William Frederick Horry

William Frederick Horry

Birth
Lincolnshire, England
Death 1 Apr 1872 (aged 28)
Lincolnshire, England
Burial Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent Unitary Authority, Staffordshire, England
Memorial ID 15027733 · View Source
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Fred was born in Boston Lincolnshire.He enjoyed his visits to the Potteries and particularly to Burslem,where a special welcome
was always waiting for him from Jane the barmaid at the George Hotel.Fred had plans to marry Jane start a family,and buy the George Hotel.In 1866 Fred and Jane were married at nearby Wolstanton and as newlyweds took over the George Hotel.
Fred and Jane had three children within five years of their marriage
but Fred developed a drinking
problem,his behaviour was changing he was becoming very envious of his wife and his mind began colouring innocent situations and his wife's conversations with the customers provoked Fred's anger and jealousy.
His drunken accusations were to end the marriage,in September 1871 Jane took the family to Boston to the home of her father in law.Fred made a few visits to Boston to see his wife and children,but due to his behaviour he was barred from his
father's house.Fred was unable to run the hotel on his own,so he sold his interest in the hotel and moved
to Nottingham.
It is alleged that Fred bought a gun and again visited Boston intent on killing his wife.He pleaded insanity at his trial,but the jury convicted him of the murder of his wife.When the verdict was announced appeals for a reprieve were launched in Boston and Burslem,but at 8am on April 1st 1872 William Frederick Horry was hanged in Lincoln Castle and his body interred within the Castle grounds.
On the day of his execution there were astonishing scenes in Burslem,
a crowd of over three thousand people lined the streets from the George Hotel to Saint John's Churchyard,to where an empty coffin was carried by his friends from his innkeeping days.The Rector of the Church gave a sermon eulogising Fred as a martyr more sinned against than sinning.
As a permanent memorial to Fred a granite obelisk was subscribed for by his Staffordshire friends who erected it above his empty grave.

written on the stone-

This monolith was erected in affectionate remembrance of the above named William Frederick Horry and Jane his wife by his
Staffordshire friends.


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  • Created by: John Byrne
  • Added: 24 Jul 2006
  • Find A Grave Memorial 15027733
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for William Frederick Horry (17 Dec 1843–1 Apr 1872), Find A Grave Memorial no. 15027733, citing St John the Baptist Churchyard, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent Unitary Authority, Staffordshire, England ; Maintained by John Byrne (contributor 46549266) .