The murder of George and Catharine Andrewes in 1677

The indictment of Edward and Sarah Lawrence for the murder of George and Catharine Andrewes in 1677.

March 1677.
Indictment of Edward Lawrence, labourer, and Sarah Lawrence, his wife, of Nonington, for murder. By an inquisition held at Nonington, 16th March 1677, before Thomas Turner, esq., coroner, on the body of Catherine  (Katharine) Andrewes, wife of George Andrewes of Nonington, a jury (names listed) found that on 8th March 1677 Edward and Sarah Lawrence assaulted Catherine Andrews in the yard of her husbands house at Nonington and punched and kicked her to death (damaged) indictment endorsed George Andrewes (ill.) Stephen Hatcher, Ann Baykin, Elizabeth Ollard (?). True bill. Not guilty.

July 1677.
Indictment of Edward Lawrence, labourer, and Sarah Lawrence of Nonington for murder. By an inquisition held at Nonington, 30th march 1677, before Thomas Turner, esq., coroner, on the body of George Andrewes found that on 8th March 1677 Edward and Sarah Lawrence assaulted George Andrewes in the yard of his house at Nonington and Edward Lawrence struck him on the head and body with a spade (6d or 2 ½ pence) inflicting injuries from which he died on 27th March 1677 (damaged).
(indictment endorsed) Anne Andrewes, Sylvester Neame, Richard Tauten, Elizabeth Fennell. True bill. Not guilty.

The Andrewes’ probate accounts list  the expenses of “prosecuting Laurence and his wife who were the death of the deceased”, but the parish register only records the dates of burial and the names of the deceased and offers no other comments re: the alleged murders.

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