 Church Street, Willows House HO107 P2361 F325 P10 R87633-87634.
Richard Stephenson 44 Head, Bone and Seed Crusher and Merchant
Isabella Stephenson 41 Wife,
Elizabeth A Stephenson 18 Daughter
Isabella Dawber Stephenson 13 Daughter Scholar at home
Robert D’Onston Stephenson 9 Son Scholar at home
Margret M Sission 25 Governess
Rachel Stephenson 23 Head Maid (No relation)
1851 March 30th Census Dawber family 35 Charles Street, HO107 P2361, F586, P24, R87633-87634
Robert Dawber 39 Head Bone and Seed Merchant, Employing 9 men, Slater and Slate Merchant
Elanor Dawber 44 Wife
Eleaner Alice Dawber 2 Daughter
Joseph Dawber 8 Son
Mary Day Dawber 7 Daughter
Robert Dawber 10 Son
William Clark Dawber 13 Son
Mary Ann Seles 15 Servant
Ann Whiting 26 Servant
1851 March 30th Census lists, Rev Charles Prest, 11 Story Street, Hull
1851 March 30th Census lists, Edwin Gray, 25, Merchant, 9 Spring Street, Hull
1851 September 9th Mabel Collins Born in St Peter Port, Guernsey
1852 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouses, Church Street
1852 July 8th Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, Church Street, a burgess from the household voting for Moore and Butler
1853 Electoral Roll lists, 258 Richard Stephenson, mill and warehouse, Church Street.
1854 Electoral Roll lists, 268 Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street.
1855 Robert D’Onston Stephenson admits in an article he practiced Mesmerism on his school friends and especially his cousin who was a year younger.
1855 Electoral Roll lists, 260 Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street.
1856 Electoral Roll lists, 268 Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street.
1856 National Archives ADM29/56/132 lists a Thomas Piles 21 years old serving from March 3rd 1856 to Dec 25th 1856.
1857 March 28th Electoral Roll lists, 268 Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street. Richard Stephenson voted in booth number 19 for Lord Ashley.
Richard Stephenson is listed as Freemen.
1857 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Bone and Seed Merchant, Church Street.
1857 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, William Dawber and Son, Seed, Cake, Bone and Slate Merchants and Slater’s, Queens Dock, North Side.
1857 November 17th Tuesday Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 16 John Street, voted for Charles Morgan Norwood and Henry John Atkinson.
1858 Electoral Roll lists, 275 Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street.
1858 White’s Trade Directory, Richard Stephenson, Bone, Seed, Crusher and Oil Merchant, 135 Church Street, Manure Works, Bankside
1858 White’s Trade Directory, William Dawber and Son, North Side Old Dock.
1858 White’s Trade Directory, Robert Dawber, Slater and Slate Merchant, 35 Charles Street.
1859 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouses, Church Street
1859 April 30th Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson of Church Street voting for Hoare and Soames, again he his listed as a Freemen.
1859 White’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Bone and Seed Crusher, Church Street.
1859 White’s Trade Directory lists, William Dawber and Son, North Side Old Dock.
1859 White’s Trade Directory lists, Robert Dawber, 35 Charles Street.
1859 White’s Trade Directory lists, Robert Stephenson Ship Figure Carver, North Dock Old Side. Not listed in the street directory nor can an entry be found matching this name and trade in the census, so who is this and were did he actually work from?
1859 Robert D’Onston Stephenson claims to have studied Chemistry at Giessen University in Germany.
1859 Robert D’Onston Stephenson claims to have seduced his friend Karl Hoffman’s sweetheart, using Karl’s body!
1860 It is alleged that Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s initiation into the Lodge of Alexandria is performed by Sir Bulwer Lytton. These are based on Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s own recollections.
1860 It is alleged that Robert D’Onston Stephenson arrives back in Britain and moves into a property in Islington with a friend. These are based on Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s own recollections.
1860 Electoral roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and warehouse, Church Street.
1860-63 It is alleged that Robert D’Onston Stephenson fights with Garibaldi in Italy were he performs field operations such as appendectomies without anesthetic. He tells everyone he has a commission in the British army. These are based on Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s own recollections, and seem at odd’s with later Census entries.
1861 Post Office directory of Hull lists, Richard Stephenson, 135 Church Street, Hull.
1861 Post Office directory of Hull lists, Robert Dawber, 35 Charles Street, Hull.
1861 Post Office directory of Hull lists, Dawber and Son, North Side, Old Dock.
1861 Post Office directory of Hull lists, Richard Stephenson, Bone and Seed Mill, Blood Manure Merchant.
1861 Electoral Roll lists, 303 Richard Stephenson, warehouses, Church Street, Bankside.
1861 April 7th Census, Stephenson family, 60 Church Street, Willows House, RG9 P3582 F115 P25 R543156.
Richard Stephenson 54 Head, Bone and Seed Crusher and Merchant
Isabella Stephenson 51 Wife,
Isabella Dawber Stephenson 23 Daughter
Robert D’Onston Stephenson 19 Son Retired Lieutenant Southern Coastguard
Richard Stephenson Junior 21 Son Ship Brokers Clerk
Ann Lambert 71 Servant
Eliza Ward 21 Housemaid
1861 April 7th Census, Dawber family, 35 Charles Street, RG9 P3585 F16 P26 R543156.
William Clark Dawber 23 Head Slate Merchant
Joseph Dawber 18 Brother
Mary Ann Dawber 45 Visitor
Mary Borman 23 Servant
1861 April 7th Census, Dawber family, 9 York Buildings, East Hastings, RG9 P560 F40 P4 R542661.
Robert Dawber 49 Lodger Merchant
Eleanor Dawber 49 Lodger Wife
Eleanor A Dawber 12 Lodger Daughter
Mary D Dawber 17 Lodger Daughter
1861 April 7th Census, Rev Charles Prest 4 River Terrace, North Islington, London
1861 April 7th Census, Edwin Gray, 56 Portland Street
1861 April 7th Census,
2 Sherwood Rise, Second Rise, Lenton, Nottinghamshire
Mortimer Collins, 35, Head, Journalist
Susan Collins, 53, Wife
Mabel Collins, 9, Daughter
Ellen Crump, 21, General servant
Eliza Chambers, 23, Cook

