One in a million shot
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