Anthony Muncaster Wandless

Anthony Muncaster Wandless

Male 1810-1811 - 1870  (59 years)

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  • Name Anthony Muncaster Wandless 
    Born 1810-1811  Kenton, Gosforth, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Residence Jul 1832  Percy Main, Tynemouth, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • worked at Percy Main Colliery, may have lived at Chirton or nearby (Northumberland Assizes trial acct)
    Residence Sep 1832  Tynemouth, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Cobbett's Weekly Political Register (London, England), Saturday, October 13, 1832
      List of inhabitants of Tynemouth, North Shields, and vicinity (Northumberland) offering a congratulatory address to Mr. Cobbett, who had delivered a lecture to them on 25 Sep:
      Anthony Wandless, Alex. Wandless, jun., Alex. Wandless, sen.
    Census 1841  Castle Eden New Colliery, Monk Hesleden, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Anthony Wandless, 31, Colliery Sinker, N
      Margaret W, 37, N
      Mary W, 1, N
    Census 1851  Seaton Colliery, Seaham, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • Anth. WANLAS hd md 40 Sinker NBL
      Margaret WANLAS wi md 46 NBL
    Census 1861  Westoe, South Shields, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 48 Raglan or Boglan St (RG9/3789/folio 36 pg 18)
      Anthony Wandless, hd, md, 50, sinker for coal pits, NBL Kenton
      Jane Wandless, wife, 50, DUR Low Lampton
      Johnson Fenwick, stepson, 20, certificated schoolmaster, DUR Ryhope
    Occupation coal miner 
    • He was a pitman (1832), sinker (1841 through 1861) and shaftsman (1870).
    Died 3 Aug 1870  Leasingthorne Colliery, Kirk Merrington, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3
    PROB 3 Sep 1870  Coundon, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    • Letters of Administration of the Personal Estate and Effects of Anthony Muncaster Wandless late of Coundon in the County of Durham, Sinker, a Widower deceased who died 3 August 1870 at Leasingthorne Colliery in the County aforesaid, were granted at Durham to Alexander Wandless of North Seaton Colliery in the Parish of Woodhorn in the County of Northumberland, Sinker the Brother and one of the Next of Kin, he having been first sworn.
      Effects under 200
    Notes 
    • Christening not in IGI (which includes Gosforth to 1812) and not in Newcastle All Saints register. Maybe he was christened post-1812 somewhere? Or at a Methodist church? IGI includes this Methodist circuit as Brunswick Place or Orphan House, and he is not listed.

      Anthony was wounded (hit on the head by a pistol by a policeman) in the riot that claimed Cuthbert Skipsey's life in July 1832, and was imprisoned for his part in the riot.
    Person ID I14  47: George Wanless & Ephrates/Uphin Grant
    Last Modified 22 Jul 2008 

    Father Alexander Wandless,   b. Abt Feb 1786, Hartley, Earsdon, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est 1844, (probably) Tynemouth, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 57 years) 
    Mother Mary /Muncaster Monckaster,   b. 1783, All Saints, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est Bef Apr 1841  (Age 58 years) 
    Married 12 Oct 1807  All Saints, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Family ID F1  Group Sheet

    Family 1 Margaret Riddle,   b. 1804-1805, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 1851 and 1858, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 46 years) 
    Married 26 Jun 1838  All Saints, Newcastle-on-Tyne, Northumberland, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 7
    Children 
     1. Mary Wandless,   b. 1840, Whickham, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Est Bef 1851  (Age 11 years)
    Last Modified 24 Jun 2003 
    Family ID F4  Group Sheet