1862 Robert D’Onston Stephenson claims to have met Bulwer Lytton’s son, Robert Lytton Bulwer Lytton
1862 Electoral Roll lists, 303 Richard Stephenson, warehouses, Church Street, Bankside.
1862 Electoral Roll lists, 304 Richard Stephenson, house and mill, 135 Church Street.
1863 Wright’s and Jones Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Bone mill, 135 Church Street.
1863 Wright’s and Jones Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Rayner, Stephenson and Co, Willow House, Church Street.
1863 Wright’s and Jones Directory lists, Dawber W and Son, North Side Old Dock, Slater’s
1863 Wright’s and Jones Directory lists, Robert Dawber, 35 Charles Street.
1863 Wright’s Trade Directory lists, Thomas Piles, Smack Owner, 14 William Place,
1863 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, warehouses, Church Street, Bankside.
1863 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and mill, 135 Church Street.
1863 March Robert D’Onston Stephenson takes a post at Hull’s Custom’s House, Whitefriargate.
1863 Robert D’Onston Stephenson leaves an entry in a book of Muster Rolls “Robert D’O Stephenson, Age 22, Height 5’10, Address Sculcoates, Hull” The Sculcoates is altered and now reads “4 River Terrace, North Islington“, the same address as Rev Prest in the 1861 Census. This is held at the Bishopgate Institute, and it was a list compiled by a gentleman called George Jacob Holyoake who was responsible for the recruitment of the British volunteers.
1863 Robert D’Onston Stephenson claims to have met Sir Edward Bulwer Lytton.
1863 Robert D’Onston Stephenson is alleged to have visited the West coast of Africa to study witchcraft were he murders a woman witch doctor. He openly admits to the deed later and writes into a local paper with the story. Again we rely on Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s own recollections of his life.
1863 Jones Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Artificial Manure Merchant, Bankside, Sculcoates.
1863 Jones Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Rayner, Stephenson and Co, Ships Chandlers, Swedish Chambers, 19 High Street, Hull.
1863 Jones Trade Directory lists, W Dawber and Son, North Side Old Dock.
1864 March 19th Robert Dawber Junior dies of Asiatic Cholera aboard the ship Victoria Regia. The boat was off Sands Head Calcutta when he lost his life.
1864 Jones Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Artificial Manure Merchant, Bankside, Sculcoates.
1864 Jones Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Rayner, Stephenson and Co, Ships Chandlers, Swedish Chambers, 19 High Street, Hull.
1864 Jones Trade Directory lists, W Dawber and Son, North Side Old Dock.
1864 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, warehouses, Church Street, Bankside.
1864 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and mill, 135 Church Street.
1865 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, warehouses, Church Street, Bankside.
1865 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and mill, 135 Church Street.
1865 Robert D’Onston Stephenson allegedly leaves his post to take a year out.
1866 Robert D’Onston Stephenson allegedly rejoins the team at Hull’s Customs House. By his own admittance the work his below him and he does a couple of hours a day here.
1866 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, warehouses, Church Street, Bankside.
1866 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and mill, 135 Church Street.
1866 Richard Stephenson becomes Water Bailiff for the Hull Corporation. He receives a quarterly wage of £30 plus commission and expenses.
Sculcoates 12th. Jan 1866
Gentlemen,
I beg to thank you for the honour you have done me in electing me to the office of Water Bailiff and Receiver of Corporation Dues. It will be my constant endeavour to merit the confidence thus reposed in me.
NB. My sureties are,
Mr. Robt. Dawber, Linnaeus Street.
“ J. Shirley Richardson, Parliament Street.

