People (Re-unions, trace old friends and relatives.)
Find my past has an article from Heywood Advertiser. 8 June 1867.
He was a collier in the employ of Messrs,John Fletcher and others Volunteer Pit Atherton and living near Bedford Railway station.
On Thursday he took the clock out of his house and gave it and 3s. to a watchmaker named Cheetham in Leigh in exchange for a pistol and manufactured the leaden slug himself.Some years earlier he had quarreled with the deceased in Manchester and enlisted.Then got his mother to buy him out.
They had been separated several times .This time on the Monday she had gone to her uncle Peers Stirrup putting her youngest child out to nurse.He collected the child whilst his wife was at work.She went to get the child but did not succeed.On Saturday he went to the house of the Riley's and sent Mrs.Riley for his wife and told her to return home.She refused and wanted to take the child.He said he would' swing for it first'.
He followed her to the door and shot her in the head whilst holding the child then ran off down High street towards the brook.
He dropped the pistol and a by-stander Paul Stones picked up the pistol,followed Farrington, apprehended him and took him to the police station.
He did not regret the act he had perpetrated. He rarely gave his wife any money for household purposes and last pay day he drew £3 all of which he spent on drink.
Hope this helps .
Replied: 22nd Sep 2020 at 20:49