    Family 2 Jane Fenwick,   b. Abt 1811, Low Lampton, Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1861-1870  (Age ~ 59 years) 
    Married 1858  Sunderland Reg. Dist., Durham, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Last Modified 11 Jul 2005 
    Family ID F19  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
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  • News
    Trial of Constable George Weddell for the murder of Cuthbert Skipsey; trial of Anthony Wanless for his part in the riot
    Trial of Constable George Weddell for the murder of Cuthbert Skipsey; trial of Anthony Wanless for his part in the riot
    Newcastle Courant, 11 Aug 1832 - Manslaughter - Friday, 3 Aug 1832: George Weddell, a special constable, was indicted for killing and slaying Cuthbert Skipsey, a pitman, near Chirton on the night of Sunday the 8th of July. Testimony follows.
    Mr George Huntley: I am a surgeon at Howdon. I remember being sent for about 8 o'clock on the night of Sunday July 8th to Dobson's public house near Chirton. I examined the body and found a wound in the left breast occasioned, in my opinion, by shot or slugs. The shot wounds were the cause of his death. His name was Cuthbert Skipsey. I knew him before; he was a workman at Percy Main Colliery. The shot had spread; there were 21 wounds in the breast.
    [more details follow]
    John Heckles: I am master wasteman at Percy Main Colliery...about 8 o'clock I was going from Percy Main to Chirton. I saw a man named Alexander Clark. He was sitting on his hat on a waggon-way. I saw the policemen, 5 or 6, go across the rail-road. As they went past, Clark turned around and said "I'm a pitman, but your are not - you are blacklegs.". One of the police turned back and asked what he meant by insulting them so. Another policeman came back and said "take him, neck him" and they siezed him by the collar and dragged him off...I afterward heard the report of a pistol and saw Skipsey cross his arms and walk some yards. He appeared to be in great agony. I did not see him fall. I saw one of the policeman in front of him when he clasped his hands and another policeman was at his left hand.
    William Patteson, a lad: I live at Chirton gate. My father keeps the toll bar...Skipsey laid his hand on the policeman's shoulder and said "Let him be, friend, he's drunk.". The policeman said "Stand back" and shoved him off and shot him. Skipsey put his hand to his breast and fell back on the dyke side. The rest of the police had pistols and struck the men with them before Weddell fired. The pitmen had no sticks or other weapons. Before the shot was fired, I heard someone cry "Fire" - this was before Skipsey laid his hand on Weddell and before he fired.
    More testimony from:
    Nevison Thompson,age 14, son of Patrick Thompson of Chirton, shoemaker
    Josiah Dobinson, a boy
    James Wild, a boy
    James Arkley, sawyer of Percy Main
    W.G. Charlton, a boy
    Jane Bryson, niece to Mrs. Dobson of the public house - Skipsey was in the company of Joseph Taylor when he left the pub
    Joseph Taylor, pitman of Percy Main Colliery
    John Charlton, Richard Cooper, Silas Dawson, and John Jewett, pitman
    Michael Robson, Esq., an owner of Burdon Main Colliery - on the 5th of April a number of our pitmen struck and have since ceased to work at the pit. Since the beginning of June we have had policemen stationed about the pit.
    T.J. Turnbull, clerk to the magistrates of part of Northumberland; magistrates are Mr Bigge and Mr Brandling
    George Waugh, special constable, of Gateshead - we heard the report of 2 pistols. After the 2nd report, which was a signal, we ran up and found a man lying with his hat and coat off in the road. His name was Wild. There were some men about him, trying to get him away. He was struggling and very violent. The next thing I saw was a man of the name of Wanless in custody of Higgs and Corby. The mob was coming to rescue him. The mob was 2 dozen persons, mostly pitman. Gilroy & I went to assist Higgs and Corby and kept the mob off as well as we could. I saw that Wanless was wounded by a blow on the back of the head. I saw Skipsey on the hedge side; he was moving when I first saw him. We made 4 prisoners and took them to the guard house. Wanless was cut with the butt end of a pistol.
    Robert Pattison, special constable, of Newcastle - was with George Waugh
    Ralph Falcus, chief of constables - I took Matthew Raine with me...the man sitting on his hat on the railway made an oath and said there should be a blackleg going to work in the pit that night. His language was very bad and threatening. I turned around and desired him to go away. He said we were all blacklegs and we should go home and work. He would not leave. I and Weddell tried to remove him. He made a loud noise and threw himself on the ground...about 20 or 30 people came running from Dobson's house, from the Percy Main pit. They seized Clark and rescued him from our custody. Wild then threw off his coat and waistcoat, dared me to fight, and struck me over the head...he struck me again; I thought he was in liquor. I called for assistance. Matthew Raine was to the left of me lying on the ground. Weddell and another man dressed in blue were struggling very hard for the pistol...I heard the pistol go off on my left and then a shot immediately to my right. Higgs was struggling with Wanless for the pistol; Wanless wanted to get the pistol from Higgs...the conduct of the pitmen was so violent that I considered my life in danger. [hissing and yelling from the pitmen in the court]
    Matthew Raine, special constable
    John Corby, special constable
    William Higgs, special constable - Wanless, a pitman, tried to take a pistol from Higgs and to prevent that, Higgs struck Wanless on the back of his head with the butt end of the pistol
    Thomas Tate, Thomas Scott, and John Sheldon, grocer of Jarrow, passers-by
    John Marley, John Tate, T. Forsyth, G.A. Lambert all vouched for Weddell's good character and peaceable disposition
    The jury was instructed to decide if Weddell was guilty of manslaughter (i.e. fired intentionally and was not in danger of his life at the time). The jury deliberated from 1:25 a.m. to 2 a.m. and returned a guilty verdict but recommended the prisoner to mercy.
    Weddell was sentenced on Aug 4th to 6 months in prison doing hard labour, the judge having believed him to be in fear of his life and firing on someone else's command. The sentence was received "with marks of disapprobation" by the body of the court.
    John Wild, Anthony Wanless, Ralph Turnbull, and William Wilkinson were arraigned on the charge of assaulting Ralph Falcus, Matthew Raine, and William Higgs, policemen in the execution of their duty. Mr Cresswell for the prosecution said he would bring no evidence against Turnbull and Wilkinson and would prefer a charge of common assault against Wild and Wanless, to which they pleaded guilty. Sentenced to be imprisoned for 3 months.

  • Sources 
    1. [S13] Census, 1861, British Isles.

    2. [S5] Probate records.

    3. [S6] George Bell Indexes, Mining Accidents (Reliability: 3).
      Shaft-Man (Piece of Timber Fell Down Shaft)

    4. [S7] Index to English wills at Wanless Web.

    5. [S4] Parish register, (FHL 95009 All Sts Newcastle mrgs 1777-1812 ) (Reliability: 3).
      12 Oct 1807 Alexander Wanlass (x) & Mary Monckaster (x), witn: Jonan Scott, John Westgarth (these were both frequent witnesses)

    6. [S3] IGI, parish register (Reliability: 3).

    7. [S10] GRO Index, Anthony Muncaster WANLESS 1838 June Newcastle On Tyne vol 25 page 366 (Reliability: 3).

    8. [S10] GRO Index, Wandless Anthony Monkaster Sunderland 1858 Mar 10a 448 - page match to Jane Fenwick at 1837online.com (Reliability: 3).