I am Gentlemen,
Your most ob. Svt.
Richard Stephenson.
To The Mayor
Aldermen and Councillors
Kingston Upon Hull.
1867 Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, receiver of corporation dues
1867 Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Uruguay Vice Consul, 187 High Street.
1867 Trade Directory lists, Dawber W and Son, house Linnaeus Street.
1867 Trade Directory lists, Dawber WM North Side Old Dock.
1867 Trade Directory lists, Joseph Dawber, Solicitor, Tenny and Dawber Solicitors, Linnaeus Street.
1867 White’s Trade Directory lists, Robert D Stephenson, Chief Clerk Customs House.
1867 White’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson and Co, Bone and Glue manufacturer, Bankside, Reciever of Corporation Dues and Water Bailiff.
1867 White’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Merchant and Ship owner, Rayner Stephenson and Co, Vice Consul to Uruguay, Willow House.
1867 White’s Trade Directory lists, Thomas Pile, Smack owner, 40 Nile Street.
1867 White’s Trade Directory lists, The Black Lion Hotel, 100 High Street, Bridlington.
1867 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, warehouses, Church Street, Bankside.
1867 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house and mill, 135 Church Street.
1867 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, house, Church Street.
1867 March 31st Richard Stephenson receives his wage
1867 June 30th Richard Stephenson receives his wage
1867 September 30th Richard Stephenson receives his wage
1867 December 31st Richard Stephenson receives his wage
1868 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, warehouses, Church Street, Bankside.
1868 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, house, Church Street.
1868 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, house, Church Street.
1868 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Offices, Princes Chambers, High Street.
1868 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House, Church Street.
1868 Thomas Roots married Eliza Stevens 1st Quarter, North Aylesford, Kent


1868 March 31st Richard Stephenson receives his wage.
1868 June 30th Richard Stephenson receives his wage.
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1868 July 5th Tuesday Robert D’Onston Stephenson involved in a shooting incident on board a vessel owned by Thomas Pile.
1868 July 11th Monday Bridlington Free Press carries story relating to the shooting of Robert D’Onston Stephenson.
SERIOUS GUN ACCIDENT
On Tuesday last, Mr Stephenson of the Custom House, Hull, engaged a yacht at the Quay, and with a friend left the harbour for a days shooting at Flamboro’ From some cause the lock of his friends gun hung fire and while examining it to ascertain the gun went off and lodged its contents in in the thigh of Mr Stephenson. Although greatly alarmed and much affected by the accident his friend, who from experience was able to tender all possible assistance, brought him to shore and had him conveyed to the Black Lion Hotel, Bridlington, where surgical aid was promptly obtained and several of the shot extracted. We are happy to say he is progressing very favourably and it is hoped he will soon be able to get about again.
1868 July 11th Monday Bridlington Free Press carries a piece showing who is staying at the Black Lion Hotel, among the names is Robert D’Onston Stephenson.
1868 July Monday 13th The Eastern Morning News and Hull Advertiser, [third edition]

SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO A HULL GENTLEMAN
On Tuesday afternoon last Mr. R.D.O. Stephenson of Her Majesty’s Customs at this port, while cruising off Flamborough, on board the yacht Flying Scud, met with a serious accident. The party on board were shooting seabirds and Mr. Stephenson was standing just abaft the mast, waiting for a shot when a boatman belonging to the yacht, who was behind him, took up one of the guns to fire and managed to explode prematurely, sending the whole charge into the back part of Mr. Stephenson’s thigh.
The heavy charge (1.1/2ozs of No2 shot) at a distance of about two yards tore a jagged hole, about 1.1/2inches wide and the same depth, and lodged itself in a lump near the bone, which, however it miraculously failed to injure. Fortunately a gentleman was on board who had some surgical experience, and immediately applied temporary bandages. The unfortunate gentleman was landed at Flamborough as soon as possible, and carried to the top of the cliff by a stalwart young fisherman. The only available conveyance being a fish cart, belonging to the landlord of the inn, it was filled with clean straw, and the patient conveyed to Bridlington; where under the skilful hands of Drs. Brett and Mackay, the greater part of the shot were removed. We are informed by eyewitnesses that the sang-froid with which the sufferer treated his terrible and painful wound was something remarkable, and excited the warmest admiration and sympathy in the bystanders. We understand that there is every hope of saving the limb. Provided that neither erysipelas nor gangrene (the two great dangers in gunshot wounds) make their appearance. Mr. Edwin Gray timber merchant, Hull, very kindly superintended the landing at Flamborough.
1868 July 14th Bridlington Quay Observer Carries the story.
SERIOUS ACCIDENT TO A HULL GENTLEMAN
On Tuesday afternoon last Mr. R.D.O. Stephenson of Her Majesty’s Customs at this port, while cruising off Flamborough, on board the yacht Flying Scud, met with a serious accident. The party on board were shooting seabirds and Mr. Stephenson was standing just abaft the mast, waiting for a shot when a boatman belonging to the yacht, who was behind him, took up one of the guns to fire and managed to explode prematurely, sending the whole charge into the back part of Mr. Stephenson’s thigh.
The heavy charge (1.1/2ozs of No2 shot) at a distance of about two yards tore a jagged hole, about 1.1/2inches wide and the same depth, and lodged itself in a lump near the bone, which, however it miraculously failed to injure. Fortunately a gentleman was on board who had some surgical experience, and immediately applied temporary bandages. The unfortunate gentleman was landed at Flamborough as soon as possible, and carried to the top of the cliff by a stalwart young fisherman. The only available conveyance being a fish cart, belonging to the landlord of the inn, it was filled with clean straw, and the patient conveyed to Bridlington; where under the skilful hands of Drs. Brett and Mackay, the greater part of the shot were removed. We are informed by eyewitnesses that the sang-froid with which the sufferer treated his terrible and painful wound was something remarkable, and excited the warmest admiration and sympathy in the bystanders. We understand that there is every hope of saving the limb. Provided that neither erysipelas nor gangrene (the two great dangers in gunshot wounds) make their appearance. Mr. Edwin Gray timber merchant, Hull, very kindly superintended the landing at Flamborough.
1868 July 17th Hull Packet carries the story.
DANGEROUS ACCIDENT TO A HULL CUSTOMS OFFICER
The following circumstances are reported to us,
Mr R.D.Stephenson of the Customs House at Hull and a friend engaged a small yacht, in which they went to Flamborough for a weeks shooting. While thus engaged on Tuesday last week, a fisherman on board, who was standing behind Mr. Stephenson took up a ready charged gun and fired, lodging the charge (above an ounce of number 2 shot) in that gentleman’s thigh. A portion of the trousers as large as a crown piece, was cleanly punched out and driven to the bottom of the wound, which was nearly a couple of inches in depth. The sufferer was landed as speedily as possible, and removed in a cart to Bridlington where the services of Dr Brett, of the coast guard, and Dr Mc’Kay, were secured.
The majority of the shot were cut out the next morning and it was found that the thigh bone had most providentially escaped. The medical gentlemen entertain strong hopes of saving the leg, and should the wound continue to progress as favourably as at present, no danger to life is apprehended. Fortunately for Mr Stephenson, his companion possessed some surgical knowledge, and the bandage he applied undoubtedly prevented a fatal loss of blood.

