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Family: William MOORE / Eliza Jane CULBERT (F7684)

m. 21 Jul 1866

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  • Father | Male
    William MOORE

    Born  Abt. 1840  Prob. Northern Ireland, U.K. Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Yes, date unknown   
    Married  21 Jul 1866  Belfast General Register Office, Oxford House, 55 Chichester Street, Belfast, County Antrim, Northern Ireland, U.K. Find all individuals with events at this location

    Mother | Female
    Eliza Jane CULBERT

    Born  Abt. 1846  Prob. Northern Ireland, U.K. Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  Yes, date unknown   

  • Notes 
    • William Moore was indicted for that he, on the 18th April 1860, at Lisburn, did marry one Jane Leathem, and on the 21st July last did also marry Eliza Jane Culbert, his former wife being then alive. The prisoner pleaded not guilty.
      Messrs. Birney and Mclean appeared for the Crown, and Mr. Rea for the prisoner.
      Henry Major, Registrar, Lisburn, deposed that he married the prisoner on the 18th April, 1860. He gave the name of William Dickson, and the woman to whom he was married gave the name of Jane Dickson.
      Silas Leathem said he was a witness to the marriage at Lisburn. The bride was his sister. He heard the prisoner give the name of William Dickson, and the woman the name of Jane Dickson. Knew the man's name was William Moore.
      To Mr. Rea - I knew this man's name was Moore. I did not know that the prisoner had given the name of Dickson until the marriage entry was being read over by Mr. Major.
      To a Juror - The reason I believed that the prisoner gave the name of Dickson was that he did not wish the woman's brother to know of the marriage, as he had prevented Moore on a previous occasion from marrying his sister.
      Mary Leathem, wife of last witness, said that she was present at the marriage of her sister-in-law. There were two children born by the marriage.
      To Mr. Rea - I heard they afterwards separated, and that each took a child.
      Eliza Jane Culbert deposed that she was married to the prisoner in the Registry office in Belfast, on Saturday, the 21st of July last. He gave the name of William Moore.
      James Cleland, Registrar at Belfast, proved having married Wm. Moore and Eliza Jane Culbert according to the usual form.
      His Worship - Is there any religious ceremony.[sic]
      Witness - No Sir. it is a civil act.
      Mr. Rea - I believe you do more business than all the clergymen in Belfast put together?[sic]
      Witness - No; I think not. I have married two pair in one day. I could not mistake this man for a William Thompson who was married on the same day.
      Ann Ryans and Samuel Crothers deposed to their being present at the last marriage.
      Mr. Rea said that, according to the Act of parliament, a notice of marriage should be given to the Registrar. In the case of the first marriage, both parties gave wrong names in the notice - the prisoner gave the name of William Dickson, and the woman that of Jane Dickson, spinster, her proper name being Jane Leathem. He submitted that there was, thereupon, no legal notice, and that the marriage was void.
      His Worship ruled against Mr. Rea. He would, however, take not of the point.
      The jury found the prisoner guilty.
      His Worship, in sentencing the prisoner, said there was no greater offence known to the law - at least, no offence that struck at the root of the well-being of society - more than that which the prisoner had been found guilty. He deceived the second woman he married, and led her to believe she was his wife, while he knew she was not. The poor woman was thus cast upon the world, and all by him. He was married before. He knew he was married before, and yet asked the woman to become his wife, when he knew she could not. The prisoner must be taught - people must be taught - that this was an offence the most grievous to society. The sentence of the Court was that the prisoner be imprisoned for twelve calendar months.