One in a mil­lion shot

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I just wanted to tell you what a won­der­ful time I had on the open­ing day of Who Do You Think You Are? Live. I took my daugh­ter and a good friend as well as her daugh­ter who en­joyed them­selves so much that they are sub­scrib­ing to your mag­a­zine. The work­shops that we at­tended were ex­cel­lent – they were in­ter­est­ing, very in­for­ma­tive and de­liv­ered with hu­mour.

In my years of dis­cov­er­ing my fam­ily tree I have met many peo­ple con­nected with my an­ces­tors, but I had quite a strange ex­pe­ri­ence at the show. While vis­it­ing the ex­hibitor stands I hap­pened to spot the Coven­try Fam­ily His­tory So­ci­ety and went to en­quire about the where­abouts of in­for­ma­tion on Coven­try’s ceme­ter­ies. I men­tioned that my great great grand­fa­ther had been shot and mur­dered by a poacher at Ry­ton on Dun­smore. The gen­tle­man be­hind the counter – Damien Kim­ber­ley – took a step back and then asked if it was in 1858. When I said ‘yes’, he ex­plained that his 3x great grand­fa­ther had been ar­rested for the mur­der! He then ex­plained his an­ces­tor was only de­tained for a fort­night while some­one else sus­pected of the mur­der was ap­pre­hended. There is quite a de­tailed ac­count of the even­tual in­quest in a War­wick news­pa­per. The in­quest went on for six weeks, at first in the small pub where my an­ces­tor Joseph Owen was shot, but then trans­ferred to a larger pub in the vil­lage as so many peo­ple at­tended. The last ses­sion was held un­der the chest­nut tree in the yard as there were so many peo­ple and the weather was hot. As far as I can tell, al­though there was a very ob­vi­ous can­di­date for the mur­derer, he was never brought to trial.

I now have Damien’s busi­ness card so that we can com­mu­ni­cate and per­haps find out more about what hap­pened. I prob­a­bly would never have met him if it hadn’t been for WDYTYA? Live, so many thanks to all of you who helped to put on such a good show. Diana Holdsworth, by email Editor replies: We heard lots of great sto­ries from read­ers who en­joyed at­tend­ing WDYTYA? Live, but yours re­ally does take the bis­cuit. You couldn’t make it up!

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Diana’s an­ces­tor Joseph Owen

was mur­dered by a poacher

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