1868 July 18th Hull and North Lincolnshire Times carries the story.
DANGEROUS ACCIDENT TO A HULL CUSTOMS OFFICER
The following circumstances are reported to us,
Mr R.D.Stephenson of the Customs House at Hull and a friend engaged a small yacht, in which they went to Flamborough for a weeks shooting. While thus engaged on Tuesday last week, a fisherman on board, who was standing behind Mr. Stephenson took up a ready charged gun and fired, lodging the charge (above an ounce of number 2 shot) in that gentleman’s thigh. A portion of the trousers as large as a crown piece, was cleanly punched out and driven to the bottom of the wound, which was nearly a couple of inches in depth. The sufferer was landed as speedily as possible, and removed in a cart to Bridlington where the services of Dr Brett, of the coast guard, and Dr Mc’Kay, were secured.
The majority of the shot were cut out the next morning and it was found that the thigh bone had most providentially escaped. The medical gentlemen entertain strong hopes of saving the leg, and should the wound continue to progress as favourably as at present, no danger to life is apprehended. Fortunately for Mr Stephenson, his companion possessed some surgical knowledge, and the bandage he applied undoubtedly prevented a fatal loss of blood.


1869 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 16 John Street.
1869 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House.
1869 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, warehouses, Church Street, Bankside.
1869 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, offices, Princes Chambers, High Street
1869 February 11th Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 March 11th Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 May 6th Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 May 20th Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 June 3rd Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 June 21st Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 June 30th Richard Stephenson receives his pay.
1869 July 1st Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 August 5th Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is not present
1869 September 25th Robert Stephenson, described as a “regular drinker” is involved in theft from the Old Zoological public house on Beverley Road.
1869 September 27th Robert Stephenson is arrested by Police Constable William Whitelam (P.C.100)
1869 September 30th Richard Stephenson receives his pay.
1869 October 7th Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 November 2nd Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 November 9th Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 November 15th Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 December 1st Council meetings Richard Stephenson Junior is present
1869 December 31st Richard Stephenson receives his wage.
1869 Robert D’Onston Stephenson is now residing in London as a Freelance Journalist
1869 Lloyd’s Shipping Register lists, The Elizabeth, owned by Dawber and Co, Hull.
Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 January 16th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 January 23rd Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 February 2nd Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present. He is fined for missing the previous years meetings on the 7th April, and September 1st 1870.
1871 March 9th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 April 6th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 May4th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 June 1st Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 July 6th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 June 20th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 August 3rd Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 September 7th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present. He presents a petition started by himself and signed by 4000 people. The petition is to remove chairmen and members of the watch committee.
1871 October 5th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 October 19th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 November 9th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 December 7th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1871 Richard Stephenson Junior re-elected.
1872 January 4th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present. He is fined for missing the meeting held on 14th September 1871.
1872 January 11th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 January 18th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 February 1st Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 March 7th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 April 4th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 May 2nd Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 May 27th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 June 6th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 July 4th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 July 8th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is not present.
1872 August 1st Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is not present.
1872 September 5th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is not present.
1872 October 3rd Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 November 9th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 November 14th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 December 5th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1872 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Rayner, Stephenson and Co, Salt and Timber Merchants, 157 High Street.
1872 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Councillor, East Sculcoates.
1872 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House.
1872 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, 16 John Street, Glue Manufacturer.
1872 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Stephenson and Co, Glue Manufacturer, Bankside.
1872 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Dawber W and Son, Queen’s Dock, Slater’s and Slate Merchants.
1872 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Monte-Videan and Uruguay Vice Consul, Princes Chambers, 187 High Street.
1872 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Importer and Merchant.
1872 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Rayner, Stephenson and Co, Importers of Birchwood and Mining Timber, and Salt Merchants.
1872 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, 60 Church Street, Sculcoates.
1872 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Mr William Clark Dawber, Mrs Dawber and Joseph Dawber, Sunnyside House, Linnaeus Street.
1872 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 16 John Street.
1872 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House.
1872 Electoral Roll lists, William Clark Dawber, counting house and warehouse, North Side Old Dock, warehouse, West End Old Dock.
1873 January 2nd Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1873 February 6th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is present.
1873 February 13th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior is not present.
1873 March 6th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior present.
1873 April 3rd Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior present.
1873 June 5th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior not present.
1873 June 12th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior not present.
1873 July 3rd Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior not present.
1873 August 7th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior not present.
1873 September 4th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior not present.
1873 October 2nd Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior not present.
1873 October 20th Council meetings, Richard Stephenson Junior not present.
1873 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Rayner, Stephenson and Co, Salt and Timber Merchants, 157 High Street.
1873 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Councillor, East Sculcoates.
1873 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House.
1873 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, 16 John Street, Glue Manufacturer.
1873 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Stephenson and Co, Glue Manufacturer, Bankside.
1873 Buchannan’s Trade Directory lists, Dawber W and Son, Queen’s Dock, Slater’s and Slate Merchants.
1873 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House.
1873 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 16 John Street.
1873 Electoral Roll lists, William Clark Dauber, counting house and warehouse, North Side Old Dock.
1874 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House.
1874 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 16 John Street.
1874 Electoral Roll lists, William Clark Dauber, counting house and warehouse, North Side Old Dock.
1874 January 12th Richard Stephenson Junior sends letter to the occupier of 86 Church Street.
Three weeks having elapsed since I requested you to leave the house now occupied by you ( being a portion of the Chapel premises in Church Street) on account of its being required for alterations.
I hereby give you notice that I shall require the key to be delivered up by noon on Saturday next, failing which you will have to pay the sum of five shillings per week rent.

