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 Post subject: DOOLEY-MERRIFIELD-GOSS 1768
 Post Posted: Sun Jul 28, 2019 4:15 pm 
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Looking for info on children of and parents of John Dooley. DOB Torbay 1768.
reagrding esther Merrifield Goss - Raped
1762 • Torbay, Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada

Raped by John Stackbald in Torbay Newfoundland in 1762. He was found guilty and hung. Not sure if (baby) Esther Merrifield Goss was the product of rape. A baby girl was "adopted" by Solomon and Jan Goss. The baby was named Esther Merrifield Goss.

63 9 March 1763 Thomas Graves, Governor (London) Lords of Trade Submits the State of the fishery for 1762 (see below). Mentions the trial of John Stackbald; he would not have allowed the sentence of death to be carried out “if there had not been many acts of outrage and violence as well as several of Treason sworn to me to have been comitted [sic] by him” during the French occupation in 1762. Could not submit the military returns from St. John’s because the officer there was challenging Graves’ right to give orders to the military. The answers to the Heads could not be made in such a time of confusion.
64v-65v [enclosed with above] State of the fishery for the year 1762.
66v-68 10 Sept. 1762 Graves [enclosed with above] The return of the detachments at the castle at Placentia .
68v-69 21 July 1762 Graves [enclosed with above] A return of ordnance, carriages, ball powder, arms and ammunition at Placentia.
70-72v 1 Nov. 1762 Graves (St. John’s) [enclosed with above] Proceedings of the Court of Oyer and Terminer on 1 November 1762 (includes names of the Commissioners as well as of the members of the grand jury). Trial of John Stackbald of Ireland for the rape in July 1762 of Esther Merrifield, the wife of William Merrifield of Torbay[/size][/color].[/b] Includes testimony of Esther Merrifield and other witnesses. Victim did not file complaint at the time of the deed “because the Enemy was then in Possession of St Johns”. Sentenced to death by hanging. Stackbald attempted an escape a few days before the trial by setting the gaol on fire.

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