[Signed] Rd. Stephenson Jnr.

1874 January 17th Richard Stephenson Junior tries to gain entry to 86 Church Street, the property adjoining the Church Street, Primitive Methodist.
1874 February 5th Article appears in the Epitome of Local and District News concerning the case.
1874 February 7th Article appears in the Hull News.
1874 February 11th Article appears in the Hull News
1874 February 14th Article appears in the Hull Times.
1874 February 20th Richard Stephenson Junior appears at the County Court in Kingston upon Hull, under the 1869 bankruptcy act. He is listed as a Timber Merchant and Commission Agent.
1874 Butcher and Son’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House
1874 Butcher and Son’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street, Seed Crusher (Spelt Stevenson)
1874 Butcher and Son’s Trade Directory lists, Dawber and Son, Queen’s Dock, North Side, Slater’s and Slate Merchants.
1874 Butcher and Son’s Trade Directory lists, Miss Elizabeth Dawber, Linnaeus Street.
1875 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 16 John Street.
1875 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House, Church Street.
1875 Electoral Roll lists, William Clark Dauber, counting house and warehouse, North Side Old Dock.
1875 Butcher and Son’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House
1875 Butcher and Son’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street, Seed Crusher (Spelt Stevenson)
1875 Butcher and Son’s Trade Directory lists, Dawber and Son, Queen’s Dock, North Side, Slater’s and Slate Merchants.
1875 Butcher and Son’s Trade Directory lists, Miss Elizabeth Dawber, Linnaeus Street.
1876 January 14th Roslyn D’Onston marries Anne Deary, at St James Church, Islington, Middlesex. His father Richard Stephenson, Gent, gives him away.
Her father Charles Deary, Farmer.
1876 White’s Yearbook lists, Richard Stevenson, 48 Spring Street.
1876 White’s Yearbook lists, Iram Holt, Oil Miller, 135 Church Street.
1876 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street.
1876 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson Junior, Willows House.
1876 Electoral Roll lists, William Clark Dauber, counting house.
1876 December 24th letter sent to Richard Stephenson Junior, a summons against a Mr. Muff, addressed to Willows House.
Dear Sir
The Police Magistrate has fixed Wednesday next, the 30th for your hearing of your summons against Mr. Muff. You will please be prepared to support your summons.
Yours truly
(Illegible
)
Richard Stephenson Jnr.
Willow House
Church Street
Sculcoates
1877 June 26th a letter is sent to Richard Stephenson Junior. Stating
Dear Sir
Referring to your request to renew the name, we cannot agree to do so, as the lease you are requesting to keep the same in (Illegible). May we take this opportunity to remind you that the rent (Illegible) became due on the 1st May ₤16.50.

1877 29th Dec Yet another letter sent to Richard Stephenson Jnr. Again relating to the non payment of rent. The letter states
Dear Sir
The rent became due on the 1st May, as our previous notice. If we would promise you that a promise was made, the maker should have attention without us having to send you a reminder.
1877 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street.
1877 Electoral Roll lists, William Clark Dauber, counting house and warehouse, North Side Old Dock.
1878 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street.
1878 Electoral Roll lists, William Clark Dauber, counting house and warehouse, North Side Old Dock.
1878 It is alleged that Robert D’Onston Stephenson visited India during this year to study magic, during which Bulwer’s son was Viceroy of India
1879 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street.
1879 Electoral Roll lists, William Clark Dauber, counting house and warehouse, North Side Old Dock.
1879 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street.
1879 Richard Stephenson Junior, taken to court over theft of circulars from Messrs Doherty and Co, Oxford Street, Hull. He obtained them under false pretences after he had taken over an advertising business run by a gent called Montgomery.
Mr Wilson of Tranby Croft gives a character reference in favour of Richard Stephenson.
1880 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street.
1880 Electoral Roll lists, William Clark Dauber, counting house and warehouse, North Side Old Dock. Ordered to vote in South Myton ward.
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1881 April 3rd Mormon Survey R0242 F15 P24 F1341053 Robert D’Onston Stephenson
Roslyn D Stephenson 39 Head Married Middlesex, London Islington, 10 Hollingworth Street, North.
MD, not practicing, scientific writer for the London Press
Born Yorkshire, Sculcoates
1881 April 3rd Mormon Survey R0242 F15 P24 F1341053 Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s wife
Annie Stephenson 37 Wife Married Middlesex, London Islington, 10 Hollingworth Street, North.
Born Yorkshire, Thorn
1881 April 3rd Census, R11 P4769 F146 P6 F1342152, 48 Spring Street, Myton Ward, Hull
Richard Stephenson 74 Head Water Bailiff
Isabella Stephenson 71 Wife
Elizabeth Lord 48 Daughter, Wesleyan Ministers Wife
William D Lord 20 Elizabeth’s son, Solicitor
Mary J Wood 20 Servant
1881 April 3rd Census, R11 P225 F87 P35 F1341049, 4 Gibson Square, Islington, London
Richard Stephenson Junior 41 Head Independent Yorkshire
Minna L Stephenson 26 Wife France
1881 April 3rd Census, St Mary’s, Islington, 22 Highbury Crescent
Isabella D E Richardson 43 Head School headmistress
Isabella A Richardson 15 Daughter Scholar
Edward C Richardson 9 Son Scholar
Gertrude Richardson 13 Daughter Scholar
John C Richardson 7 Son Scholar
Adelaid Richardson 13 Daughter Scholar
1881 April 3rd Census, 60 Bedford Gardens, Kensington
Keningale R Cook, Head, 35, Author (Poetry &c)
Minnie M Cook, 29, Wife
1881 April 3rd Census, 25 Carter Street, Newington, London
Thomas Roots, 32, Head, Inspector Met. Police, born West Malling, Kent
Eliza Ann Roots, 35, Wife born Hertford
Henry, 9, Son, born Newington
Helen M, 8, Daughter, born Newington
Ethel, 6, Daughter, born Newington
Ella, 2, Daughter, born Lambeth
Thomas, 4 months, Son born Newington
George Robson, 37, Boarder, Inspector of Met Police, born Scotland
Henry M Willson, Boarder, Inspector of Met Police, born Greenwich -
1882 White’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street, Water Bailiff, Custom’s House.
1882 White’s Trade Directory lists, Joseph Dawber, Solicitor with Tenney and Dawber Solicitors, Linnaeus Street, Sunnyside House and solicitor to the Botanic Garden Co.
1882 White’s Trade Directory lists, W M Dawber and Son, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, Trippett, Reed Street, and Queens Dock Side. Offices in Victoria Street, Grimsby.
1882 Electoral Roll lists, Richard Stephenson, 48 Spring Street.
1882 Electoral Roll lists, William Dauber, Rutland Villas, Linnaeus Street.
1883
1884
1885
Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson 48 Spring Street.
1885 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Mr. William Clark Dawber, Mrs Dawber and Joseph Dawber at 14 Linnaeus Street, Sunnyside House.
1885 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, William Dawber and Son, Trippett.
1885 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, William Dawber and Son, Slater’s, East Side Old Dock..
1885 Kelly’s Trade Directory lists, Tenney and Dawber Solicitors, 16 Parliament Street.
1886
1887
1888
Atkinson’s Trade Directory lists, Richard Stephenson, Water Bailiff, 16 Arlington Street.
1888 Atkinson’s Trade Directory lists, William Dawber and Son, Slater’s and Slate Merchants, Trippett.
1888 Atkinson’s Trade Directory lists, Thomas W Mitchell, 48 Spring Street.
Elizabeth Ann Stephenson b 1832 (chr 10 Dec) d circa 1892
Married Samuel Lord, a Wesleyan Minister.
Children Eliza Jane Lord b Luton 1859, William D Lord b Scarborough 1860

Isabella Dawber Stephenson b 1837 (chr 16 Aug) still alive in 1901, living Wood Green, London
Married John Shirley Richardson, a Bank Cashier
Children Isabella Anne Richardson b 1865, Adelaide Dawber Richardson b 1868, Gertrude Shirley Richardson b 1868
1886 Vittoria Cremers comes across a copy of Light on the Path by Mabel Collins in a New York book store.
1886 July 27th The Times carries the following article
SECRETARY WANTED
For the Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage, Strawberry Hill, Twickenham. Age between 30 and 50. Salary £250 per annum, rising by annual increments of £10 to £300. He will be required to reside near the Orphanage and be in attendance daily, and to devote his whole time to the duties of the office.
A guarantee in the sum of £200 will be required. Applications with copies of testimonials, to be sent on or before 7th August, and addressed to the Chairman of the Board of Managers, Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage, 4 Whitehall Place, London, S.W, and marked “Secretary”
No testimonials will be returned, and any candidate canvassing personally will be disqualified.
No 4, Whitehall place, S.W, 24th July 1886


1886 August 7th Closing date for Metropolitan and City Police Orphanage
1886 July Robert D’Onston Stephenson applies for the position of Secretaryship of the Metropolitan and city Police Orphanage. His application was rejected and he never had the chance of earning ₤250 a year. If he got the job he would have sat on the board with
1887 May 11th a female was found Ripped into six pieces floating in the River Thames. Many have suggested that this is Anne Deary, Robert D’Onston Stephenson’s wife but she wasn’t dead.
1888 Vittoria Cremers arrives in the UK and enlists in the Theosophical Society. She meets Helena Petrova Blavatsky who is head of the society. She begins work at “Lucifer” as an associate editor, which is the society’s newsletter. She also meets Mabel Collins.

It does go on further but i will leave you biting at the bit.
This has took me a year to put together and will be using it in my up and coming book. Hope you enjoy
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Dear Mike:

I'll read all of this tonight...and thanks for placing it here.

A couple of things in brief:

RDS began work at Customs House on April 25th,1863...and was released on Dec. 31st,1868.

I saw you begin to mention that had RDS been accepted for the Orphanage position...he would have been working alongside Charles Warren.

I have never understood what this is supposed to mean or infer ( when Harris and his protege mention it....)...unless:

What they were trying to infer is that their "suspect" who they try to fit up as the future Jack The Ripper...would have been working alongside the beleagured Warren and that it would have been a "scary coincidence"...

Makes me wanna hide under the covers and shiver....ha ha.
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Thanks for the feedback Howard,
Its very much a work in progress and i have have been cutting and pasting from 7 old school floppy disks onto one big document on a pendrive.
Because of this editing is second at the moment to getting it together, so several of the old ideas are still stuck in there. Waiting for me to delete them and actually present the facts rather than the stories.

I had visions for a second of Warren and Stephenson sat, wearing slippers, smoking jackets and smoking pipes!!!

Anyway, i am in the middle of sorting the wheat from the chaff on the old Anne Deary!!!

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The fact that RDS was released from duty has me thinking for several reasons,
Could HM Customs have been a little miffed at his sickness and the lenght of time he had off.
My reason for thinking this is when I was awaiting my heart operation my employer "Let me go", they offered me a good severance package, references etc and i took it through my solicitors who told me to take it, as if i filed for unfair dismissal i wouldnt have much of a case.
Perhaps RDS was layed off for a similar reason, after all he didnt have a leg to stand on (tee hee)

Doing so at the end of the year to me signifies that all staff are subject to contract renewal, his time off would have definatly gone against him, anyway its just a thought???

Were was the family backing him up?
Daddy was the town waterbailiff, working from Custom's house at this point, why didnt he intervene? Ok so he may not have had much leverage, and may have been afraid of losing his job but what about...
Big Bro Richard was the East Sculcoates councillor at this point, why didn't he intervene? During 1868-1869 he was actually making a name as a councillor yet he watched this happen to his brother.

The only alternative I see is that they had good reson for doing so.
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A GREAT list and chronology on RDS, but I'd be wary of the Isle of Wight. Storm clouds are probably gathering there already.
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A GREAT list and chronology on RDS, but I'd be wary of the Isle of Wight. Storm clouds are probably gathering there already.
Why? not sure I understand
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Isn't that where a certain man called Ivor dwells?

He's the man who used to call me Banana Morris because I said that if the Johnson brothers faked the Maybrick watch I'm a banana.

(And if D'Onston was the ripper I'm a whole bunch of bananas.)

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Caz, I'm sure you're not bananas.
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